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Preacher is charged with paddling woman
Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star ^ | February 18, 2006 | Donnie Johnston

Posted on 05/17/2007 10:55:00 PM PDT by Tom87

A woman who says she was spanked with a pingpong paddle is the latest person to file charges against a Baptist preacher in Culpeper.

Laura Beth Scott, 26, charged the Rev. Charles V. Shifflett with assault "with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill."

It is the fifth charge brought this year against the former pastor of Calvary Baptist Church. All are related to Shifflett's former position as headmaster of the Calvary Baptist Academy, which was part of the church's outreach program.

Shifflett, who is no longer with the church, turned himself in about 9:30 a.m. yesterday and was released on a $2,500 secured bond later in the day.

According to court documents, Scott was 10 years old when the alleged incident happened sometime between Jan. 2 and March 31, 1990.

She accuses the preacher, acting as headmaster, of calling her into his office to find out if her sister was having sex and taking birth-control pills. Scott said when she told Shifflett she didn't know, he accused her of lying.

In the court documents, Scott accuses Shifflett of forcing her to stand with her hands on the end of a pew while he paddled her. When the first pingpong paddle broke, Scott alleges, the "pastor came back with another paddle."

Scott alleges that after "a few more minutes" of paddling, someone came into the sanctuary. She accuses Shifflett of then taking her into a hall and continuing the punishment, according to the court documents.

Scott's statement maintains the paddling stopped only when she insisted she had to go to the bathroom.

Scott said she "could barely sit" afterward. She said her father inspected her that night and found "red marks that looked like blood."

Scott said her father pulled her out of the small private Christian school the next day and enrolled her in public school. She said she now has nightmares about the incident.

Shifflett, 51, also faces two counts of child-endangerment and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. All were filed in mid-January and alleged that the incidents occurred between 1988 and 1993.

Shifflett resigned as pastor about four months ago over what he called a difference of opinion with church elders. He attributed the earlier charges to vindictiveness by some church members.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: paddling; pastor; pedophilepriest; spanking; victim

1 posted on 05/17/2007 10:55:04 PM PDT by Tom87
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To: Tom87

Misleading head line. He paddled a child, who is now a woman.


2 posted on 05/17/2007 11:01:59 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Tom87

If only my dad had used ping pong paddles. What a blessing that would have been.


3 posted on 05/17/2007 11:04:12 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: Tom87

Ms. Scott’s father has a lot of explaining to do about why he didn’t go to police and press charges against this “preacher”.


4 posted on 05/17/2007 11:06:34 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Graybeard58

Agreed. Very Misleading.


5 posted on 05/17/2007 11:10:03 PM PDT by mother22wife21
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To: Tom87

If she’s a hottie....NOT GUILTY.


6 posted on 05/17/2007 11:11:17 PM PDT by pissant
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To: Tom87

Never mind, she was only 10 at the time. For making a stink about it now, she needs to be spanked.


7 posted on 05/17/2007 11:12:30 PM PDT by pissant
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To: Tom87
1- His justification was absurd - the very question that he asked her was inappropriate.

2- Only parents should spank, and 10 is way too old for it.

3- Many spankers enjoy a sexual aspect, which makes them pseudo-pedophiles. And don't think that the child isn't instinctively aware of this... often consciously too.

8 posted on 05/17/2007 11:16:08 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: Tom87
"Scott said her father pulled her out of the small private Christian school the next day and enrolled her in public school."

Talk about cruel and unusual punishment !

9 posted on 05/17/2007 11:29:09 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Would you vote for President a guy who married his cousin? Me, neither. Accept no RINOs. Fred in '08)
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To: Tom87
Laura Beth Scott, 26, charged the Rev. Charles V. Shifflett with assault "with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill."

I recommend an immediate ban on ping pong paddles.

10 posted on 05/17/2007 11:56:54 PM PDT by A message
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To: philetus
If only my dad had used ping pong paddles. What a blessing that would have been.

I used to get the leather belt from my dad and the wooden spoon from my mom.

