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story.lead_photo.caption Timothy Lee Reddin, 67, of Fayetteville

An Arkansas pastor and part-time college instructor was arrested last week after trying to meet with who he thought was a teenage boy, filings show.

Timothy Lee Reddin, 67, of Fayetteville faces one count of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor, according to records filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas.

Reddin is listed as a pastor at Turner Creek Baptist Church in Springdale. He also worked as a part-time history instructor at Springdale-based Ecclesia College, according to a faculty directory.

On July 27, an undercover agent with the Department of Homeland Security received an “unprovoked private message” from someone with a username of “Lee" on a website. "Lee," later identified by authorities as Reddin, described himself as a “college teacher and a businessman.”

“I just wanna have fun… I like younger guys. But hell, at my age, that’s just about everybody,” Reddin wrote in his profile description. It added that he loved making new friends, "especially naked ones," court records show.

Arrangements were eventually made for "Lee" and the perceived teenager to meet in person Aug. 3 in Fayetteville. When Reddin arrived at the predetermined location, he was arrested, authorities said.

Records show Reddin was previously arrested and convicted in 2000 of possession of child pornography out of the Eastern District of Arkansas.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that Reddin pleaded guilty Sept. 8, 2000, to having 10 or more items depicting child porn on his computer, including at least one that involved a child younger then 12.

In December of that year, he was sentenced to 27 months in prison and required to register as a sex offender.

Reddin had spent 16 years as a pastor in Hot Springs Village and taught high school for three years in Heber Springs and McCrory, according to the newspaper. He also resigned in 1998 as director of missions for the Central Baptist Association in Benton after being confronted for child pornography on a computer.

In court, Reddin testified that his addiction was caused by sexual abuse he endured in his childhood between the ages of 10 and 15.

The pastor also told authorities in December 2000 that he exchanging emails with a teenage boy in Pulaski County after answering an online advertisement.

A call Wednesday morning to the listed number for Turner Street Baptist Church returned a message that it was disconnected or no longer in service. A request for comment from Ecclesia College was not immediately returned.

Reddin remained at the Washington County jail as of Wednesday afternoon, according to an online inmate roster.

Information for this article was contributed by Linda Satter of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Print Headline: Pastor faces charge of attempted coercion, enticement of minor

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  • LRDawg
    August 8, 2018 at 12:51 p.m.

    Pack, #4. Life in prison for ALL who harm children

  • Drae
    August 8, 2018 at 12:53 p.m.

    Just sickening.

  • abb
    August 8, 2018 at 1:04 p.m.

    Death by scaphism for those that harm children.

  • Nodmcm
    August 8, 2018 at 1:10 p.m.

    There is verse in the Bible suggesting that the absolute worst deceivers will come in the guise of religious leaders. Perhaps this case will help many to understand just because someone claims to be "called to preach" does not mean its true. At least President Trump never asks for forgiveness (because he doesn't need to), and he never talks about God or Jesus in his tweets and speeches. Its my understanding that Jesus Christ never needs forgiveness, either.

  • DoubleBlind
    August 8, 2018 at 1:24 p.m.

    There are so many reasons religions - ALL religions - should be abolished but perhaps #1 is that they all provide cover for pedophiles.

  • MILLIEA55
    August 8, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

    Wow! ‘Scaphism’!! Sounds like the perfect thing!! Guess I’ve missed out on Torture Methods! Never knew it existed. I may use that in the future when I see an article concerning any animal abuser.
    This is one of the more sickening, horrendous, crimes in my opinion! Even more so since it was done by someone who hid behind what is supposed to be a position of honor and decency! I do firmly believe in Capital punishment in crimes such as this and animal abuse, and frankly it doesn’t matter how the execution takes place! Perhaps if more execution styles fit the crime, our crime rate wouldn’t be so high!!

  • FireEyes
    August 8, 2018 at 1:50 p.m.

    DoubleBlind - very apropos name you have as you are truly doubly blind.
    1. RELIGION is always of man.
    2. CHRISTIANITY is of Jesus Christ, massive difference. Every knee, even yours, will bow to Him one day.

    As to what this man did, it's reprehensible and should be worth the death penalty in my book. (Before someone screeches "Thou shalt not kill." The meaning of that text is MURDER.) He knew what he was doing was wrong and blaming it on his past is no outlet.
    I was horribly abused by my mother from cradle to age 14 when I fought back and have a deformed wrist out of the mess. No I didn't harm her, just made her back down and for good. I have never had so much as a parking ticket let alone harmed anyone in my 7+ decades on Earth. So, the pastor's excuse is nonviable. However, because of the hatred of true Christianity and Christian laziness flooding this nation, and this comment section more and more, you can expect wickedness like this to increase massively because it has become an "anything goes" society.

  • MaxCady
    August 8, 2018 at 2:32 p.m.

    Just doing the lawd's work. What is going on in NWA??!!! It's supposed to be so livable!

  • Jesuswillsave
    August 8, 2018 at 2:38 p.m.

    FireEyes you got it right. Amen

  • Eyetrytoo
    August 8, 2018 at 2:39 p.m.

    There are those that practice the laws and principles found in the Holy Scriptures and truly strive to follow that counsel in their daily lives and lead a happy and fulfilling life as a result of doing so. As others observe this, they gain respect for their sincerity. But then there are many of those that only claim to follow such counsel, perhaps using religion to gain reverence for themselves instead of God. Such ones are at the bottom of humankind. Anyone who would use religion to cloak their evil which they will thrust upon anyone that trust them for what they only claim to be - not for what they really are is really evil, sick and demented.Those that would prey on children are at the very bottom of such disgusting behavior. Please be slow to trust those that claim to be religious, until you have personally observed their daily conduct over a very long period of time and they have earned your respect. Please teach your children to do likewise, while always teaching them to fully trust in God and his Holy Scriptures.

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