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Gaston County Associate Pastor Charged With Child Sex Crimes, Given $1M Bond


Police say a Gaston County associate pastor has been charged with several child sex crimes involving a 14-year-old.

Nicholas Adam Martin, 24, was arrested Sunday and charged with four counts of indecent liberties with a minor, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one county of felonious indecent exposure to a minor, according to the Gaston County Police Department.

Martin was an associate pastor at North Belmont Church of God when the alleged crimes happened from October 2018-September 2019, police said. Police did not say if the alleged victim was a member of the church.

An investigation was started earlier this month.

Martin was being held under a $1 million bond at the Gaston County jail late Sunday. His arrest comes just two days after an assistant principal at a Gaston County high school was charged with six felony counts of sex offense with a student.

Lisa Renee Rothwell, an assistant principal at Stuart Cramer High, was also given a $1 million bond. She, too, was still in jail on Sunday evening.

Police ask anyone with information on the Martin case to call 704-866-3320.