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FIRST ON 3: Church trip chaperone accused of indecent liberties with kids


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Arrest warrants say a Stanly County man who helped chaperone a church trip to Fort Caswell organized a game of strip poker with children.

According to the warrants Clyde Wesley Way, 68, played strip poker and strip war with four boys under 14. When they were completely naked, the boys were required to stand up and show their genitalia, the warrants say.

Way was arrested in Stanly County last night to face 24 charges in Brunswick County related to incidents involving boys ages 10 to 13 in late June at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell.

Way faces 16 counts of sexual exploitation of minors and four counts of indecent liberties with a child among other charges.

Way was not an employee of Fort Caswell. He was a volunteer student ministries team leader for the Stanly Baptist Association. The association says Way has been removed from his position after the incident.

The children attending the camp reported their chaperone's inappropriate behavior to parents who notified their pastor and the Baptist Association, according to Hal Bilbo, associational missionary. After meeting with parents and the volunteer, the association immediately notified the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

Way is in the Stanly County Detention Facility under $350,000 bond.

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Clyde Way

Since you have all decided that this individual is guilty before trial, I would like to add that I have known this man and his wife and some members of his family for many years and hesitate to accept your determination that he has done the things he has been accused of by these four young boys. I know many young people that he has worked with for many years and every one of them only have positive things to say about him and they find these charges difficult to believe. If
he is truly guilty he will have to face a bigger judge than the one he will face here on this earth. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family and also these four young boys.

I have also known this family for years

I have also known this family for years, and I assure you, you don't know all that you think you do....ask Clyde about the "masterbation classes" in Centrifuge....ask him why he was involved in that. There are so many people this man has hurt, please don't be so blinded by your friendship with him that you refuse to see the trueth...he may have not hurt you or your family, may even seem like some kind of Saint to you, but that does not mean he has never done something to someone else, and the Devil isn't always so easy to see.....sometimes, he even hides inside good old family friends.

I agree, with S. Collins.

I agree, with S. Collins. he was our youth leader for many years in Glen Burnie, He would do anything for the kids. He was always there to take someone in, give them a shoulder to cry on, or just an ear to listen to their problems. He has our family support!

AS someone who knows how

AS someone who knows how easy it is for a wolf to appear in sheep's clothing, I can honestly say that you cannot judge this man by how he acts around you. Predators are very good at hiding who they really are, that is how they get by with it for so long.

Guilty or not, he will face judgment in the next life, but he will also face judgment on earth.

If he is indeed a christ

If he is indeed a christ follower, he has no fear of earthly offenses. What should lay heavy on everyone's heart is that if some comments are true, there have been crimes perpetrated in other states. I looked into this Centrifuge place, it is in Tennessee and one person said he was a minister in Maryland. How are other possible victims to even know that they may not be alone? Don't they deserve more than to assume justice will be served for Clyde Way in the afterlife? Doesn't the bible have earthly justice? It just doesn't seem fair to ask the possible victims to pray away their feelings. I'm glad his family is supporting him, maybe they should release a statement or speak to the news. The silence of it all is the worst. If he is such an upstanding citizen, well then great, but if he is guilty, I hope others come forward. It is time to stop hiding these men behind cloaks of invulnerability. If he has done great deeds, fantastic, if he is indeed the monster the comment section is making him out to be, then I hope for a swift conviction and a life sentence because that is what the victims of all child predators are serving.


My heart breaks for those of you who deny God! Its going to be a sad day when you hear "Depart from me, I never knew you." Its going to be too late. All these chances you had to accept Christ will be no more. I pray that God have mercy on your souls and softens your hearts so that you can see that there is in fact a God. The one True God, who sent his son, Jesus Christ to die on a cross so that even people like you all who deny Him, could be saved. He gives us a choice. Live for Him, or not. I choose life. I choose God. It don't matter how far you have gone. HE STILL LOVES YOU AND IS WILLING TO RECEIVE YOU RIGHT NOW. ARMS WIDE OPEN. Choose life, choose God.


