Pastor, principal charged with sex offenses against a minor in Rockingham County

RUFFIN, N.C. -- A pastor and academy principal in Rockingham County was arrested Wednesday on charges of sex offenses against a minor.

Kevin Scott Heffner, 48, of Pelham, was arrested on 12 counts of disseminating obscene materials to a minor and two counts of statutory sex offense.

Arrest warrants show that the obscene materials were “photographs of his genitalia.” The statutory sex offense allegedly took place between June 15 and Aug. 29. The victim was 15 or younger at the time of the offense, warrants show.

The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office arrested Heffner at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

Heffner serves as pastor of Victory Baptist Church and principal of Victory Baptist Academy. Records show the school has nearly 30 students enrolled.

The church and academy are located at 2073 Oregon Hill Road, Ruffin.

Heffner was placed in the Rockingham County Detention Center under a $1,000,000 secured bond.

During his first appearance Thursday, he was ordered not to contact the victim, the victim's family or any of the state's witnesses. Heffner was appointed an attorney by the judge.

The sheriff’s office continues to investigate. Church members said Thursday they did not want to comment on the charges.

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