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Former North Carolina Pastor, Christian School Principal Convicted of Sexual Misconduct

A former Christian school principal and pastor has been sentenced in North Carolina to up to five years in prison for engaging in sexual activity with a minor more than a decade ago.

Jason Wesley Keller, 45, was convicted in Davidson County Superior Court June 15 of six counts of felonious sexual offense with a student and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a student, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. 

The victim initially reported the incidents in 2008 when Keller was the acting elementary school principal and assistant principal at Union Grove Christian School, where she was a student, and a pastor at Freedom Family Church in Liberty, N.C. 

An investigation did not lead to charges at the time. 

Now an adult, the victim re-contacted authorities in 2019 regarding the case, and Keller was arrested for allegedly having sex with the girl in 2008 and 2009. In July of 2019, he was charged with 10 counts of sexual activity with a student by a teacher, school administrator, student teacher, coach, or school safety officer.

The Journal reported that it was unclear if Keller still worked at the church or if he had a continuing role in education but said he was involved as an ambassador for the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce. 

Keller will serve five consecutive 10- to 12-month sentences in prison on five counts and 30 months of supervised probation once he is released on the remaining three counts. 

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Anne Stych

Anne Stych is a writer in Charlotte, North Carolina.