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Pastor charged with soliciting sex from undercover officer

Clinton Alexander Feemster (Photo courtesy of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department) Clinton Alexander Feemster (Photo courtesy of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)
Dr. Clinton Feemster (Source: Gardner-Webb University) Dr. Clinton Feemster (Source: Gardner-Webb University)

By Jeff Rivenbark | email 

Updated by Ian Flanegan | email

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC (WBTV) – A man who is a pastor and college theology professor is accused of trying to solicit sex from an undercover detective at a spot in west Charlotte known for sexual activity.

The alleged incident happened at 4:14 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18, at 6700 Old Dowd Road at the overlook at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Dr. Clinton Alexander Feemster, Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, was arrested for Soliciting Crimes Against Nature.

The police report said Feemster was "soliciting an undercover detective for oral sex."

Police say the incident occurred in a public area where families were present. The CMPD said they have received numerous complaints from people who have observed lewd sexual activity taking place there.

"Dr. Feemster says he is innocent of these charges," says Michael Chambers, a deacon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.   "We're praying for him and his family that everything goes well, and he will have his day in court."

Feemster is also the Director of the Pittman Center for Congregational Enrichment, and Assistant Professor in the Divinity School at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC.

"The University is fully aware of the charges against Feemster and an investigation is underway on our end," said Gardner-Webb University Spokesman Paul Foster. "Feemster is on paid administrative leave until this issue is resolved."

Feemster was hired by the University in May of 2004 and has been at Mt. Zion Baptist Church for 25 years. 

"Just remember that, often times, things are not as they seem," says Deacon Chambers.  "What we're doing now is just asking everyone for prayer."  

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