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Cary man faces new 'sexting' charge

Posted October 21, 2013
Updated October 22, 2013

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— A Cary man arrested in July on charges that he swapped nude photos with a teen via text message was arrested again Friday on similar charges, police said Monday.

Joshua Parker Wheeless, 28, of 1212 Wicklow Drive, was back in the Wake County jail Monday under a $250,000 bond. He had been released after his first arrest after posting a $250,000 bond.

Wheeless faces one count each of first-degree and second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Capt. Don Hamilton, head of investigations for the Cary Police Department, said the new charges resulted from items discovered during police searches of Wheeless' computer and cellphone.

The first-degree exploitation charge involves the same 16-year-old girl whom Wheeless is accused of "sexting" this summer, Hamilton said. The July case also resulted in a charge of first-degree charge of sexual exploitation of a minor.

The second-degree exploitation charge involves downloading an explicit photo of an unknown teenage girl off the Internet, Hamilton said.

Wheeless works as a door-to-door salesman, investigators said, and according to a cached version of its website, he was once a minister of youth and outreach for Landmark Freewill Baptist Church in Cary.

The website also says the married father of three girls also graduated from Southeastern Free Will Baptist College in 2011 with a degree in pastoral theology and practical ministry.

Lynette Gaynor, a spokeswoman for the college, however, said Tuesday that Wheeless attended the school but never graduated.

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  • ihatewralcensorship Oct 24, 2013

    The 'victim' is hardly a victim and is indeed a cooperator. How does sexting occur unless the 'victim' responds in kind? Only in the Gestapo HQ of the Cary PD can a two way sexting incident be construed as a one way felony, always against the male.

  • my2cents-justsaying Oct 23, 2013

    Oh yeah blame the victim. The good old she was asking for it excuse? Come up with something better, you're starting to sound like your from Maryville.

  • dwr1964 Oct 21, 2013

    Is it just me or are the supposed deliverers of the Gospel, having sexual relations with children, becoming epidemic...or...are there just a buckload of people, claiming to be men of God? 500 years ago there were preachers being begged into coming to town. Now, we can't devote enough of the police force to get them all out. Beware of what you pray for.

  • atheistswillrule Oct 21, 2013

    "And maybe the girl's parents should take away the phone, computer and everything else. jscott13"
    WOW Blame the victim. subwayscoundrel

    There ARE some VERY FAST girls out there. When a female reaches puberty, she is for all biological purposes a woman. She may not make the best choices, but she is obviously a woman. Our system has checks and balances out there to protect the young and the minister obviously made his mistakes. But this young " lady" may be what we called " fast" in the old days.

  • SubwayScoundrel Oct 21, 2013

    "And maybe the girl's parents should take away the phone, computer and everything else.
    jscott13"

    WOW Blame the victim.

  • jscott13 Oct 21, 2013

    And maybe the girl's parents should take away the phone, computer and everything else.