65-Year-Old Sex Offender Allegedly Rapes 10-Year-Old At Church

65-Year-Old Sex Offender Allegedly Rapes 10-Year-Old At Church

65-Year-Old Sex Offender Allegedly Rapes 10-Year-Old At Church

A registered sex-offender was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping a 10-year-old child inside a church.

Police say that 65-year-old Henry Clifford Byrd Sr. had been invited to participate in activities at New Bethel Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, Mass., on March 23, WXII 12 reported.

According to a police statement obtained by the station, "At some point during the evening, it was discovered that Byrd had possibly sexually assaulted one of the children at the church."

Police believe the incident occurred in the church kitchen, according to WFMY News 2.

Byrd has been charged with rape of a child and indecent liberties with a child.

Byrd was convicted in May 2000 of three counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry. He was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison, and got out of prison in 2006.

Dr. Kendall Jones, the church's pastor, told WFMY that he did not know about Byrd's criminal record.

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