Accused Baptist camp chaperone indicted

Clyde Wesley Way, arrested last year on charges of taking indecent liberties with four boys at a Baptist summer camp, has been indicted on multiple felony charges by a grand jury in North Carolina.

By Bob Allen

A volunteer youth worker accused of playing strip poker for sexual gratification with boys at a North Carolina Baptist camp in 2013 has been indicted on felony charges.

clyde wesley wayClyde Wesley Way, 68, was indicted Jan. 21 by a grand jury on four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and four counts of indecent exposure, according to the Port City Daily in Wilmington, N.C. The acts are alleged to have occurred during a church retreat at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell June 24-29, 2013.

Prior to his arrest on July 10, 2013, at his home in Ablemarle, N.C., Way worked several years as volunteer student ministries team leader for the Stanly Baptist Association. Associational leaders removed him after four boys told their parents what happened at summer camp.

At the time Way was planning to chaperone another group from Richfield Baptist Church, affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, but after the incident the church cut off his contact with youth and the pastor led the youth group at camp.

In the 1990s, Way was employed as a youth minister at Faith Baptist Church in Glen Burnie, Md. In addition to his church work in North Carolina, he reportedly was a substitute school teacher and a part-time employee at the Stanly County YMCA.

Way is scheduled to make his next appearance in Brunswick County Superior Court on April 8.

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