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Friday, May 30, 2008

White Trash Special

A North Carolina pastor was busted in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart for solicitation. The only way this story could get more redneck is if he had offered the women tickets to a Larry the Cable Guy concert in exchange for the sex. Or if she was his cousin. Either way:
Randolph County, NC -- Randleman police charged a local preacher with "solicitation for prostitution" and "solicitation of a crime against nature." They arrested him Tuesday.

Police said Otis Durham, 54, started communicating with a woman, who is in her 30s, through email May 23. He was responding to her posting on a website looking for a "legitimate, legal service," according to police.

A detective said an "innocent" conversation quickly turned sexual in nature. According to a detective, the woman contacted police after Durham asked for oral sex in exchange for the service she was requesting. Police decline to comment on what the service was because it could hinder future investigations. They said the effort to exchange a service for sex is a crime.

Police said there was no discussion of an exchange of money, just the services. A detective said police can charge someone with "solicitation for prostitution" if they believe that person tried to exchange anything (money, services, products, etc.) for sex.

Durham used the name "Jim" in the emails. An undercover officer continued communicating with Durham through email by pretending to be the woman. The officer and Durham agreed to meet in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in Randleman.

Police said Durham showed up on time Tuesday around 10 a.m. Police had a female come out of Wal-Mart and get into the vehicle Durham was looking for.

A detective said Durham got out of his vehicle immediately at "light speed" and tried to get into the vehicle. After police identified it was Durham, they arrested him.

Durham is the pastor of Sandy Ridge United Methodist Church in High Point. WFMY News 2 went by the church Wednesday evening. News 2 also left messages for Durham at his house in Kernersville. He did not return the calls as of Wednesday evening.

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