Camp Cale Director Steve Carter, on administrative leave pending resolution of sexual misconduct charges, was found dead in his parked truck on land he owns in Virginia Beach, Va., at 10 p.m. May 24. He was 51.
Margie Hobbs, public information officer with the Virginia Beach Police Department, said the wooded property on which Carter was found in the 4800 block of Blackwater Road is listed in his name.
Initial reports said Carter committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. His body is being examined at a local hospital, but no foul play is suspected.
Carter was first charged in July 2009 with taking indecent liberties with a child and first degree sex offense involving a child under the age of 13. Additional charges involving two other children were added in November. Charges were pending and no court date was imminent.
He was on administrative leave from Chowan Baptist Association, which operates Camp Cale. He had directed Camp Cale since February 2002. His indictment restricted him from the camp property.
His wife Gracie and children lived in the director’s house onsite. Gracie Carter is part-time assistant director of the camp, which is enrolling students for summer camp weeks. On Sunday before his death, Carter had attended church where graduating high school seniors were recognized, including his son.