The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 6, 2012

Prison pastor faces charges

BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — A local pastor is charged with misconduct in connection with his work at Danville Correctional Center.

The Rev. Floyd S. Crenshaw Sr., 51, of the 500 block of East Main Street, was arrested by Illinois State Police and booked at 1:45 p.m. Thursday at the Public Safety Building jail on a felony charge of official misconduct. He was not incarcerated and was released to state police custody, according to jail records.

He also was arraigned Thursday afternoon on the charge, which was filed in mid-December by Vermilion County State’s Attorney Randy Brinegar.

Crenshaw, who moved to Danville in 1995, is the pastor of the Christian Center of Hope Baptist Church in Danville.

Brinegar released few details regarding the broad felony charge when contacted Friday, saying he was restricted because it is an Illinois State Police investigation.

The county state’s attorney did acknowledge the charge is in relation to Crenshaw’s work as a chaplain at the Danville Correctional Center. He did not give a time frame for the felony misconduct charge, saying only it allegedly took place in the past year.

Crenshaw began working as a chaplain at the local state prison in 2007. His current job status with the prison was not immediately known.

Sharyn Elmen, chief public information officer for the Illinois Department of Corrections, said Friday she had no information on the case.

A phone message left at Crenshaw’s home was not returned Friday. Two different addresses for the Christian Center of Hope were to empty buildings and the church’s phone number was answered by a fax machine.

Champaign attorney Ronald Langacker represented Crenshaw at his arraignment court proceedings Thursday. He declined comment when contacted at his office on Friday, saying he had little information on the charge against his client.

A preliminary hearing in Crenshaw’s case is scheduled for Jan. 26.

The official misconduct charge is a Class 3 felony and is punishable by up to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.