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Ex-megachurch pastor blames underage victim, wants out of prison

Ex-megachurch pastor blames underage victim, wants out of prison
By Bill Dolan on June 3, 2014
https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/ex-megachurch-pastor-blames-underage-victim-wants-out-of-prison/article_2ae9324b-eacf-546e-9f73-c12147f5726f.html

A former minister of First Baptist Church of Hammond is gambling he can get out of prison by branding as a seductress the underage girl he molested.

Jack A. Schaap, 56, is asking a federal judge to overturn his 12-year sentence “due to the aggressiveness of (the girl) that inhibited impulse control …”

It is a risky strategy that may backfire with U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano, who sentenced Schaap last year and would hear the new petition, according to veteran local defense attorneys.

“Judge Lozano may give him more time,” said one lawyer, who asked to remain anonymous.

Schaap pleaded guilty to transporting a female student of the church’s high school to Illinois and Michigan for sexual encounters. He also had sex with her in his church office here in June and July 2012. 

He is being held in the Federal Correctional Institute in Ashland, Ky., and he isn’t eligible for release until April 20, 2023.

His sentence was two years above the penalty agreed to by the U.S. attorney’s office and Schaap’s lawyer at the time, Paul Stracci, of Merrillville. The judge wasn’t bound by that or the recommended sentencing guideline in the case, which ranged above 17 years.

Nevertheless, Schaap’s attorney, Charles Murray, of Bonita Springs, Fla., has filed a court memorandum asking to present new evidence and portraying the girl, who was age 16 at the beginning of her sexual encounters with Schaap, as having “had prior extensive sexual experience” in addition to using alcohol and marijuana.

Murray argues, “No doubt exists that (Schaap) should have resisted (her) advances, but (Schaap) submits his actions did not serve to destroy (her) in the manner that often occurs when underage individuals are victimized.”

Schaap’s new pleading doesn’t sit well with his former megachurch.

“We stand with the court on the judgment,” Ed Lapina, First Baptist’s administrative pastor, said Tuesday. “We felt the court was very fair and just in its judgment.

Lapina said he wanted to clear up false rumors circulating last year that the victim’s family, longtime church members, were told to stay away from church services.

“That is basically Facebook folklore. They are as welcome here as I am. They have chosen not to come back. We are fine with that, but the church has no animosity toward them. I wrote them a letter of apology a few months ago. 

“The girl was a troubled girl. Her past was a tough past. She came here for help and that should have been our goal. It should have been (Schaap’s) goal. That didn’t end up happening, and so he is taking responsibility for that now with his prison term,” Lapina said.

Stracci, Schaap’s former attorney, declined comment Tuesday on the new petition. Neither Murray nor the U.S. attorney’s office returned calls seeking comment.

Schaap’s memorandum is in sharp contrast with earlier comments he was pleading guilty to spare his victim the trauma of a public trial and that he should be blamed for the crime, not others.

Schaap, a married man with two children, was pastor of a church that had the loyalty of 15,000 members. The victim’s parents told the court they believed their daughter was safe going to the church and its schools, which she had done since kindergarten.

The father is quoted in a court document stating, “The rule of our house was that the pastor was God’s representative on Earth. Always do what the pastor says.”

The government stated the girl was referred to Schaap by a school administrator after she had trouble coping with a troubled relationship with a younger man.

The girl wrote in her victim impact statement, “I was raised by my parents and teachers to trust and obey my pastor. He was a celebrity to me, a father figure and a man of God. As my pastor, I sought guidance and counseling from (Schaap) when I was in need of help.”

Federal authorities said their private counseling sessions increased in number, length and intimacy.

The girl wrote, “(Schaap) violated my trust. But when it was being violated, I didn’t even know it because he made me believe what we were doing was OK and right in the eyes of God. When I asked him if it was wrong, he told me no and that I was his precious gift from God. I felt so special when he texted me from the holy altar during his sermons.”

The government said they texted each other 637 times during the month before a member of Schaap’s staff discovered incriminating photographs of the two, church officials fired him and called in authorities.

Jill Koster, assistant U.S. attorney in the case, said in a sentencing memorandum last year, “The government submits that any 16- to 17-year-old girl placed in the victim’s vulnerable shoes and showered with attention and affection from (Schaap) whom she practically been taught to worship would have ended up in exactly the same position as the victim in this case, in love with (Schaap), the ultimate hypocrite.”

Lozano on Tuesday gave the U.S. attorney’s office until July 3 to file its response. Schaap will then have until Aug. 4 to file any reply to prosecutors’ response.

‘The ultimate hypocrite’

Jill Koster, assistant U.S. attorney, in a sentencing memorandum last year called Jack A. Schaap “the ultimate hypocrite.” Schaap, 56, is asking a federal judge to overturn his 12-year sentence “due to the aggressiveness of (the girl) that inhibited impulse control …”

Past Hammond Baptist pastor raped girl repeatedly, federal lawsuit alleges

Past Hammond Baptist pastor raped girl repeatedly, federal lawsuit alleges
By Bill Dolan February 18, 2020
https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/past-hammond-baptist-pastor-raped-girl-repeatedly-federal-lawsuit-alleges/article_cbdb157d-72ce-5179-85a9-b363b4d1a255.html

An Indiana woman is suing the First Baptist Church of Hammond, alleging its youth minister repeatedly raped her as a teen girl in the late 1970s.

Joy Ryder, who now runs a support group for sex abuse victims, said she is trying to win justice not only for herself, but others similarly abused by the fundamentalist movement’s clergy over the decades.

She alleges officials of the church and Hyles-Anderson College put her at the mercy of David Hyles, son of the church’s charismatic leader, the late Jack Hyles.

She said once her family accused David Hyles of sexual abuse, the church covered up his wrongdoings.

Ryder, who spoke this week with The Times and gave permission to identify her by name, said the federal lawsuit is the only way left to hold church officials publicly accountable.

“You couldn’t go up against their authority. (David Hyles) told me that nobody would believe me,” she said.

She said the statute of limitations has passed on criminal charges, and the church hierarchy has repeatedly refused to respond to her accusations.

Her attorney, Robert Montgomery, filed a civil suit Monday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

It alleges David Hyles, Hyles-Anderson College in Schererville and the First Baptist Church of Hammond violated state and local law as defined by the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) statute.

Neither David Hyles, who now is affiliated with a different church out of state, nor a spokesperson for the First Baptist Church of Hammond, were immediately available for comment Tuesday.

The new lawsuit marks the latest in a history of civil and criminal accusations of sexual abuse of underage girls made against officials of the church, which was founded in 1887.

A Lake Criminal court jury convicted A.V. Ballenger, a deacon of the Hammond Baptist Church, almost three decades ago of fondling a 7-year-old girl in the summer of 1991 in her Sunday school class.

Jack Schaap, a son-in-law Hammond Baptist church founder, the late Jack Hyles, was pastor of Hammond Baptist Church and a married man with two children when he pleaded guilty in 2012 to transporting a teen female student of the church’s high school to Illinois and Michigan for sexual encounters. Schaap also had sex with the underage victim in his church office earlier that year, according to court filings.

Schaap, 62, is being held in the Federal Correctional Institute in Ashland, Ky., and he isn’t eligible for release until April 20, 2023.

In the case surrounding the recent lawsuit, Ryder said her parents were church members and employees when she was being raped by David Hyles, then the church’s youth minister and son of Jack Hyles.

She attended Hammond Baptist Schools and Hyles-Anderson College during the 1970s and early 1980s.

She said David Hyles was 25, and she was 14 when he began to pull her aside from church youth groups to flatter her, select her as a member of the church’s traveling music group and gain her trust.

The suit alleges Ryder became concerned about David Hyles stalking her with repeated calls to talk and be with him. It alleges that when this was brought to Jack Hyles’ attention, he responded that Ryder “wasn’t special” and his son “did that with everyone.”

Ryder said she was a high school sophomore when David Hyles first assaulted her in his office at the church’s youth ministry building in downtown Hammond.

The suit alleges David Hyles “pinned her to the floor in his office and raped her.”

The suit alleges: “Multiple other girls accused (David) Hyles of sexual misconduct, similarly, to no avail.”

The suit alleges David Hyles sexually abused Ryder more than 50 times over two years inside church buildings as well as other locations during her travels with the church music group.

The suit also alleges David Hyles once ordered her to his home when his wife was out of town and threatened to reveal her to the congregation as a “slut” and have her parents fired from their church employment.

The suit alleges that once she arrived at his house, he forced her to perform oral sex and later laughed, “Bet you didn’t expect that, did you?”

It alleges David Hyles secretly put drugs or alcohol in her food and drink to make her more compliant.

The suit alleges Ryder finally informed her parents of the rapes after two years and brought her father with her to a meeting with David Hyles to confront him.

It alleges that after their meeting, her father personally informed Jack Hyles of the son’s wrongdoing.

It alleges the church responded by giving her father a lucrative job at Hyles-Anderson college “in exchange for his silence and agreement not to take the allegations to law enforcement.”

The lawsuit also alleges the church then moved David Hyles to a church in Texas, where his father had previously been a pastor.

The suit alleges child rape and sexual abuse by all church clergy, including those of the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist movement, “are widely known” and have led to numerous later investigations, trials and convictions.

David Hyles doesn’t face criminal sanctions, but Ryder’s civil suit seeks a monetary award for damages she has suffered. No trial date is set in the matter.

Ryder, who formed the non-profit support group, Out of the Shadows more than six years ago to help other victims of sex abuse, said her lawsuit against David Hyles and the Hammond Baptist Church is more than a personal demand for justice.

She said it is meant to encourage all who have been similarly victimized to stand up for their rights.

Report: Cornerstone Church Pastor John Hagee’s Brother Arrested for Child Sexual Abuse

Report: Cornerstone Church Pastor John Hagee’s Brother Arrested for Child Sexual Abuse
By Sanford Noywlin on Jan 30, 2020
https://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2020/01/30/report-cornerstone-church-pastor-john-hagees-brother-arrested-for-child-sexual-abuse

Pastor Jack Hagee, former precinct captain in Houston's Harris County, is accused of having sexually abused the victim for years, starting at the age of 5 abd continued the abuse, including rape, from 1989 to 1997.
Pastor Jack Hagee, former precinct captain in Houston’s Harris County, is accused of having sexually abused the victim for years, starting at the age of 5 abd continued the abuse, including rape, from 1989 to 1997.

The brother of San Antonio megachurch pastor John Hagee was arrested Wednesday and charged with indecency with a child by contact and continuous sexual abuse of a child, according to a KENS5 news report.

Jack Hagee, 74, a former precinct captain in Houston’s Harris County, is accused of having sexually abused the victim for years, the station reports. According to the charges, he began sexually assaulting the child when she was 5 years old and continued the abuse from 1989 to 1997.

Citing police records, KENS reports that the victim told a relative, who’s not named in arrest records, about the abuse. In the affidavit, investigators said they spoke with the relative, who told them that she informed Jack Hagee’s brother about the allegations.

A spokesman for John Hagee, who leads the Cornerstone Church congregation, confirmed to KENS that the pastor is the brother mentioned in the affidavit.

A spokesman for the pastor provided the following statement to KENS:

“He and his wife have offered and given their full and unconditional support to the victim, including respecting their decision when to go to law enforcement and also speaking to law enforcement on the victim’s behalf.”

