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ONLY ON 3: Man charged with sex crimes with kids out of jail after bond reduction


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A man accused of organizing a strip poker game with 10- to 13-year-old boys at a Brunswick County religious camp is out of jail after a judge reduced his bond this morning.

Judge Jerry Jolly approved reducing Clyde Wesley Way's bond to $20,000 cash. Assistant District Attorney Cathy Radford said the DA's did not agree with the bond reduction when approached last week by Way's attorney. Instead, she said she requested a $25,000 cash bond.

WWAY was the only media outlet in the courtroom when the judge made his decision and as Way left the Brunswick County Jail. Way's attorney said neither he nor his client had any comment as Way left the jail around 3 p.m.

Just before his release, Way had a visitor. Pastor Chris Allen of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, has worked alongside clyde way at many Baptist Association events the last five years. Tuesday he visited his former friend in jail trying to get answers.

"I think I take it personal, because I'm a victim of a man in the church that I grew up in," Allen said. "When I was 7, I was sexually abused. I think that's why this story has hurt me so much."

Allen says that for the past eight years Way has taken ads out in the Baptist Association newsletter promoting himself as a chaperone for male campers. That has him fearing the worst.

"My fear is as long as Clyde has worked with teenage boys, I want him to come clean with God and come clean with the law, and if there is more than the boys that have come forward, I just encourage Clyde to tell his attorney," Allen said.

Allen was allowed 20 minutes to speak with Way, but he said the the conversation lasted only four minutes, because he said Way seemed too proud.

"I had no idea he was being released today, so maybe that's why he's laughing," Allen said. "If he's laughing, I'm not sure what will happen in a court of law, but his judgement day is coming, so he needs to come clean with God."

Way was arrested in Stanly County, where he lives, July 10 and jailed under $350,000 secured bond 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.

According to arrest warrants 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 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 said Way was 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.

Prosecutors say the victims' families have been notified of the change in bond.

Way is going back home to Albemarle, where he has been ordered to have no contact with minors other than his grandchildren.

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does anyone know what is

does anyone know what is going on with this case and how those poor boys are doing?

Innocent until proven guilty?

DLD and others,

You are considered guilty by those arresting, charging, and prosecuting you. If that wasn't so, you couldn't be:

1. handcuffed against your will.
2. taken against your will to some place you don't voluntarity go.
3. held against your will in a place not of your choosing.
4. forced to provide money to leave your involuntary confinement.
5. Upon your release from this pre-trial confinement you can't visit and go where the court prohibits you to go.

Only the court presumes your innocence until proven guilty when you stand before it for trial.

At no other point do others have to assume or have any obligation to view you as innocent.

Truth is, he has solicited

Truth is, he has solicited male minors. How many, who knows? I know of one and he is afraid to come forward. The worst part is carrying all of it around feeling like it was your fault or you are wrong. Sorry if he has been treated like he is guilty before proven innocent and somehow feels mistreated. I guess that's how this one kid feels too, mistreated. He doesn't deserve to suffer either, but still does. I guess it was just a misunderstanding and we should all move on and forget about it.

Clyde Wesley Way molested children in Maryland at Faith Baptist

Why is this sick man out? He left Maryland shortly after his last accusations at Faith Baptist Church in Glen Burnie, MD 21060. Social Services lookied into it and dropped the ball on this molester. They are responisible for this child rapist continuation of raping kids again. Whoever is responisbile for this case needs to question Glen Burnie, MD social services child protection services. Becasue the Faith Baptist Church looked in to it, but dropped the ball. THey should question the former Pastor at the time of the accusations, Dr. James Nichols who is now pastoring a church back in his hometown of Alabama. 8790 Hwy 43 N Northport, Al phone: 205.339.4071

Why allowed around his grandchildren?

Don't they need protection? That's wrong...

Clyde Way used to be a

Clyde Way used to be a Sunday School Teacher and Youth Group Leader at Jessup Baptist Church, in Jessup MD, back in the late 80's. This is NOT the only time this man has been accused of molesting a minor. A few years ago he was also accused by a young lady, who fear Clyde Way would also molest her younger sister, at the same camp he molested the young lady a few years before. This man is a monster, and the longer it takes to put him away, the more danger the children of his area are in. Just because he works with churches, doesn't mean he is exempt from the law. Just because there are people who say "He would never hurt a child." doesn't mean he hasn't. Don't be blinded by his mask of selfrighteous piety. He IS guilty of molesting children. Make sure he pays for it!

