RAEFORD — Prosecutors on Monday dismissed several charges against a Red Springs church official who had been 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, District Attorney Kristy Newton’s office told The Fayetteville Observer. The felony charges were dismissed, but the official would not say why.
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 taking 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 girl 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.