Child sex offenders "hiding" in plain sight, elevated to positions of spiritual authority and trust? Alarmingly, yes.
How would the public react to news that a violent registered sex offender worked at a school with kids? Daycare? Coach? Counselor?
Church? Yes, a church: Fairfax Community Church in Fairfax, Virginia.
Eric Nickle is the Care Director at Fairfax Community Church. The senior pastor of FCC is Rod Stafford.
Eric Nickle is on the Virginia sex offender registry. He is listed as violent.
Eric Nickle was convicted on October 13, 2000 for Indecent Liberties with a Child by Custodian. VA law code 18.2-370.1 is listed on Nickle's sex offender registry. His initial registration was on July 17, 2000 and renewed on July 20, 2015.
Is the senior pastor aware that Nickle is a registered child sex offender listed as violent? Are church members and attendees aware of this information?
§ 18.2-370.1. Taking indecent liberties with child by person in custodial or supervisory relationship; penalties.
Elevating a child sex offender to a position of trust and authority does not create a safe environment for kids and abuse survivors.
The light of truth and knowledge is our greatest tool to protect kids.
Can churches protect children & minister to sex offenders? New [guest] post tackles this difficult issue. http://t.co/e61lStTaiO @simonNBass— Boz Tchividjian (@BozT) July 25, 2015
“An offender’s testimony may give the impression to kids & parents that the church considers the offender to be safe.”http://t.co/fEkzr38IpK— GRACE (@netgrace_org) July 25, 2015