An Arkansas pastor who was formerly convicted for possessing child pornography was arrested on Thursday after for allegedly trying to meet up with an undercover Homeland Security Investigations agent, who he thought was a teenage boy.
Timothy Lee Reddin, 67, who has served as a part-time pastor at Turner Street Baptist Church in Springdale, Arkansas has been charged with attempted coercion and enticement of a minor, according to KFSM in Fayetteville.
He is accused of messaging an undercover Homeland Security Investigations agent, who was posing as a 14-year-old boy, in July on an unspecified website. The agent claimed he received an “unprovoked private message” from Reddin on the site, according to Arkansas Online.
“I just wanna have fun,” Reddin allegedly wrote in his profile description. “I like younger guys. But hell, at my age, that’s just about everybody.” He also allegedly noted in his profile that he loved making new friends, "especially naked ones.”
The agent said Reddin offered to take him out for lunch to "coach" him how to perform oral sex.
This is not the first time Reddin faced such allegations. Back in 2000, he pleaded guilty to possessing more than 10 items of child porn on his computer. At least one of those images involved a child younger than 12, according to Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. At the time, he was also exchanging emails with a teen boy he met online. The pastor blamed the child porn possession on sexual abuse he endured in his childhood. He was was sentenced to 27 months in prison had to register as a sex offender.
Before his 2000 conviction, Reddin worked as a pastor for 16 years in addition to being a high school teacher for three years. In addition to his recent stint as a part-time pastor, he recently taught part-time at Ecclesia College in Springdale. It’s unclear if he still holds positions at the school and at his church.
Reddin is being held without bond. He has denied ever molesting a child.
[Photo: Washington County Jail]