Ex-deacon is found guilty of sex crimes

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A Gaston County jury found a former Gastonia church deacon guilty of 11 sex charges early Friday.. Paul Kevin Shives had been accused ot sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. Full Story
Gastonia Resident

AOL

#1 Feb 15, 2008
One of the girls was 6 years old when he "claimed" that she approached him, and that SHE made advances to him!!??!! What a sicko and to think that this pervert has a child of his own, whom just happens to be a girl as well. Wonder if anyone has questioned her to see if "Daddy" has tried anything with her.
Princess

United States

#2 Feb 16, 2008
This is what happens when parents put more TRUST in a man that tells them LIES that God sent him, instead of God coming HIMSELF. Parents are to train up their children God didn't say take your children for someone else to train them. God ain't never said for parents to leave their children to MOLECH and that's what to many parents do. As for me and my house WE serve the LORD not a man The last MAN GOD sent was is SON and there is not a pastor anywhere can top what Jesus preached It ought to sink in everybody's mind because anywhere you go and there is a PIT ought to send you back out the door you came through, PUL-PIT. And adults will call a child a liar because they got duped by a suppose to be God man.Been there, and all of them goning to bust hell wide open. This a part of what's wrong with today's young people, Mama and Daddy don't MAKE time to be with them. Send them to people who can't run their own HOMES and then have the nerve to tell you how to run yours. As a PARENT if you don't know how you're suppose to live, that you go the the pastor to instruct you on RIGHT living, how the hell you going to teach your child, it's real CLEAR to the child that you don't know what you're doing because some man telling you. Past-or GOD?
Piper At The Gates

United States

#3 Feb 16, 2008
"One of the girls was 6 years old when he "claimed" that she approached him, and that SHE made advances to him!!??!! What a sicko and to think that this pervert has a child of his own, whom just happens to be a girl as well. Wonder if anyone has questioned her to see if "Daddy" has tried anything with her."
Spoken like a true Gastonian who believes everything they read in the Gaston Trashzette!!! I'm not saying this guy is guilty or innocent and I have no connection to the either the defendant or New Hope Baptist Church whatsoever. What I am saying though, is (and I have spoken to people who were actually in the courtroom for the duration of this dog and pony show put on by the Gaston County DA's office) this investigation, trial, testimony and everything else in between was a JOKE!!! Let's see, for one very important thing, Shives was not even interrogated by the investigating detective. THAT in itself raises questions. This so-called detective only half azzed gave testimony as to the actual dates and times the events took place. H@ll, he did not even know if it took place in the evening or the morning from the accuser’s statements. The detective ‘executes’ a traffic stop on the defendant and then tells the jury that the defendant said NOTHING when he was arrested. However, Shives did tell ask him what he was being arrested for and this Sherlock Holmes of the Gastonia Police Department says,“Well from the look on your face I think you know why you are being arrested.”. Yet, Sherlock, states to the jury that the defendant said NOTHING to him!!! Then we have the overzealous Stephanie Hamlin trying to make her mark in the ADA world as some sort of top notch attorney who supposedly knows how investigations and the justice system is carried out. She is a complete buffoon from what I have heard here in Gaston county from many people on both sides of the aisle.
I’m not here to say whether Shives is guilty or innocent. That is not the issue. What I am saying that if it was you (Gastonia Resident) or me. AND WE were innocent, we BOTH would sure as hell hope that we got our fair share of an investigation and trial in which our Constitution entitles us to. And from what I can see, Shives did not get that. IF he is guilty, then he should serve EVERY MINUTE of to which he was sentenced!!
What is really sad here is: have you notice how many times I have used the word IF???? For someone who believes in our Constitution as I do, I should not even be using the word IF. However, here in Gaston County, with the people we have in the sacred positions of investigating and prosecuting crimes, the word “IF” is tossed around way too much and these folks need to be held accountable.
Gastonia Resident

AOL

#4 Feb 18, 2008
What is really sad here is: have you notice how many times I have used the word IF????
Yeah just like Paul Shives said in the recorded conversation he had with the victim, that his attornies tried to get suppressed from the jury: "IF you ever tell anyone, then my life will be over."
No CSI in Gastonia

