A North Carolina man was arrested for going to church. Why, yes, he is a sex offender. How did you know?
Deputuies said they began investigating registered sex offender Kenneth Lee Cagle, 53, two months ago when they received complaints that he was starting a church.Two months of Sundays! One would hope the deputies would have heard something in that time about mercy.
Cagle was convicted of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor almost a decade ago, officials said.Third-degree sounds bad, doesn't it? Like a burn. Third-degree burns are the worst. And sexual exploitation...gosh. What in God's name did he do to that child?
Third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor in North Carolina means he looked at child pornography. He molested no one.
He was wrong to look at illegal images and he certainly ought to avoid doing that again. Turning to God seems like a good idea for someone trying to be a better man.
Deputies found that Cagle had successfully opened a church where he served as a church elder and led part of church services.Perhaps not just a good idea but an inspired idea. The families at the church knew of the man's crime. Gathering once or twice a week to worship with him in their midst can be a gentle way to remind him--and each other--that there is a better way.
His involvement in the church is a violation of state law, according to deputies.Doesn't North Carolina want someone who once looked at illegal images to be a better man? No, North Carolina legislators made it a crime for registered sex offenders to be involved at church.
During a traffic stop after a church service on Sunday, deputies charged Cagle with sex offender employment violation and being a sex offender with a child on the premises.It is certainly understandable that North Carolina would not want children to be molested in church but what are they doing to protect children from people not on the registry? The truth is that it is more likely that a child will be molested by someone not on the registry.
Two month investigation, though. That's still a mystery.