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Gastonia church leader arrested for sex crimes against child

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A Gastonia church leader has been arrested after being accused of multiple sex crimes involving a child from Brunswick County.

According to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, 62-year-old Joseph Robert Hall was charged with first degree rape of a child, first degree sexual offense of a child, second degree rape, second degree sexual offense, four counts of indecent liberties with a child, three counts of statutory rape, and three counts of statutory sexual offense.

Investigators say the charges stem from incidents which took place in Brunswick County between 1994 and 1998, beginning when the victim was twelve years of age.

Hall is currently serving as a men's ministry leader at Restoring Hope Foursquare Church in Dallas, NC.

Hall is currently being held under a $1,000,000 bond in the Gaston County Detention Facility and is awaiting transportation to Brunswick  County.

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