Local News

Former church youth director pleads guilty to use of child porn

Posted April 23, 2012

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— The former youth director at a church in Cary pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to downloading child porn.

Cary police arrested Jerrod Don McCabe, 35, of 523 Brook Arbor Drive, in March 2011, and charged him with 20 counts of having child pornography on his church computer.

In pleading guilty to three of those charges, he admitted to having the images, but prosecutors said there was no evidence that McCabe inappropriately touched any of the children he worked with at Raleigh Chinese Christian Church.

McCabe left his job at the church, located on Chapel Hill Road in Cary, after his arrest, but several church members were in court Monday to support him. His wife, Abbigail McCabe, was also present. 

According to the terms of his plea, McCabe must register as a sex offender and enter treatment programs for sex offenders and for substance abuse. He will be on probation for three years.

If he conforms to the terms of his probation, he will not serve any jail time.

The McCabes said they planned to move to Alabama, where he has family.

31 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Soli Deo Apr 24, 2012

    @charmcclainlovesdogs2

    Even so, why be so trusting to the person in the first place. He should not be alone and some else should be there with him helping with the youth.

    Absolutely agree. We have a rule at our church that there are supposed to be 2 unrelated adults at all times with children. This not only protects the kids, it protects the adults from false accusations.

    That being said, his downloading child pornography was done in private, I assume. The two adult rule would not have made any difference. And I suspect no one, not even his wife, knew he was doing this kind of thing. Bottom line, we can never guarantee the safety of our children 100%. We can only do our best.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Apr 24, 2012

    Why put these children in danger, waiting for something to happen when you may not know the person that well as you think. Put the children safety first. Can you even do that?

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Apr 24, 2012

    sex-related offense will have no record. Background checks are not infallible. Sometimes the only way you find out about a person is when they're caught.

    Even so, why be so trusting to the person in the first place. He should not be alone and some else should be there with him helping with the yourth.

  • Soli Deo Apr 24, 2012

    @charmcclainlovesdogs2

    We do background checks for all paid staff at our church. But someone who has never been arrested for a sex-related offense will have no record. Background checks are not infallible. Sometimes the only way you find out about a person is when they're caught.

    For the record, this man should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and he should never be allowed to work with children again. But to take an anti-church stance because he's a church worker ... or to speak of him as if he's a serial killer, is ridiculous. Get a grip, folks.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Apr 24, 2012

    I think he is no less deserving of prayers, for he definitely has a sickness, one that will require much prayer and faith, not only his, but others.

    MommieOf3

    Prayer never hurt anyone and is needed in our daily life. But he should not have been a leader of the youths PERIOD! Get it now!

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Apr 24, 2012

    Yes, churches are full of hypocrites. To those who imagine they're morally superior to the people sitting in the pews, I say, come on in and join us. We've always got room for one more hypocrite.

    Soli Deo

    AMEN AMEN AMEN. WORTH REPEATING! SO TRUE. THANK FOR THE COMMENT.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Apr 24, 2012

    I really believe churches should really be extremely careful who they should to be leaders of their youth. How about a back-ground check? Why so anxious to put Mr./Miss in the position without any checking? I have know child molester to be in charge of youth. So glad I was not under this person.

  • Soli Deo Apr 24, 2012

    So some of you are upset because he's holding a Bible. What should he be doing: setting himself on fire? If not scripture, where should he turn?

    And as for those of you who want to implicate the church somehow, do you think that sex offenders only work at churches? I seem to remember reading a lot of stories on this website recently about teachers who were in trouble for similar offenses. Where are the "I'm not sending my kids to school anymore" people? What about youth sports coaches? Scout leaders? Aunts and uncles and other relatives who abuse? Should we give up on the family too?

    Yes, churches are full of hypocrites. To those who imagine they're morally superior to the people sitting in the pews, I say, come on in and join us. We've always got room for one more hypocrite.

  • awood2 Apr 24, 2012

    I bet those people wouldn't be there from his church to support him if it was one of their kin folk he was looking at!

  • TeenDad2electricboogaloo Apr 24, 2012

    How do they know he "used" it?

More...