He exposed himself to a student/volunteer. I wonder why the church was so reluctant to tell their membership about his, well, ‘history’?
MEMPHIS, Tennessee — A violent sex offender is now facing charges after police say he exposed himself in a church soup kitchen.
Willie Edwards is listed as a violent sex offender on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry for offenses dating back to 1989.
Edwards was working in the kitchen at St. John’s United Methodist Church when he exposed himself to a female worker January 27.
Edwards is charged with violation of community supervision for life.
The following alert was sent to church members several weeks after the incident and after the church learned a news outlet was going to report what happened:
We are writing to share some timely and upsetting news.
An unfortunate incident occurred at St. John’s involving our member, Willie Edwards. Willie has been a member of our church since October, and he has helped in both our Saturday soup kitchen and on Tuesdays when Rhodes College hosts soup kitchen. It was reported to us a couple of weeks ago that Willie was at the Tuesday soup kitchen and exposed his penis to one of the female students.
Renee met with the student and the Rhodes Chaplain to hear her story. The student courageously agreed to report the incident to the police.
Willie failed to self-report his status to the church, but because of this incident, we discovered that Willie was on the sex offender registry and is still on parole for past offenses. His probation officer was contacted and pursued an affidavit for his arrest. (read more)