I would rather be an Atheist than a christian who gets their jollies from abusing children.


CHRISTIANS do not "get their jollies from abusing children." The fact is, This man is a pervert. All im saying is if I look at an apple tree, I expect that tree to be producing apples. When I look at a TRUE, BORN AGAIN, BOUGHT BY THE BLOOD CHRISTIAN, I expect to see fruits of the holy spirit. This man was not acting like a Christian, instead he use that as a "mask" to get close to children. Why does it always have to be about religion. Why couldn't you have just read the article and thought, man that's just disgusting. Why couldn't you have just decided to leave comments supporting the family that this has happened to? Why did you read it, see that he was at a Baptist Camp, assume that he was a Christian, and decide to bash God and everyone that stands for God? This is a sad world! JUST STATING THE FACTS! And be an atheist if you choose. You have free will. I will pray for you! Hopefully you will choose God before your life is gone.


Pray away. I will hope for you, hope that you see the truth and stop fooling yourself with your belief in myths.


Being a Christian does not make one perfect. It allows you to be forgiven if you TRULY repent. You are still accountable to the laws of man and God.
A lot of pedophiles seek careers that allows them an opportunity to find victims easily (ministry, Scout leaders, YMCA, teaching, etc.) Some, but not a lot, develop their perversions after they practice their profession.
I don't see a lot of the critics here condemning all school teachers when one has sex with a student.

I can't tell you how happy I

I can't tell you how happy I am to see this article. I knew this day would finally come, now my son no longer has to share the shame, guilt and anger. We believed him and now everyone else will too! Prepare for the fallout. I'm 100% positive there will be many, many more in many states!

Clyde Way

Authorities need to contact the church in Maryland where he was a youth minister for many years to talk with youth who traveled to Centrifuge with him. There are stories to be told.

would you be willing to talk to me privately ?

This man was my youth leader in my church over 20 years ago in another state. I have so many mixed emotions about all of this. Its hard to believe. I'm just lost and worried. would you be willing to tell me what state this happened to your family?

If you are suffering, don't

If you are suffering, don't suffer alone, seek counseling, then talk to your local authorities. I hope you find healing.


I understand that you are happy that a story like this would be made PUBLIC... but are you really happy that children were abused? You seem so happy! This does not seem like a happy occasion. I think you need to rethink your emotions.

Of course I am not happy

Of course I am not happy innocent children were abused, don't be daft. What I am happy about is that four very brave boys stood up and said something and that it is leading to an investigation. Four children and their families have opened the door for others and declared that we won't suffer in silence. If you've ever taken the time to work with those who suffer through misconduct by an adult, you would understand the fear and shame it represents and how that shame and fear keeps them quiet. Especially for men. A society that teaches men to be strong and "get over it" keeps a lot of misdeeds silent. Masculinity and social expectations of boys and men – such as being tough and unemotional – and attitudes surrounding same-sex sexual relations, can lead to under reporting and limited attention and services for male victims of sexual exploitation.
Maybe I should reword happy to relieved. Moreover, let's not distract from the story by arguing over my emotional response. The main focus in this entire ordeal should be those four boys (and any who may feel confident to come forward now) who have had their lives changed forever. They are all that matter.

Demoniation has NOTHING to do with this

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs. However, it does not matter whether you are a Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Free Will, Presbyterian, Muslim, Hebrew, or Pentecostal, what happened with this low life can happen in any denomination. This is just not an incident that is singled out just to this location. Where I worked many years ago, we had to arrest a Presbyterian minister who had been soliciting in a shopping mall restroom to have sex with youngsters.
SO, don't think that just because you go to another type of church or are no longer a Baptist you are in a better congregation. This evil happens EVERYWHERE. Personally knowing the Director of the camp, he did exactly what he needed to do and not go off half cocked. Just as in any law enforcement investigation the fact HAVE to be established before charges can be pressed.
So, he who is without sin, let them cast the first stone.

