VA-Fairfax Community Church Employs Convicted Child Sex Predator

Victims to leaflet church

Sexually violent predator works there

Only some of the church-goers know about him

“Why put kids in harm’s way?” group asks


As congregants leave a service, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will hand out leaflets about a registered child sex offender now working at the church.


TODAY, Saturday, August 1 at 5:45 pm  


In front of Fairfax Community Church, 11451 Braddock Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030


Several members of a support group for clergy sex abuse victims called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests


A convicted child molester who is listed as “violent” on the Virginia sex offender registry now works on the staff of a northern Virginia church. A support group is criticizing church officials for “recklessness, callousness and secrecy.”

According to a statement by church officials, Eric Nickle was hired in 2006 and is currently the “care director” at Fairfax Community Church. The church has removed Nickle's profile page from the church website, but it can be found here:

SNAP believes that church officials are being reckless by employing Nickle and telling only some congregants about his past. 

Fairfax staff say they’re restricting Nickle’s activities at the church, but SNAP is skeptical.

“It’s dreadfully risky for church staff to claim or try to monitor shrewd sex offenders,” said Amy Smith of SNAP. “The outcome is often more child sex crimes surfacing years later.”

The group also challenges the church’s notion of “forgiveness.”


“We can forgive a drunk driver but shouldn’t give him school bus keys. We can forgive someone who commits violence but shouldn’t give him a gun,” said Becky Ianni of Burke VA. “We can forgive someone who abuses kids but shouldn’t give him any role in a position of trust and authority.”

“Putting a child sex offender in a position of trust and authority endangers innocent kids and hurts abuse victims,” said Smith. “Why take this avoidable risk with the most vulnerable among us?”


Amy Smith, Becky, David Clohessy of St. Louis, Barbara

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  • Johnpaul Lennon
    commented 2015-08-04 15:36:34 -0500
    I would imagine you have already reported this to Child Protective Services in Fairfax, VA.
  • Iain Pattison
    commented 2015-08-04 15:19:37 -0500
    I agree with SNAP. SNAP know what they are talking about.
    If I had ever sexually abused a child I would ask to be castrated so I could never do it again.
    I am amazed that this monster Eric Nickle has supporters.
  • Erin Hamm
    commented 2015-08-01 21:31:45 -0500
    I know Eric and his story. It is not a secret. No one is at risk. Thanks for the concern.

    Christ came to save the sinners and redeem. The church is a beautiful example of Gods love in action.
  • linda J
    commented 2015-08-01 19:53:46 -0500
    As a Christian it is my duty to investigate my facts before commenting. As a Christian I an called to believe God can heal ALL things. Paul is an example. This write up states that once a “killer” always a “killer”. I know FCC and Eric Nickle and they have done as the Bible teaches. No secrets have been kept and all measures taken, more for Accountability and being ABOVE reproach. FCC and Eric Nickle didn’t safe guard because of fear of temptation. GOD has restored this man and he is NOT a “violent sex offender” as stated in this write up. PLEASE do your research as not to harm all parts involved.
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