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Church volunteer accused of inappropriately touching girl

Posted July 30, 2013

— Police have arrested a man accused of inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl at a nonprofit organization in Raleigh.

Meredith Delynn Cromartie Jr., 20, of Raleigh, faces two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

The alleged crimes happened July 18 at the Dream Center of Body of Christ Church, a church-outreach facility on Fox Road, where sources tell WRAL News Cromartie was volunteering.

He was jailed Monday under a $30,000 secured bond.

Cromartie was also arrested last year on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

He's expected to appear in Wake County courtrooms later this month on pending charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer, possession of a stolen vehicle, second-degree trespassing, reckless driving and speeding.

Body of Christ Church Second man linked to Raleigh church accused of sex crimes

Cromartie's arrest marks the second time in a year that someone connected to Body of Christ Church has been accused of sex offenses involving children.

In October, the church's choir director, John Earl Wright, was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child and giving alcohol to minors. Police say Wright, 31, met his 14-year-old victim through the church, though the crime allegedly took place at his Knightdale home.

Wright is currently serving a two-year prison sentence.

Pastor Kelvin Redmond could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but a man who said he was responding on the pastor's behalf called WRAL News to say the church is investigating.

"We will forgo all comments pending the outcome of the investigation," he said.


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  • NiceNSmooth Jul 31, 2013

    two at the same church??? clearly something is going on here!!! time to clean the church

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 31, 2013

    "Lumping all Christians in one group seems very narrow minded."

    Just stick to the facts then:

    Christians are 76% of the population = 84% of prisoners

    Atheists are 20% of the population = 2% of prisoners

    That said, I think the real cause of crime is poverty and lack of education. Of course, draw your own conclusions why Atheists are 10 times less likely to go to prison.


  • 678devilish Jul 31, 2013

    his charges probably came after his decision to volunteer.


    Thanks for your comment. But volunteers needs to be check too. This is a new time and world we are living in today.

  • 678devilish Jul 31, 2013

    Here we go again. Churches should be absolutely sure about the person they put into leadership, even youth. This young man needs help and should not be allowed to be around young people ever. Shame on him.

  • Civil4Mind Jul 31, 2013

    Hate to say this but know facts first! The Dream Center is open to the community NOT just the Church memebers. They do Criminal Background checks on everyone that works there. his charges probably came after his decision to volunteer.

  • Classified Jul 31, 2013

    "religion and anything associated with it is evil!!!!" pooodaddy


  • patriottim Jul 31, 2013

    If anything, this shows why churches should eschew the "universal church" mentality that causes them to let just anyone who says they want to help out do so. Stick with the local church, and rely on your own members (presumably a bit more trustworthy than off the street "volunteers") to do what needs to be done.

  • SFSOLDIER Jul 31, 2013

    What was this guy doing working for that church with all of those pending charges?????

  • atheistswillrule Jul 31, 2013

    Lumping all Christians in one group seems very narrow minded. Just like if I said, you need to watch out for all those atheist. See it works both ways! akdavis1

    I'm fine being grouped with " most" atheists. Look at who commits the crimes. In the USA, about 10% are avowed atheists ( like me) but atheists are only 0.2% of the prison population. 75% of Americans claim Christianity and 75% of prisoners are Christian as well. Oh, but 93% of the members of The National Academy of Sciences are atheist so that must be why they don't have time to get in trouble.

  • welfarequeen Jul 31, 2013

    Nobody said this guy is a Christian. He could be someone the church is trying to help. bubbadukeforpresident

    The man is obviously a Christian, an a Christian volunteer working with teens. I hope that you are not inferring that the church would put "someone the church is trying to help" ( drugs, homeless, paroled, etc.) in as a youth volunteer! Just like the " youth volunteer" at Camp Caswell,( who is married with kids AND grandkids and a long time member of his church), the trouble isn't with mean people " out there" it is often within your own ranks.