Baptist camp director indicted on child sex charges

By Cathy Wilson

The Daily Advance

The Perquimans Weekly

July 13, 2009

Hertford —  A Perquimans County grand jury has indicted the director of a Baptist summer camp for youth on two counts of engaging in sexual activities with a child.

Stephen Wayne Carter, 50, of 257 Camp Cale Road, was charged Monday with taking indecent liberties with a child and first-degree sex offense involving a child, Perquimans Clerk of Superior Court Todd Tilley said.

Carter, who was arrested July 1, remains free on an $80,000 secured bond.

The incidents for which Carter has been charged allegedly took place at Camp Cale Retreat on June 15.

Camp Cale Retreat is a summer camp and conference center in Perquimans County operated by the Chowan Baptist Association.

Carter has served as director of the retreat since February 2002.

According to court documents, Carter is prohibited from going on Camp Cale Retreat’s property. He also is barred from having any contact with children under the age of 18 except his own.

Rob Roberts, association missionary for Chowan Baptist Association, told The Perquimans Weekly following Carter’s arrest that he remains employed as camp director but has voluntarily left the camp until the matter is resolved.

No trial date on the charges has been set.


SNAP Note:  According to the camp's website, Rev. Stephen Carter previously worked as a church planter for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.