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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington pastor charged last year with sex crimes against a minor pleaded guilty today.

Thomas Wiggins Jr. pleaded guilty to six counts of felony sex offense as a substitute parent for crimes that happened in 1998.

Prosecutors say Wiggins's victim was a 14-year-old boy, who was a member of Wiggins's church and whose parents were divorced. They say Wiggins became a father-figure to the victim, but over the course of the next two years began to sexually violate him.

Today, wiggins said he did commit the crimes. His lawyer said there is not a day that goes by Wiggins does not ask for forgiveness.

The judge sentenced Wiggins to six to nine years in prison. He also must register as a sex offender for the next 30 years.

The prosecution says the victim is glad he will not have to testify in court and that he is satisfied with the outcome.

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A Tribute...

First, my deepest sympathy goes out to the children who lost their innocence due to Wiggins's years of soulless acts! As you may know now, "Stanky Legg" self-indulged himself on the weakest members of our society, the children! Wiggins captured and manipulated the mind of a helpless kid and freakishly, enjoyed being a naughty host nibbling away at his church members’ brains. For those who choose to remain a lover of Bolton’s finest, get on your knees and pray that God sends you some help. Remember, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck! Justice is served with Wiggins’s head on a platter! Thank you.

First I resent the fact that

First I resent the fact that you refer to Wiggins as "Bolton's Finest" nothing could be futher from the truth. Yes, he lived here, has family here, and pastored here. Yes, some choose to be loyal to him and it's their right to do so. But he is not Bolton's finest and as far as I know has never claimed to be. Bolton is made up of great people that were shocked and taken back when this news was broken. Bolton does not condone his actions, but does not condemn people who support him!

THE TRUTH!

Tommie has been preaching since he was child. He comes from a strong family of christians. The family is sadden by this. For his sake I hope there are no more victims. The young man involved, I hope you will be able to grow into a strong man. Parents, watch your children regardless who they are with. To Elder Wiggins congregation, did you ever wonder why he never was married at his age? CHURCH, YOU KNEW THE TRUTH!

child molesters almost never

child molesters almost never get caught with the first victim. it has been speculated that when a child molester is caught, he is already in the double-digits with victims. so the odds of this being his first victim is slim and none. slim just called and said he was not in town. also, pedophilia is NOT curable. there was NEVER been any cure, and even chemical castration does not stop the urge to hurt children. just saying.

@ The Truth

My sentiments exactly!

I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT WE

I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT WE ALL HAVE SKELETONS

IN OUR CLOSET ( A PASS SOME OF US ARE NOT PROUD OF). SOME OF OUR PAST COMES OUT AND SOME DON'T SO ON THAT NOTE: "YE WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE'. PLEASE DON'T GET ME WRONG I'M NOT EXCUSING ELDER WIGGINS AND MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE VICTIM IT'S JUST THAT WE ALL HAVE DONE SOMETHING THAT WE CARE NOT TO REMEMBER AND SIN IS SIN NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR HOW LARGE.

@ Sharon "Stupid" Moore Bowen

Your antidote does not resemble skeletons hidden in Wiggins’s internal closet! You're so far out in left field you've lost your way! Wiggins is a malevolent trespasser of the third kind, a demon! You can do whatever you want in this life as long as it does not affect the lives of others. Class has started: This’s the difference between how you related the twisted world in your mind, in which, you divide acts of heinous crimes comparatively to the trials and errors of turning over a new leaf. I suggest you remain sober of the sponge that has washed your brain cells away

Sharon "Stupid" Moore Bowen

THANKS FOR THE COMPLIMENT. I AM CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO NOT HIDE BEHIND A SCREEN NAME AND YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO CALL ME STUPID. MY BRAIN IS WORKING 100% FOR I AM NOT ASHAME OF WHAT I SAY BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO THEIR OPINION. AS I SAID BEFORE I'M NOT EXCUSING ELDER WIGGINS FOR WHAT CONFESSED TO AND MY HEART
DEEPLY GOES OUT TO THE VICTIM. ON JUDGEMENT DAY WE WILL ALL STAND BEFORE GOD FOR OURSELVES,SHARON MOORE BOWEN I AM NOW AND SHARON MOORE BOWEN I WILL BE THEN,NOT HIDIND BEHIND SOME SCREEN NAME. TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT I STAY SOBER SPIRTUALLY, PHYSCIALLY AND MENTALLY.NA

@RealTalk101

I don't think she was being "stupid". I think she was more or less trying to say that he is human and humans make mistakes. Granted this was a heinous act and if you read the Bible there is no little or big sin. There is just sin!
I suggest you lay off the spirits and let you mind clear.

