Tuesday, February 20, 2007

FBI says campus minister planned sex with 8th grader - 20 Feb 2007

This wasn't my first crime reporting story, but I was shocked at the things this guy allegedly said in the affidavit - I spared the details from the story.


A university employee who also served as a Redmen for Christ sponsor is scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday on a complaint that he attempted to solicit sex from a minor.

Charles “Chuck” Shaffer, 45, was arrested in Walters, Okla., exactly one month after police said he began an online conversation with what he believed was a 13-year-old girl, an affidavit states. A special agent with the FBI filed the affidavit in federal court.

According to the affidavit, Shaffer told FBI agents at the scene that he intended to engage in sexual activity and that he had made reservations at a Best Western in Lawton, 19 miles from Walters. Management at the motel found condoms, a digital camera and baby oil in the room after Shaffer’s arrest.

Since December, the Walters Police Department has coordinated with Perverted-Justice.com in an Internet sting.

According to the affidavit, a member of Perverted Justice had portrayed a 13-year-old girl and was in contact with an individual with the screen name “c_meandu,” who said he was a state employee and worked in the field of communications. Shaffer is network manager with the university technical services network.

Shaffer told the FBI he had traveled to Walters to have sex with what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. The affidavit also states Shaffer planned to record the event with the camera.

He was aware of the child’s age, the affidavit states. According to the document, Shaffer asked on Jan. 2, “what grade are you in?” and the undercover agent replied, “8.”

He is quoted as saying, “I’ve dream [sic] about making love to an 8th grader!!!,” and then explicitly describes a sexual act.

Shaffer is charged with using the Internet in attempting to persuade a minor to engage in sexual activity. If convicted, he could face 5-30 years in prison.

University policy orders that Shaffer be placed on administrative leave until the completion of adjudication. He will receive whatever vacation and sick leave pay he has left, said Kim Cherry, vice president for Administration, and may receive job benefits until his pay runs out.

If the charges are dropped or he is found not guilty, Shaffer may return to work pending a review, but he will be terminated if found guilty.

Shaffer resigned Feb. 6 from his part-time post as a campus minister and head of Redmen for Christ, which is overseen by the South College Church of Christ. Church elders have asked the congregation to provide spiritual support for Shaffer and his family, and in a prepared statement, the church confirmed Shaffer’s resignation and asked for prayers.