Pastor Pleads Guilty to Charges

There are 27 comments on the NBC 29 Charlottesville story from Jun 24, 2008, titled Pastor Pleads Guilty to Charges. In it, NBC 29 Charlottesville reports that:

A Culpeper pastor has pleaded guilty to fraud related charges in Culpeper County Circuit Court.

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vagirl

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Jun 24, 2008
An absolute disgrace. When the people we look to for faith and guidance do this who can you trust??
Loretta B Mrtnsbrg WV

Martinsburg, WV

#2 Jun 24, 2008
As a former member of Calvary Baptist Church I personally think that this is an outrage!! I feel that I have sat back long enough and bit my tongue against the hog wash again my Preacer Does not the bible instruct us as Christians to take care of God's people. How can other members of the church say that they are victims of Preacher taking money against false pretenses? You can say it may have been under false pretenses but when any members of the church needed their rent paid or groceies in their homes the church paid it or provided. Does that mean that those members are guilty for not reporting those love offerings on their taxes because if that is the case most of us are guity as charged!! Preacher would help any member of Calvary Baptist Church when they/we needed it. And this is how you repay him! My Preacher is a man of God. And when he was at Calvary Baptist Church the Church was on fire for God. Now look at it.... they got rid of Preacher and the church is dead.
Former Calvary Member

Glen Allen, VA

#3 Jun 25, 2008
You obviously haven't been back to Calvary recently! That church was DEAD long before Shifflett ever left! Now that they have a new pastor the church is trying to recover from many years of neglect and spiritual abuse suffered at Shifflett's hand. It is beyond me how people could continue to support that man when the overwhelming evidence shows he as guilty as sin! Why are people so blinded by him? I mean if it was just one incident I might be questioning if the charges were the truth as well. I mean, come on, we are talking NUMEROUS charges against him. Get your head out of the sand! Haven't you ever wondered about where all of the "Offering" money went to? Not to mention the candy sale money! You don't want to get me started on that one!! I remember being a kid and Shifflett telling us that the candy sale money would be going to get us a new playground all of the years I was there did we ever get a new playground? NOOOO! The only thing that money ever went to was to line his own pockets! If I were you I would look a little more closely at the facts before you keep defending a guilty man!
Former Calvary Member

Glen Allen, VA

#4 Jun 25, 2008
Get your head out of the sand - he's as guilty as sin!
WakeUp

United States

#5 Jun 25, 2008
I can't understand people still defending Shifflett. Do you not know what pleading guilty means? Are you saying that it's OK to be a Pastor and be a child molester, a thief, a liar, etc.? The other charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement, it doesn't mean that he didn't commit them. By the way, these charges were from 2001 to 2006 before the statue of limitations runs out. He's been doing this since 1986. I heard that he could have been charged with 400 crimes since 2001. There are hundreds more if you could go back
to 1987. I know, I've looked at the church records myself. Over the years, there's been hundreds of thousands stolen by Shifflett and his buddies not to mention the many moral failures he's committed that cannot be addressed legally but people know about. He's pleading to save himself from Federal prosecution. Let's hope the judge doing the sentencing has the guts to give this man the long prison term he deserves.
Finally

