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Judge holds bond for ministry leader accused of '90s sex crimes with child

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BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) -- Nearly two dozen people filled a Brunswick County courtroom today trying to make the case that a minister charged with sex crimes involving a child two decades ago should be let out of jail.

Friends and family of Joseph Robert Hall showed up hoping to see his $1.2 million bond reduced.

"We have allegations by the victim. We have a confession that is recorded by the defendant indicating that he did in fact have a sexual relationship, at least in his own words," Assistant District Attorney Chris Thompson said.

Hall is charged with four counts of indecent liberties and 11 counts of statutory sex offense in Brunswick County.

Thompson said Hall had sexual relations with the victim beginning when she was 12 years old in 1994, but Thompson said Hall claimed nothing happened until he considered her age appropriate when she turned 14.

"He was able to gain access to her through church association, as well as an affair he was having with the victim's mother at the time," Thompson said.

Hall now lives in Gaston County, where he is the ministry leader of a men's group. Twenty-three relatives and friends filled the court room to support reducing his bond. The defense argued hall has no intentions of missing his next court date, and he needs to be closer to his attorney.

"Am I right? Will the church ensure that he will return?" defense attorney Arcangela Mazzariello asked the friends and family in the courtroom, who answered affirmatively. "He will return."

After hearing both sides the judge made the final decision based on the nature of the allegations.

"The court respectfully declines to reduce the bond," Judge Ola Lewis said.

Lewis also ruled Hall cannot have any contact with the victim and cannot be around anyone under the age of 18.

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He is a good man this Realy

He is a good man this Realy shocks me there is more to the story and I'm Realy to get it all out praying for you and her and all the family's

First of all, "good men" do

First of all, "good men" do not engage in sexual relations with minors. This person did something despicable and forever changed the life of a child! That is not okay and while his punishment should have came at the time this abuse started... Better late than never. We all have to stand before God and and be judged and even though he forgives, he still tells us that we reap what we sow!

If it were your child......

What more do you understand that there is to this story? The lies that a man who for years manipulated and took advantage of a child…painted a picture of leadership, “godliness”, “holiness”, and good will toward fellow men has told you? It’s easy to believe a perpetrator….easy to believe lies…..easy for them to appear like upstanding individuals and like an individual who would never hurt a child….easy to believe he is a good man….forgiven by God for his sins against others. In this article it speaks of admission of guilt on behalf of the perpetrator….yet there are people who uphold him as if he has done no wrong. It is NEVER ok to manipulate, take advantage of or violate the boundaries of a child. What people fail to recognize is if this were their child…..would they be advocating for this person? Would you re-victimize your child by not believing them, demolish their ability to trust and have faith in adults or anyone for that matter…..would you change their life forever by teaching them that they cannot have faith in those that say “I will take care of you?” Future relationships for them will never be the same. Fear, cautiousness, and reluctance to ever be vulnerable in any relationship becomes their norm. Victims of any abuse want first and foremost to be heard and second be believed. The very two things that perpetrators try so incredibly hard to prevent. Perpetrators prefer victims to have no voice, to keep secrets, to feel weak and to feel at fault! What you think you may know, I’m sure has been filtered many times….altered and redefined for his own conscious….

"he is the ministry leader of a men's group"

I can not even imagine a religious group of any kind making this pervert its ministry leader. This is the kind of stuff that turns people away from organized religion.

To the Supporters

In what mind, in what part of the Bible does it make this kind of behavior "a-okay"? You are standing up for the wrong person. He admitted it, not only admitted it but justified himself by saying, well, I waited until she was 14. Meanwhile, he was having an affair with the mother. That tells me all I need to know about his character. I guess he forgot all about the Biblical admonitions of no sex before marriage. He had an affair alright, the affair was a ruse to gain access to the heart and mind of an innocent child. When will you say enough is enough? True Christians do not uphold a fellow brother when he is wrong. True Christians admonish him and bring him to justice.

This man is no servant of God, more like a serpent of the Evil one. By defending him this makes you a Synagogue of Satan. Read Revelation and the letters to the churches and you will know what I mean.

Another liberal dumbocrat

Another liberal dumbocrat moohamad obama voter off the streets! yippy! lol :D

NOT MUCH LONGER!!!!

J.W.B your next and very soon you will be held accountable for all the damage and abuse that these children have suffered by your hands! All of your legal tactics are failing. Your day is coming.

"Supporters"

The "church supporters" are just as guilty & sick for supporting this sick accused pedophile....how many others has he violated in the last 20 years that are too afraid to come forward. Now's the time!

ONCE AGAIN!!!

Brunswick County doing an outstanding job and protecting it's citizens from CHILD SEX OFFENDERS like this dirt bag above. Atta boy to the law enforcement agencies involved and to the district attorney who have taken a stand against these types of sub humans. What's the problem New Hanover County? Still sooooo many predators running free!

This case makes me sick.

This case makes me sick. Nearly 25 years this filth has walked around knowing what pain he has caused. There should be a news update about these cases every Friday so we can all sit back and marvel at the sheer number of child predators we allow to walk around not having to answer for their crimes. Children are suffering. I hope he ends up in a cell with Clyde Way. They can sit up all night talking about how they were serving the Lord and bring kids to Christ. More like serving themselves and terrorizing kids. Makes me ill. My wish is that someone from the community shows up to every trial of these men in support of all victims and their families. Nobody else seems to want to defend the victims.