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Investigators: Albemarle man sexually assaulted children at Fort Caswell

Posted July 11, 2013

— A Stanly County man was charged Wednesday with multiple sex crimes in connection with incidents that happened in late June at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell, Brunswick County authorities said. 

Clyde Wesley Way, 68, of Kirk Avenue in Albemarle, is charged with 24 total counts, including 16 counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and four counts of indecent liberties with a child. 

According to investigators, Way assaulted boys between the ages of 10 and 13 years old between June 24 and June 29. A spokeswoman for the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that Way is not an employee of the North Carolina Baptist Assembly. 

No other information about the investigation was released. Way was arrested by the Stanly County and Brunswick County sheriff's offices. 

He was in the Stanly County jail Thursday morning under a $350,000 secured bond. 

The North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell, located on the eastern tip of Oak Island, occupies the site of a former Civil War fort.

Since 1949, Fort Caswell has been used as a facility for programs, activities and retreats of the Baptist State Convention.


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  • welfarequeen Jul 12, 2013

    That is why it is so important for churches to run background checks on anyone involved in kids activites. whosays

    How do you know they didn't? But I can't say I'm surprised to hear this coming out of a Baptist camp!

  • Whosays Jul 11, 2013

    Religion here is a mute point. SBC has the right to buy any property just like anyone else. christinathefern,
    you said it right pedofiles search for places they can blend in and not be noticed so they can carry out their sickness. Unfortunately he probably got in as an adult camp volunteer from a church. That is why it is so important for churches to run background checks on anyone involved in kids activites.

    IF you have not been there you have no right to criticize what they do. Sorry you cannot experience the love of God like some of us do, we will pray that one day you do.

  • puzzled Jul 11, 2013

    But he's a "good Christian"? immaannoid

    Immannoid, he is not a good Christian! Not all people who claim to be a Christian are one. Just like what ever you are there are good ones and bad ones too. Anyone who read the Bible knows this. Evil people can use Christianity just like they do anything else, ie: politics. See that everyday don't we?

  • djofraleigh Jul 11, 2013

    Way allegedly made the four boys–between the ages of 10 and 13–play strip poker with him. - Wilmington paper

    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. - same paper

    Strip poker!! ...reminds me of the Penn State coach. While it seems this stuff is happening a lot more than 50 years ago, I suspect it is just being reported today, and media is better at reporting increased volume of arrests.

  • InvolvedCitizen Jul 11, 2013

    Sickening. Creeps like this who prey upon children seek out places and positions of trust that put them in contact with children. Churches, camps, clubs, schools... this where they seek jobs and even volunteer...in order to gain access to children.

  • djofraleigh Jul 11, 2013

    "But he's a "good Christian"? immaannoid

    "Another great Christian man spreading the word... itneverchanges

    "Religion often clouds the rational mind ...Rebelcat

    "some holdup for religious 'camps.' They run that place like it's a prison now. -- Davidgnews

    The 'prison' isn't so secure, it seems. As for the comments, maybe Christians should worry about being put back in the coliseum for games, again? Persecution begins verbally.

    Often, our comments are more interesting, & more entertaining than the stories. WRAL should be complimented for letting the public see how the public is thinking. Comments relieve more tension than they create, I think. They allow us to have a broader perspective of the general mindset. Unlike the under paid, rushed reporters, we are allowed to post without proper grammar or correct spelling, and we type opinions without facts. We are paid what we are worth, but I appreciate all those who do post comments, right or wrong, in the spirit of sharing honestly

  • ne1410s Jul 11, 2013

    yup, @lighter correct...Caswell was purchased by the Baptist State Convention for $86,000 b/c Government said Caswell was 'surplus'. @zenonx6 ACAP should still go there...it's a great conference center...great meeting spaces and lots of history.

  • djofraleigh Jul 11, 2013

    There's a lot of hate for Christians showing up in comments. How do we know the religion, if any, of the man who did this. He was not a camp employee, as stated, and has a prior history. Why even hate the man? Hate the act. Surely something is wrong within him, with his desires. He truly might not be able to control his urges, but he is still responsible and society is going to hold him accountable, again, this time.

  • beckerunc Jul 11, 2013

    Camp Caswell has been and continues to be a great camp for youth and retreat center for adults since the early 50's. This incident is sad, but we can't blame the Fort or the Baptist State Convention.

  • djofraleigh Jul 11, 2013


    see above for prior information