Kannapolis church youth pastor charged with having sex with teen church member

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KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina — The youth pastor in Kannapolis has been arrested and charged with having sex with a 13-year-old church member.

Multiple media outlets reported that 25-year-old Benjamin Ross Hollifield of Salisbury is charged with felony indecent liberties with a child and felony statutory rape or sex offense with a minor.

Hollifield was youth and outreach pastor at Piedmont Baptist Church.

The church said on its website that an employee was fired for abusing a child and violating the church's trust and policies. The church's statement said its senior pastor reported the case to police.

It was not clear if Hollifield has a lawyer.

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