Chaperone charged with sex crimes at Caswell
    July 11 2013 by BR staff

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an Albemarle man for sex crimes that occurred at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell, Oak Island.
    Clyde Wesley Way, 68, faces 24 charges of molesting young boys at Caswell, which is owned and operated by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC). While not an employee of Caswell or the BSC, convention officials say Way was a chaperone with a church group visiting the facility.
    According to news reports, the crimes involved four boys between the ages of 10 and 13 in late June. The boys were with their church June 24-29 as part of Youth Weeks, which are sponsored by the BSC.
    Charges include 16 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, four counts of employing or permitting a minor to assist in an offense involving a lewd act, and four counts of indecent liberties with a child.
    “The safety of participants in the summer camps sponsored by the [BSC] is of utmost importance,” according to an official statement released by the convention.
    “The [BSC] requires that all employees undergo criminal background checks. In addition, every church is required to conduct background checks on all chaperones accompanying its youth and children attending the [BSC] camps and to give evidence that these checks have been conducted.”  
    Way is being held in the Stanly County Detention Facility under a $350,000 bond.
    “We have been cooperating, and will continue to fully cooperate, with law enforcement as their investigation of this chaperone continues,” BSC said in the statement.
    Every summer, Youth Weeks at Caswell hosts thousands of middle and high school students.
    “Hundreds of young people respond to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, with many participants expressing their desire to invest their lives in missionary and ministry endeavors,” the statement said. “We pray for all the young people attending our camps this summer, but especially the young people, their families and the church involved in this situation.”

    7/11/2013 2:52:05 PM by BR staff | with 0 comments
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