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Winston-Salem Preacher Arrested in Raleigh

Posted June 22, 2007
Updated June 24, 2007

— The U.S. Marshall's Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested a Winston-Salem preacher in Raleigh Friday for allegedly taking indecent liberties with minors and other offenses.

The task force was acting on warrants from Winston-Salem police, officials said.

Rodney Keith Boothe, 39, was found in Raleigh and charged with four counts of indecent liberties with a minor, three counts of statutory rape and one charge of sodomy.

All of the alleged victims were part of Boothe’s congregation in Winston-Salem, according to police.

Officials have not released any other details, such as why he was in Raleigh, where the alleged sex acts took place or with what church he is associated.

Boothe was held Friday on $10 million bond and was scheduled to appear in Wake County Court on Monday.

Boothe was charged with passing worthless checks in New Hanover County six times  from 1999-2003, officials said.


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  • Mrs. Fabulous Jun 25, 2007


    AMEN!!! You are speaking the absolute truth.

  • lilme Jun 25, 2007

    The bible speaks in Matthew 7: 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves .These are just the last days. That is just the Word. No need for people being upset with Christians it is just the word fulfilling itself. I pray for this man that he shall be delivered and that right early. Yes these actions were wrong, but no one can judge him but God. Instead of judging him pray for him. He is no different from anyone else, just need a little help like some other people do.

  • Mrs. Fabulous Jun 25, 2007

    iamforjustice, he did not commit the crimes against lil' girls. They were boys! I know him and also believes he is a nice man. He errored and now he has to pay the consequence. My heart is heavy for him. I'm still praying for him.

  • iamforjustice Jun 25, 2007

    I hope he gets his life back and continues to preach. I have heard him preach and I love his preaching. I will say a prayer for him. He is a good man. I hope he does not go to prison. They do awful things in there especially to a sex offender and I am pretty sure he does not want to go there. Sometimes girls look older than what they really are and lie and say they are 18 or 20 or something and it can get a man in trouble.

  • skinnycow Jun 25, 2007


    "Well at least it wasn't a case of dealing with the same sex."

    Define sodomy.

  • Mrs. Fabulous Jun 25, 2007

    eman27610, where did you read it was COGIC? What makes you think it was not a case of the same sex? Do you have any other details? And it is not a blow to "religion" it is a blow to himself. He does not make up the actions for the whole body of Christ. Anyone thinking or believing he does is ignorant. It's funny how one person error then all of a sudden there is error in his whole belief system. That is not true. Again, only in ignorant person would believe so.

    Check out this article as well:

  • shine Jun 25, 2007

    "Chuch he was associated with" according to the article - sounds like to me he wasn't associated with ANY church or at least the ones I am familiar with.

  • Steve Crisp Jun 25, 2007

    To eyeswideshut:

    "Read Steve Crisp, even though he seems to well educated in using huge words, his comments sometimes makes a great deal of sense. Sometimes to logical, like a scholar. LOL"

    I wasn't congnizent that I had a proclivity to pontificate using scholarly terminology. Should that be the case, it invariably involves my self-referential weltanschauung. :)

  • eman27610 Jun 25, 2007

    Wow!! What a blow to Religion. First the Catholics. Now the COGIC.

    Well at least it wasn't a case of dealing with the same sex.

  • Seeminglyopposed Jun 25, 2007


    I see wisdom did not come with your age. 60+ or not, your comment still seems racist, but with that age you may be. Black corruption, what a laugh, in and out of the church, we can not began to out do the corruption of some other races. Remember we are the minority. If comments that do not have anything to do with the subject at hand, don't preach something that you really don't have much knowledge of. Out of that 60 years how many did you interview or do a back ground check on to see if they really have what they proclaim. Internet degrees are plentiful these days.

    This man did an awful thing, and race has nothing to do with it. Religion as a whole is being swept down by our society, but some would know that it is written that it would be.

    Read Steve Crisp, even though he seems to well educated in using huge words, his comments sometimes makes a great deal of sense. Sometimes to logical, like a scholar. LOL