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

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Submitted: Wed, 07/24/2013 - 3:54am
Updated: Wed, 07/24/2013 - 12:44pm

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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2015 years 8 months ago

Don’t they need protection? That’s wrong…

2015 years 8 months ago

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.

2015 years 8 months ago


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.

2015 years 8 months ago

In 1709, Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744) penned those words as the first line of his “An Essay on Criticism”. The phrase still has relevance today.

Have a nice day :-)

2015 years 8 months ago

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.