Pastor in Gaston Co. charged with sexual battery

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Robert Harris

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — A pastor in Gaston Co. has been charged with a sexual offense after police say he harassed a woman at a hotel Wednesday.

The woman told police that she was staying in a hotel when a man identified as Robert Harris knocked on her door and asked for sex.

According to WSOC, Harris is listed as pastor of Harriett’s Memorial Freewill Baptist Church in Forest City.

The woman refused his advances and the man left.

He then returned while she was on the phone with police, and they heard Harris make a vulgar request.

The woman then said he tossed a $20 bill at her.

Police arrested Harris and charged him with sexual battery.

Read more: WSOC


  • sinnerfrank

    Yes Yes !! The ways of the flesh !! Has been the down fall of many men !! And the broads too !!

  • snapjudy

    Thankfully this brave woman called the police. Let’s hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Robert Harris, will find the courage to speak up, get help, and contact law enforcement, no matter how long ago it happened.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511,
    SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, teachers, Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc.

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