HICKORY, N.C. - A Catawba County pastor now has to add his name to the sex offender registry.
On Monday, he plead guilty to taking indecent liberties with a 13-year-old girl.
Now, the father of five could get out of jail within hours.
Pastor Bradley Moss didn't say a word in court on Monday, but prosecutors said it was what he texted to the teenager on his phone that led to his arrest earlier this year.
Standing just feet from his family, Moss admitted to taking indecent liberties with a child.
His attorney told the judge investigators had more than
4,000 pages of evidence in the case.
Some of it centered on the
texts he sent to a 13-year-old member of his church, the Victory Empowerment Center International Church near Hickory.
Prosecutors described some of the text messages.
"He is humiliated. He is remorseful to both the victim and for letting down his family," said attorney Scott Reilly.
The judge ordered him to stay away from the teenager after sentencing him to
36 months of supervised probation along with the time he has already spent locked up.
The victim's mother was in court today but declined to talk about the sentence.
Reilly believes the sentence was fair.
"He has no record
whatsoever. He has five children he supports," said Reilly.
Moss will also now have to register as a sex offender here in North Carolina.
His attorney said it is unlikely he will ever preach again.
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