NC Pastor Gets 8 To 14 Years On Child Sex Charges

Asheville’s ABC affiliate reports:

A former pastor of a church in Black Mountain has pleaded guilty after being accused of sexual offense with a minor. District Attorney Todd Williams said Trent Brandon Holbert, formerly the pastor of The Ridge Church in Black Mountain, pled guilty Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, to felony attempted statutory sexual offense.

The minor was a 15-year-old girl. Per the plea agreement, Judge Sharon Tracey Barrett sentenced Holbert to serve 94-173 months (7.8 to 14.4 years) in a North Carolina prison. Warrants alleged Holbert groomed the teen by first befriending her parents who joined The Ridge Church.

Read the full article. Hobert resigned as the church’s head pastor after his first court appearance following his arrest.