March 08, 2006

Culpeper minister facing new charges

The Free Lance-Star

Date published: 3/8/2006


Three more counts of child endangerment have been filed against a Culpeper minister who was already facing five similar charges.

Charles V. Shifflett, 54, was arrested Monday afternoon and released yesterday on $5,000 bond.

Two of the new charges were filed by Woodrow W. Leake III, who attended Cavalry Baptist Academy when Shifflett was the headmaster. The other was filed as part of an ongoing investigation by the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office.

According to court documents, Leake accuses Shifflett of mistreatment by paddling him in the fall of 1986 and forcing him to help cut and split wood as part of after-school activities from the fall of 1990 until 1992.

Leake's statement alleges that the split wood was then sold to help pay the salaries of Shifflett, who also was pastor of Calvary Baptist Church at the time, and academy teachers.

Leake also alleges that Shifflett "whipped" him with a 2-foot-long, 2-inch-thick and 4-inch-wide paddle after the student "back-talked a teacher five times."

Posted by kshaw at March 8, 2006 11:46 AM