A former church bishop arrested on more than a dozen sexual abuse charges involving a small child has been sentenced to 54 to 80 years in prison.
In September 2017, Bishop Corrie Vachan Lanier, 39, of Smithfield was arrested by detectives with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office on 13 felony offenses.
The crimes were committed against the child over a 3 year period ending in 2017. The age of the child was not disclosed.
Following a recent jury trial, Lanier was found guilty of multiple counts of sex offense with a child and taking indecent liberties with a minor.
After the jury convicted Lanier, Chief Resident Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock sentenced Lanier to a minimum of 54 to a maximum of 80 years in state prison.
“The Johnston County District Attorney’s Office is pleased with the verdicts and the sentence imposed,” stated Assistant District Attorney Paul Jackson. “We thank the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work and all of the jurors for their thoughtfulness and service. We hope that the survivor and his family find a measure of justice in this outcome, and we are hopeful that this sexual predator will never be in a position to prey upon another child.”
At the time of his arrest last year, Bishop Lanier was not affiliated with a specific church but a social media search indicated he had conducted numerous revival services at churches in Johnston and Wake counties.