The former pastor of an eastern Lincoln County church was arrested on sex charges last week in Yadkin County.
The Rev. Ted Eugene Hendrix, 65, of Denver is charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense, incest and crime against nature, according to police Chief Tim Parks of the Yadkinville Police Department.
The crimes were allegedly committed more than 20 years ago against a younger female relative, police said.
Parks said Hendrixâ€™ current address was listed on arrest reports as a home on Henry Dellinger Road off N.C. 150.
Hendrix was the pastor at Webbs Chapel United Methodist Church, 4640 Webbs Chapel Church Road, until August.
He stepped down from that position after officials with the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church became aware of the incident, reports said.
Webbs Chapel church leaders could not be reached Tuesday for comment. The Rev. Hubert Clinard is serving as the churchâ€™s current interim pastor.
Parks said Hendrix turned himself in at the Yadkinville Police Department at about 10 a.m. March 3.
Hendrixâ€™ attorney contacted the investigating officer to arrange the meeting, Parks said.
Hendrix was the pastor at Yadkinville United Methodist Church from 1978 to 1983, Parks said, and the four criminal charges stem from incidents that allegedly took place during that time period.
Warrants drawn by the Yadkinville Police Department said the incidents took place in 1980 and 1982.
Parks said the arrest of Hendrix is the culmination of an eight-month long investigation by Yadkinville police.
Hendrix was released from jail in Yadkin County on $75,000 secured bond. Parks said he did not believe Hendrix had a prior criminal record.by Alice Smith