Bluefield, WV

#6 Jun 25, 2008
Well Well Well, look who finally came clean and admitted to being a monster! I hope that all of his brainwashed followers finally come to realize that they where not listing to a man of God. They so lovinly called him "Preacher". What a complete disgrace. A "man", if that what you want to all him, having a title like that! He should only be refered to as a "criminal" or "child abuser". What has me completely dumbfounded is the fact that this evil man used the House of God and Word Of God, to fill his pockets and pray on weak children. If he ever believed in the Lord he should not be as worried about the judge as much as he should be worried about what God has in store for him, and his wife for that matter! When that young man came forward back in late 2005 with the alligations of sexual and physical abuse the whole town called him a lier. Then within 2 weeks, a young lady came forward with very similar alligations. She was also called a lier. Several months later he was convicted of those crimes and STILL, many people called that man a lier! AFTER, Charles S. admitted to the crimes and entered a plea! He only got 5 years suspended jail time and 700 hrs of community service! Now that he has stolen from the state government the authorities are finally going to put this beast where he belongs...IN PRISON!!! How can anyone deny the fact that HE IS GUILT? Shifflett himself has admitted to the crimes! Open your eyes people! Think about it, would you say; "OK, I didn't do anything wrong, but I'm going to say I did and spend the rest of my days behind bars. I'm going to give up my family, my money, my congregation and my life." Well, if someone admits to doing the crime and knows that they are facing 310 YEARS in prison, that pretty much sums it up. GUILTY!!! No trial by jury! Why? Because his lawyer has advised him that there was no way he was getting off this time and it would be better to cooporate then to fight a loosing battle. Had he fought in court he would have been prosecuted federally AND his wife would have went down the road with him. How sweet, he admits to 21 felony charges to keep his "just as guilt wife" out of jail. That may have been the one true heartfelt thing he has done in his entire life! I hope that he gets every single year he is facing. And those that called that young man a lier, when he came forward with humiliating claims of rape, beatings, and tourture (most of which he admitted to as also)...well I think they owe him an apology. Good riddins Charles...you can no longer steal from the poor, steal from God, and abuse children. You are a disgrace to your family name and a disgrace to the title you gave yourself. For those of his followers that still beleive he is not guilty...Tom Reese(the one that bailed him out all the times before)...HE PLED GUILTY!!!!!! Pull the wool back from your eyes, you where con'd. He is gone, your "Preacher" will spend the rest of his days with the earths scums....you don't face 310 years for doing nothing!
Joe Curtis

Matteson, IL

#7 Jun 25, 2008
Loretta B Mrtnsbrg WV wrote:
As a former member of Calvary Baptist Church I personally think that this is an outrage!! I feel that I have sat back long enough and bit my tongue against the hog wash again my Preacer Does not the bible instruct us as Christians to take care of God's people. How can other members of the church say that they are victims of Preacher taking money against false pretenses? You can say it may have been under false pretenses but when any members of the church needed their rent paid or groceies in their homes the church paid it or provided. Does that mean that those members are guilty for not reporting those love offerings on their taxes because if that is the case most of us are guity as charged!! Preacher would help any member of Calvary Baptist Church when they/we needed it. And this is how you repay him! My Preacher is a man of God. And when he was at Calvary Baptist Church the Church was on fire for God. Now look at it.... they got rid of Preacher and the church is dead.
Please take the whole Bible, even a preacher is to obey the laws of the land.
Finally

Bluefield, WV

#8 Jun 25, 2008
Loretta B Mrtnsbrg WV wrote:
As a former member of Calvary Baptist Church I personally think that this is an outrage!! I feel that I have sat back long enough and bit my tongue against the hog wash again my Preacer Does not the bible instruct us as Christians to take care of God's people. How can other members of the church say that they are victims of Preacher taking money against false pretenses? You can say it may have been under false pretenses but when any members of the church needed their rent paid or groceies in their homes the church paid it or provided. Does that mean that those members are guilty for not reporting those love offerings on their taxes because if that is the case most of us are guity as charged!! Preacher would help any member of Calvary Baptist Church when they/we needed it. And this is how you repay him! My Preacher is a man of God. And when he was at Calvary Baptist Church the Church was on fire for God. Now look at it.... they got rid of Preacher and the church is dead.
To call him a "Preacher" is an outrage! To call him a man of God is a disgust. Hahaha, you call it "hog wash" but your "preacher" pleaded guilty and NO CONTEST! So, are you saying that he is lying...once again? And yes, it is a crime not to file your "love offerings". The law states that a family member can give another family member a one time gift... tax free.(up to a certain dollar amount) Not your pastor. So, maybe all of you die hard followers DO need to be placed under investigation. Yes, the Bible does teach that we should take care of God's people. BUT, God's people don't steal from their own congragation, church, and abuse children. Once again, these are things that he as admitted to in court, before a judge, and CONVICTED of! So to call him one of God's people could be considered an outrage! They didn't get rid of a church...they disposed of a cult. You are just to brainwashed to see it. What kind of person, much less a Christian, calls someone a n**ger? I know your "preacher" outside of church and I have heard it with my own ears and would stand before the Lord himself and testify to that. Wake up, Charles' reign of power and deciet is OVER! He is going to a much better place...PRISON! I pray that one day you will all open your eyes to the lies and con's you have endured. I can understand your grieving, I am sure he is the only pastor you have ever known. I pray that God will forgive him for the things he has done, but with the same breath I pray that the sentencing Judge does not.
Happyitsdone

