Family Welcomed in N.C. Priest Accused in Sexual Assault

The Sun News
January 11, 2010

Police in Brunswick County said Monday that a priest charged with sexually assaulting a boy in that county was invited to the home of a parrish member, where the incident was reported to have occurred.

The Rev. Edgar Sepulveda was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree sexual offense and sexual battery.

Lt. Marty Folding, public affairs officer for Brunswick County Sheriff's officer said 47-year-old Sepulveda a mission priest from Beulaville, in Duplin County, was in Brunswick County to serve mass at a local church in June or July, when the alleged incident occurred. While in the area a local family offered to house Sepulveda, Folding said.

Diocese officials said last week that they learned about the allegations in September and immediately contacted the N.C. Conference of District Attorneys, who contacted authorities in Brunswick County.

Sepulveda has denied the accusations and was put on administrative leave during the investigation. The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh says Sepulveda has been suspended from his duties at Maria Reina Parish in Mount Olive, Santa Teresa Mission in Beulaville and Santa Clara Mission in Magnolia.


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