Let's hope that every person

Let's hope that every person who saw, suspected or may have been harmed by Thomas Archie Wiggins, will find the courage and strength to speak up and contact police, no matter how long ago the abuse happened.
Keep in mind that child predators rarely have only one victim. And your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
"SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, teachers, Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like orphanages, summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc."

Justice

the only thing i have to say is i appreciate him standing up and being real about what happened.

@ Justice. This Bud's For You!

Are you calling being "real" someone who confessions after he has been captured?! I’m saddened that you lost your common sense. At what age may I ask, dear?

You appreciate him standin up and being real?

He was caught. He had no other practical option other than to confess. If he hadn't, the consequences for him would be even more severe.

How can you possibly praise him for confessing instead of damning him for his crime?

Your priorities are bass ackwards. My condolences.

Yes he was caught and he is

Yes he was caught and he is going to prison for what he has done. Your word - damming him for his crime, OK you righteous Judge - well I got news for you.. he is going to prison.. but the Lord forgave him, I bet you did not know that, the Lord will not dam him no matter what he did, if he ask for forgiveness, and there is nothing no one can do, you go ahead dam him, what keys do you have. All have sin and come short of the glory of God, it don't matter less or greater... you have sin and still sinning,if not the word said you are a lie.
Daniel 9 verse 9 it reads to the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness through we have rebelled against him.
Act 26 18 verse To open their eyes and from darkness to light and from the POWER OF SATAN unto God that they may receive forgiveness of sins and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith is in me. (me-THE LORD) Many Scripture I can get for you. So Damnation is not in our hands. Before I go just want to say I am not a church member there or in the cogic nor am I kin to him naturally.

@Newlife3 You're Still In Love with Wiggins, Huh?

Running to Wiggins's defense makes you guilty by association and if he was released today, you’ll kneel in front of him to kiss the ground where his feet rest. I’m going to assume you’re a long standing member of Bolton’s finest by your passionate decoy. To covet or even share the table with a deranged demon is to neglect your moral responsibility as a human being, rather than forget that Wiggins existed in memory. However you desire wrongfully, from what I can interpret, the dangerous part in the lessor of the evil, Wiggins’s redemption! Running to cut the chains off of Wiggins for breaking the law; then, still being associated with a child molester tells the world you make an astounding unorthodox Christian. You adhere to the parts of the bible that fits into your scheme of things and if you have to apply the other parts that makes up the whole, you’ll conform but only for a brief moment. That’s called a “hypocrite!” If the violation of a helpless human being rested within the turmoil in your home, we might not have met! Please study what Christianity really is about, it seems you have general knowledge of Theology and its functions.

How in the world do standing

How in the world do standing behind someone that you know cause you to be guilty by association. Wiggins did what he did but it was in the past you shouldnt hold something that happen 13 years ago over someones head. for one reason he is paying for his crime but as many prist are doing the same thing and its being kept undercover or worse. Wiggins is doing his time. I know both partiest and what they both have to deal with aint none of the worlds business all of yall that are talking about them. you should know them both on a personal level than you would know different.. Pastor Thomas A Wiggins is the sweetiest person you could ever meet. I love him as my former pastor and I stand behind him..

i guess you did not read the

i guess you did not read the part where I said I am not cogic nor kin I never saw he in my life before. I am in the 5 fold ministry, again but not in the cogic church, I love the Lord with all my heart and I love my husband. Forgiveness, ask the Lord to save you, wash you, and you will know the truth, see I know of forgiveness, a murder killed my baby, and not going all in it, but to say if that murderer ask the Lord for forgiveness, and he forgave, I forgave, I prayed, I sought the Lord to change me, my heart, I forgive, and that x-murderer will have a place in heaven. so forgive who ever you are, I believe you have some hurt, and hatefulness in you, and the Lord can and will help you give your life to the Lord. Amen

@ newlife3

I'm sorry for your loss. Kowtow.

