Minister accused of soliciting sex from teenager

Kevin Ogle
Kevin Ogle

(Camden) February 20, 2007 - A Camden minister charged with cyber sex crimes is waiting for an extradition hearing.

The minister, 42-year-old Kevin Ogle, is accused of sending graphic pictures of himself over the internet to a teen girl.

The people he preached to on Sunday held a meeting about his arrest.

A man of God, he's now arrested and charged with cyber sex crimes. Kevin Ogle, 42, is accused of soliciting sex over the internet. Officers say he thought he was chatting with a 14-year-old girl, and instead it was an officer in Georgia.

Deacon Mike Clifton tells WIS, "It was discouraging and disappointing but again a pastor is human just like anybody else is."

Members of Ogle's Camden church held a meeting about his arrest. Despite the charges, they are committed to supporting him through this.

Ogle has been a minister at the Northgate Colonial Baptist Church in Camden for three years. Church members say Ogle was an excellent preacher. Church member Jean Shirley says, "I could not believe it. I thought it had to be an error. I just didn't think that could be our Kevin. I really didn't. He has so much God-given talent."

Investigators say Ogle sent explicit pictures of himself over the internet chat room on Yahoo.com.

It's been a tough case for Captain David Thomley, "It's shock to me and everyone. We graduated high school together. I've known him my whole life."

Ogle has a wife and two young boys.

He's now in the Kershaw County jail. Since the crime was initiated in Georgia, he'll have to be extradited to formally face 11 counts of sexually exploiting a child.

Investigators say Ogle may have had contact with people he may have met online. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-559-TIPS.

Reported by Maggie Alexander

updated 8:16am by Bryce Mursch