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Springdale Pastor With Child Porn History Tried to Meet Teen Boy for Sex, Authorities Say

WARNING: This story contains graphic content of a sexual nature.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) -- A Springdale pastor with a previous child porn conviction is now under arrest for trying to meet a 14-year-old boy for sex, according to authorities.

Timothy Lee Reddin, 67, was arrested by Homeland Security Investigations after an undercover officer posed as a 14-year-old boy and spoke with Reddin about meeting to have sex. Reddin was arrested on Aug. 3 when he arrived for a meeting that was arranged with the undercover officer online, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Reddin is accused of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor, according to the affidavit.

Reddin is listed as a pastor on the Turner Street Baptist Church website and has a profile on the website. Turner Street Baptist Church is located in Springdale at 4305 S Turner St.

Lee has a previous 2000 arrest and conviction in the Eastern District of Arkansas for federal violations of possession of child pornography. He was sentenced to 27 months incarceration and made to register as a non-expiring sex offender, according to the affidavit.

The undercover officer said he was on a website on July 27 in an unrelated undercover capacity when he received an unprovoked message from a website user with the profile name "Lee," according to the affidavit

"Lee" described himself in his profile as a 62-year-old white male, 6'1", 215 pounds and married. The profile description said, "I just wanna have fun...I like younger guys. But hell, at my age that's just about everybody! Discreet, intelligent, witty, professional guy. Love to meet new friends. Especially naked ones," according to the affidavit.

The undercover officer began interacting with Lee after receiving the initial message from him.

Lee began the conversation by saying "I like your hashtag! I'm no fan of our lying Pres." He then complimented the undercover officer, saying "You are wise beyond your years. :)"

As the conversation went on, Lee said, "Yeah, a good looking 18 yr old will get hit on a lot." The undercover officer said he wasn't 18 and that he was on the website while his parents were out of town.

Lee asked the undercover officer for his age. The undercover officer said he was going to turn 15 in November and wanted to be around like-minded guys, to which Lee asked, "Gay I suppose?"

As the conversation continued, Lee asked the undercover officer if he had sex other than masturbation. He then went on to tell the undercover officer that many men on the website will want to have oral sex with him.

Lee later asked the undercover officer what kind of sexual activity he is looking for and what he is ready for. Lee suggested starting with oral sex and to then move onto other types of sex. He also recommended taking it a step at a time, saying "Gay pron will be your friend for a while. :)"

The undercover officer then tells Lee that he's looking for someone he can trust to be his first. Lee responds, "If I weren't such an old fart I'd volunteer! Lol."

After the undercover officer said he doesn't care about age, Lee said, "I could meet you. No pressure to do anything you decide not to." (sic)

Lee then said "Here's what I have to offer" and sent graphic images of male genitalia.

Lee offered to meet the undercover officer the next day for a burger and then go somewhere private so he can "coach" him on oral sex.

The undercover officer told Lee that he felt he could trust him then jokingly asked if he is going to kidnap or kill him.

"Actually, I'm an axe murderer...," Lee said. He then added, "I'm a gentle guy really. I'm a college teacher and a businessman."

The undercover officer told Lee he couldn't meet the next day. He and Lee discussed meeting another time, and Lee gave the undercover officer his phone number after the officer asked how to find Lee on the website at a late time. Lee says, "Text, don't call. My name's Lee."

The undercover officer said Lee contacted him another time and offered to give him pointers on having sex for the first time and offered to assist him with his first sexual experience. Lee then said, "I'll never tell! I could go to jail!"

Arrangements were made between Lee and the undercover officer to meet in Fayetteville on Aug. 3 for the purpose of gaining trust with each other and to subsequently have a sexual encounter if that trust developed.

Lee was arrested during that meeting and identified as Timothy Lee Reddin. He was booked into the Washington County Detention Center.

Reddin is also listed on Ecclesia College's website as part of the teaching faculty. 


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