11 posted on 05/18/2007 12:02:30 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: Tom87
It seems he was inappropriate - 16 YEARS AGO! Time is up toots.
12 posted on 05/18/2007 3:13:39 AM PDT by Jaysun (It's like people who hate corn bread and hate anchovies, but love cornchovie bread.)
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To: SteveMcKing

I have a 14 yr old, grounding does not work, restrictions do not work. The day I told him I would bring the house down around him, really got his attention, pronto. I do not tolerate lying, period. Fortunately for him, I did not have to do it, because he is bigger than I am. Since grounding & restrictions do not work, what do you suggest? I have considered grass drills, but DSS would surely be on their way.


13 posted on 05/18/2007 4:12:52 AM PDT by momincombatboots (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: SteveMcKing
3- Many spankers enjoy a sexual aspect, which makes them pseudo-pedophiles. And don't think that the child isn't instinctively aware of this... often consciously too.

What the hell? Where do you get this stuff, Opra?

14 posted on 05/18/2007 4:28:25 AM PDT by SampleMan (Islamic tolerance is practiced by killing you last.)
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To: momincombatboots
Greetings momincombatboots:

Bummer with the out of control teen behavior.

When our first child was an infant, my wife and I attended a Systematic Training for Effective Parenting STEP course at our church. The behavior control techniques worked well, even many years later when they returned home as college students.

Perhaps this book is available at your local library.

God Bless and best wishes,
OLA

15 posted on 05/18/2007 4:37:19 AM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (Truth was the first casualty in the MSM's war on President Bush.)
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To: pissant

Call in the SWAT team on this one?


16 posted on 05/18/2007 4:47:21 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Duncan Hunter 2008 (or Fred Thompson if he ever makes up his mind))
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To: Tom87

I now wish I had logged each time I was spanked by sister whats her name...I bet I wouldn’t need to worry about retirement funding....!!!


17 posted on 05/18/2007 4:49:40 AM PDT by conservativehusker (GO BIG RED!!!!)
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To: SteveMcKing
Many spankers enjoy a sexual aspect, which makes them pseudo-pedophiles...Maybe as adults 'spanking' adults...

You really ought to lay off the dime store psychology books. Or are you implying that parents who spank are closet pedophiles? Gimme a break.

At some point menaingful discipline almost always takes on a physical form. Used sparingly, spanking is an effective means of establishing boundaries which otherwise would be ignored.

It is not a source of pleasure for the one administering the punishment.

It is not necessary for all children, but many.

I'm a great-grandpa.

I have seen what works and what doesn't, and most parents who have never spanked their child don't have to tell me. Better a swat on the butt now than prison later.

(Great-)Grandma would argue that no child is too old to spank--and none of the 'kids' push that--at any age.

18 posted on 05/18/2007 4:59:15 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Tom87

“Scott said her father pulled her out of the small private Christian school the next day and enrolled her in public school. She said she now has nightmares about the incident.”

Public school did that to me, too.


19 posted on 05/18/2007 5:00:52 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom! Non-Sequitur = Pee Wee Herman.)
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To: Tom87
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20 posted on 05/18/2007 5:07:11 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: SteveMcKing
3- Many spankers enjoy a sexual aspect, which makes them pseudo-pedophiles. And don't think that the child isn't instinctively aware of this... often consciously too.

Not to quibble, but I think the proper term would be crypto-pedophiles.

21 posted on 05/18/2007 5:07:52 AM PDT by Steely Tom
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To: SampleMan
I was spanked at school as late as 15. I have no doubt that the teacher got some sort of sexual thrill out of it as he was known (among the students) as only spanking girls and for pulling up our skirts. No, I never told my parents because I was afraid that they would be more concerned over my being bad and would get another spanking at home. At the time I was a sophomore in high school and I talked my parents into allowing me to go to the public high school, which I loved. Unfortunately, we moved cross-country 6 months later and I was back in a Christian school again, but at least I avoided spankings as a junior and senior in high school.

Sexual thrill? I have no doubt about that.

22 posted on 05/18/2007 5:13:09 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: Graybeard58

Correct. I was going to post that comment myself.


23 posted on 05/18/2007 5:14:37 AM PDT by sauropod ("An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools." Ernest Hemingway)
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To: momincombatboots
I wish you luck, as you will need it. My suggestion is to take every kid at the age of 13, put him/her in a box and put the lid on. Let them out ten years later, by which time one can hope that they have become human beings.

Carolyn

24 posted on 05/18/2007 5:17:16 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: SoftballMominVA
Sexual thrill? I have no doubt about that.

So spanking my six-year-old makes me a pedophile in your book? Great, I'll add you to the list of people that want to raise my children.

