Criminal Charges Dropped against Priest Accused of Sex Crimes
By Debra Worley
July 17, 2012
|Edgar Sepulveda (Source: Brunswick County Sheriff's Office) Edgar Sepulveda (Source: Brunswick County Sheriff's Office)|
Charges have been dismissed against a priest who was accused of sex crimes with a minor.
According to the Diocese of Raleigh, the Brunswick County District Attorney's Office dropped charges of second degree sexual offense and misdemeanor sexual battery against Father Edgar Sepulveda.
The Diocese of Raleigh received allegations concerning Sepulveda in 2009. At the time, a spokesperson for the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department says Father Sepulveda was visiting church members in this area, when he was accused of committing the crimes against a juvenile male.
Sepulveda was a priest at St. Theresa del Nino Jesus in Beulaville. He was put on administrative leave when the investigation began.
The Diocese of Raleigh has recommenced its investigation in accord with its procedures to provide a safe environment for children. Father Sepulveda continues on administrative leave.