Megachurch Pastor John Hagee’s brother accused of sex assault

Megachurch Pastor John Hagee’s brother accused of sex assault
https://www.fox26houston.com/news/megachurch-pastor-john-hagees-brother-accused-of-sex-assault

Former Harris County Constable Captain Jack Hagee, 74, is facing felony charges for allegedly sexually abusing a child for eight years. The victim was 5-years-old when the alleged sexual abuse began.

According to court documents, Hagee started forcing the 5-year-old girl to have oral sex with him in 1989 at their Harris County home. She told investigators that Hagee began having sexual intercourse with her about three times a week by the time she started kindergarten.

The victim says Hagee stopped having sex with her at the age of 13, because that’s when she began menstruating.

The victim described the abuse as a “full-on sexual relationship” that occurred in multiple places including their home, documents say.

Investigators say the first person the victim reported her abuse was her aunt who told her husband, who happened to be Hagee’s brother. Hagee’s brother says he confronted Hagee over the phone and told him he was not welcome at their home.

A spokesperson for televangelist and megachurch Pastor John Hagee released the following statement: 

“Since Pastor Hagee was made aware of this situation, he and his wife have offered and given their full and unconditional support to the victim, including respecting their decision when to go to law enforcement and also speaking to law enforcement on the victim’s behalf.”

Jack Hagee is charged with Indecency with a Child and Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. 

Fmr. Harris County Constable Captain accused of sexually abusing child for eight years

Fmr. Harris County Constable Captain accused of sexually abusing child for eight years
https://www.fox26houston.com/news/fmr-harris-county-constable-captain-accused-of-sexually-abusing-child-for-eight-years?preview=true

Former Harris County Constable Captain Jack Hagee, 74, is facing felony charges for allegedly sexually abusing a child for eight years. The victim was 5-years-old when the alleged abuse began.

According to court documents, Hagee started forcing the 5-year-old girl to have oral sex with him in 1989 at their Harris County home. She told investigators that Hagee began having sexual intercourse with her about three times a week by the time she started kindergarten.

The victim says Hagee stopped having sex with her at the age of 13, because that’s when she began menstruating.

The victim described the abuse as a “full-on sexual relationship” that occurred in multiple places including their home, documents say.

Investigators say the first person the victim reported her abuse was her aunt who told her husband, who happened to be Hagee’s brother. Hagee’s brother says he confronted Hagee over the phone and told him he was not welcome at their home.

Hagee is charged with Indecency with a Child and Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. 

ABUSE OF FAITH: SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION DATABASE OF PEDOPHILE PASTORS, YOUTH PASTORS, DEACONS AND OTHER PEDO PERVERTS OF THE SBC PART 2

Christians love to proclaim how it is we atheists who are the rampant pedophiles and promoters of pedophilia. Well? Here is another posting, proving that it is actually? The Abrahamist religionists, especially the Christians who are the ones who are the rampant pedophiles and promoters of pedophilia.

So without further ado? Here is part 2 of Southern Baptist Convention Pedophile Perverts and other Degenerate Criminals. These names are provided by the incredible series of articles by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News Abuse of Faith database at the following link
https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/2019/southern-baptist-abuse/#/overview

30 More Pedophile Pervert Pastors of the Southern Baptist Convention Churches

Timothy N. Douglas Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Fort Bend County, 2016
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Texas for two convictions of possession of child pornography. Convicted in 2016; sentenced to 10 years probation.
The Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force granted a search warrant that led to the arrest of Timothy Douglas. The search was conducted in January at the former pastor’s home in the 3400 block of Sentry Park Lane in Katy’s Falcon Ranch subdivision.
Douglas, 49, was the lead pastor at Creekside Community Church.

News Story https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/katy/crime-courts/article/Former-pastor-at-Katy-area-church-indicted-on-6545338.php
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5001253-Douglas-Timothy-N-SOR.html

Darrell Gilyard Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Duval County, 2009
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Florida for two 2009 convictions of lewd and lascivious molestation of two teenage girls, one between 12 and 15 years old and another under 16. He went back to work at another church in 2012 after serving a three-year prison term. Worked at a large church in Dallas County in the 1990s, but he left the state for Florida after being publicly accused of molesting young congregants, according to articles published by the Dallas Morning News.
A church pastor surrendered to police after he was accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to the teen daughter of a congregant, authorities said.
Darrell Gilyard, 45, turned himself in to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office with his attorney Monday, an arrest report said. Gilyard was charged with lewd and lascivious conduct and was released from jail on $5,000 bail later that day.
Gilyard resigned as pastor of the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church earlier this month. He also resigned an appointment to a committee aimed at reducing violent crime in Jacksonville.
A mother filed a report with the sheriff’s office on Nov. 29, alleging that she found obscene text messages on her 14-year-old daughter’s cell phone in October from a number belonging to Gilyard. The mother said she didn’t notify authorities for a month because church deacons had told her they would handle the matter.
The arrest report accused Gilyard of soliciting the teen “to commit a lewd act by sending her lewd text messages and requesting for her to send him lewd text messages back.”
Gilyard’s attorney, Hank Coxe, called him a committed community servant who’s worked hard to build the church, improve neighborhoods and help at-risk youths.
Coxe said Gilyard appreciates the support he has received from his family and others, and that he has sought professional help.
It is the second time accusations of sexual misconduct kept Gilyard from preaching. In 1991, he resigned his post at Victory Baptist Church near Dallas after reports he slept with church members came to light.
Shiloh is a fast-growing church that televises its services and boasts a membership of at least 7,000, according to its Web site. Gilyard had been there for 14 years.

News Story https://www.chron.com/news/article/Jacksonville-area-pastor-accused-of-sending-7488707.php
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4895848-FL-Gilyard-DARRELL-LEWIS-Florida-Sexual-Offender.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4883647-FL-Gilyard-Darrell-Releasedoffenders.html

Eddie Hilburn Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Harris County, 2018
Outcome: Pleaded guilty to misdemeanor (soliciting) prostitution charge and received deferred adjudication on Jan. 8, 2018. Ordered to serve a year of community supervision, but he was discharged early and the case was dismissed on June 1, 2018, according to Harris County court records.
A Baptist pastor charged with prostitution earlier this year will spend a year on probation after admitting guilt in a plea deal Monday, according to court officials.
Eddie Hilburn, a pastor at The Woodlands First Baptist Church, was arrested July 19 by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and charged with prostitution, court records show.
On Monday, he pleaded guilty in exchange for a year-long sentence of deferred adjudication, a form of probation that allows him to escape a conviction on his record if he successfully completes it.
The 53-year-old joined the church in July 2012 and was a senior pastor, according to the church’s website. The website notes Hilburn is married with three adult children. He attended East Texas Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

News Story https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Baptist-pastor-admits-guilt-in-prostitution-arrest-12481659.php#photo-15364898

Ricardo Javier Pena Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Harris County, 2014
Outcome: Convicted of two aggravated sexual assault charges of a child under 14, sentenced to 20 years in prison. Incarcerated in Texas.
Houston police arrested a Houston pastor accused of molesting two young girls, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Ricardo Javier Pena, 53, has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, and was released from the Harris County Jail after posting a $60,000 bond, court records show.
Pena is pastor at Doverside Baptist Church, 619 Berry Road in north Houston, Houston police said.

News Story https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-pastor-charged-with-sex-assault-of-2-4642751.php
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4853018-Pena-RicardoJavierTDCJctdocs.html

Randy Lee Morrow Church Position: Youth Minister
Court of Conviction: Pinellas County, 2000
Outcome: Convicted in Pinellas County on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior and sexual battery of a minor. Serving a 30-year prison sentence in Florida. Two counts of sexual battery/coerce child by an adult.
Three teens who were sexually abused by a youth minister at a Baptist Church have sued the church and pastor.
A Pinellas County jury convicted Randy Lee Morrow, 42, in October of nine charges involving allegations that he had sex with the three when they were between the ages 13 and 15. Circuit Judge Phil Federico sentenced Morrow to 135 years in prison for abuse that began in March 1999.
The suit, filed last week in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court, says Countryside Baptist Church should never have hired Morrow and that the church’s pastor, Bruce Crawford, should have noticed Morrow’s ”unnatural affection” for the teens.
At his trial, prosecutors told jurors that Morrow lured the three victims with cigarettes and alcohol, getting them drunk so he could take advantage of them by having sex in his RV, the church and local parks.
The suit seeks unspecified damages in excess of $15,000 from the church and Crawford.
The suit also said the church failed to discover Morrow’s criminal history, including a prior allegation that he had sexually abused a minor.
Morrow left Countryside Baptist in June 2000 to begin a ministry for the homeless before police learned of the allegations. He was charged in October 2000.
Crawford and other Countryside Baptist officials did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

News Story https://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/article/Abused-teens-sue-Clearwater-church-where-13552022.php
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4901478-FL-Morrow-RandyLsexoffenderincustody.html

Fritzner Jean Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Clay County, 2008
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Florida for unlawful sexual activity with a 16- or 17-year-old.
A pastor was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a girl, a Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrest report said.
Fritzner Jean, 35, was being held Friday at the Clay County Jail on a $300,000 bond. He was charged with one count of lewd battery and two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a jail official said.
Jean surrendered to police on Wednesday after the arrest warrant was issued for him, The Jacksonville Times-Union reported.
Jean was pastor of First Haitian Baptist Church of Jesus Christ in Green Cove Springs and also a truck driver.
Barbara Denman, a spokeswoman for the Florida Baptist Convention in Jacksonville, said it was up to local church officials to decide whether to suspend or terminate Jean.
Jean frequently visited the home of the girl’s family, the arrest affidavit said.
The alleged victim told police she had been assaulted three times within three months, and that Jean forced her to have sex when he stopped by her family’s house to help her cope with her father’s illness, the report said.

News Story https://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/article/Clay-County-pastor-charged-with-sexually-13552033.php
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4883638-FL-Jean-FritznerSexoffenderregistry.html

Augustin Fernando Garcia Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Greenwood County, 2001
Outcome: Charged with dozens of felonies in a scandal that shocked Hispanic congregants in Greenwood in 2000. Pleaded guilty to 47 charges in 2001 and admitted to abusing 23 children aged 5 to 13; other charges dropped in a plea deal. Sentenced to at least 50 years in prison. The Associated Press reported that police found a list of names and videotapes showing victims from Atlanta and Carson City, Nev. Incarcerated in South Carolina.
It will be difficult for this small town to forget how a minister hired to serve the area’s growing Hispanic population instead preyed on its children.
The Rev. Fernando Garcia’s crimes are not easily discussed by the people he was supposed to help.
The 42-year-old Baptist minister was sentenced to 60 years in prison Monday after he admitted to sexually molesting nearly two dozen children and videotaping the acts.
“Ninety percent of the parents . . . are still in denial,” said grocery store owner Genara Bautista.
Victims and their parents have turned down counseling services offered by community leaders, Bautista said.
“They don’t think it will help the kids later on,” he said.
Garcia admitted in court to abusing 23 children, ages 5 to 13. He pleaded guilty to 32 counts of performing lewd acts and 15 counts of criminal sexual conduct.
He said he is an example of what can happen without that counseling. As a boy growing up in Mexico, Garcia said he was abused by a Roman Catholic priest.
“Your kids need special counseling,” he said. “What you are seeing here is the result of somebody who never took the chance to be counseled.”
Garcia stared at the courtroom floor while the mother of two of the victims, boys who were 10 and 12 years old at the time, called Garcia “this evil incarnate” and said her family would never be the same.
Police said they found in Garcia’s office 26 videotapes of him sexually abusing children. The tapes came to light after an 8-year-old boy told his mother in May he had been molested by Garcia. Garcia was arrested two days later.
Police also found a list of 145 names indicating Garcia may have molested more children.
Police said the videotapes also showed at least two other victims, one from Atlanta and another from Carson City, Nev. They said those cases would not likely be pursued because investigators could not pinpoint where and when the attacks took place.

