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Pastor charged with sexually assaulting girl

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Keith Pettis (Photo courtesy of the Gaston County Jail) Keith Pettis (Photo courtesy of the Gaston County Jail)

GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A Gaston County pastor is accused of sexually assaulting a  girl. 

Keith Pettis is facing multiple felony sex offense charges including first-degree sex offense, statutory rape and indecent liberties with a child, according to the Gaston County Police Department.

The alleged victim was a 12-year-old girl and the assault occurred over a three-year period, authorities said. The alleged incidents started in August of 2006 and ended in March of this year, authorities said.

Pettis was arrested on Friday and posted a $50,000 bond. 

Pettis is the minister at New Life Christian Center in Lowell.  The church refused to speak with WBTV concerning the allegations.

 

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