A local church pastor arrested earlier this month on 10 felony charges for the alleged sexual assault of a minor has posted bail. However, a judge placed several conditions on the release of Rev. Stephen Arthur Morris of Four Oaks.
On July 5th, the 61 year-old pastor of Oliver’s Grove Baptist Church on Highway 301 South of Four Oaks was arrested for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a female juvenile in 2013 and 2014. At the time of the alleged offenses the victim was 13. The victim, who is now 19, reported the incident to authorities in June 2019.
Morris was charged with 5 counts of statutory rape/sex offense and 5 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. He reportedly resigned from his church the day of his arrest.
Morris was released from custody on July 26th after a judge lowered his bond from $2.5 million to $250,000.
As a condition of his release, Rev. Morris must stay away from the victim and refrain from communicating or attempting to communicate directly or indirectly with the victim. He must provide his fingerprints, a DNA sample, and have no contact with the victim or victim’s family, and remain under house arrest with electronic monitoring.
Morris is scheduled to be back in court on August 8th. He is being represented by Selma attorney Bob Denning.