UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Police in Monroe charged a local pastor Monday with sex crimes against a child for an incident that allegedly happened in 2014.
Ahmed Lee, 36, is charged with indecent liberties with a child and assault on child under 12. Investigators said both charges stem from an alleged assault that occurred in 2014, when the victim was 11 years old.
Lee is the pastor of "Judah House of Praise International World Ministries," which officials say meets at the Jamison Inn in Monroe. Officers said that the victim's family attended the church, and that the alleged assault occurred at Lee's home.
WBTV spoke with the alleged victim's mother who said the incident happened when Lee invited the family over for lunch after church one Sunday. According to the woman, Lee quietly sexually assaulted her son in the bathroom, while the child's grandmother sat in the other room.
The mother says her son kept everything a secret until about a month ago. The woman didn't want to speak on camera, but she did ask WBTV to share the following message:
"Darkness will come to light and I hope that with bringing this corrupt behavior to the light will help others who may have been hurt will come forward."
Reginald Robinson lives a few houses down from Lee with his children. He couldn't believe the news.
"You can't put anything past anybody these days," Robinson said.
"You think a pastor wouldn't do anything like that, they would protect kids," Robinson said. "It's very shocking to see something like that happen to a child right here in your own community, on your own street."
Police say they are still investigating Lee, and trying to determine if there are any other possible victims.
Lee was taken to the Union County Jail where he was placed under a $20,000 bond.