A local church bishop has been arrested on more than a dozen charges for the alleged sexual abuse of a small child.
Johnston County Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell said authorities received a report about the alleged abuse on August 8th and immediately launched an investigation.
Bishop Corrie Vachan Lanier, 38, of Smithfield was arrested Monday and charged with 13 felony offenses including 5 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and 4 counts of statutory rape. Authorities did not release the age of the female victim.
Bishop Lanier is not currently affiliated with a specific church but according to a social media search has conducted revival services at churches in Johnston and Wake counties.
Lanier was given a $500,000 bond on the charges.