Sex Charges Filed against Pastor, Who Resigns
Policy Say He Tried to Involve 17-Year-Old Boy in Bondage and Sex Video
By Dan Galindo
Winston-Salem Journal [High Point NC]
March 31, 2007
A pastor at a High Point church has resigned and faces charg-es that he tried to get a 17-year-old boy in his congregation to engage in bondage and to make a video of sex acts.
Kernersville police arrested Todd Turner Brock, 42, on Thursday night at his home at 507 Old Mill Road in High Point.
Brock has been a pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church for 17 years, according to Kernersville police.
He faces four charges: first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor; disseminating obscenity; promoting the prostitution of a minor; and solicitation of another to commit a felony.
Kernersville police began working on the case last week, after the boy confided in a school counselor, then talked to his parents and police. The State Bureau of Investigation joined the investigation Monday.
None of the documents in the case identify the boy, other than indicating that he lives in Kernersville.
An application to search Brock's home gives this account of the case:
The boy told police that after a friend of his died, he and Brock started talking regularly. The boy said he had started questioning his faith in God because his friend had died of cancer.
The boy's mother told police that Brock asked her son if he would let him film a movie in which Brock pretended to use chloroform to knock her son out, tie him up, paint his nails and put makeup on him in a Gothic style.
"Brock said that Goth is intriguing, and he liked the taboo side of it," Kernersville Detective Sammy Peddycord and SBI agent Danny Mayes wrote in the search-warrant application.
Kernersville police recorded some of the boy's conversations with Brock, with the consent of the boy and his mother. In them, Brock elaborated on what he wanted to see in the film, according to the search warrant.
The SBI and Kernersville police also used records from online messages between the two to build their case, including a lewd photo they believe that Brock sent to the boy.
In an e-mail to the boy on March 21, Brock wrote: "Hey man, (j)ust wanted to be sure we are cool. I don't want you to feel uncomfortable around me. I think this movie will be so cool."
The detectives wrote that he added: "Don't think me too strange, just curious ... lol," using the Internet slang for the phrase "laughing out loud."
On Wednesday, Brock called the boy to say that he was resigning as pastor, according to the search warrant.
"He also told the (17-year-old) that he had inappropriate sexual conversations with others over the Internet and that he was scared," the detectives wrote.
He said that another boy had gone to his father about their conversations.
According to the search warrant, Brock told the 17-year-old that no one knew about their conversations but that church officials had been told about three other people.
A church deacon, Donnie Snow, did not respond to a message left last night. Snow told WGHP/FOX8 that Brock had resigned.
"The truth will come out and we'll deal with the truth, but the congregation is very concerned for his (Brock's) well-being, as well as the well-being of those that may be involved," Snow said.
Peddycord said yesterday that Brock also is under investigation by another area agency, but would not say what agency.
In Wednesday's conversation between Brock and the 17-year-old, Brock asked specifically about certain sexual acts, according to the search warrant.
Peddycord would not comment about whether detectives believe any sex acts occurred.
Police searched Brock's house Thursday, seizing computers, guns, CDs, videotapes and a black leather bag that had a whip, makeup and necklace inside.
Brock was being held at the Forsyth County Jail last night, with bond set at $1 million.
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