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Wanted Beaufort pastor shares his side of the story

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BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

A Beaufort pastor wanted on charges of burglary, stalking, harassment and wiretapping is out of jail.

TLC Ministries founder Ronald Von Fricken was released on his own recognizance after turning himself in to the Beaufort County Detention Center Monday morning.

Von Fricken says the charges were filed by a woman with whom he had a three year relationship.

"I never did anything to be malicious or harmful or harassing and if it came about that way, it certainly wasn't my intent," he said.

According to the Beaufort Police Report, Von Fricken contacted the victim numerous times between April 1 and June 11. He also allegedly used tracking devices to monitor her whereabouts, something he says is taken out of context. 

"I didn't have a tracking device, what she had in her car was the iPhone Find My Phone," he said.

Von Fricken says he used that app to check on her the day she filed the police report against him. But he says it was only out of concern.

"I knew she was there to pay a speeding ticket, I just wanted to see the company she was keeping," said Von Fricken.

The two worked together at Von Fricken's TLC Ministries in Beaufort, which helps men battle alcohol and drug addiction through faith.

Neighbor and friend LaMika Patterson says Von Fricken took care of the victim and even provided the furniture for her home.

"This is a relationship between two people. I know he's not a burglar, I know that he paid the bills for the place and they didn't say anything was taken," says Patterson.

"I knew what I was doing was wrong and I do regret it," says Von Fricken.

He says he plans to write a letter apologizing to the community for his actions, and hopes they will forgive him.

Von Fricken has stepped down from TLC Ministries and plans to check himself into a restoration facility.

He is due back in court on August 23.

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