Evangelical Pastor Busted For Trying To Meet 14-Year-Old Boy For Sex: Report
An evangelical pastor was arrested in Springdale, Arkansas, in connection with coercion and enticement of a minor after he was caught red-handed trying to meet a 14-year-old boy for sex
Timothy Lee Reddin, 67, served as a pastor at Turner Street Baptist Church in Springdale despite being convicted in 2000 for possessing child pornography, the 5News Online reports.
Reddin was arrested last week after he messaged an undercover Homeland Security Investigations agent, who he thought was a 14-year-old boy, about meeting to have sex, according to a complaint released Monday in federal court.
The disgraced pastor said he would take him for lunch and could “coach” him to perform oral sex.
Reddin also wrote that he was a “gentle guy really,” and that there was “no pressure to do anything else until another time.”
During their conversation, the agent said Reddin sent four images of an adult’s penis and one of a naked man’s butt, according to the complaint.
Rick Juirbino, who lives next door to the church, said he was devastated to learn Reddin “infiltrated a place of worship.”
“(T)o hear about it that it’s so close to our house and you know we have quite a few grandchildren we’ve got 18 of them that come over all the time,” Juirbino said.
On a website for the church, Reddin describes himself as the pastor and a part-time teacher at Ecclesia College.
The church didn’t immediately respond Tuesday (Aug. 7) to requests for comment.
A spokesman for the college said Reddin had taught some classes at the Christian college in Springdale and was slated to teach another course this fall.
At the time of his arrest, Reddin was also serving as the chaplain for Singing Men of Arkansas, according to Larry Lloyd, who handles planning and logistics for the men’s choir.
“We’re sad to hear of this arrest and express love and support for Tim’s family,” Lloyd said.
Court documents show that Reddin was sentenced in September 2000 in a Little Rock federal court to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to possessing 10 illegal images — including one depiction of a child younger than 12, according to the report.
Reddin was being held Tuesday at the Washington County Detention Center without bail.
The U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment Tuesday, citing the ongoing case.