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Report: Gunshot victim approached by church over inappropriate contact with teens

59-year-old Danny Ray Kesler (Source: Facebook) 59-year-old Danny Ray Kesler (Source: Facebook)
ROCKWELL, N.C. (WBTV) -

A man is dead after being confronted by officials at his church about inappropriate contact with underage teens, according to a report from the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say 59-year-old Danny Ray Kesler lived at the City of Refuge Christian School on Old Concord Road in Rockwell. The church's website lists he and his wife as house parents.

The report states that officials from Bible Missionary Baptist Church, which is on the same property as the City of Refuge, approached Kesler on February 13 about "having inappropriate physical contact with more than one child, in their early teens."

Investigators say Kesler told the church officials that "he was sorry for what he had done, and that he was not going back to prison," before going outside for "some fresh air."

He was found a short time later on the property with a gunshot wound to the head. Deputies told WBTV it appeared to be a self-inflicted injury.

According to the sheriff's office, Kesler has previous convictions for possession of marijuana, soliciting the sale of cocaine, driving while license revoked, injury to personal property, probation violation, disorderly conduct, violation of court order, forgery of instrument, and common law forgery.

Allegations of physical and sexual assault of children were first brought up at the church in 2002, though the church's pastor Rev. Buddy Hoffner denied any kind of abuse and no charges were filed.

Officials say the investigation is ongoing.       

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