RELIGION

Social worker accused of hiding religious sect abuse resigns

An attorney for a North Carolina child welfare agency says a social worker accused of sabotaging a 2015 child abuse investigation at her secretive religious sect has resigned.

Andrea Leslie-Fite says Lori Cornelius resigned effective Friday as a social worker for the Cleveland County Department of Social Services.

Leslie-Fite declined further comment on Cornelius' departure, but in her letter of resignation, Cornelius says her decision to move on was made for various unspecified reasons.

The announcement came nearly two weeks after an Associated Press story detailed allegations that Cornelius and two assistant North Carolina district attorneys undermined abuse investigations at Word of Faith Fellowship.

The two assistant district attorneys left their jobs last week shortly after their boss asked the State Bureau of Investigation to look into the allegations.