News Story https://www.deseret.com/2001/1/30/19566038/minister-sentenced-for-sex-crimes
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5553545-SC-Garcia-FernandoDOC.html

Joe Nix Ivey Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Frederick County, 2012
Outcome: Pleaded guilty to a second-degree sex offense in 2012 and received a four-year prison sentence (20 years with all but four suspended). Registered sex offender in Frederick County, Md.
A Walkersville resident and former pastor was sentenced to 20 years in prison with all but four suspended Wednesday for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in February 2010, according to State’s Attorney Charlie Smith.
Joe Nix Ivey, 74, will serve at least four years of the sentence ordered by Judge G. Edward Dwyer. Ivey pleaded guilty to a second-degree sex offense on Feb. 7 in Frederick County Circuit Court.
During an investigation, Ivey told the girl that what happened was between “you, me and God” and that she shouldn’t tell anyone about it, according to charging documents in the case.
Soon after the sex-abuse case became public, Ivey stepped down from a pastoral position at Barnesville Baptist Church in Montgomery County.
“I went into counseling to try and find out why I did what I did and why I covered it up for two years,” Ivey told the court in February.
According to charging documents, Ivey sexually assaulted a girl who was visiting his home on Dublin Road for an overnight stay.
The abuse occurred for about 30 minutes while they were watching a movie, the document states.
Ivey said nothing before or during the alleged contact, but told her afterward, “Don’t tell anyone, it will ruin me,” the documents state.
The girl also told investigators that Ivey abused her when she was 6. According to the charging documents, when asked about the incident, Ivey said, “I don’t remember. I’m 74 years old. I don’t remember that one.”
Dwyer also put Ivey on five years of supervised probation. In addition, he will be on the tier III child sex offender registry. This means he will be on lifetime registry, with treatment and polygraph examinations. He will not be permitted to possess pornography.

News Story https://www.fredericknewspost.com/archive/walkersville-man-gets-years-for-child-sex-abuse/article_d60230b1-27a3-5547-80ed-d342307930eb.html
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4918346-MD-Ivey-JoeNixsof.html

John Lankston Anderson Jr. Church Position: Preacher
Court of Conviction: Walker Co, AL; Miller County, Ark., 2002
Outcome: Pleaded guilty in 2002 to three counts of sexual abuse in Alabama and sentenced to three years. Immediately transferred to Arkansas, where he pleaded guilty to another sex abuse charge and was sentenced to 10 more years. Served prison sentences in both states. Released in 2013. Was later required to register as a sex offender in Tennessee.
A prominent businessman and deacon at Emerywood Baptist Church has been indicted on 32 counts of sex crimes against children.
Guy Ellis Carr Jr., 65, was arrested Thursday after a monthlong investigation into allegations of sexual assault between 1973 and 1981, according to the High Point Police Department.
Information from that investigation led a Guilford County grand jury to indict Carr on 13 counts of taking indecent liberties with children, 13 counts of crimes against nature, three counts of first-degree statutory rape and three counts of first-degree sexual offense.
Authorities have not released names of the alleged victim or victims, and they would not confirm the number of children involved or their genders.
People in High Point who know Carr were reluctant to talk about the charges Friday, but they described him as a family man who is active in the community.
Although several members of Emerywood Baptist Church declined to comment, they stressed that Carr had no part in the children’s ministry or any role with children at the church.
Carr was arrested Thursday afternoon at his family’s business, Carr Mill Supplies at 1015 Manley St.
He was being held Friday at the Guilford County Jail in High Point under a $1 million bond. Neither Carr’s family nor his attorney could be reached for comment Friday.

News Story https://www.greensboro.com/news/high-point-businessman-deacon-indicted-on-sex-crimes/article_c5e5108d-b870-5d16-af48-0e71cf5c3ff2.html
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5028979-AL-AR-Anderson-JohnLankstonsof.html

Bernard Squires Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction:Federal, 2010
Outcome: Pleaded guilty to charge of distribution of child pornography; sentenced to 151 months. Incarcerated in federal prison.

News Story https://www.heraldbulletin.com/archives/former-ft-wayne-pastor-sentenced-for-child-porn/article_4356b4a6-673c-5be2-8864-c3f609d0701c.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4910837-In-Squires-Bernard-BOP.html

Travis Ray Smith Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Laclede and Moniteau County and Camden County, 2016
Outcome: Sentenced to prison for four years in 2016 after being convicted of statutory rape, sexual abuse and statutory sodomy for offenses that occurred in 1998, 2000 and 2005 in criminal cases that involved three victims in three different counties, Missouri court and prison records show. Defendant had been acquitted of sexual abuse allegations pertaining to a different victim in 2011.
The congregation of the Baptist church here stuck by the preacher even when whispers turned to criminal charges.
“Brother Travis” Smith would never sexually assault a teenage girl; the flock refused to believe it.
He was married. Beautiful wife, beautiful kids, including young twins. He was handsome and charismatic — his powerful sermons stirred the soul. The church grew since his arrival. One member said Smith “could have been a TV preacher.”
And sure enough, Smith was acquitted of the charge in 2011.
But then another girl came forward. And another. And then another — and now Smith, 45, is headed to prison.
He entered an Alford plea last week to charges of statutory rape and statutory sodomy of a 16-year-old victim who said she and Smith, at the time her youth pastor, used to have sex late at night in a country cemetery until being caught by her father in 2005.
As part of the plea deal, Smith pleaded guilty in cases involving two other teenage girls.
After the later arrests, most members of the First Baptist Church in Stover, population 1,081, near the Lake of the Ozarks in Morgan County, continued to show up Sundays to hear Smith, who was out on bond.
Not Cheryl and Tom Howser. They stopped going, even when Smith’s wife called to ask why. Cheryl Howser told her they would not be back until Smith resigned or was found not guilty.
“When I would sit there on Sunday and look to the front and see his wife and kids, I saw pain,” Cheryl Howser said Tuesday in her living room. “I couldn’t do it anymore. The first time — maybe. But the others — how could that be?
“I heard him deny it, deny it all, and I didn’t believe him.”
Others did. Some so strongly that when Smith did resign, they went to his farm near California, Mo., where he continued to conduct Sunday services.
Smith entered his plea last week in Laclede County Circuit Court in Lebanon, Mo., after a jury had heard the case against him and reached a verdict, but before the verdict had been announced.
In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him.
Smith then pleaded guilty in the two other cases, which were filed in 2012 and 2013.
Court documents say Smith assaulted those girls years earlier — in 1998 and 2000. One of the assaults allegedly took place in the back seat of Smith’s truck while a friend of his sat in the front.
The trial victim was a girl at Pilot Grove Baptist Church in unincorporated Moniteau County, where Smith served as youth pastor.
During testimony, Smith acknowledged the sex took place, but he said the acts occurred after the girl turned 17, the legal age of consent.
Smith’s attorney, according to a story on LakeExpo.com, argued that testimony from the girl’s father indicated the man discovered the relationship during raccoon season. If the sex had occurred during coon season, the attorney argued, it must have been after the girl’s birthday.
According to court records, the jury began deliberations at 3:30 p.m. April 19. Six hours later, the jury announced that it had reached a verdict. By making the Alford plea before the court had accepted the jury verdict, Smith avoided the possibility of a longer sentence. He got four years.
Camden County Prosecutor Michael Gilley said the plea deal was offered after consulting with victims and their families.
“All three victims were present in the courtroom to listen to Mr. Smith admit to his crimes and go from a free man to being placed into the custody of sheriff’s deputies to await transport to the Department of Corrections,” said Gilley, who served as special prosecutor in the case.
On Tuesday, Tom Howser shook his head when asked what the long ordeal was like for a church in a small town.
“Hell on earth,” he said. “And it’s not over yet — we still don’t have a permanent preacher.”
But one is filling in for the time being.
Across the street from the Howsers, Misty Brosius said some of the people who left the church had returned.
She never left. Not because she believed Smith’s claims of innocence, but because the church was her church. The place was her home and the people there her family.
Travis Smith nearly tore it all apart.
“He thought he was a ladies’ man,” Brosius said. “But it’s not me he has to worry about on Judgment Day.”

News Story https://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article74534092.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4918318-MO-Smith-TravisRaydoc.html

Paul Eugene Cunningham Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Los Alamos County, 2016
Outcome: Found guilty of two counts of sexual exploitation of children/possession of any obscene visual or print medium. Given four years and six months probation in New Mexico. Registered sex offender in Texas.


News Story https://ladailypost.com/content/judge-sentences-former-los-alamos-pastor-paul-cunningham-serve-12-months-county-jail
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5141984-NM-Cunningham-Paulsof.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5141982-NM-Cunningham-Paul.html

John Orville McKay Jr. Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Medina County, 2004
Outcome: Convicted of sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl in 2004. Sentenced to 10 years. Was a registered sex offender in Texas until his death in 2018. Included on a list of church leaders convicted of sex crimes published in 2007 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
A pastor faces a charge of sexual assault by a clergyman for allegedly having sex with a teenage girl who attended his church.
John O. McKay Jr. resigned from First Baptist Church in Hondo last month. He was arrested Wednesday in Hondo, about 40 miles west of San Antonio.
Prosecutors said McKay had sex with the girl in September. She was a parishioner at the First Baptist Church, where McKay had been pastor for the past four years.
An investigator’s sworn affidavit said McKay used his position as the girl’s spiritual adviser to exploit her emotional dependency.
David Lynch, chairman of the church’s board of deacons, said McKay resigned at the deacons’ request in mid-March.
That was about a month after the teenager accused the pastor of having sexual relations with her, Medina County Sheriff Gilbert Rodriguez said.

News Story https://www.mrt.com/news/article/Hondo-pastor-arrested-on-sex-charge-7861365.php
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5001258-McKay-Johnsof.html

Terry L. McDowell Sr. Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: St. Louis County, 2012
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Missouri. Convicted in 2012 of child molestation of a 3-year-old victim. Under a probation provision of Missouri law, his 10-year sentence was suspended and he was released after four months in jail and put on five years probation, according to court and sex offender records.
Rev. Terry McDowell describes his congregation at Gateway Southern Baptist Church on Tholozan Street in south St. Louis as a “church of second chances.” Let’s hope so, for his sake.
Yesterday the St. Louis County police department announced it arrested McDowell last week on suspicion of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of four. On Friday the county prosecutor’s office charged the 48-year-old preacher with child molestation in the first degree.
Perhaps McDowell was wrestling with a guilty conscience when he began the introduction on his church’s website with these words…”We believe in many changes and many fresh starts.
We are a church of second chances for individuals and families.
But beware, NO perfect people are at Gateway.”
According to authorities, their investigation began on back in May when St. Louis County detectives received a hotline referral from the Missouri Department of Social Services concerning the alleged victim. The girl reported that between January and May of 2010, the suspect, a trusted family friend, had touched her inappropriately while she was alone with him at his home. McDowell’s residence is in Affton although the victim lives in Jefferson County. McDowell and his wife had been babysitting the child for the last two years.
As of yesterday McDowell remained in custody on a $50,000 bond.