United States

#9 Jun 25, 2008
I'm glad for Chad, Liz, Woody, Robert, and the other's that suffered abuse from Shifflett. It's been a long time coming, but people know now that you've been telling the truth all along. I never doubted you. All you followers at First Baptist, I know you'll be waiting when he gets out of jail to pick up where you left off. I hope you have at least a 20 year wait! I'd be ashamed to show my face in Culpeper if I'd been supporting Shifflett all this time. You're a disgrace to the human race!
Loretta Bean

Martinsburg, WV

#10 Jun 25, 2008
I have been to Calvary lately. And to go from 16 buses to 4 and the nursey's all closed except for us.. is dead to me. I have went back there a few times...I don't even think they go out on Thursdays sole winning anymore.
I never questioned where the offerings money went to because it wasn't/isn't my area of judgement. I give my tiths to the Church as a commandement from God. What the church does with God's money is not my area my judgement. I personally don't see why the church shouldn't finalancely support their Preacher. The other crimes that he may have committed that are not related to the Church, sure Preacher may be quilty I am not saying that he isn't...but just because he is a Preacher does not make him perfect either. Being a Preacher does not mean that he is without sin. Just because a man is a Preacher does not mean that he can't fall. But when he falls pick him up.. just as he has picked us up when we have all fallen once in our lives. My kids went to school at the Church for 5 years. I remember the candy sales.. I don't remember them saying that it was to buy play ground equipement... I remember it being in a school meeting letting parents know that it was to help pay for the school books and school monthly tution for you, my kids and other kids that went to the school.
Former Calvary Member wrote:
You obviously haven't been back to Calvary recently! That church was DEAD long before Shifflett ever left! Now that they have a new pastor the church is trying to recover from many years of neglect and spiritual abuse suffered at Shifflett's hand. It is beyond me how people could continue to support that man when the overwhelming evidence shows he as guilty as sin! Why are people so blinded by him? I mean if it was just one incident I might be questioning if the charges were the truth as well. I mean, come on, we are talking NUMEROUS charges against him. Get your head out of the sand! Haven't you ever wondered about where all of the "Offering" money went to? Not to mention the candy sale money! You don't want to get me started on that one!! I remember being a kid and Shifflett telling us that the candy sale money would be going to get us a new playground all of the years I was there did we ever get a new playground? NOOOO! The only thing that money ever went to was to line his own pockets! If I were you I would look a little more closely at the facts before you keep defending a guilty man!
Loretta Bean

Martinsburg, WV

#11 Jun 25, 2008
Former Calvary Member wrote:
Get your head out of the sand - he's as guilty as sin!
And let he that is withough sin cast the 1st stone?? Again just because the man is a Pastor does not mean that is a saint
Loretta Bean

Martinsburg, WV

#12 Jun 25, 2008
Another person who claims to be former memember but to have to hide.

I don't, won't and will never belive that Preacher molested any child. I may not have always agreeded with his displine actions but I keep my own children in a narrow path so that I didn't have to worry about that. If you went to Calvary back in 1987 I do believe we even know one another.

A lot of us have seen the Church records, they were really never hidden from any member who wished to see them. If one doesn't think that it takes a lot of money to run a church but think again... it doesn't grow in trees. And God isn't gonna through it down to us from the sky.
WakeUp wrote:
I can't understand people still defending Shifflett. Do you not know what pleading guilty means? Are you saying that it's OK to be a Pastor and be a child molester, a thief, a liar, etc.? The other charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement, it doesn't mean that he didn't commit them. By the way, these charges were from 2001 to 2006 before the statue of limitations runs out. He's been doing this since 1986. I heard that he could have been charged with 400 crimes since 2001. There are hundreds more if you could go back
to 1987. I know, I've looked at the church records myself. Over the years, there's been hundreds of thousands stolen by Shifflett and his buddies not to mention the many moral failures he's committed that cannot be addressed legally but people know about. He's pleading to save himself from Federal prosecution. Let's hope the judge doing the sentencing has the guts to give this man the long prison term he deserves.
Loretta Bean

Martinsburg, WV

#13 Jun 25, 2008
Joe Curtis wrote:
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Please take the whole Bible, even a preacher is to obey the laws of the land.
Joe, your so right... a Preacher is to obey the law and is not above the law.Just because he is Preacher doesn't make him better than man. But just because he is a Preacher doesn't mean that he is without sin. If it hadn't been for Pastor Shifflett, I don't know where me and my family would be today. And some others as well.
If this was any of us going through what he is going through he would be right there by our sides all the way, step by step all the way to the end. He would be their supporting us regardless if it was right or wrong, so why not do the same for him.
Happyitsdone