I hope you've been able to stay in the upstanding public school system, where the removal of the threat of corporal punishment has created a utopia of civilized behavior.

25 posted on 05/18/2007 10:04:44 AM PDT by SampleMan (Islamic tolerance is practiced by killing you last.)
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To: Tom87
"with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill."

My oh My, What DRAMA. At least it wasn't a hickory switch or a specially crafted fiberglass paddle! (which my Jr High School coach carried in his back pocket)

26 posted on 05/18/2007 10:12:51 AM PDT by eyedigress
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To: SampleMan

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that just because you don’t get a sexual thrill from spanking your six-year-old doesn’t mean a male teacher wouldn’t get a thrill from spanking 15-year-old girls (especially with their skirts lifted).

Sorry you had to experience that, SoftballMom, that really sucks.


27 posted on 05/18/2007 10:32:15 AM PDT by Tom87
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To: SampleMan
How about spanking someone else's 15 year old with her dress pulled up and sometimes her underwear pulled down? Would that make that person a pedophile? How about spanking a 15 year old girl across the lap with her dress pulled up - in front of her classmates - what would you consider that person to be? What about pulling down the panties of an 8 year old and putting her across the lap and spanking her over and over with a bare hand? What about that? Those are just 3 of the mortifying incidents I endured at a variety of schools.

This is far far from spanking your own 6 year old for being naughty.

28 posted on 05/18/2007 11:24:19 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: Wiggins
"I used to get the leather belt from my dad and the wooden spoon from my mom."

My parents used what we referred to as "The Board of Correction."

29 posted on 05/18/2007 11:26:14 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: SampleMan
Out of curiosity, what would you do if another man pulled down the panties of your child and spanked her across his lap with his bare hand? and this man was her teacher, at a private Christian school? and your daughter came home with blistered handprints on her bottom, which she hid for you and your wife because she was afraid of being spanked again? Would you think that man had your child's best interests at heart? Would you think he spanked her with nothing but pure intentions? How would you feel when you found out years later, that she hid that information from you because she was afraid, and that man was allowed to teach for more than 20 more years, doing the same to other little girls?

I can't tell you the name of the school because I don't remember it - but it was at a church/school about 1 mile from the Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia. I was 8.

30 posted on 05/18/2007 11:30:51 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: SoftballMominVA
What you describe is clearly wrong, and yes I’ve got big issues with it.

I took exception to the automatic linking of spanking with sexual perversity. Corporal punishment is not a de facto fetish.

Given your experience, which is heinous, I don’t blame you for being hypersensitive.

31 posted on 05/18/2007 12:24:40 PM PDT by SampleMan (Islamic tolerance is practiced by killing you last.)
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To: SoftballMominVA; SampleMan

Corporal punishment is still legally on the books in Georgia public schools, and used rarely in the elementary schools. As a high school teacher, I have never heard of it happening, but I do know basically what happened.

Two children are sent to an administrator for discipline. Corporal punishment is an option. One parent elects for it, and is returned to class. The other parent refuses and is sent home for 3 days. Fair? Not really.

Not to mention the DFACS (child protection services) gets picky about this sort of thing.

As far as what happened to the woman, this is a private school and things like this happen. I would like to see that preacher/priest take one of the tough kids at my school and attempt to paddle them. He would not last long before being in the hospital or dead.


32 posted on 05/18/2007 3:57:38 PM PDT by shag377 (De gustibus non disputandum est)
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To: shag377
As far as what happened to the woman, this is a private school and things like this happen. I would like to see that preacher/priest take one of the tough kids at my school and attempt to paddle them. He would not last long before being in the hospital or dead.

Perhaps if your "tough kids" had been put on their butts previously, they wouldn't be the problem they are now.

33 posted on 05/18/2007 5:06:14 PM PDT by SampleMan (Islamic tolerance is practiced by killing you last.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Youre not kiddin
I was spanked and paddled from the first through the ninth grade.
Maybe thats why i won’t send my kids to public or any mass skule.


34 posted on 11/18/2011 12:24:07 AM PST by BobTrent
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To: Tom87
1990? Sheesh!

She said. He said. Not guilty, on the preponderance.

Of course, if she's got video, that might be different.

35 posted on 11/18/2011 12:29:46 AM PST by cynwoody
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