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Former Norfolk Pastor accused of attempted sex crimes against a minor

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Posted at 8:00 AM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 17:02:20-05

NORFOLK, VA - A Norfolk pastor is currently in jail under no bond accused of attempted sex crimes against a minor.

66-year-old Victor Philip was the Pastor at Norfolk Calvary Church of the Nazarene on Newell Avenue.

Philip was arrested on January 8. Officials said the attempted offense took place at Northside Park on Tidewater Drive and that Philip was arrested by an undercover officer. The undercover investigator acted as an underage victim, and police said there were no actual children involved in this incident.

He has been charged with six felonies of attempting to take indecent liberties against a minor, according to court records.

Philip was also a contractor for the Lake Taylor Transitional Care in Norfolk. On Tuesday the business sent News 3 a statement saying Philip was contracted to provide chaplain services but his contract was terminated as of January 11. They added that as it is an "ongoing legal matter," and had no further comment.

On Tuesday morning the superintendent of the Virginia District Church of the Nazarene responded to a News 3 inquiry about Philip's arrest.

Phil Fuller said, "Your email alerted the Virginia District Church of the Nazarene to the arrest of Victor Philip. As District Superintendent I was shocked to learn of his arrest through your inquiry. Victor Philip has not been an employee of the Norfolk Calvary Church of the Nazarene (or any Church of the Nazarene) since June 1, 2020 when he officially retired. The Norfolk Calvary Church became inactive in June 2020 due to lack of attendance, finances and involvement."

According to records, Philip began his pastoral ministry at Norfolk Calvary Church in October 1998.

News 3 is following this story and will have more as it develops.