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Chaperone charged with sex crimes says "I did have fun" at youth church camp


A chaperone for a youth group from a Baptist church in Stanly County told his friends on Facebook that he had fun while at the popular camp, but just days after he returned home, he was charged with a number of sex crimes involving young boys in his care.

In response to a comment from one of his friends, Clyde Way wrote "I did have fun." 

Way was charged last 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. 

Typically church youth groups provide their own chaperones when groups visit Caswell.  Those chaperones are usually member of the church.

Way's Facebook page has numerous posts about working with youth in the church. 

"Time to head to Camp Caswell with the youth from Bethlehem Baptist - they ask for help, I give it - that's the way it works," Way posted before going on the trip.  "If you got a birthday between now and Saturday, Happy Birthday, I'll not take the computer, just the cell. Looking forward to a great week of praising the Lord."

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

He is being held 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.

During the summer thousands of young people from Baptist churches all over North Carolina visit Caswell for week of Bible study, prayer, singing, and beach fun.

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