Pastor Pleads Guilty to 15 Counts of Child Exploitation

5/11/2007 -

(Walton County, Ga.) - The former pastor of Northgate Colonial Baptist Church in Camden pleaded guilty to 15 charges of sexual exploitation of children.

The Walton County District Attorney's Office said Friday that 42-year-old Kevin Ogle of Camden pleaded guilty Monday. He was sentenced to 20 years of probation, and five years behind bars.

Kershaw deputies arrested Ogle after they say he solicited what he believed to be a 14-year-old girl online. They say Ogle was communicating with "the girl" from November 20, 2006 to some time in February 2007. The person Ogle was actually communicating with online was a deputy from the Walton County Sheriff's Department.

Ogle was originally charged with 11 counts of sexual exploitation of children. Eric Crawford at the District Attorney's Office said Ogle negotiated a plea, where he confessed to more incidents. Crawford said Ogle was charged for each sexually-related video and chat he had with who he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. Officials say he confessed to nine chats and six videos. Crawford said Ogle originally pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned on April 18, but when he came in for his plea on May 7, he pleaded guilty to the 15 charges.

The District Attorney's Office said Ogle filled out and consented to special probation for internet sex offenders. They say he has to register as a sex offender wherever he lives. He is not allowed to live near parks, schools or churches, and he is required to take an annual polygraph test. Officials say he cannot use the Internet for chat rooms, instant messaging, or visit any site of a sexual nature. Ogle is required to sent his usernames and passwords to his parole officer. He is also required to use filters on his computer at all times that track where he visits online.

Southern Baptist minister accused of soliciting sex from 14-yr old

Kevin Ogle

Kevin Ogle

(Camden) February 20, 2007 - A Camden minister charged with cyber sex crimes is waiting for an extradition hearing.

The minister, 42-year-old Kevin Ogle, is accused of sending graphic pictures of himself over the internet to a teen girl.

The people he preached to on Sunday held a meeting about his arrest.

A man of God, he's now arrested and charged with cyber sex crimes. Kevin Ogle, 42, is accused of soliciting sex over the internet. Officers say he thought he was chatting with a 14-year-old girl, and instead it was an officer in Georgia.

Deacon Mike Clifton tells WIS, "It was discouraging and disappointing but again a pastor is human just like anybody else is."

Members of Ogle's Camden church held a meeting about his arrest. Despite the charges, they are committed to supporting him through this.

Ogle has been a minister at the Northgate Colonial Baptist Church in Camden for three years. Church members say Ogle was an excellent preacher. Church member Jean Shirley says, "I could not believe it. I thought it had to be an error. I just didn't think that could be our Kevin. I really didn't. He has so much God-given talent."

Investigators say Ogle sent explicit pictures of himself over the internet chat room on

It's been a tough case for Captain David Thomley, "It's shock to me and everyone. We graduated high school together. I've known him my whole life."

Ogle has a wife and two young boys.

He's now in the Kershaw County jail. Since the crime was initiated in Georgia, he'll have to be extradited to formally face 11 counts of sexually exploiting a child.

Investigators say Ogle may have had contact with people he may have met online. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-559-TIPS.

Reported by Maggie Alexander – South Carolina

updated 8:16am by Bryce Mursch