News Story https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2010/08/25/terry-mcdowell-pastor-charged-with-child-molestation-warned-he-wasnt-perfect
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5674024-MO-McDowell-Terrysof3pgs.html

Fernando David Maldonado Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Contra Costa County, 2018
Outcome: Convicted after trial of 23 counts of child molestation, including sodomy with a minor and lewd or lascivious acts with a children. Sentenced to 34 years in 2018, according to news reports.
The Contra Costa County district attorney’s office charged Fernando Maldonado, a 32-year-old Concord resident, on Monday with 12 counts of lewd acts with a minor, 10 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and one count of sodomy of a minor.
The alleged abuse occurred from September 2012 to mid-2015 and involved one victim at the two churches in which Maldonado presided as a minister, said Sgt. Dave Mathers, a detective in the Martinez Police Department. The churches were Morello Avenue Baptist Church in Martinez and the Grace Bible Church of Pleasant Hill, where church leaders and congregants, including the alleged victim, moved after the church in Martinez closed, Mathers said.
Maldonado, who has been removed from active ministry at Grace Bible Church and suspended indefinitely, is being held at the Martinez Detention Facility on $9,065,000 bail, according to jail records. He is scheduled to return to court May 10 for further arraignment and to enter a plea, Graves said.
Detectives began their investigation April 18 after the victim, identified only as Jane Doe, reported the allegations to Martinez police, Mathers said. Officers arrested Maldonado on his way to the church Thursday morning.

News Story https://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/East-Bay-minster-charged-with-23-counts-of-child-7377296.php
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4910869-CA-Maldonado-Fernando-Sof.html

Ralph Randall Melton Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Chilton County, 2005
Outcome: Prior to his death on June 14, 2018, together with his wife, Cathy, were both registered sex offenders for child rape convictions in Alabama from 2005. (Cathy Melton is still a registered sex offender). Their victims were a 1-year-old male and 16-year-old female.
A former Shelby County pastor and his wife pled guilty last week to raping and sodomizing their two children almost 18 years ago.
Ralph Randall Melton and his wife, Cathy G. Melton, of Jemison, pled guilty to first-degree rape and sodomy in Chilton County District Court. The couple is awaiting sentencing.
Melton was arrested in April 2004 after his daughter filed charges with the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office.
Invesitgators said Melton and his wife raped his then-15-year-old daughter repeatedly between 1975 and 1987.
Investigators began collecting evidence after the victim filed a complaint against her father in November 2003. The couple’s son also filed charges after his sister stepped forward, and the wife was also arrested.
Melton was the pastor of Prospect Baptist Church in Wilsonville at the time of his arrest. He also served as pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Thorsby and Big Springs Baptist Church in Vida.
The Meltons avoided a trial by entering guilty pleas on the day the court was set to strike a jury, according to V. Randall Houston, district attorney for the 19th Circuit.
Houston said the two are expected to receive two 10-year sentences on May 8 when they appear before Chilton County Judge Sibley Reynolds for sentencing.

News Story https://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2005/12/06/couple-pleads-guilty-to-rape-charges/

Joe David Barron Church Position: Minster
Court of Conviction: Brazos County, 2009
Outcome: Drove nearly 200 miles with a box of condoms in his SUV after arranging to meet an undercover officer who Barron had been told via text was a teenage virgin. Convicted in 2009 of four counts of online solicitation of a minor based on the messages and sexually-explicit images he sent the officer. Received seven years community supervision. Registered sex offender.
Joe Barron, a minister at Prestonwood Baptist Church near Dallas, Texas, was arrested after driving 200 miles for a rendezvous with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl he had been communicating with online for two weeks.
His sexually themed messages, however, were actually being sent to an undercover investigator posing as a young teenager.
Earlier this month, the 52-year-old minister suggested meeting the girl in person. He drove to Bryan, about 100 miles north of Houston, where he was arrested and on Friday charged with online solicitation of a minor. Police found a web-cam and condoms in his car.
Jack Graham, the pastor of Prestonwood, which has 26,000 members and 40 ministers, announced during weekend services the church had accepted Barron’s resignation with immediate effect.
He said it was a heartbreaking week in which “you need to know that we are appalled and we are disgraced by this terrible action, an unacceptable action, by a minister on our staff.”
Mr Graham added he was keen to move on and “put this in the rearview mirror” while handling “anything we need to handle in terms of our responsibilities and obligations, and any ongoing investigation”.
Barron, who ministered to middle-aged, married members of the Prestonwood congregation, is out on bail. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

News Story https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1990863/Church-minister-resigns-after-sex-scandal-in-Texas.html
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5001251-Barron-Joe-David-SOR.html

Harley Michael Keough Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Gaston County, 2010
Outcome: Convicted of two counts of sexual battery and ordered to register as a sex offender. Died in 2013.
A Bessemer City pastor was found guilty of two counts of sexual battery Tuesday.
Harley Michael Keough, 73, is the pastor of King James Baptist Church in Bessemer City. His trial began Monday.
Several women testified against Keough Monday, accusing him of groping them when they came to the church for help.
Keough took the stand Tuesday and denied touching the women inappropriately. He said some of the women were angry because of misunderstandings of his mission.
“In our church we frequently hug,” he said. “We are a loving church.”
Keough will not go to prison. He was given 18 months probation and has to register as a sex offender and provide a DNA sample as often as he is asked.
He said he plans on continuing work at the Bessemer City church despite the fact that he must register as a sex offender. Legally, he can continue to act as a pastor, but not within 300 feet of a church with a nursery or daycare.
Keough still faces eight other charges. The prosecutor said she plans to talk to the other alleged victims to determine if those cases will go to court.

News Story https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local-pastor-found-guilty-of-sexual-battery_nhcmb/222982492/

Joel Dean Joslin Church Position: Church leader
Court of Conviction: Texas, 2003
Outcome: Registered sex offender for conviction in 2003 of sexual assault of a child. Victim described as a 15-year-old male, according to Texas sex offender registry. Discharged from probation. Included on a list of church leaders convicted of sex crimes published in 2007 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5673322-Joslin-JoelDean-Sof.html

Joseph Edmund Conger Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Camden County, 2009
Outcome: Convicted in 2009 of statutory sodomy for incidents with teen in 2003. Pleaded guilty and sentenced to prison for seven years in 2009, Missouri court records show. Subsequently died.

Joshua Ross Hyles Church Position: Church leader
Court of Conviction: Texas, 2003
Outcome: Registered sex offender for conviction in 2003 of indecency with a child by sexual contact. Sentenced to seven years probation on April 9, 2003, per sex offender registry Discharged from probation. Included on a list of church leaders convicted of sex crimes published in 2007 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5673323-Hyles-Joshua-Sof.html

Michael Lee Jones Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Harris County, 1998
Outcome: Registered sex offender for two counts of sexual assault of a child in Harris County in 1998. Victim reported to be 16-year-old female. Received deferred adjudication; deferred adjudication terminated in 2006 after eight years probation, according to court records. Included on a list of church leaders convicted of sex crimes published in 2007 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5673297-Jones-MichaelLee-Sexoffenderregistry.html

Morris David Roberts Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Bexar County, 2005
Outcome: Pleaded guilty to indecency with a child by exposure in 2005. Received deferred adjudication and was placed on probation for 10 years, which he completed in 2015. He died in 2016. Included on a list of church leaders convicted of sex crimes published in 2007 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Andres Ybarra Garcia Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Sutter County, 2007
Outcome: Registered sex offender in California for conviction of lewd and lascivious conduct with a girl under 14 years old. Served less than a year, according to sex offender record.

Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5553544-CA-Garcia-AndresYbarra.html

Billie Lewis Minson Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Smith County, 2009
Outcome: Pleaded guilty in 2009 in connection with charges he engaged in sexual contact with a child under 17 and was given a five-year deferred adjudication. Released early from deferred adjudication in 2012. Ordered to have no contact with the child and undergo counseling, among other conditions.
An East Texas pastor is arrested on charges of indecency with a child.
Billie Lewis Minson, 56, was in Austin visiting family, where Austin police say he allegedly molested a 12 year old female family member he shared a bed with at a LaQuinta.
According to Austin police, when she returned home she told her mother she woke up to Minson abusing her.Police will not release her relationship to Minson or her name, due to her age.
Minson is currently still a pastor at the First Baptist Church of Swan, just north of Tyler.He was released on 60 thousand dollars bond.

News Story https://www.cbs19.tv/article/mobile/news/pastor-arrested/267493599

Danny O. Hill Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Ford County, 2005
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Illinois who was convicted in August 2005 of sexual assault. During his trial, jurors heard recordings police made of phone calls between Hill and the victim, according to KSHAW.
A Ford County jury on Friday found a Gibson City minister guilty of repeated sexual assaults on a woman over a six-year period that began when she was 14 years old.
Following three hours of deliberations, Danny O. Hill, 54, who listed an address in the 800 block of South Lott Boulevard, was found guilty of two counts of criminal sexual assault.
Hill is a Baptist minister who has served at churches in Gibson City and Fisher.
He also has worked as a substitute teacher at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School and as a chaplain for Carle Hospice in Champaign-Urbana.
Hill faces between four and 15 years in prison and fines up to $25,000 on both counts. He will be sentenced Sept. 26.
The victim, now 22, had testified on Thursday that Hill sexually abused her hundreds of times for six years.
When Hill took the stand in his own defense on Friday, he denied taking part in any sexual activities with the woman. Hill claimed the woman was reliving in her own mind sexual assaults from her childhood when she lived in another state. As part of the woman’s therapy, Hill said, he would frequently take part in role playing with the woman, portraying her abuser. “I would become the person who inflicted harm on her,” he said. “I would ask her, if I were that man, what would she say.” Hill said that he believes the woman was referring to those role plays during four wiretapped telephone conversations that were played for the jury on Thursday.

News Story https://www.news-gazette.com/news/minister-found-guilty-on-sexual-assaults-counts/article_589eba01-f6e3-5931-9479-19d324af6996.html
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4910853-IL-Hill-DannyO.html

Derek Gillett Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Cherokee County, 2008
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Georgia. Pleaded guilty to two child molestation charges in May 2008 and sentenced to 10 years in prison; 10 years probation. Released.

Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5017939-GA-Gillett-Derek-Newellsof.html

Douglas W. Myers Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Calvert County, Lake County, 2007, 2012
Outcome: Sentenced to seven years for lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor (under 12) in Florida in 2007. After being released, convicted in 2012 in Maryland of child abuse for offenses that occurred in 1997, 1999 and 2001. Serving a 15-year sentence in Maryland. Related civil lawsuit.
A jury in Lake County has awarded $12.5 million to a man who, as a child, was sexually abused by a Baptist minister, his attorney announced Monday.
The jury agreed unanimously on the award Saturday morning after a six-day trial on the issue of damages. A separate jury in May 2012 held the Florida Baptist Convention liable in the case, saying the organization didn’t adequately investigate Douglas W. Myers, 64, who previously had been accused of inappropriate conduct with children.
“This was a long journey for this child who needlessly suffered because the institutions he trusted failed to protect him,” Weil said in a statement. “In light of the evidence presented, the jury surely understood the devastating impact on this young man.”
The boy, now 21 and a college student, is still living with the effects of the abuse, Weil said. Myers recruited the youth as a volunteer to help start new churches and spread the faith, saying he wanted to be a mentor partly because he and his wife had lost a child, Weil said.
Myers founded two churches in Lake County in the mid-2000s: Harbor Baptist Fellowship in Howey-in-the-Hills and Triangle Community Church in Eustis. Both have been disbanded. The first jury found that Myers was an agent of the convention in his “church-planting” efforts but not an employee.
Myers served a seven-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to lewd and lascivious molestation. He met the boy at Bay Street Baptist Church in Lake County and abused him over the course of six months while also taking him on trips to Walt Disney World, giving him money and driving him to school.
During the trial, the victim testified that Myers “told me it was a normal part of growing up. He told me he had done it with plenty of other kids at other churches.”
Myers was accused of improprieties with children while he briefly served as pastor at Dunkirk Baptist Church in Dunkirk, Md., and Concord Baptist Church in Russellville, Ala., before he and his wife moved to Florida. The allegations included taking children skinny dipping and cornering a 10-year-old boy.
After he was released from prison in December 2012, Myers faced charges in the old cases in Maryland. He entered that state’s equivalent of a no-contest plea to three counts of custodial child abuse and was sentenced in October in Calvert County, Md., to 45 years in prison with 30 years suspended, news reports show. The offenses occurred in December 1997, April 1999 and March 2001.
Testimony in the liability portion of Myers’ Florida trial showed that the Jacksonville-based convention ran criminal-background, motor-vehicle and credit checks on Myers but failed to check his references or contact the churches where he previously worked.

News Story https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-xpm-2014-01-21-os-florida-baptist-molest-verdict-20140120-story.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4895836-Fl-Myers-DouglasMDprisondata.html

Forrest Lee Hudson Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Pierce County, 2010
Outcome: Pleaded guilty in 2010 to two counts of assault of a child in the third degree, Pierce County court records show. Other charges dismissed as part of a plea deal. The assault counts plea did not include allegations of sexual motivation, according to a sentencing memo.
Stung by criticism since appearing as a character witness for a former church youth worker who confessed to child molestation, a leader in the African-American Baptist community Asheville, N.C., pledged to find ways to help churches protect children from sexual abuse.
L.C. Ray, president of the Buncombe County Baptist Ministers Union and pastor of Greater New Zion Baptist Church in Fletcher, N.C., was one of six ministers and three others who appeared in court last month asking for leniency for Leonard Smith, 53, a former music director who worked with youth at Sycamore Temple Church of God in Christ in Asheville.
Smith received a 14 year prison sentence after pleading guilty to five counts of indecent liberties with a child. The charges involved three children dating back 20 years. Three more serious charges dropped in a plea bargain dated to 1976.

“It really hurts,” Ray testified, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times. “But I can’t get around the fact that God calls me to fall on the side of mercy.”
The newspaper reported Nov. 29 that about 50 people turned out in support of Smith. Another minister said Smith “is still needed in the church.” The other side of the courtroom, where the family of one of the victims sat, was nearly empty. “We have been ostracized,” said a spokesman for the extended family. “Not one church leader has reached out to us.”
But in a story this Tuesday, Ray told the newspaper he did not know the charges facing his longtime friend until he was in the courtroom, despite media attention given the case.
Christa Brown of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said seeing people rally around an accused minister while the victim’s family is ostracized sends a strong message to other victims of clergy sexual abuse.
“It tells them that, if they speak of it, they and their families will be shunned,” Brown said.

Meanwhile, prosecutors in Puyallup, Wash., on Tuesday charged a Baptist pastor with four counts of child molestation for allegedly fondling and kissing two sisters, now ages 12 and 13, whose family attend his church.
Forrest Lee Hudson, pastor of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, denied the allegations and entered a plea of not guilty. Hudson’s is attorney said he would “vigorously fight” the charges, according to The News Tribune in Tacoma.
The church is listed as affiliated with both the Southern Baptist Convention and the Northwest Baptist Convention, a regional body of Southern Baptist churches in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and one congregation in northern California.

News Story https://ethicsdaily.com/pastor-regrets-testimony-on-behalf-of-confessed-child-molester-cms-11990/

Gerald “Jerry” Ray Hutcheson Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Covington County, 2007
Outcome: Convicted of first-degree sexual abuse in Alabama in 2007 and served four years in prison. Released. Registered sex offender in Alabama. Previously registered in Tennessee based on a 2004 sexual abuse offense.

Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5028981-FL-Hutcheson-GeraldRay2ndregistryinTN.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5028982-FL-Hutcheson-GeraldRaysof.html

ABUSE OF FAITH: SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION DATABASE OF PEDOPHILE PASTORS, YOUTH PASTORS, DEACONS AND OTHER PEDO PERVERTS OF THE SBC PART 1

In the past 20 years, hundreds of Southern Baptists with formal church roles have engaged in sexual misconduct, a new investigation by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News reveals. They were pastors. Deacons. Youth pastors.

Read and hear survivors’ stories, and learn about the depths of crimes and misconduct of church leaders they trusted. This database contains information on 263 people who were convicted or took plea deals.

LINK TO DATABASE
https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/2019/southern-baptist-abuse/#/overview

Part One: 26 Pedophiles, Child Sex Traffickers and Child Porno perverts, a Video Recording Peeping Tom Pervert Pastor, a SBC Pastor Murderer and a Former SBC President moralist busted for hiring prostitutes

These are taken from the database.

John Earl Bonine Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Fresno County, 2009
Outcome: Sentenced to 36 years in prison in California. Incarcerated.
https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/2019/southern-baptist-abuse/#/person/John-Earl-Bonine
News Story https://abc30.com/archive/6755416/
Police/Court Records https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5017938-CA-Bonine-JohnEarldoc.html

Kenneth Eugene Ward Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Dallas County, 1999
Outcome: Admitted to molesting more than 40 children, but the Texas statute of limitations had expired for all but one complaining victim. Convicted of indecency to a child by contact and served four years of a 12-year sentence. Dead. Included on a list of church leaders convicted of sex crimes published in 2007 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/2019/southern-baptist-abuse/#/person/Kenneth-Eugene-Ward
News Story https://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=3034040&page=1

Matt Dee Baker Church Position:Pastor
Court of Conviction: McLennan County, 2010
Outcome: Was convicted in 2010 of murder for asphyxiating his wife. A related wrongful death investigation conducted as part of a civil lawsuit by his dead wife’s family — and subsequent criminal probe — revealed that Baker had engaged in a long pattern of sexual abuse and assaults of women. Incidents of violence and harassment had been reported by women at Baker’s former church, at a nonprofit where he worked and at Baylor University for years before Baker began an extramarital affair with a congregant and then plotted to kill his wife, records show. Incarcerated on a 65-year sentence in Texas.
https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/2019/southern-baptist-abuse/#/person/Matt-Dee-Baker
News Story https://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=7252064
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4853035-Baker-Matt-TDCJctdocs.html

Dirk P Jackson Church Position: Teacher/Pastor
Court of Conviction: Kitsap County, 2011
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Kitsap County, Wash. Sentenced to 41 months in prison in 2011 after pleading guilty to two counts of indecent liberties with a child. Unclear how much time he served.
https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/2019/southern-baptist-abuse/#/person/Dirk-P-Jackson
News Story http://archive.kitsapsun.com/news/code-911/ex-pastor-from-port-orchard-sentenced-for-sexual-acts-with-12-year-old-ep-418270967-357121071.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5017934-WA-Jackson-DirkPsof.html

Larry Gene Singleton Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Tate County, 2013
Outcome: Convicted in 2013 of 18 charges, including sexual battery of a child, “gratification of lust” and possession of child pornography. Serving a 30-year sentence. Abuse described in the case targeted a teenaged boy and spanned a seven-year period from 2005 to 2012. Appeal to the Mississippi Court of Appeals was denied.
https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/2019/southern-baptist-abuse/#/person/Larry-Gene-Singleton
News Story About Singleton https://www.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2014/11/former_mississippi_pastor_lose.html
Police Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4918330-MS-SingletonLarry-Doc.html

Larry Michael BerkleyChurch Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Lauderdale County, 2014
Outcome: Convicted of 16 crimes, including four counts of aggravated statutory rape and four counts of sexual battery by an authority figure. Sentenced to 33 years. Incarcerated in Tennessee and registered as a sex offender.
News Story https://harrisondaily.com/news/larry-michael-berkley-found-guilty-in-tennessee/article_31fed6be-a806-11e4-aedd-bfa079fbca8f.html
Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4936946-TN-Berkley-LarryMsof.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4936912-TN-Berkley-LarryM.html

Samuel Lee Lyte Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Howard County, 2013
Outcome: Convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child; sentenced to 25 years in prison.
News Story http://www.bigspringherald.com/content/lyte-gets-25-years-sexual-assault-child
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5004992-Lyte-SamuelLee-Doc.html

Garett Dykes Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Middle District of Alabama, 2006
Outcome: Sentenced to 262 months for federal child porn case in the Middle District of Alabama (20 years). In federal prison.
News Story https://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/DA/20060929/Lifestyle/603228225/GT/
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4883562-AL-Dykes-Garett-ALDoc.html

Timothy Chun-Chuck Mann Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Montgomery County, 2008
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Alabama. Pleaded guilty to child abuse of a 14-year-old female in Maryland in 2008; sentenced to 13 years with seven years in confinement, the rest suspended, according to Maryland court records.
News Story http://www.gazette.net/stories/073008/montnew200341_32374.shtml
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5025956-MD-AL-Mann-Timothysof.html

William Frank Brown Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: McLennan County, 2009
Outcome: Convicted in 2009 of four counts of aggravated sexual battery for molesting a female victim or victims as young as 11. Sentenced to 50 years. Incarcerated in Texas.
News Story https://www.kxxv.com/Global/story.asp?S=10107445&nav=menu509_2
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4853051-Brown-WilliamFrankTDCJctdocs.html

Anthony Lynn ThibodeauxChurch Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Freestone County, 2013
Outcome: Convicted of sexual assault of a child and of two counts of indecency with a child by contact in 2013. Sentenced to 10 years. Incarcerated in Texas.
News Story https://www.kxxv.com/story/19252220/freestone-county-preacher-accused-of-sex-assault-on-15-yr-old
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4853017-Thibodeaux-Anthony.html

Hezekiah Stallworth Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Anderson County, 2012
Outcome: Serving a 20-year sentence for aggravated assault of a child and indecency with a child for offenses in 2010 and in 1989. Prosecutors at trial presented evidence that Stallworth had molested at least three girls at his church over that 21-year period. Stallworth lured some children into his study by offering them lollipops, court records show. Appealed but lost in 2012.
News Story https://www.palestineherald.com/news/local_news/ex-pastor-sentenced-for-sexual-abuse-of-girls/article_bb8641ab-196b-5d4c-950f-41a6087d80a6.html
Police Court Record https://projects.houstonchronicle.com/2019/southern-baptist-abuse/#/person/Hezekiah-Stallworth

Daniel Stephen Johnson Church Position: Missionary
Court of Conviction: Federal, 2018
Outcome: Johnson, a missionary, was investigated by the FBI at the request of Cambodian authorities. Arrested in Cambodia by U.S. authorities in 2014. Convicted by a jury in 2018 of eight federal charges, including charges for traveling to a foreign place and engaging in illicit sexual conduct with six different minor boys. Johnson has since filed a motion for a new trial and to set aside the jury’s verdict.

