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Stafford pastor facing scrutiny
Stafford pastor charged with misdemeanor; other charges being investigated

Date published: 10/7/2010

BY KEITH EPPS

A Stafford County pastor's relationship with a 15-year-old county boy is under investigation.

Steven Wakefield Dyer, 55, is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Stafford authorities have seized Dyer's computers and other items to help them determine if other charges are warranted, according to a search warrant filed in Stafford County Circuit Court.

Court records list Dyer as the pastor of Summit Presbyterian Church on Shelton Shop Road in North Stafford. Dyer has been the pastor for three years, but his current status is unclear.

An affidavit to obtain a search warrant states that on Sept. 24, the mother of the 15-year-old spotted her son and Dyer coming out of the woods off Rolling Hill Court about 11:30 a.m.

She called the Sheriff's Office, and the teen told police that he had been drinking alcohol but no other illegal activities had taken place.

Police got the mother's permission to search the boy's room and recovered several pairs of thongs and "products and substances" that could be used in a sexual encounter.

Court records do not indicate that the boy has any connection to the church.

Dyer had left the scene, but he returned when called by police, the affidavit states. He agreed to follow Detective Jim Harris to the Sheriff's Office.

Dyer told Harris that he had met the boy on a website called Manhunter.net several weeks earlier and they had communicated between 10 and 12 times.

They talked about the boy's personal life and exchanged pictures, according to the affidavit. He said none of the pictures were of a sexual nature.

They agreed to meet on Sept. 24 and met at a gazebo on Rolling Hill Court. They walked about 200 feet into the woods to the "Hideout," the affidavit said.

Dyer told Harris that they were there about 45 minutes, talking and drinking vodka and orange juice. The boy also was smoking, court records state.

At some point, Dyer asked Harris how old the boy was, and Harris replied, "less than 18."

Court records show that since his arrest on the misdemeanor charge, Dyer has picked up another charge for failing to attend a scheduled court appearance.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
Email: kepps@freelancestar.com