April 04, 2006

Shifflett focus of embezzlement investigation

Culpeper Star Exponent

Liz Mitchell - Staff Writer
Culpeper Star Exponent
Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Charles Shifflett, the pastor at Culpeper Baptist Church who faces several charges of child abuse and neglect, is now being investigated for embezzlement.

“The Sheriff’s Office is investigating embezzlement allegations … and they are taking it in a measured and thorough manner, which is appropriate here,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Gary Close said. “My office is being kept abreast of their investigation, and we have met with potential victims and discussed their concerns. We will make a prosecutorial decision some time in the future.”

Shifflett, 54, faces eight charges of cruelty and injury to children, child endangerment, and indecent liberties with a child and felonious assault of a 10-year-old girl. The alleged physical and sexual abuse occurred nearly 20 years ago at Calvary Baptist Church and its private K-12 school, where Shifflett was pastor at the time.

Posted by kshaw at April 4, 2006 08:25 AM