Johnson was arrested in December 2014 after authorities in Cambodia handed him over to FBI agents who then brought him to Oregon. At the time, Johnson had just completed a one-year prison sentence in Cambodia for sexually abusing five boys who were in his care at an orphanage that he had operated there. Federal authorities said Johnson’s victims were between 8 and 17 years old.

News Story https://www.registerguard.com/news/20180516/federal-jury-in-eugene-finds-missionary-from-oregon-guilty-of-sexually-abusing-boys-in-cambodia
Police/Court Records https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5728661-Or-Johnson-DanielStephenbop.html

Michael Wayne O’Guin Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Denton and Tarrant counties, 2004
Outcome: Ordered to complete two years community supervision without adjudication of guilt in 2004 after pleading no contest to the felony sexual assault made by a child victim. A warrant was issued for his arrest in 2006 after prosecutors claimed he failed to complete conditions as required.
News Story https://www.stategazette.com/story/1025922.html

Michael Alan Crippen Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Jasper and Greene counties, 2012
Outcome: Registered as a sex offender in Missouri for offenses of possession of child pornography. A forensic examination of his laptop computer discovered more than 360 images of child pornography, including girls under 10 years old either posing nude or engaged in sexual conduct.
News Story https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/missouri-minister-gets-years-for-child-porn/article_dd0d03c2-bbd3-11e1-9960-001a4bcf6878.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5002655-MO-Crippen-MichaelAlan-sofpg3.html

Travis Payne Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Miller County, 2012
Outcome: Convicted of sexual assault (victim was reported to be a 3-year-old). Sentenced to five years in prison. A Miller County jury Tuesday found South Texarkana Baptist Church pastor Travis Payne guilty of sexual misconduct with a 3-year-old girl and sentenced him to five years in prison. Later died.
News Story https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/texarkana/story/2012/feb/29/pastor-found-guilty/288194/

Daniel J. Moore Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Johnson County, 2010
Outcome: Convicted in 2010 of sexual misconduct with a minor and other charges in Johnson County. Sentenced to 10 years. Paroled. Registered sex offender in Indiana.

A former Southern Baptist pastor in central Indiana has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for molesting a 15-year-old church member in a relationship that began with him counseling the girl because she was not getting along with her mother.Daniel Moore, 50, former pastor of New Whiteland Baptist Church near Franklin, Ind., pleaded guilty March 15 to felony child solicitation and sexual misconduct charges in exchange for a 10-year sentence. A Johnson County circuit court judge approved the plea bargain at a sentencing hearing April 8.

The girl’s mother, who is not being identified to protect the privacy of her daughter, said she was satisfied with the sentence because she didn’t want to put the now soon-to-be 17-year-old through the trauma of a jury trial.

Entering the courtroom April 8, the mother said she was surprised how many people from the former church were there to support their former pastor. At the end of the hearing, she said, Moore’s stepdaughter said to her daughter, “I hope you rot in hell,” for her role in assisting in the prosecution of the case.

News Story https://baptistnews.com/article/former-baptist-pastor-gets-10-years-for-molestation/#.XFIdSVVKhhE
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4910844-In-Moore-DanielJsof.html

Luis Federico Garcia Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Shelby County, 2007
Outcome: Registered sex offender. Convicted in 2007 of three counts of sexual abuse in Shelby County, Ala. A former pastor of Spanish ministries at the First Baptist Church of Pelham is charged with sexual abuse of three young girls. Luis Federico Garcia, 63, of Alabaster, was arrested on three counts of first-degree sexual abuse for the alleged abuse of two 7-year-olds and one 6-year-old, Pelham Lt. Scott Tucker said. The alleged abuse occurred from July 2002 until May of 2007, Tucker said. Garcia has been released on a $30,000 bond. Now lives in the Dominican Republic.
News Story https://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/DA/20031011/News/606114298/TL/
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4901453-AL-Garcia-LuisFedericosexoffender.html

Benjamin William Nelson Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Hill County, 2018
Outcome: Used social media to lure a 13-year-old girl into sexual encounters and was convicted of sexual assault with a child (two counts) indecency with a child (two counts) and online solicitation of a minor afterward. Sentenced in February 2018 in Hill County to 20 years in prison. Incarcerated in Texas.

A Hill County pastor and former student at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for using social media to lure a teenage girl into a sexual encounter last year. Benjamin Nelson, 27, pastor of Peoria Baptist Church west of Hillsboro, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, two counts of indecency with a child by contact and online solicitation of a minor.
Judge Lee Harris of Hill County’s 66th State District Court sentenced Nelson to five concurrent, 20-year sentences in a plea bargain Nelson reached with Hill County District Attorney Mark Pratt.
Pratt said Nelson posed as a teenager while talking to the 13-year-old online and convinced her to meet him in a parking lot in Whitney.

News Story https://www.wacotrib.com/news/courts_and_trials/pastor-sentenced-in-sexual-abuse-of-young-girl/article_cdf7725a-6dba-5fda-815e-c86f73c4ad9f.html
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5004990-Nelson-Benjamin-Tdcjinfo.html

Christopher Donald Beam Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Wayne County, 2017
Outcome: Convicted of unlawful touching of a child and exploitation of a child. Sentenced to five years in 2017. Incarcerated in Mississippi.
A Wayne County pastor is sentenced to five years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to having an inappropriate relationship with a minor. Christopher Beam pleaded guilty Monday to lustful touching and exploitation of a child.
On Monday, he was sentenced to 30 years with 25 years suspended. Investigators said Beam was a substitute teacher and bus driver at Beat 4 School in Wayne County in January 2016 when he kissed a 12-year-old girl in the school’s bathroom.
The victim told officials she was texting Beam when he convinced her to leave class and meet him there.
Beam was fired from both positions at the school and his roll at Evergreen Baptist Church in Shubuta after his arrest.
According to officials, the victim’s family was “very pleased” with Monday’s outcome.

News Story https://www.wdam.com/story/34494393/paster-sentenced-to-5-years-for-physical-relationship-with-minor/
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5141981-MS-Beam-Christopher-Doc.html

Edward Earl Prince Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Desoto County, 2013
Outcome: Listed as a sex offender in Mississippi for a 2013 conviction of child exploitation. A Mid-South pastor has been charged with possession of child pornography after he was found surfing on a library computer. Hernando police said the computers in the library have software to keep people from viewing inappropriate material.
However, investigators said the Hernando pastor managed to get around the filters and firewalls.
Edward Prince, 63, is the pastor at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Hernando, Mississippi. He is being charged with possession of child pornography after staff at the Hernando Public Library told police Prince was viewing inappropriate images on one of the computers. Police found that Prince had downloaded and viewed child pornography on the computer in the public library.
The illegal downloads were tied to his computer login. “You have to register and that’s one of the ways we were able to determine what belong to him,” said Champion.

News Story https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/14381708/hernando-pastor-charged-with-child-pornography/
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4918329-MS-Prince-Edwardsof.html

Joseph Raleigh Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Federal and Hughes County, 2016
Outcome: Pleaded guilty to attempted human trafficking after arranging to meet and have sex with an undercover agent who he thought was a 15-year-old girl. Sentenced to 46 months in federal prison in 2016. Released. Registered sex offender in South Dakota.
Joseph Raleigh, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Miller, S.D., pleaded guilty June 28 in federal court to Attempted Trafficking with Respect to Involuntary Servitude and Forced Labor, a federal law making it a crime to recruit or transport persons for forced labor.
Raleigh, 35, an Ohio native who served as pastor of Hysham Baptist Church in Hysham, Mont., before moving to South Dakota in 2013, was arrested Oct. 24, 2015, in a sting by federal, state and local agencies after negotiating a deal on the Internet with an undercover officer posing as a pimp to have sex with a 15-year-old girl.
He resigned as pastor of the 50-member Southern Baptist church within a day of his arrest. The guilty plea was part of a deal with prosecutors reducing the crime from stiffer charges of Attempted Commercial Sex Trafficking of Children and Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet.
Due to his lack of criminal history and other factors, his recommended sentence ranged from 30 to 37 months, but U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange increased it to nearly four years in prison, finding that as a pastor Raleigh had violated a position of trust.

News Story https://baptistnews.com/article/former-pastor-caught-in-internet-prostitution-sting-sentenced-to-prison/#.XC1ZylVKhhE
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5498579-SD-Raleigh-Josephsexoffender.html
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5002732-SC-RaleighJosephbop.html

Holland Farrell McMorris Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Rapides Parish, 2010
Outcome: Was convicted in 2010 and is serving a 25-year sentence in Louisiana state prison for sex crimes, according to a state prison spokesman. A former Louisiana Baptist preacher was sentenced to 25 years in prison Oct. 3 for sexual abuse of a young female relative. Holland Farrell McMorris, 64, was arrested in June 2010 and charged with 15 counts of aggravated incest. Two months later a grand jury increased the number of charges to 473, indicting McMorris on 157 counts of aggravated incest, 157 counts of sexual battery, 157 counts of molestation of a juvenile and two counts of attempted aggravated rape. Authorities say the crimes occurred between May 2006 and August 2009 when the victim was between 11 and 14 years old. She is now 16 and has undergone counseling.
The 2009 Louisiana Baptist Convention annual listed McMorris as pastor of Paradise Baptist Church in Ball, La. The 80-member congregation founded in 1952 is listed in online directories of both the Louisiana Baptist Convention and Southern Baptist Convention.
Quoted by the Alexandria Town Talk newspaper, the girl’s mother said in court that McMorris used his status in both the family and the Baptist church to take advantage of her daughter.
According to the newspaper, McMorris told the court he was a social worker at Central Louisiana State Hospital and that he holds two master’s degrees. He admitted guilt but did not apologize. Assistant District Attorney Monique Metoyer said the victim’s family was “quite generous” in agreeing to the 25-year plea deal.

News Story https://baptistnews.com/article/former-preacher-sentenced-for-incest/#.WujUPS7wbIU

Coy Privette Church Position: Past president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, trustee/chair of the SBC’s Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., and a trustee of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
Court of Conviction: Rowan County, 2007
Outcome: Retired Baptist minister and former state legislator. Pleaded guilty in 2007 to aiding and abetting prostitution and was given probation. Died in 2015.
Moral activist and conservative Southern Baptist Convention leader Coy Privette received “deferred prosecution” on six charges of aiding and abetting prostitution during his hearing Aug. 22.
Privette, a Rowan County, N.C., commissioner and former executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, admitted to investigators that he had sex with an accused prostitute, according to the prosecutor at the hearing.
Deferred prosecution means Privette, who resigned from the state convention’s board after his arrest in July, will have his record wiped clean if he performs 48 hours of community service, complies with probation requirements for a year and pays court and probation costs.
According to the prosecutor, the case started June 27 when a Cabarrus County bank refused to honor a check being drawn against Privette’s account because it seemed high. Bank employees alerted police in Kannapolis, N.C., where Privette lives.
A police investigator interviewed Tiffany Summers, who said she had received the check from Privette. She also said she had sex with Privette on a number of occasions in two hotels.
Summers showed the investigator a photo of Privette that she took with her cell phone. The prosecutor said Privette had signed in to the hotels under his own name six times. Hotel security cameras showed both Privette and Summers, according to the prosecutor.

