By Jim Wicker
A former Burlington pastor charged with sex crimes has left his
Danville, Va., church after reportedly admitting to deacons there that he
acted inappropriately with a child.
Many members of the Danville church
pastored by the Rev. James Preston Tyndall were shocked Sunday to learn
that he had been charged with six felony sex crimes Thursday and had
resigned Friday evening.
ďI would say our people were shocked. But some
of them had heard about his arrest on TV prior to the Sunday service,Ē
Bruce Hutcheson, chairman of the deacon board at Stokesland Baptist
Church, said Monday of Tyndallís departure.
Hutcheson and other deacons
who met with Tyndall after his release from the Alamance County Jail have
said that he admitted to them that he engaged in inappropriate conduct
with the child.
Burlington authorities said the girl, now 14, was 8 and
9 years old when the alleged offenses occurred in Burlington.
48, was charged by Burlington police detectives with three counts of
first-degree sexual offense with a child and three counts of taking
indecent liberties with a child between Oct. 1, 1994, and May 31, 1995,
while he was pastor of Kinnett Memorial Baptist Church in
Police said Tyndall left the Burlington church in 1996
after three years.
He left Burlington and, according to Hutcheson, had
served as the pastor of a Baptist church in Mount Olive before being hired
about three months ago as Stokesland Baptist Churchís pastor.
havenít had any problems with him,Ē Hutcheson said.
In checking out
Tyndallís references at the Mount Olive church, Hutcheson said he
understood that they hadnít had any problem with him, either.
such as these can happen to any church, no one is immune,Ē the deacon
The Danville church, located near West Main Street, has
between 130 and 150 members. It reportedly grew by several members during
Tyndallís short tenure.
Officers at the Alamance County Jail said
Monday the minister spent only one night and most of a day in the jail. He
was jailed Thursday night after surrendering to police detectives.
jail log shows Tyndall was released at 5:24 p.m. Friday after a $200,000
bond secured by property was posted for his appearance in court later.
Neither the jail nor the Alamance County Clerk of Courtís office had the
names of the bondís signers available Monday afternoon.