An Albemarle man has been arrested on 24 counts of sex offenses against minors at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell.
Clyde Wesley Way, 68, of Kirk Avenue in Albemarle, was arrested at his home late Wednesday night by Stanly County sheriff’s deputies.
Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigated the sex offenses, alleged to have occurred June 24-29 at the Baptist retreat on the east end of Oak Island, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax.
Way has been charged with 16 counts of first-degree sex exploitation of a minor, four counts of employ or permit a minor to assist in offenses and four counts of indecent liberties with a child, Flax said.
According to arrest warrants, Way allegedly made the four boys–between the ages of 10 and 13–play strip poker with him.
Way was taken to the Stanly County Detention Facility, where he was placed under a $350,000 secured bond. Way is expected to make his first court appearance in Brunswick County District Court on Monday.
According to the N.C. Baptist Association at Fort Caswell website, “The North Carolina Baptist Assembly is owned and operated by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina for the purpose of providing a facility for programs, activities, and retreats of the Baptist State Convention, associations, churches, agencies and institutions of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.”
Way was not an employee at the N.C. Baptist Association at Fort Caswell. The Baptist Association website lists June 24-29 as “youth week.”
According to a press release from the Stanly Baptist Association, Way, who was a volunteer student ministries team leader for the Baptist Association, has been removed from his position.
Christina Haley is a crime and public safety reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.