Muscle Shoals police, church pastor discuss arrest of former youth minister

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – More details emerged Thursday about the arrest of a former youth minister in Muscle Shoals.  The man was arrested in Texas, after moving there a few years ago.

The former youth minister, Charles Kyle Adcock, was arrested Wednesday in Frisco, Texas.  He is charged with nine counts of sodomy and 22 counts of rape.  The alleged acts took place in Muscle Shoals, and authorities in Colbert County are working to bring him back to face charges.

Charles Kyle Adcock

Charles Kyle Adcock

Muscle Shoals Police say the victim is a female who was under the age of 16 when the incidents took place between 2010 and 2012.  Police say some of the incidents happened at the church and others took place at his residence in Muscle Shoals.

Adcock was with Woodward Avenue Baptist Church from December 2008 until May 2012.

Church’s reaction

Dr. William Rushing, senior pastor at the church, talked with WHNT News 19 on Thursday about the situation.  He said the church addressed it at a service on Wednesday evening.

“The church as a whole was shocked. You have a lot of people who knew him, who put their trust in him,” said Dr. Rushing.  “There were lots of tears at our service.”

Adcock was on staff at the church for three years.  Dr. Rushing said most of the church’s current youth group was not under Adcock’s leadership.  However, he says they are discussing it.

“It provides an opportunity for us to speak to our youth group about the dangers of what predators are out there trying to do,” said Dr. Rushing.  “It enables us to hopefully equip our students to look out for those kinds of things and help them be prepared to avoid a situation that might put them in a vulnerable place.”

Dr. Rushing said predators slip through the cracks, even though the church took many preventive measures.

“As a church, we want to do everything we can to prevent something like this. We can do background checks, we can put up cameras, and we can do everything that we know to do, that everyone would tell us is the right thing to do,” said Dr. Rushing. “But when you’ve got, for any church, when you’ve got someone who is a predator, it seems like they tend to find a way to do what they want to do, and sometimes you do everything you can to prevent it, and it happens.”

The church also posted a statement on its Facebook page.

1 Comment

  • snapjudy

    This brave young girl is to be commended for speaking up and contacting police. It’s not an easy to come forward about being sexually abused but it is extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim. Some have many. Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever
    So let’s hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Charles Kyle Adcock, will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement, no matter how long ago it happened.

    Silence is not an option anymore, it only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.
    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com
    SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests , Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc

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