A Stanly County man will serve a days-long sentence after pleading guilty to charges of taking indecent liberties with four boys while at a youth retreat at the N.C. Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell in 2013.
Clyde Wesley Way, 70, of Albemarle, pleaded guilty Thursday in Brunswick County Superior Court to charges of four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, according to the district attorney’s office. The State dismissed four counts of indecent exposure as part of his plea agreement.
Way was originally scheduled for trial on Sept. 22, 2014 in Brunswick County Superior Court, but the case was continued. He was indicted by a Brunswick County grand jury in January 2014 on four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and four counts of indecent exposure.
Way was charged with exposing himself to four boys, ages 10 to 13, according to indictments. The incidents occurred during a church retreat at The N.C. Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell on the east end of Oak Island sometime between June 24-29, 2013. Arrest warrants state Way played strip poker with the boys.
According to a notice from the Stanly Baptist Association, Way was a volunteer student ministry team leader for the Baptist Association but was removed from his position following the allegations.
Way was released from jail on a $20,000 cash bond after his bond was reduced from a $350,000 secured bond during his first appearance in Brunswick County District Court on July 23, 2013.
Way was sentenced to two consecutive sentences of 16-29 months in prison, which was suspended, and ordered to serve a 58-day active sentence along with three months of supervised probation. He is required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.
Assistant District Attorney Cathi Radford prosecuted the case for the State. Attorney Harold Beaver represented Way.
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