RAEFORD — Several charges were dismissed on Monday against a Red Springs church official facing six felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.
Vinson Henderson, a 46-year-old Shannon man, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor assault on a female in Hoke County Superior Court, an official with the office of District Attorney Kristy Newton told The Fayetteville Observer. The felony charges were dismissed, but the official would not say why.
The Robesonian tried repeatedly to get the information from the Hoke District Attorney’s Office, but was unable to do so.
According to the Fayetteville paper, Superior Court Judge Mary Ann Tally sentenced Henderson to 18 months of supervised probation and a 150-day suspended sentence. The official said he would only receive jail time if he violates his probation.
Henderson, who served as superintendent of Mount Elim Baptist Church in Red Springs, was arrested in December 2011 and charged with molesting two children at the church. In 2013, four more counts of indecent liberties with a child were added, as well as the assault charges.
At the time, a Hoke County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said a female told deputies Henderson had been molesting her for about two years. The investigation led detectives to a second alleged victim, who said she was molested at least once.
Henderson, of Les Norman Road in Shannon, made his $100,000 bond shortly after being arrested.
At the church, his duties included coordinating activities for youths.
In 2009, Henderson was found not guilty of assault on a female and sexual battery of a 12-year-old family member, who he was related to through marriage.