Speaking of religions......

Pope Frances visited the slums of Varghina Favela (sp?) near Rio during his visit for world youth day. Thousands and thousands came out to welcome him.
He's ferreting out criminals from the Vatican bank
He's criminalized pedophilia
He's has spurned the trappings of an opulent Pope staying in an apartment, eating with the nuns and priests of the local church.
And being driven around in a Ford Focus and telling priests, bishops and cardinals not to drive fancy cars.

As a Catholic I was bitterly disappointed with my Church leadership.
This guy, however, is beginning to get 'ol Vog's attention for what he's doing.


About time Vog

Pope Frances is starting to look like the real deal. Too bad his predecessors weren't even close to doing the right thing. Looks like actions speak much louder than insincere pronouncements.

Must make you feel much better about your church than you probably have in quite some time.

Guest2020 and Angewidert -

Guest2020 and Angewidert - Thank you. Your comments are very much appreciated. Focus on facts, the children and basically calling out a bully. You can throw scripture out all day long, doesn't make ones Christian views correct. There is no excuse for vile crimes against children or the ineptitude of those on the bench. The four boys deserve to feel like their case is being investigated without the interference of the man who stands accused. This bail reduction is an insult and in my opinion re-victimizes the families. I am glad there are people out here who are keeping their thumb on the case and making sure the focus remains on finding the truth and punishing the guilty. So again, thank you!

Cases like these really hit

Cases like these really hit close to home with me because I have relatives who were victims of child molesters and have witnessed first hand the damage that these predators do. Even the one who grew up to have a normal life still feels the effects after thirty years.

On the other note--I grew up in a church and for the most part it is an okay church, but after getting out of the environment of that church, I came to a realization about some of the things I was taught to believe. I find it a disservice to the members of a congregation when a church's preacher and teachers twists the scriptures to fit a particular point of view. It just galls me when someone does that. Also, when people do use verses on a message board, I always go back and read them in context and wind up spending more time on responding to those posts than I do for anything else.

I thank you for your comments.

"...punish the guilty"? Well, let's just hope that...

...a few good ol' boys in his home town with hickory baseball bats in hand keep an eye on him every time he leaves his driveway. Blanket parties were specifically designed for pedophiles like him! He needs to have several of them, or at least until a blue blanket turns purple! If they find him alive, maybe he can make it to court in a wheel chair.

Clyde Wesley

It is absolutely amazing to me that SO MANY people are up set about this man being out of jail pending trial! Everyone who watches the news, reads the paper or looks @ their computer knows what this man looks like! Why is there no outrage (or computer tracking site) for paroled or bailed murder/assault/robbery/animal abusers? These are the people who are more likely to be in our vicinity - and we will not be made aware of this fact by the media!

People get more outraged by

People get more outraged by people like him getting out of jail because he preys on children. People like him don't just start at his time of life. There is no telling how many other victims there are in his past that we don't know about. And he is not likely to stop. Although his face will be on the news, he won't stop if he thinks he can get away with it.

I have seen people get outraged when other violent criminals are let out on a low bail. They just tend to get more outraged when the victims are children.

Maybe people are just tired

Maybe people are just tired of things falling through the cracks. People are outraged and trying to make a point. This wouldn't be the only case ever that the public has tried to keep in the spotlight. If he is guilty, then the fact could be that there have been other cases that were never brought to the attention of law enforcement agencies. If we aren't outraged every time, no matter how stupid it seems, victims never feel safe enough to speak up.

He was being held on bond in

He was being held on a $350,000 bond in Stanly County. He comes to Brunswick County and the judge lowers it to $20,000. Jon David's office objected to the $20,000 but wanted a still paltry sum of $25,000. But it is all okay because his office notified the families of the boys of this man's release.

Jon David and Jerry Jolly

This is the most ridiculous thing you guys have done to date. All the people in Brunswick County needs to be looking for another DA and Judge to be your replacements.