I hoped the comment meant at

I hoped the comment meant at least the kid didnt have to testify because he told the truth!

@ I hoped

I had hoped, too! That daranged cross-dresser was speaking about Wiggins. I'm not trying to wish evil on anyone but you need a taste of what Wiggins's victim went through. Compliments of the chief:

Psychotherapist
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5401 Wrightsville Avenue
Wilmington
(910) 617-3298

Carol Edwards Counselingwww.caroledwards.org/You

Interesting

I thought molesting children was a prerequisite for becoming a pastor.

Then, please refrain from thinking...

...if that's the best you can do! Idiotic statements like that only add to the destructive nature of this type of problem. It's a crying shame that someone uses the sanctity of a religious environment to abuse as a pedophile. It's totally asinine to say it is a prerequisite for becoming a minister.

Go sit down and take a few more drags off your crack pipe!

@ Guest461

^5! She was drunk!

Amen! Its your job to

Amen! Its your job to research and protect yourself and children from wolves in sheeps clothing! The scripture tells you they are out there!

Pastor Wiggins, I’m sad

Pastor Wiggins, I’m sad and proud of you all at the same time. I know it was a hard thing to plead guilty to these charges, but this is how you get free from your yesterday. You have embarked upon a long journey to recovery and getting your life back. Never stop preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ and the Lord has already vindicated you. I pray for the young man involved in the case because tht act has caused him to undergo a lifelong process too. I pray you both grow in the grace, love and forgiveness of God. I love you and praying for you both & the Body of Christ for your a soldier

@ Queen: Somone Needs to Cast out that Demonic Spirit in You!

Dear Queen Stanky Legg II:

I’m not sure how many rendezvous you’ve had with Wiggins but I have to believe, based on how you assembled your reckless words, you’re willing to carrying his cross?!

Amazingly, you’re a puppet, and Wiggins is the puppeteer who holds your strings. You can play checkers with the devil but the legal system is going to wear the crown! You’d rather remain in the comforts of an unclean and dirty lifestyle holding the hand of Wiggins rather than submit to the normalcy of toe-tapping justice?

The Jackhammer: Every time your rhythm coincides with the devil by praising Wiggins’s child molester ways, comparably to “Adolf Hitler” by supporting criminal acts toward children and acknowledging Wiggins should continue playing with God and Christianity, your aura matches Occultism. The witchery in you will always be met with misfortune; you can’t use Wiggins’s falsehoods of evil deeds to parade around trying to lift him up! You’re the Antichrist that people were warned would come in the end days

Don't Confuse me with the facts

Neka and queen are the type of morons that ignore sin until it screws them personally. They probably think that the holocaust never occurred. You probably believe that Eddie Long and the catholic molesting priests are the victims. Not one word in your moronic comments indicated any concern for the victims who bravely came forward, nor their families that have suffered with them all these years. You are two dumb asses, (in a biblical sense).

Your pride is misguided

You’re proud of him for PLEADING guilty? He was caught and had no other choice. You should be ashamed of him for BEING guilty.

The Lord has already vindicated him? Says who? You? So, unlike the rest of us (except for rip-off televangelists, of course), God talks to you personally?

I guess it never occurred to you that perhaps you good pastor was just collecting a paycheck instead of being sincere. How could he possibly be a practicing pedophile and still believe in what he was preaching?

You'd rather continue to support a charlatan than admit you were tricked by a pedophile.

Pathetic.

File for "Punitive Damages" in Civil Court.

The members don't want to admit they have been hoodwinked, conned, paralyzed in rope, hustled by powerful parables of persuasion, ripped off; and a victim unto their selves for worshipping man and not God. FYI: If you guys would like the money you’ve paid in over the years for fueling Wiggins’s pedophiliac ways, you can sue in civil court for deceptive business practices because he was sentenced and convicted! More so he was found guilty! I'm certain he has money stockpiled somewhere that’s owed back to all the victims, i.e., church members; the plaintiff, especially should file a civil lawsuit for punitive damages to be awarded. In fact, all the members combined might have a chance at a class action lawsuit

really?

"the Lord has already vindicated you"?? ....So you know what the "Lord" is thinking? Do you have a direct line to this "Lord" or are you just reciting the usual religious crap? Wiggins is a pervert, child abuser, period. Hope he has a cell with a huge fudge packer.