Thomas Archie Wiggins Jr. another Church of God in Christ Pastor has been arrested for sex crimes against an underage child. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office arrested Thomas Archie Wiggins Jr, 54, on five counts of first-degree sexual offense and five counts of indecent liberties with a minor. “The crimes allegedly took place in 1998, said Sgt. J.J. Brewer, spokesman for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. As of Tuesday, Wiggins was listed as the pastor on the website for Wilmington’s Faith Temple Church of God and Christ, 1119 S. 4th St. According to the organization’s website, Wiggins has been a pastor at the church since December 1998, but Brewer said he did not know when during that year the alleged incidents took place.Wiggins was booked into the New Hanover County jail under a $100,000 secured bond, but bonded out later in the day, according to jail officials.
A former Homewood minister is accused of killing his wife.
Richard Shahan was arrested last week in Nashville’s airport trying to board a plane to Germany. He was extradited to Jefferson County yesterday to face murder charges in connection with his wife Karen’s death last July.
Through a closed circuit television in a Jefferson County criminal court, Shahan stood for his initial appearance as the judge read the charges against him. It’s an appearance that’s been almost six months in the making.
On July 23 of last year, Shahan’s wife, Karen Shahan, was found dead in the couple’s home on Hugh Circle in Homewood. Two weeks later, Richard Shahan was brought in for questioning by the Homewood police, but was later released.
In the wake of of his wife’s death, Shahan took a leave of absence from his position as children’s minister at First Baptist Church of Birmingham. He announced his resignation on Nov. 29, and shared his intentions to pursue mission work overseas.
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