United States

#14 Jun 26, 2008
I don't know who you are Lorretta Bean, but people like you make it easy for a predator like Shifflett to comment his crimes. Are you saying that even though he's pleaded guilty and admitted his crimes, that he should be excused because he's a preacher? Shouldn't he be held to a higher standard? Don't the scriptures say that to be qualified as a Pastor you need to be blameless? God has some pretty high standards for a preacher. And, just because you don't believe it, means it didn't happen, right? Even if he admitts it! Where do people like you come from? I bet the church is glad you live in WVa. and not Culpeper. Did you take drugs when you were young? It seems that you've lost a few brain cells that you couldn't afford to lose. You need help Lady!
VaGirl

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Jun 26, 2008
Wow Lorretta you truly are an example of only seeing what you want to see. I think they have a place for you on that ranch in Texas we've been hearing so much about on the news. If he weren't going to prison Mr. Shifflett would fit in quite well there.
Happyitsdone

United States

#16 Jun 26, 2008
1 Timothy 3
3:1
This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
3:2
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
3:3
Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
3:4
One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
3:5
(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
3:6
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
3:7
Moreover ** he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Can you honestly say that Shifflett meets these qualifications? His pride (and some stupid people) kept him in the pulpit until he was taken to jail on Tuesday. He betrayed his office and should serve the rest of his life in prison.
Former Calvary Member

Richmond, VA

#17 Jun 26, 2008
Lady, you need help! Dead?! How about recovering? Calvary isn't what it once was because it's trying to recover from all of the years of neglect suffered at the hands of Shifflett!!! They are doing better at that church now then they have in absolutely years. As for "sole" winning (where I come from they call it SOUL winning) I'll let you know what day they do that if you'd like to attend. So, your kids went to Calvary? Did they teach you how to spell? If so that explains your numerous spelling errors! I don't know when your kids went to school there, but during the 7 years I went there a playground was promised to us - as were many other things that never happened. Even though I do not agree with your distorted view of the situation, I do appreciate you admitting that he MAY be guilty. I don't know about you but I sure wouldn't admit to something I didn't do. Especially if I was looking at some serious jail time! As for him just being human - I agree. But the person who has the title of pastor is supposed to blameless - above reproach. Admitting guilt not once, but twice, isn't being above reprach to me!
Loretta Bean wrote:
I have been to Calvary lately. And to go from 16 buses to 4 and the nursey's all closed except for us.. is dead to me. I have went back there a few times...I don't even think they go out on Thursdays sole winning anymore.
I never questioned where the offerings money went to because it wasn't/isn't my area of judgement. I give my tiths to the Church as a commandement from God. What the church does with God's money is not my area my judgement. I personally don't see why the church shouldn't finalancely support their Preacher. The other crimes that he may have committed that are not related to the Church, sure Preacher may be quilty I am not saying that he isn't...but just because he is a Preacher does not make him perfect either. Being a Preacher does not mean that he is without sin. Just because a man is a Preacher does not mean that he can't fall. But when he falls pick him up.. just as he has picked us up when we have all fallen once in our lives. My kids went to school at the Church for 5 years. I remember the candy sales.. I don't remember them saying that it was to buy play ground equipement... I remember it being in a school meeting letting parents know that it was to help pay for the school books and school monthly tution for you, my kids and other kids that went to the school.
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FedUp1

United States

#18 Jun 27, 2008
Former Calvary Member wrote:
Lady, you need help! Dead?! How about recovering? Calvary isn't what it once was because it's trying to recover from all of the years of neglect suffered at the hands of Shifflett!!! They are doing better at that church now then they have in absolutely years. As for "sole" winning (where I come from they call it SOUL winning) I'll let you know what day they do that if you'd like to attend. So, your kids went to Calvary? Did they teach you how to spell? If so that explains your numerous spelling errors! I don't know when your kids went to school there, but during the 7 years I went there a playground was promised to us - as were many other things that never happened. Even though I do not agree with your distorted view of the situation, I do appreciate you admitting that he MAY be guilty. I don't know about you but I sure wouldn't admit to something I didn't do. Especially if I was looking at some serious jail time! As for him just being human - I agree. But the person who has the title of pastor is supposed to blameless - above reproach. Admitting guilt not once, but twice, isn't being above reprach to me!
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Amen! Former Calvary Member. Lorretta seems to be thinking about her response. How can she deny that Shifflett is guilty when he said he was himself? If I were innoccent I would have demanded a jury trial and faced the people bringing the charges. However, if I were guilty, I would do what Shifflett did. I knew he was guilty when he waived his right to a speedy trial and stretched it out for 3 years.
FedUp1

