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story.lead_photo.caption Timothy Reddin

FAYETTEVILLE -- A former Springdale pastor was sentenced to federal prison Wednesday for trying to entice a person he thought was a teenage boy into a sexual relationship.

Timothy Lee Reddin, 68, of Fayetteville was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without the possibility of parole followed by 25 years of supervised release on one count of attempted online enticement of a minor.

An agent with Homeland Security Investigations in July was investigating online enticement of minors to engage in sexual activity in Northwest Arkansas, according to court records.

The agent posed as a 14-year-old boy and logged into a social media account. An individual, later identified as Reddin, contacted him a short time later. Reddin began inquiring about the purported minor's sexual experience, according to prosecutors. Reddin then expressed a willingness to engage in sexual activity with him.

Reddin planned to meet the purported boy in Fayetteville in early August for sex. Police went the meeting location and arrested Reddin when he arrived.

Reddin was listed as a pastor at Turner Street Baptist Church in Springdale at the time of his arrest. He also worked as a part-time history instructor at Ecclesia College in Springdale, according to a faculty directory.

A federal grand jury indicted Reddin in September, and he pleaded guilty in October. During sentencing, prosecutors presented the judge with evidence Reddin was a convicted sex offender at the time of his arrest. Reddin faces a charge of failure to register as a sex offender in Washington County Circuit Court.

U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing.

Records show Reddin was arrested and convicted in federal court in 2000 for possession of child pornography. 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 than 12, according to court records.

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

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

NW News on 02/09/2019

Print Headline: Former Springdale pastor sentenced for online enticement of a minor

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Archived Comments

  • mrcharles
    February 9, 2019 at 9:45 a.m.

    Hey...hey... he is not a Muslim, nor a non white, but a member of the hocus pocus crowd we are suppose to admire...where are the normal racist crowd with their racist views? Inner cowardice keeps them from speaking on what seems to be an epidemic by white deity ILKS.

    Also dont forget this occurred in the land of what party? Oh, heck we know along with the Duggar clan, gop rules the roost up there.just sayin there may be a connection using the reasoning of your racist right wingers [ excuse using word reasoning by those who dont].

  • KingSolomon
    February 9, 2019 at 11:13 a.m.

    This monster should have been castrated after his first offense! Unbelievable that his background was not checked prior to his other hirings. He is not a muslim or a non white, but he is a queer and that is the problem with him. The percentage of sexual attacks on minors, is extremely high by queers! If all queers were to be castrated we would have much fewer sexual attacks.

  • MaxCady
    February 9, 2019 at 7:43 p.m.

    What is it with NWA and all the criminals and perverts?

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