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Ruckersville pastor indicted on crimes against children

A Ruckersville pastor charged with sexually violating children has been indicted by a grand jury.

Rodney Martin Locklear, 47, was indicted in Madison County Circuit Court on March 4 on six crimes against children: abduction of a minor, sexually penetrating a minor with an object, three counts of indecent liberties with a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The charges stem from incidents that occurred in 2023, according to authorities.

In February, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office announced it was investigating Locklear after he was taken into custody and charged with abduction with intent to defile and two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a child between the ages of 13 and 14.

According to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Locklear led children’s Bible study classes at Victory Church on Wednesdays. He had been a pastor there for six years and, before that, a pastor at Abundant Life Church.

Locklear is being held at Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange without bond. A bond appeal is set for March 19. He will be arraigned in Madison County Circuit Court at 9:30 a.m. March 24. A preliminary hearing in the Greene case has been set for May 2.

An investigation is ongoing. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information regarding Locklear to contact authorities at (434) 939-7914 or (434) 566-2813.


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