Man accused of raping a 16-year-old member of his church

May 1, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: WTVD

Johnston County deputies have arrested Joseph Kennedy Ragland, the pastor at Church of God in Christ Jesus on Southcross Street in Angier.

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Cookie Smith

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Jun 13, 2009
 

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I have known Joe as I have always called him and he was my first Boyfriend that my parents let me date, I known in my heart he came from a praying and very,very good family and he would never do such a thing like this. I think this young girl just needed some attention, and she went about the wrong way, No one should have to go threw anything like this. I have always love Joe Ragland even thought, we have continue to live I life with others, He will always be my forever and first love. May God bless him threw these trouble times and his wife and family.
Tammy S

Apex, NC

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I haven't seen Pastor Ragland in a number of years, but the man I knew was a man of God, a man who loved his congregation and would never behave in this manner. I do not believe any of this! The truth will come out.
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Cookie Smith wrote:
I have known Joe as I have always called him and he was my first Boyfriend that my parents let me date, I known in my heart he came from a praying and very,very good family and he would never do such a thing like this. I think this young girl just needed some attention, and she went about the wrong way, No one should have to go threw anything like this. I have always love Joe Ragland even thought, we have continue to live I life with others, He will always be my forever and first love. May God bless him threw these trouble times and his wife and family.


I blame your parents for allowing you to date Joe and engage in a sexual gay relationship at such a young age. P.S., lets leave GOD out of this sinners poor judgement.
weekendsonly

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Aug 3, 2009
 
Let the girls parents deal with him, it will save the tax payer lot of money.
showout

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Sep 9, 2009
 
there are 3 sides to a story yours, mines and the truth. We will see soon!!
Rochelle Hearns

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Sep 10, 2009
 
In response to Cookie Smiths comment. You say you dated Joes and he was your first boyfriend so that tells me that you guys were really young,I believe its safe to say he was a boy then. My question to you: Do you know what kind of man he became? ANSWER: no you do not so dont sit up their say say someone is screaming for attention that is my cousin you are talking about, and further more who would want attention from a perverted old man. The women I have come across thus far and that knows him knows that he is veryyyyyyy flirtatious
Tropical Punch

Clayton, NC

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Sep 19, 2009
 
I will be soooo glad when the truth comes out about this case. The good pastor and his holy sanctified family are talking so much trash about this young lady & her family. so saved, but quick to bash everyone who thinks he's guilty or who left the church for various reasons. only his relatives & a few (<5) ppl still go to his church,but they dont wanna talk about how he owes ppl major $$, ruined others credit, & how he has approached women for sex. he thinks he's Jesus and above the law. I hope he gets the max time & prosecute his wife for covering for him!
Shocked- Hampton Roads VA

Portsmouth, VA

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Feb 5, 2011
 
I have known Pastor Ragland from childhood. I do not live in my hometown anymore but I was very shocked to hear what has happened. It is very disturbing to hear that a childhood friend has been accused of such a thing much less a man of God. But what we as Christians seem to forget is the ministers and deacons of our churches are men first and clergy second. None of us are exempt sin and temptation. May God bless this young girl and her family and have mercy on her soul and Pastor Ragland if he committed this terrible crime. We as human beings are so quick to judge and to condemn but that is a sin. Shocked and praying for both parties.
Rose

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Nov 2, 2011
 
I am truly appalled at the double standards of this country! A pastor gets accused and we r so ready to point fingers and sling around accusations. What's in your closet? Why does this whole family have to be condemned for 1 persons indescretions whatever they are because NONE of you were there. The media gets PAID to print a story and that's what they did. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone! Apostle or not, this is a good family and nobody deseves to have people turn on them when they need them the most. Because of his office and his calling, it is up to God to judge Apostle Ragland, because He knows what truly happened because He is all seeing and all knowing. Let God be God and keep yor mouths off of who He's called because if Apostle is innocent, your judgement will be much worse. Why not pray for God's leaders instead of being so quick to judge and condemn them. My prayers go out to this family and church because the enemy has truly been successful in ripping it apart. May God's healing hands cover and mend quickly. God bless the Ragland family and all who have been affected by this tragedy.
Mack

Clayton, NC

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Dec 14, 2012
 
Why the hell does she need mercy on HER soul? She's a child, he's a freaky, ugly pedophile who VIOLENTLY and selfishly inflicted pain on a GIRL for his own, sick pleasure. No, idiot, it's not the victim who needs mercy, it's the people who think victims deserve what they get. YOU need mercy on YOUR soul for trying to suggest something so stupid about a child. We do not live in 1742 anymore. Get over it. No man worth a damn or with a spine, nevermind self-respect, would harm ANY young lady and then blame her for it, like some yella bellied COWARD. Enjoy your time in prison, preacher, cause you're gonna find out very intimately what RAPE is all about. Say hello to your new boyfriends for us.

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