October 23, 2019
ASHEVILLE – A former Episcopal priest pleaded guilty to a multitude of child sex crimes in Western North Carolina, lending credence to allegations that span decades.
Howard White, 78, was indicted in Haywood County in 2016 on 15 charges including first-degree rape, second-degree forcible sex offense and indecent liberties with a child, District Attorney Ashley Welch told the Citizen Times.
White pleaded guilty Oct. 21 to all counts and, per a plea deal, the first-degree charges were reduced to second-degree ones. He was sentenced to 12 years