Youth minister faces charges in Guilford County
    October 25 2010 by wire reports

    A youth minister at an Autryville church is facing charges in Guilford County.

    Thomas L. Elliot, 40, of Roseboro, was arrested for soliciting a minor over the Internet for a sexual act and attempted indecent liberties with a minor.

    The arrest Thursday (Oct. 21) was part of an undercover Internet sting by Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. According to an official with the sheriff’s office, Elliot had been under surveillance since September.

    Elliot is a part-time youth minister at Autryville Baptist Church.

    Officers said Elliot initiated chats with officers online. Thursday Elliot arranged to meet what he thought was a 14-year-old girl on Friday “for the purpose of a sexual act,” the official said.

    The minister drove two and a half hours from Roseboro to Greensboro for the meeting.

    “We set up to meet at a movie theater,” Det. Tommy Sluder Sluder said. However, after Elliott got lost, detectives changed the location of the meeting to an electronics store, where he was promptly arrested.

    “He was shocked,” said Sluder of Elliott’s reaction when he opened his car door to see a swarm of detectives instead of the girl.


    Elliot’s former employer at Clinton radio station said news of the arrest was surprising.

    Pat Dixon at WCLN Funtime Oldies in Clinton, said the news of his arrest came as a shock.

    “It is out of character for him to do something like this,” Dixon said Friday in a Sampson Independent article. “I have nothing but good things to say about him. He is one of the finest people that I have ever met.”


    Dixon said Elliott, who has a wife and child, worked at the station for close to six years as on-air talent doing an afternoon radio show, where Elliott was better known as “The Fly.” 


    Two years ago, Elliott left his job for the ministry “because he really loved doing it and it was something he always wanted to do,” Dixon said.

    “I know he also worked another job in Fayetteville to supplement his income. I get people who still come up to me and ask what happened to his show; he was very popular here. To hear of him being arrested, is just a real shock to me.”


    Elliott is being held on a $25,000 bond at Guilford County Jail. His first court appearance was Friday at 2 p.m.

    Other reports say Elliot also was an announcer for a local football team. Elliot also was a volunteer youth minister at Evergreen Baptist Church before being hired at Autryville Baptist.  
    10/25/2010 3:10:00 AM by wire reports | with 4 comments




Comments
James Howard
"Congrats to Law Enforcement," indeed. If you want to see just how pervasive sexual abuse and assault is among Baptist clergy and church staff, check out Christa Brown's blog: www.stopbaptistpredators.blogspot.com or read her book, "This Little Light." Both will make you sad, angry and embarrassed that there are serial predators in our midst, but the SBC "big-wigs" don't believe we have a problem and aren't willing to even create a data base to help protect churches and children from predators who move from church to church.
10/27/2010 11:32:33 AM

Jack Wolford
Congrats to Law Enforcement. If he's guilty may it remind us that our ranks are as suceptable as any others.
10/26/2010 1:53:42 AM

Brent Hobbs
A sad story. Should remind all of us of the need to quickly kill sin in our own lives, in whatever form it takes, and to not let it gain a foothold.
10/25/2010 3:26:20 PM

Gene Scarborough
The response of his former employer and many church people is always, "He was so nice!"

After such a sting, it would behoove anyone wanting to play the fields of corruption to clean up their act.

Now we have an additional issue of "Human Trafficking" going on in NC. Girls and young women (boys for all I know) are swept up as runaways or foriegners wanting to come to America. They find themselves from large cities to rural areas in the back corners and forced to participate in lewd acts for the joy of (mostly) men who present a good public image---behind which is a lust for sexual gratification.

What is this world coming to in the Bible Belt????
10/25/2010 12:17:58 PM

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