United States

#19 Jun 27, 2008
1 Timothy 3
3:1
This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
3:2
A bishop then must be blameless (Shifflett is knocked out right here), the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour (liar, thief, child molester, abuser), given to hospitality, apt to teach;
3:3
Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre(51 charges to start); but patient (terrible temper), not a brawler (Always yelling and screaming), not covetous (Just everybody else's wives and daughters);
3:4
One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
3:5
(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
3:6
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride (Which he was) he fall into the condemnation of the devil (Which he did).
3:7
Moreover ** he must have a good report of them which are without (Adulter, liar, thief); lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil (Which
he did).
Add he still has the gall to call himself a preacher of the gospel. Pride goeth before a fall.
310 year gift to Culpeper

Bluefield, WV

#20 Jun 28, 2008
Lorretta Bean, I was there for years and saw things first hand. You're a disgrace to continue the arguement of innocents of a self admitted guilty man! I was there to hear the screams of children. I was there to watch him pick up a shovel and hit children. I was there to watch him punch my friend and call him a "wimp" with a grin of satisifaction on his face. I was a friend of the man that came forward with the oringinal abuse alligations. I have since lost contact with him but during our "Calvary days", we would day dream together, hoping and wishing that Shifflett would be found out. At that time the only thing that would bring a smile to my face and to my friends face, was to dream of the day "chuck" would pay for what he was doing. I remember my old friend thinking of dozens of ways to end it all. Some of those ideas being so desparate, that it sends chills up my spin to this day. Just to know that a child of that age could come up with such ways to end everything is a testiment to what we were put through. My friend was not a bad kid. He was just a child that suffered physically and mentally EVERY DAY while in Chucks care! I was there as my friend would think of something to tell our classmates as to why his eyes were filled with tears. I was there to hear my friend say, "I wish I would just die" or "I wish he would just kill me". I can sit here and name many names of those that saw the same things I did, heard the same screams of both boys and girls, and did nothing but turn their backs and act as if nothing was going on or act as though the "punishment fit the crime". I am sure that some of you know exactly who my friend was, but out of respect I will not mention his name. But I will mention the name of adults and teenagers that turned their backs...Mary Leake(mother of the second victim to come forward), Miss Putnam, Jared Baldwin (now married into the shifflett family), Mike Bowen (pretend good guy around Chuck because many children were forced to clean his fithy families house and yard), Rachel and Rebecca Shifflett, Mrs. Shifflett, Joel Porter (to afraid to do the right thing). I can go on and on with names of those that witnessed horrible things but never said a word. I was standing by the trapaline in the back yard as he pushed a small child down on the porch, yelling at Rachel and Mary Leake to "GET OUT NOW" as he forced the child into his home! I am KNOW that child got beat down! I LISTENED OUTSIDE THE DOOR! But now I am sickened to know what else might have happened to that child that day. And it hurts me so bad to think that I may have been able to stop it. But like many other children and adults I was afraid to say a word. You defend Chuck because you are still deny the fact that something similar may have happend to your own children. Well, Crazy Bean, you may be suprized to hear the harsh words that were said about you and your children...from Chucks mouth! "Poor, dirty, worthless, SLOW". OH, YES, to your face he was the nicest man on earth and he helped you when you fell. Behind your back you and your children were nothing more then "bus kids" to Chuck. Even your husband Butch, was called, "a drunk, redneck, drug addict, and worthless" by Chuck. But what did he do every Sunday? He shook Butchs' hand at the door and hunged you. Only to turn around to those close to him and make fun of your poverty and low mental capacity even going as far as to make disgusting remarks on your cup size! You think you know "Preacher". Maybe you should drill you're own children to find out what they really went through! Maybe you should visit him in prison and ask him why he said those things about you! I bet you get the trademark "I'm stupid look" look from him! You and the people just like you, just as weak and slow as you, are what kept the church alive. Chuck fed on you and your willingness to follow his lead. Now it is over, your hero, Charles V. Shifflett is going to prison by means of his own admitting!

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