News Story https://baptistnews.com/article/southern-baptist-morality-activist-confesses-to-soliciting-prostitute/#.Wujowy7wbIU

Samuel Allen Nuckolls Church Position: Pastor/Minister
Court of Conviction: DeSoto County, 2012
Outcome: Serving a 10-year sentence in Mississippi state prison on three counts of video voyeurism, prison records show. Nuckolls originally faced 13 charges of video voyeurism in 2012, but the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned 10 of 13 counts in a ruling in 2015. Required to register as a sex offender. The Mississippi Supreme Court has reversed 10 of the 13 counts of a traveling Southern Baptist evangelist convicted three years ago of video voyeurism. Sam Nuckolls, a former youth camp pastor for LifeWay Christian Resources, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2012 for making secret videos of 13 women taking showers in his home in Olive Branch, Miss., between June 2007 and October 2011. The Supreme Court ruled Dec. 10 that law enforcement failed to prove that 10 of 11 videos found copied on a laptop computer seized from Nuckolls were reproduced within the jurisdiction of DeSoto County Judge Gerald Chatham, who decided the sentence based on stipulated facts in September 2012. The Supreme Court upheld one of the appealed sentences, saying a video made in Olive Branch ending with Nuckolls shown possessing a silver laptop consistent with the Apple MacBook Pro he purchased Jan. 5, 2011, was enough to reasonably infer the recording was made after that date. Nuckolls did not appeal two counts of surreptitious recordings that occurred within the statute of limitations on Oct. 14 and Oct. 19, 2011. Judge Chatham sentenced Nuckolls to consecutive five-year prison sentences for those charges, with all the remaining five-year sentences running concurrently to his time in jail. Nuckolls secretly recorded women ranging in age from 17 to 26 at two different residences in Olive Branch. Most were friends or acquaintances, including wives of ministerial colleagues.
Nuckolls was first arrested in Gosnell, Ark., after a woman who lived in the house where Nuckolls was staying while in town to preach a revival found a spy pen in her bathroom that contained video of her inside the bathroom. Nuckolls pleaded guilty in Arkansas in exchange for five years of probation. Similar allegations investigated in Texas were outside the window of the state’s three-year statute of limitations. He was also investigated in Virginia, where video voyeurism is a misdemeanor.
After his release from prison Nuckolls must register as a sex offender and undergo treatment and monitoring for another 10 years.

News Story https://baptistnews.com/article/state-supreme-court-reverses-convictions-of-peeping-preacher/#.W2MVNNVKhaQ
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4918327-MS-Nuckolls-Samsof.html
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4918326-MS-Nuckolls-Samdoc.html

Joshua L. Spires Church Position: Minister
Court of Conviction: Delaware County, 2009
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Texas for life. Under probation/community supervision until 2029. Convicted in 2009 after guilty plea to 10 counts of lewd molestation of a minor; served nine years in Oklahoma state prison. Released Feb. 28, 2018.
A former Delaware County pastor was sentenced to 10 years in prison for molesting a 15-year-old girl who attended his church, a prosecutor said Friday.
Joshua Spires, 28, of Odessa, Texas, pleaded guilty in Delaware County District Court on Tuesday to 10 counts of lewd molestation. Spires was sentenced to 10 years on each count and fined $10,000.
All the sentences will run concurrently, said Bryce Lair, assistant district attorney.
According to court records, the sexual assaults occurred every Sunday at the Jay church about an hour before services began.
Spires will have to serve 8 1/2 years before he becomes eligible for early release, Lair said.
As part of the plea agreement, Spires confessed in court to the sexual misconduct with the teenager, who once was in his youth group.
The sexual relationship began in 2007 and lasted until Nov. 15, when the girl broke off the relationship, according to an affidavit. Both the victim and Spires told authorities the relationship was consensual.
Oklahoma law states that a 15-year-old cannot consent to a sexual relationship.

News Story https://oklahoman.com/article/3409847/ex-pastor-joshua-spires-sentenced-in-abuse-of-jay-teen?custom_click=pod_headline_crime
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5019111-OK-Spires-JoshuasofinTexas.html
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5019111-OK-Spires-JoshuasofinTexas.html

Christopher Alan Hogge Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Isle of Wight County, 2017
Outcome: Pleaded guilty to 19 child pornography charges in 2017. Serving a 16-year sentence. Incarcerated in Virginia. Release date 2033.
Christopher Alan Hogge has pleaded guilty to the 19 child pornography charges he faced.
Hogge, the Pastor of Battery Park Baptist Church and Director of Franklin Social Services was arrested in May of 2016 on eight child pornography charges. Additional charges were filed against him in July. He entered a guilty plea on April 12.
For 15 of the charges, Hogge was sentenced to five years behind bars with five years suspended. On four of the charges he was sentenced to tens years with five years suspended. He will serve those five years sentences consecutively, at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.
According to court documents, pictures of children in sexual positions were found on Hogge’s Twitter account. The IP address for the account was traced back to Hogge’s home, which is connected to the church, where Hogge served as a Pastor. Though, that’s not the only place Hogge allegedly viewed and distributed child pornography.
During an interview with Detectives, Hogge reportedly admitted to using the printer at Franklin Social Services to print more than 200 images of male child pornography five years ago. He kept those pictures at his desk there, according to court documents.

News Story https://wtkr.com/2017/04/19/pastor-city-employee-to-appear-in-court-for-19-child-pornography-charges/
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5348143-VA-Hogge-ChristopherAlandoc.html

David Glenn Boyd Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Federal, 2018
Outcome: Sentenced to 120 months in prison by a federal judge after being convicted of a charge of distribution of visual depictions of minors engaged in “sexually explicit conduct.”
Former Wheelwright Baptist Church pastor David Glenn Boyd was sentenced this week to 10 years in prison on child pornography charges. The 53-year old Floyd County man pleaded guilty back in December to one count of distributing child pornography. Prosecutors say they recovered a laptop with dozens of inappropriate photos and videos involving children, some under the age of 12.

News Story https://www.1039thebulldog.com/2018/03/15/wheelwright-pastor-sentenced-to-10-years-on-child-pornography-charges/
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5141986-KY-Boyd-DavidGlenbop.html

Ralph Lee Aaron Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Covington County, 2010
Outcome: Convicted of four felonies, including production of obscene matter (three counts) and sodomy. Sentenced to four consecutive 99-year terms. Incarcerated. Registered sex offender.
The former pastor of Grace Christian Fellowship is now facing charges on 152 “atrocious acts” stemming from allegations he sexually abused and tortured young boys while on camping trips.
At a press conference Tuesday, Covington County Sheriff Dennis Meeks and the case’s lead investigator Wesley Snodgrass revealed the current scope of the case against 54-year-old Ralph Lee Aaron.
The investigation began last Tuesday after a mother, who had heard rumors of a previous incident involving Aaron, had a “straightforward” conversation with her son. That incident stemmed from a 2005 complaint that occurred while Aaron was serving at Andalusia’s Victory Baptist Church. No charges were filed in the 2005 complaint, which was investigated by the Covington County District Attorney’s office and the Department of Human Resources.
As a result of that conversation, the mother determined her son may have had inappropriate contact with Aaron, and she elected to contact authorities.
“Surprisingly, (the victim) was open and honest, and they discussed it at length before contacting law enforcement,” Snodgrass said. “It was quickly identified as a substantial case.”
When officers arrived at Aaron’s home Tuesday night, they seized numerous items of computer equipment and camera equipment. Snodgrass said they found more than 100 pornographic images Aaron allegedly downloaded from the Internet as well as some images taken of his alleged local victims.
As the investigation continued, it was determined the majority of Aaron’s alleged victims ranged in age from 8 to 12 and were all male. No specific number of victims was released, as the investigation is still ongoing.
Snodgrass said the alleged abuse occurred when Aaron, while acting in his capacity as pastor, took the boys on camping trips to local areas. It is not believed any of these incidents occurred at the church, Snodgrass said.
“We also have some evidence that shows other abuse occurred at Aaron’s residence,” he said.
However, there is no evidence that shows Aaron’s family had any knowledge of his actions, he said.
“From all accounts, Mr. Aaron was believed to be a decent man, but he obviously had a secret life,” he said. “He was able to do (these acts) because he befriended (the parents), the children and the church family. That’s how he got into their lives.”
Aaron is now charged with the following:
38 counts of production of obscene matter containing visual depiction of a person under 17 involved in obscene acts.
3 counts of dissemination of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17 involved in obscene acts.
97 counts of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17 involved in obscene acts.
3 counts of sexual torture.
3 counts of first-degree sodomy.
8 counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12
He is currently being held in the Covington County Jail, where he is separated from the general population “for his own safety,” Snodgrass said. His bond is set at $24.2 million.
Aaron could face additional charges as the case continues, Snodgrass said.
“I would say that Mr. Aaron has not been fully cooperative throughout this investigation and, in my opinion, seems completely and entirely unremorseful,” Snodgrass said. “Right now, he’s more concerned about his current situation than he is with anything else or our victims.”


News Story https://www.andalusiastarnews.com/2009/10/28/pastor-faces-152-counts/
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4910819-AL-Aaron-RalphLee-Sexoffender.html
Police/Court https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4883607-AL-Aaron-RalphLee-DOCdocument.html

Phillip Rutledge Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Texas, 2003
Outcome: Registered sex offender because of two 2003 aggravated sexual assault charges against children, Texas records show.
CHURCH GIVES SEX OFFENDER A SECOND CHANCE
Pastor Phillip Rutledge is on the pulpit Sundays at Ranchland Heights Baptist Church. He’s also a low-risk sex offender because of two Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child charges back in 2003. He is registered with the state.
CBS 7 received a call from someone who went to the church concerned because they found out about the pastor’s status by word of mouth outside of the church. Church officials confirm they knew of his status before hiring him.
“Our administration knew about Bro. Phillip’s history before the hiring, and the vast majority of the church knew about it as well. We believe that God can change people, and we believe that God has forgiven Bro. Phillip as well.”
They also confirm not all of the congregation is aware that Pastor Rutledge is a sex offender.
“I can’t tell you that 100 percent of the people know, but the vast majority know.” said Deacon DJ Rambo.
While the law does not say sex offenders can’t serve in church, it is up to the discretion of the congregation.
“We make sure children are never by themselves in the sanctuary or any activities alone with the Pastor. He is very cautious of it as well.” said Rambo.
In a photo on the church’s Facebook page, the pastor is seen helping baptize a youth at the church.