United States

#5 Feb 19, 2008
Me thinks Piper at the gate thinks the whole world is run like the little light boxes in our living rooms.
The reason we have a trial is to eliminate all those two letter words of doubt you were talking about. I have to believe that the jury some how dug through all of your doubt in coming up with a verdict that they whole heartedly agreed with.'m sure hope they didn't take sending a man to prison for what could easily be the rest of his life lightly.
victim

Gastonia, NC

#6 Oct 4, 2011
i was in that courtroom so whomever you have talked to i highly doubt knows anything about it. i was on that stand i love stephanie and all she did was help throughout the entire process. so yes if was used only by idiots like you that would prefer to protect the pedophiles instead of putting them where they belong. so as the main victim in this court case i hope you have grown up and learned alot more about how our justice system truly works.
Banana Police

Mount Holly, NC

#7 Dec 7, 2011
Piper At The Gates wrote:
"One of the girls was 6 years old when he "claimed" that she approached him, and that SHE made advances to him!!??!! What a sicko and to think that this pervert has a child of his own, whom just happens to be a girl as well. Wonder if anyone has questioned her to see if "Daddy" has tried anything with her."
Spoken like a true Gastonian who believes everything they read in the Gaston Trashzette!!! I'm not saying this guy is guilty or innocent and I have no connection to the either the defendant or New Hope Baptist Church whatsoever. What I am saying though, is (and I have spoken to people who were actually in the courtroom for the duration of this dog and pony show put on by the Gaston County DA's office) this investigation, trial, testimony and everything else in between was a JOKE!!! Let's see, for one very important thing, Shives was not even interrogated by the investigating detective. THAT in itself raises questions. This so-called detective only half azzed gave testimony as to the actual dates and times the events took place. H@ll, he did not even know if it took place in the evening or the morning from the accuser’s statements. The detective ‘executes’ a traffic stop on the defendant and then tells the jury that the defendant said NOTHING when he was arrested. However, Shives did tell ask him what he was being arrested for and this Sherlock Holmes of the Gastonia Police Department says,“Well from the look on your face I think you know why you are being arrested.”. Yet, Sherlock, states to the jury that the defendant said NOTHING to him!!! Then we have the overzealous Stephanie Hamlin trying to make her mark in the ADA world as some sort of top notch attorney who supposedly knows how investigations and the justice system is carried out. She is a complete buffoon from what I have heard here in Gaston county from many people on both sides of the aisle.
I’m not here to say whether Shives is guilty or innocent. That is not the issue. What I am saying that if it was you (Gastonia Resident) or me. AND WE were innocent, we BOTH would sure as hell hope that we got our fair share of an investigation and trial in which our Constitution entitles us to. And from what I can see, Shives did not get that. IF he is guilty, then he should serve EVERY MINUTE of to which he was sentenced!!
What is really sad here is: have you notice how many times I have used the word IF???? For someone who believes in our Constitution as I do, I should not even be using the word IF. However, here in Gaston County, with the people we have in the sacred positions of investigating and prosecuting crimes, the word “IF” is tossed around way too much and these folks need to be held accountable.
We should get tax funds to crack down on these children that are sexually abusing all these exemplary adults.I don't know maybe we could get some elementary school principals to jerk these children's chains when they start feeling like being abusive towards helpless adults.What's this world coming to? I swear!
sig

Mount Holly, NC

#8 Dec 7, 2011
Banana Police wrote:
<quoted text>We should get tax funds to crack down on these children that are sexually abusing all these exemplary adults.I don't know maybe we could get some elementary school principals to jerk these children's chains when they start feeling like being abusive towards helpless adults.What's this world coming to? I swear!
Deacon.Elementary school principal.Delusional heroes.Same thing.
mandy

Morganton, NC

#9 Dec 8, 2011
God is important in our lives, some of the teachers, preachers etc, I question and do not trust!!!
scarlett

Belmont, NC

#10 May 10, 2012
This is my best friends dad I feel sooo bad for her her name is Amanda shives I love her and hope she will make it though life cuz she says she wants to die
scarlett

Belmont, NC

#12 May 10, 2012
And you people don't know any thing he did not do this!!!!!
Victim 2

