Pastor jailed for ‘indecent liberties’

Newton police confirmed a local pastor was arrested Monday and charged with indecent liberties with a juvenile following a police investigation

Bradley William Moss, 38, of 1141 Pitts Ave., Newton, was placed in the Catawba County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond following his arrest. His first appearance in court is scheduled for today.

Moss is a pastor at Victory Empowerment Center International, which is located at the Brookford Center, 1700 South Center Street, in Hickory. VECI’s office was locked and no church officials were present Tuesday. All calls to the VECI were referred back to Moss, who was unavailable for comment.

According to a NPD release, the juvenile’s mother first notified officials of a possible sex offense on July 11. An investigation was launched by NPD and the Catawba County Department of Social Services following the report. Social Services representatives would not comment on the incident due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

The release states Moss and the juvenile met at the church but provided no further details into the investigation.

Court records show Moss and the juvenile exchanged text messages and social media communications in which Moss had inappropriate conversations that included hints at sexual relations and other advances.

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