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Pastor charged with statutory sex offense

BREVARD — A Brevard pastor has been arrested by the Transylvania County Sheriff's Office and charged with two counts of statutory sex offense and three counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Michael Waddell Miller, 49, of Pisgah Forest, turned himself in to deputies after the Transylvania County Department of Social Services was called to investigate allegations of child molestation.

Miller has allegedly committed sex acts with a Transylvania County teen for the last five years, beginning when the girl was 10 years old. The girl and her family are members of the church congregation.

He is the pastor of Living Waters Church at Oak Grove, on Asheville Highway in Brevard.

Miller was placed in the Transylvania County Detention Facility under a $220,000 secured bond and will go for a first appearance next week.

Police said it's not known if any of the crimes were committed at the church.

The investigation is continuing.