Lincolnton, NC

#14 Nov 27, 2012
I know what happened and now i am scarred for life i will never be able to love a man that truly matters to me because of this it has been seven years since the incident and four short years since the trial. I sat on a stand and told things a 12 year old should never see, hear, or ever have to go through. I think that all the comments on this are ridiculous from people who know nothing about the story i have seen a therapist every two weeks since trial and just learned i cant take my medication due to an illness that may have arose from the stress of this whole event. Me not victim number one NEVER asked to have to lose trust in everyone in our life ever nor did we antagonize these events to become what they are and encouraged the toll that they have had on our lives. so Im not really sure what is more "sick" the fact that this happens to kids everyday or the fact that people "think" they know what went on. i am glad to say that this year is the first year that i have noticed God never left me when i was begging for him because i will rise out on top despite all these things
Victim 2

Charlotte, NC

#15 Nov 27, 2012
Piper At The Gates wrote:
"One of the girls was 6 years old when he "claimed" that she approached him, and that SHE made advances to him!!??!! What a sicko and to think that this pervert has a child of his own, whom just happens to be a girl as well. Wonder if anyone has questioned her to see if "Daddy" has tried anything with her."
Spoken like a true Gastonian who believes everything they read in the Gaston Trashzette!!! I'm not saying this guy is guilty or innocent and I have no connection to the either the defendant or New Hope Baptist Church whatsoever. What I am saying though, is (and I have spoken to people who were actually in the courtroom for the duration of this dog and pony show put on by the Gaston County DA's office) this investigation, trial, testimony and everything else in between was a JOKE!!! Let's see, for one very important thing, Shives was not even interrogated by the investigating detective. THAT in itself raises questions. This so-called detective only half azzed gave testimony as to the actual dates and times the events took place. H@ll, he did not even know if it took place in the evening or the morning from the accuser’s statements. The detective ‘executes’ a traffic stop on the defendant and then tells the jury that the defendant said NOTHING when he was arrested. However, Shives did tell ask him what he was being arrested for and this Sherlock Holmes of the Gastonia Police Department says,“Well from the look on your face I think you know why you are being arrested.”. Yet, Sherlock, states to the jury that the defendant said NOTHING to him!!! Then we have the overzealous Stephanie Hamlin trying to make her mark in the ADA world as some sort of top notch attorney who supposedly knows how investigations and the justice system is carried out. She is a complete buffoon from what I have heard here in Gaston county from many people on both sides of the aisle.
I’m not here to say whether Shives is guilty or innocent. That is not the issue. What I am saying that if it was you (Gastonia Resident) or me. AND WE were innocent, we BOTH would sure as hell hope that we got our fair share of an investigation and trial in which our Constitution entitles us to. And from what I can see, Shives did not get that. IF he is guilty, then he should serve EVERY MINUTE of to which he was sentenced!!
What is really sad here is: have you notice how many times I have used the word IF???? For someone who believes in our Constitution as I do, I should not even be using the word IF. However, here in Gaston County, with the people we have in the sacred positions of investigating and prosecuting crimes, the word “IF” is tossed around way too much and these folks need to be held accountable.
I hope you still don't think that your comment makes since. He WAS interrogated by the investigating detective He chose to not incriminate himself on the stand. Everyone In the DAs office was a blessing to the outcome of this trial and putting this sicko away. So I laugh at you because whoever you got your information from In the courtroom is a joke and obviously fell asleep during the testimonies so get your facts straight before you start criticizing the gaston county judicial system.
Former Church Member

Gastonia, NC

#16 May 1, 2013
I was a young man when this incident occured. I did not attend the trial or anything but I do remember the process very well. It did not take long at all for this to reach trial. Paul does have a daughter who is probably in her teens by now. I haven't seen them in years. His wife just didn't seem whole after he went to prison and I doubt she ever will. Everyone trusted him and supported him in his deaconship. His mother was a sweet eldery lady. I spoke to him one time after the arrest was made at the church as he was talking with the former pastor. It always felt wrong to "chastise" him after everything he did for everyone but at the same time I have to look at the facts. He got put on a 20 something year prison sentence I believe. I'll be 35 or 40 by the time he is released. I must as I said look at the facts of the occurance and see that they pointed to a guilty verdict. It pains me to say it but it is true. I don't want problems with anyone but for a fact this is something that I'll remember my whole life and I'll be training my son to avoid being violated. Whether it be give him a cell phone in a few years (he's not even a year yet), teaching him weapon fundamentals or duct taping him to my arm I'll be protecting my children from the same things.

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