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York community reacts to sex charges against pastor

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YORK, SC (WBTV) -

York residents are reacting with shock after a local pastor turned himself in over the weekend to face sex charges.

Police say the clergyman fondled a female child who was a member of two churches where he preached.
 
Cory Moses was already a registered sex offender in North Carolina before he started preaching in York. He never registered as a sex offender in South Carolina.
 
"Kids should be able to go up to a preacher and trust them," said York resident Kevin Varnadore.
 
Varnadore lives just yards away from what used to be Redeemed Ministries Church on Ross Cannon Street.
 
It's just one church where York Police say Cory Moses fondled a female member who was 14 years old at the time.
 
"It was kind of shocking to me when I first saw it. I was like, I can't believe this," said York resident Wilford Thrower.
 
Police reports show the now 19-year-old woman came to authorities last week and told them Moses fondled her in May of 2009 while he was the pastor at New Mount Zion Church on Highway 321.
 
The victim told police the harassment went on for years and Moses threatened her if she went to authorities.
 
Moses served 2 years in jail after being convicted of taking indecent liberties with minor in 2003.
 
"It's shocking because I live right here close by and it's a bunch of kids that live in this neighborhood," said Varnadore.
 
Now some residents are left to wonder how Moses was able to preach in York for so long without being noticed.
 
"It's full of kids around here in York and I just don't see how any sex offender can get that close to kids like that though," said Thrower.

Moses remained in jail Monday night without bond.
 
He faces several charges including 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and assault and battery charges.
 
York police believe there are other victims out there.
 
Anyone who wants to come forward or has information should call York Police.
 
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