God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?
~James 4:12

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
~ Romans 8:1
I will forgive their wickedness, I will never again remember their sins.
~ Jeremiah 31:34

The poster of these verses is an idiot- not christian at all

Even if this monster would change and get forgiveness from God, he is still subject to the law of the land and will face the punishment he deserves here. It is extremely insensitive the the victims to be quoting such scripture even though it is true. He will forgive those who truly repent. But this Clyde has not repented and he has been doing this at least from the 80's according to those who know of him in hte Baltimore, MD area. His child victims here have grown up and have been talking about him and their experiences with the sicko. He does have a liking for boys. I fear for his grandkids. His wife is a sicko too!!! she should be arrested for protecting his child molesting all these years. There is no way that she did not know what was going on in her house when he would have sleepovers at his house so often! They both need to be jailed for life.


You wonder why so many people hate Christians? Christians who twist the bible to suit their depraved minds is why?

God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?
~James 4:12

You can spout all the bible verses you want, but as a Christian I am wise enough to know that I am not above punishment. God is about love and punishment. God gives us chances, but keep ignoring those chances eventually you will be destroyed. See, Sodom and Gomorrah and the Pillar of Salt.

Yes, I know you will read that as God destroying them, but people also have the unique ability to destroy ourselves. Why else would we have free will? God allows us our sins so that we may someday see that WE NEED HIM!! This man has not seen that or he wouldn't be acting so haughty in the shadow of his sins.

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
~ Romans 8:1Luke 13.22-27 And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. Then one said to Him, "Lord, are there few who are saved?"

And He said to them, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, "Lord, Lord, open for us,' and He will answer and say to you, "I do not know you, where you are from,' then you will begin to say, "We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.' But He will say, "I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.

Again, reread your bible. This man was never a MAN OF GOD. Though works cannot save us, you will know us by our fruits.

I will forgive their wickedness, I will never again remember their sins.
~ Jeremiah 31:34

All of our past sins are forgiven when we accept Christ. There are also some that would argue our future sins are covered too, but even so we are to ask for forgiveness for our transgressions and sin no more. See the Lady at the Well.

James 4:12 is talking about

James 4:12 is talking about judging our souls.

Romans 8:1 means that Christians are not condemned to Hell.

Jeremiah 31:34 is not relevant to the conversation.

If we are not to judge our fellow man then we should just set all prisoners free.

Amazing isn't it?

Amazing how many times someone around here, who knows a little less than nothing, pops up to "educate" the rest of us about God and judgment. Also amazing that in the vast majority of cases they manage to get it "bass ackwards". Perhaps they should study more and post less.

Thanks for posting your more than obvious clarification.

"conversation only lasted only four minutes

"Allen was allowed 20 minutes to speak with Way, but he said the conversation lasted only four minutes, because he said Way seemed too proud."

I'm sure Pastor Allen meant well but he sure wasn't being very pragmatic. For Mr. Way to have confessed his sins to the good Pastor prior to his trial would have been about the dumbest legal thing he could have done.

Allen's a Friend?

Allen's a "former" Friend? Really? No thanks, no one needs a friend or "former" friend like Allen.

Old Again.....


Allen's a "former" Friend? Really? No thanks, no one needs a friend or "former" friend like Allen.

Being a friend sometimes means slapping your friends with truth. Christians are supposed to rebuke fellow Christians that have astray. Again, I use the word loosely because this man was NO CHRISTIAN.


Question to Judge Jolly - sir, do you have children? Why don't you take this man home with you and let him stay with you and your family until trial time? No - I didn't think so!


While I realize there may be extenuating circumstances, BUT, how do you release someone on a paltry bail amount when he committed a large magnitude crime? AND since he was "ordered" to stay away from minors other than is grandchildren who is going to monitor that? Many have returned to the alleged behavior after being let go.
He should have to remain in jail in Brunswick County until he stands trial. I can only imagine the young people's fear for this person being free. Our justice system may be operating but it seems to work only for those who can "make it work" for them.
This type of case needs close monitoring and supervision.

GuestfiREDOG Judge and Jury

GuestfiREDOG the judge and jury, he is INNOCENT until proven quilty.

If you were a victim?????

If were to happen to you would you not feel just as outraged? I have had it happen to me and several others in a church no less, SO, I am not being jury nor judge. Just stating a fact that lowering a bail on a felony is not showing good faith in our system. There will be time for a trial but there should also be steps in place to watch this person. Others are trailed and watched, what makes him so different? The preacher who went to see him said it all.
He will get his just reward, regardless of how he is tried



Should we just not have a

Should we just not have a bail system? Should we not hold accused criminals in jail until trial? Shall we set all the accused rapists free? Should we set all accused armed robbers free? While were at it, why don't we set all accused murderers free?