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ASHE COUNTY, N.C. — A pastor in Ashe County was arrested Thursday after deputies say he sexually abused a mentally-challenged person who was in his care.

WSOC reported that the Rev. Billy Howard Guy, known as Bill Guy, was arrested after a lengthy investigation.

Guy is charged with one count felony sexual offense, one count felony second-degree sexual offense and three counts of sexual battery.

The investigation began in July 2013 and involved a mentally-challenged person who was placed in the care of Guy and his wife, Dianne.

In an earlier case, Dianne Guy, had been arrested on charges of multiple counts of embezzlement stemming from allegedly taking the victim’s Social Security funds, according to WSOC.

Both Guy and his wife are awaiting their first court dates.