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Christian Group President Facing Prostitution Charges

Posted July 19, 2007
Updated July 21, 2007

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— Former state legislator Coy C. Privette – a Cabarrus County commissioner, retired Baptist minister and president of the Christian Action League of North Carolina – was charged Thursday with soliciting prostitution, authorities said.

Privette, 74, of Kannapolis, was charged with six counts of misdemeanor aiding and abetting prostitution by renting a hotel room and paying for sexual acts, according to State Bureau of Investigation Agent Kevin Canty.

Tiffany Denise Summers, 32, of Salisbury, was charged with six counts of prostitution, Canty said.

On Thursday, the Christian Action League board of directors suspended Privette, pending the outcome of the investigation. The organization represents the Christian groups' interests in the General Assembly.

“If these allegations are true, then I’m absolutely broken-hearted and extremely disappointed,” said Mark Creech, executive director the Christian Action League.

Privette was the group’s president the past six years. Before that, he served as its executive director for 15 years. Creech said he considers Privette a mentor and a friend.

“It’s hard, it’s hard. But I still want to hear from Mr. Privette,” Creech said.

Russell Capps is a former state lawmaker who said he has known Privette for 20 years. Capps called the allegations linking Privette to a prostitute completely out of character.

“Please tell me it’s not so,” he said. “Of all the people that I know, it’s hard to believe about him.”

Privette is one of the state's most vocal opponents to the lottery and to alcohol sales, often making his points in the halls of the General Assembly. Creech said he's hopeful the Christian Action League's credibility will not take a hit among lawmakers.

“Mr. Privette’s moral failures, if that’s true, doesn’t represent the entire Christian Action League,” he said.

Privette hasn’t returned his repeated phone calls, Creech said, adding that no one should rush to judgment until all the facts are heard.

Privette is due in court next month to face the prostitution charges. He appeared at the Rowan County magistrate's office in Salisbury after his arrest. He was released on a written promise to appear in court Aug. 22.

Police said a forged check case led investigators to the prostitution charges.

The Kannapolis Police Department and the SBI continue to investigate the case.

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  • APO75 Jul 21, 3:33 p.m.

    Did not know that Coy was a playa. You go dog!!!

  • beachgal Jul 20, 6:21 p.m.

    JBunny said, "Get off the soapbox. Just because you believe in Jesus doesn't mean that the rest of us have to.

    Besides, the more you preach the more I wonder about what YOUR "secret" life is... you know, the life UNDER the righteous cloak of "christianity"."

    I don't know where you get I'm on my soapbox. I'm not being righteous. I never judged the preacher. I never judged anyone. I simply stated a fact. You don't have to believe it. Again, it matters not.

  • RYANROCCO Jul 20, 5:50 p.m.

    HMMMMMMMM YOU DONT SAY...

  • Timbo Jul 20, 4:51 p.m.

    Glad you liked it Arkansas. It *is* difficult not to offer an opposing opinion on this subject. But, one must on occasion one must pull the tiger's whisker so he knows you're there.

    I just saw some "christian" woman ranting about Harry Potter at a christian summer camp on TV. If breathing wasn't an autonomic response, she'd be dead because she was so ignorant, she’d forget to breathe. No wonder they need “faith”.

  • Arkansas Razorback Jul 20, 4:33 p.m.

    I had my fathers mail forwarded to my address when he died in December. The local churches pounced on this. I have been running them off for weeks. They will not accept that he is dead and just keep inviting him to church. Usually they are trying to sell me an overpriced box of donuts at the same time to raise money for the church. Imagine that... the huge multi million dollar church needs money. Ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Arkansas Razorback Jul 20, 4:28 p.m.

    Timbo i tried my hardest to stay off of this topic because my opinion will not be appreciated on this story, but i am laughing so hard i am crying right now.

  • Timbo Jul 20, 4:22 p.m.

    I find it interesting that people justify their beliefs with "faith", which basically means "denial of the facts". Hey, whatever keeps you off drugs and booze.

    Speaking of Jesus jokes, What can't Jesus eat M&M's?

    They keep falling through the holes in his hands!

  • iamforjustice Jul 20, 3:00 p.m.

    I still blame Viagara for these old men and prostitutes. It is not his fault.

  • Go Figure Jul 20, 2:58 p.m.

    oops, looks like someone got caught with his hand in the cookie jar....

  • choppa Jul 20, 2:20 p.m.

    Alas! those good old days are gone, when a murderer could wipe the stain from his name and soothe his trouble to sleep simply by getting out his blocks and mortar and building an addition to a church. - Mark Twain

    People that don't subcribe to orgainized religion are good for nothing. - Choppa

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