• Former Lincolnton, Shelby pastor charged with child sex abuse


    LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. - A former pastor with ties to Lincolnton and Shelby is charged with sexually abusing a child.

    Channel 9’s partners at the Gaston Gazette reported Michael Hill is charged with sexual battery of a person younger than 12 years old.

    The alleged abuse happened decades ago in Jacksonville, Florida.

    The Gazette reported that Hill served as pastor of churches in Shelby and Lincolnton for 15 years, leaving his most recent position in April of 2014.

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