In the Catholic Church they

In the Catholic Church they don't caste stones. They use the stones to build a wall of protection, around their pedophile priests.

I am a Baptist & have been

I am a Baptist & have been organizing trips to summer camp for youth for the past two summers, and our group attended Caswell last summer. The Baptist State Convention of NC places the responsibility on individual churches to conduct all background screening on chaperones that will be attending camp with children, and churches have to sign an affidavit attesting to the fact that the screening has been conducted upon arrival to the camp. This man has no criminal record, so even with thorough background screening, the church probably had no clue of this man's penchant for sexual perversion. Sexual predators often have an uncanny way of being able to hide their activity for years on end. This incident is tragic but I don't think any future change in policy could stop this from happening again. As for the ignorant display of Baptist bashing going on in this comment thread, let me say this: until you know every single Southern Baptist personally and can make a judgment call based on that knowledge, don't generalize. Hypocrites exist both within the confines of faith and out.

Baptist Bashing?

It's Badtist, not Baptist, with the emphasis on BAD.

How do I know? I am a former Badtist who is so relieved not to be a member of the most hateful church in America. Think about it.

Scotts hill baptist

I was thinking this guy went to scotts hill baptist. There are a bunch of crazy self ricious nutt jobs that go to that church. He would fit right in.

Scotts Hill is a great church (m)

With great people that do a lot for the community. I have been there 20 years and I am proud to be a member! Not to mention a great pastoral staff.

is he a good christian

is he a good christian republican . that the best kind of christian. we need more like him

dean, you art truly a turd,

dean, you art truly a turd, the kind that always HAS to float up to the top of the punch bowl. You idiot, this isn't Republican or Democrat; Christian or Non. This is an accused sex offender who is entitled to a fair trial. My prayers go out to my conservative Baptist friends who have to endure the idiocy you spew while dealing with the impact on their good names damaged by the actions of this offender.

Must give credit

Say what you want about the Baptists, at least they did the right thing and immediately notified law enforcement. There was no cover up, no sweeping it under the rug (i.e., Penn State, Catholic church). Hopefully justice will be served and these boys will be ok.

Lets play devil's advocate here

This creep does his thing at camp.
The kids, when they get home tell their parents
The parents tell their pastor and the Baptists Association

But BEFORE they tell the cops...
The Association meets with the parents and the volunteer?
THEN tell the cops?

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt but to me they should KNOW what he did was illegal. So why the meeting prior to involving law enforcement?


They probably wanted to make

They probably wanted to make sure it wasn't a couple of the kids fabricating the story. When I was in high school, one of the students accused a teacher of inappropriate conduct. The school and law enforcement handled the investigation and when everything was laid out, the girl admitted to making it up. Alas, it was too late. The teacher's reputation was ruined and so was his career.

Once these kids' stories were corroborating each other, that's when the church went to the cops. I think they handled it reasonably.

what a fine example of Christian Conservatism

Among his Facebook likes: He like Jesus, the GOP, Freedom Works and Mitt Romney. No surprise there, just another sicko from the right-wing. You all must be proud.

The Bible speaks of people

The Bible speaks of people who proclaim to know Christ that are not Christians. This is true of Baptists, Catholics and all other denominations.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Matthew 7:15-23

Since you have thrown

Since you have thrown politics into the picture, it seems I remember a Democrat president who was disbarred for PERJURY (that is lying after swearing on the Holy Bible), lied to the world on TV about having an adulterous affair while president, in the White House.
Seem there was another democrat congressman who, after being forced out of office for having sexual relations with an under age page, got 3 standing ovations from the Democrat side of the house.
Yes, we are proud of the left too.
Now, tell me what in the world this has to do with a pervert messing with a bunch of kids?