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Minister Charged In Online Sex Sting

An 81-year-old self-proclaimed minister from Mechanicsville will be in court Thursday morning on charges filed after an online sex sting.

According to Louisa County investigators, Irvin Baldwin drove from his Mechanicsville home to Louisa County to allegedly meet a 13-year-old girl for sex. Investigators, posing as the thirteen year old girl, had been chatting with the suspect online for a month.

Baldwin denied that sex was his motive for visiting the "victim," and told investigators he was a minister that teaches Sunday school. Authorities have not determined what church Baldwin is affiliated with, but the suspect does have a degree from a Baptist seminary school in North Carolina.

Baldwin's neighbors reacted to the news Wednesday.

"It's rather shocking," said Bobby Mortimer. We don't know what to think other than that we've gotten to know him. You don't think these type of things would be going on but I guess in the real world they do."

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