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Former N. Charleston pastor accused of sexually abusing minor will serve no jail time

Karey Montrel Heyward was accused of performing lewd acts on a child inside a North Charleston...
Karey Montrel Heyward was accused of performing lewd acts on a child inside a North Charleston home from 2012 through 2015.(Live 5 News)
Updated: Mar. 6, 2020 at 8:53 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A former North Charleston pastor accused of sexually abusing a minor will serve no jail time after pleading guilty to a lesser charge.

Karey Montrel Heyward was accused of performing lewd acts on a child inside a North Charleston home from 2012 through 2015.

He was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor in July of 2019. At the time, he was lead pastor at Eternity Church in North Charleston.

On Thursday, Heyward pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and battery.

The judge sentenced him to three years in prison suspended with 18 months probation and a $500 fine.

Heyward will not have to register as a sex offender, nor will sex offender conditions of probation apply.

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