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Former NC commissioner busted for aiding and abetting prostitution

[UPDATE (7/20): Privette’s been suspended from his position at the Christian Action League. Read after the jump.]

Oh yeah, baby; hypocrites on a roll — he’s also a former Baptist minister. (WSOC)

Former state legislator Coy C. Privette, a Cabarrus County commissioner and retired Baptist minister, was charged Thursday with aiding and abetting prostitution, authorities said.

Privette, 74, was charged with six counts of misdemeanor aiding and abetting prostitution by renting a hotel room and paying for sexual acts, according to State Bureau of Investigation Agent Kevin Canty. Tiffany Denise Summers, 32, of Salisbury, was charged with six counts of misdemeanor prostitution, Canty said.

Privette didn’t immediately return an e-mail message or messages left on his home and cell phones Thursday. Eyewitness News spoke with Privette’s wife, who would only say she was shocked by the charges.

And it gets worse…the minister paid the prostitute with two “stolen” checks. Add a drum roll for bonus schadenfreude points:

Privette also serves as the president of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, which advocates in the General Assembly for Christian groups. Privette has been one of the state’s most vocal opponents against alcohol sales and legal gambling.

From the CAL’s web site its statement on morality

We are in the General Assembly of North Carolina with a full-time presence promoting legislation that is consistent with a Christian worldview. We advocate for those measures that strengthen the family and oppose legislation that would erode the family structure. We are the voice of conservative evangelical Christians in the State Legislature.

We discourage the promotion and use of beverage alcohol and other drugs, pornography, sexual immorality and other sinful practices that not only undermine the spiritual lives of those who participate in them, but also undermine the strength of our State and National character.


This morning while driving in, I heard on the radio that Privette has been “suspended” from the Christian Action League. More after the jump.Ah, the fallout begins.:

“Because we have been unable to speak with Mr. Privette,” [CAL Executive Director, Rev. Mark] Creech said, “and because we are committed to the principle of due process, the board of directors has decided under the circumstances the Christian Action League is immediately suspending Mr. Privette’s duties … and his membership on the board of directors depending on the outcome of this matter.”

…Privette, who had been serving as interim director for the Rowan Southern Baptist Association, which has an office on South Main Street, Salisbury, is no longer in that job. A woman who answered the phone said Privette no longer has the job. She refused to comment further.

BTW, the sex worker involved was arrested despite cooperating with authorities on the bust.

Privette’s going to burn, baby, burn…

Hat tip, Ian.

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