Statement Regarding Incident at NC Baptist Assemblyby BSCNC Communications
Media is reporting the arrest of an Albemarle man charged with multiple sex crimes with minors whom he was chaperoning at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell earlier this summer. Chaperones are not employed by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) or by Fort Caswell.
The safety of participants in the summer camps sponsored by the BSCNC is of utmost importance. The BSCNC requires that all employees undergo criminal background checks. In addition, every church is required to conduct background checks on all chaperones accompanying its youth and children attending the BSCNC camps and to give evidence that these checks have been conducted.
The summer camps held at Caswell are attended by thousands of middle and high school students each year. Each summer hundreds of young people respond to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, with many participants expressing their desire to invest their lives in missionary and ministry endeavors. We pray for all the young people attending our camps this summer, but especially the young people, their families and the church involved in this situation.
We have been cooperating, and will continue to fully cooperate, with law enforcement as their investigation of this chaperone continues.