The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

July 1, 2013

Rowan County Sheriff's Office charges former Albemarle youth pastor

Man faces several sex charges against minors

By B.J. Drye, Editor

Monday, July 1, 2013 — A former youth pastor at an Albemarle church has been arrested by Rowan County law enforcement following allegations of sexual activity toward female members at a Rowan church.

In June, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division was notified about possible inappropriate behavior by a youth leader at High Rock Community Church on Bringle Ferry Road near Salisbury. (High Rock also has a campus in Albemarle.)

A sheriff’s office release stated female teenage members reported allegations of sexual activity and advances made by Torrey Morgan, 36, of Crawford Road, Salisbury.

Following an investigation into complaints from underage females, detectives obtained warrants on Morgan, who according to The Stanly News & Press archives had been a youth pastor at North Albemarle Baptist Church.

Morgan faces two counts of felony indecent liberties with a child, felony second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, misdemeanor disseminating harmful material to a minor under 18 and felony disseminating harmful material to a minor under 16.

The investigation continues, with more charges possible, according to the sheriff’s office.

Morgan was given a $50,000 secured bond and was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center.  

Anyone with information concerning the case is asked to contact 1st Lt. Chad Moose, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, at (704) 216-8687.