News Story https://www.cbs7.com/content/news/Church-Gives-Sex-Offender-a-Second-Chance-382546021.html
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5673298-Rutledge-Phillip-Sof-1.html

ABUSE OF FAITH Videos

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By Jon Shapley and Marie D. De Jesus
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/investigations/abuse-of-faith/multimedia/

Survivors’ Stories

Survivors hope their stories can help other survivors of sexual abuse as the Southern Baptist Convention struggles to weed out predators in its 47,000 churches in the United States.

PLEASE CLICK THE LINK ABOVE TO VISIT THE SITE AND WATCH THE VIDEOS OF THESE SURVIVORS.

They include the following videos:

‘I didn’t want that’

Dillon Price was routinely molested by the pastor of his church in Fort Worth, Texas. He remained silent about the abuse for years, and at one point became suicidal. He recently decided to speak out to help other victims.

‘I was so terrified, but I was also trusting’

This Texas woman says she was only 12 when her pastor’s son invited her in for a Coke and then raped her.

‘Accountability is finally taking place.’

Former Southern Baptist Pastor Doug Myers was sent to prison after he sexually abused boys in Florida and Maryland. One survivor asks why the Southern Baptist Convention didn’t do more to stop him.

‘Why didn’t I matter?’

Jules Woodson was sexually abused by the youth pastor of her church near Houston in 1998. Her abuser, Andy Savage, later moved to Tennessee, where he worked as a pastor until Woodson came forward and he was forced to admit to abusing her. She wonders why the Southern Baptist Convention hasn’t been more proactive about helping victims or removing church leaders who turned a blind eye to abuses.

Missionaries

A Houston Chronicle investigation found a trail of abuse by Southern Baptist missionaries stretching back for decades. Mission board officials kept the allegations internal.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/investigations/article/Southern-Baptist-churches-hired-ministers-accused-13588233.php

‘I have never forgotten’

Anne Marie Miller told the International Mission Board in 2007 that one of their top missionaries allegedly abused her. The board did not notify police.

Youth Pastors

Their most common targets were teenage girls and boys, though smaller children also were molested, sometimes in pastors’ studies and Sunday school rooms.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/investigations/article/All-too-often-Southern-Baptist-youth-pastors-13588292.php

‘I stopped believing in God’

Nicole and police investigators say Houston youth pastor Chad Foster used his position to take advantage of members of his youth groups.

‘Stalking his prey’

Bryan police detective Travis Hines describes his pursuit of Joe David Barron. Barron, now out of prison, says he wants to be judged on he has responded to his mistake.

Travelers

At least 35 Southern Baptist ministers and volunteers were accused of sexual misconduct but that didn’t stop them from working at churches.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/investigations/article/Southern-Baptist-churches-hired-ministers-accused-13588233.php

‘The devil inside him’

Medina County investigator Wayne Springer says sexual abusers groom not just their victims, but those around them.

‘I can tell him’

Medina County investigator Wayne Springer says sexual assault cases involving church officials can be tricky.

‘I’m no longer your victim’

Scott Holden, a prosecutor in Anderson County, describes the strength it takes for victims to confront their abusers in court.

Abuse of Faith

In the past 20 years, about 400 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced allegations of sexual misconduct, the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News found. They were pastors. Deacons. Ministers. Youth pastors. Sunday school and Christian school teachers. Church program volunteers. They left behind more than 700 victims.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/investigations/article/Southern-Baptist-sexual-abuse-spreads-as-leaders-13588038.php

‘The destruction of innocence’

Prosecutors, convicted pastors discuss sexual assault.

‘I need to talk to you, Mom’

Gwen Casados, mother of Heather Schneider, says her daughter’s life was ruined by a pageant coordinator at Houston’s Second Baptist Church.

‘The voice of God’

Houston psychiatrist Harvey Rosenstock explains the devastation of a child being abused by a religious leader.

ABUSE OF FAITH PART 6: Silence, survival, speaking out Survivors of Baptist sexual abuse come forward to help others

Silence, survival, speaking out

Survivors of Baptist sexual abuse come forward to help others

By John Tedesco, Lise Olsen, and Robert Downen
Multimedia by Marie D. De Jesús and Jon Shapley
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Abuse-of-Faith-Survivors-of-Baptist-sexual-abuse-13938643.php

Dillon Price once lived in a world of secrets and silence. It nearly killed him.

The secrets started when Price met Dan Haby Jr., a magnetic Southern Baptist preacher in Fort Worth. Price was just a teenager, but he bonded with Haby. He thought they shared a love of God.

Price and other boys spent so much time with Haby that they started staying the night at his house on weekends. Price slept on a couch the first few nights.

Then Haby suggested he sleep on a mattress in hisbedroom to be more comfortable. One night, Haby locked the door.

Price didn’t know what to do when Haby — a man he looked up to — began molesting him. Haby claimed the acts helped “relieve stress” and made him a better pastor.

Price kept quiet about the recurring abuse for years, even after he left Haby’s church and tried to move on with his life. But he couldn’t escape what had happened. He became suicidal.

“Silence is the worst thing,” said Price. “At the time, I didn’t know anything but silence.”

Price hopes the story of how he finally broke his silence and reported Haby to police can helpother survivors of sexual abuse as the Southern Baptist Convention struggles to weed out predators in its 47,000 churches in the United States.

Price and his mother were among 350 people who contacted the Houston Chronicle with their stories of abuse and of predatory behavior by officials based primarily in Southern Baptist churches after the February publication of “Abuse of Faith,” an investigation by the Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News.

The series revealed that roughly 380 church pastors, employees and volunteers have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct, sued or convicted in criminal cases during the past two decades. They left behind more than 700 victims.

Survivors shared information about other criminal cases as well as abuse that went unpunished. With the help of readers, the Chronicle has identified additional cases that raise the number of those credibly accused to more than 400 — and added 45 criminal cases involving Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers to our searchable, online database. It now includes convictions or plea deals involving more than 260 offenders.

Many survivors who contacted the Chronicle said they had felt alone until they read the articles.

Kingsley Brown reached out after spotting her father and abuser — a charismatic former Waco pastor named William Frank Brown – in a photo collage of offenders convicted of sex crimes.

“In these types of situations, a lot of people want to blame the church and turn away from the church and blame the Lord, and it is so easy for that to happen,” she said. “Our whole purpose is that this is an issue that needs to be addressed — it’s OK for you to come forward.”

Breaking taboos

Kingsley Brown was only 14 in March 2009 when a counselor called her to the school office, where Child Protective Service workers were waiting. Outwardly, Kingsley was a success — a popular A student. But she carried a secret: Her father began molesting her when she was 10 and continued to do so for two years. Though Kingsley followed his command to never tell anyone, her sister had eventually guessed.

At the time, her father was lead pastor of Bellmead Baptist Church, a Waco congregation with 1,300 members.

She broke down in the circle of school and state officials, wondering if revealing her father’s abuse now held the power to ruin their entire family. She felt intense shame, guilt and confusion as she repeated the story of serial incest to police and prosecutors.

Her father was immediately removed from the home. He was indicted, and he later confessed — and Waco newspapers ran the story on their front pages.

Brown was not alone as an incest survivor of a Southern Baptist preacher or leader, though she didn’t know it then. The Chronicle’s database includes about two dozen casesof incest involving church leaders. Nearly all of the cases are similar to Brown’s, in which pastors and other trusted church figures were prosecuted for molesting or raping their own children or other relatives.

For Brown’s family, the initial consequences were devastating. Her father went to prison. Both parents lost their jobs. Her mother, Connie, had been serving as an associate pastor alongside her father but could not stay because of the scandal and couldn’t become pastor of the church because churches can be expelled from the SBC for employing female pastors. The Browns divorced.

In 2009, William Brown pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve 50 years in prison on four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Kingsley later cut off all contact with her father for her own mental health.

In the aftermath, church leaders, many of whom did not know that Brown’s daughter was his victim, failed to provide comfort or support to the family, Connie Brown says. Both Kingsley and her mother are no longer Southern Baptists but say they never lost their faith. Kingsley Brown works as a faith-based speaker and part-time model in Atlanta. Her mother founded a nonprofit and still preaches.

“There’s a lot of damage that you have to pick up from what occurs after abuse like that, so it’s important to be able to speak on restoration and healing,” Kingsley said.

They both talked to the Chronicle in hopes of inspiring others with a positive message: Incest and abuse do not have to destroy you. They say breaking taboos by sharing that experience with authorities, with trusted friends, with God and with the right counselors can be a path to a better future.

“We know the freedom that comes on the other side, and we are anxious to help other people through it,” Connie Brown told the Chronicle.

Abuse goes unpunished

Other survivors of abuse wrote about predators who remain in the pulpit. Several expressed in interviews how hard it has been to see the people who hurt or raped them go unpunished and continue preaching. They shared stories of abuse that occurred years or even decades ago.

One Texas woman wrote about how she was only 12 when a popular young preacher’s son saw her walking by his house on a hot day and invited her inside for a Coke. He raped her on the floor of his house. He explained it was “something he’d helped some of my friends with” — special treatment he gave only certain girls. Her family belonged to his father’s Texas-based Southern Baptist church. She never told anyone.

Years later, as a successful business executive, she began speaking to teenagers about her struggle to overcome the pain and shame of sexual abuse. She asked not to be identified in this story because she fears going public would identify her abuser, who was never prosecuted, and upset her elderly father. But she still wonders if her popular attacker later harmed others when he became a church leader himself.

Other survivors filed civil lawsuits that exposed pastors who abused their counseling roles to seduce and abuse adult women. These women didn’t want to reopen old wounds by speaking publicly, but they emphasized that pastors who abuse adults remain more likely to get away with misconduct or crimes than child abusers. Very few cases the Chronicle tracked involving abuse of adults resulted in criminal charges.

Several victims who have become strong advocates for change in Southern Baptist churches are among those who say they were denied justice — including best friends Kenny Stubblefield and Brooks Hansen, whose alleged abuser was never punished because they came forward too late for prosecution. The statute of limitations had expired in Tennessee, where they grew up.

Stubblefield still remembers every inch of that basement in Memphis: the shag carpet. The fridge full of Michelobs. The big-screen TV with porn playing. The waterbed, where at 16 he slept at the insistence of his youth pastor. The black window curtains, and the way the sunrise bled through them as he sat, paralyzed with fear, in the early morning hours after he said he was molested in November 1996.

For the next year, he lived “in the shadows,” he said in a recent interview. At the time, he thought: “I am by myself. … I am alone. Nobody will protect me.”

Then his best friend, Brooks Hansen, told him about his own night in their youth pastor’sbasement. Hansen’s older brother had a similar story.

All three eventually went to the church’s lead pastor, Scott Payne, who said he would act. The youth pastor was back at the church months later, the men said. Stubblefield said they were told to stay quiet, because that “was what the faithful did.”

“The abuse was horrendous,” Stubblefield said. “But the most damaging, life-altering part of the entire process was when the people I trusted — that I thought I could trust, that had my back, that were supposed to protect me — absolutely re-victimized me. It was like a gunshot wound in my gut.”

Despite knowing Tennessee’s statute of limitations had expired, the men filed a police report in2016after learning their alleged attacker still worked with schoolchildren at a Memphis library.The alleged attacker was investigated by police, who took no action. The city of Memphis said in a statement that the district attorney had declined to prosecute “due to the statute of limitations” but said that the employee, Chris Carwile, was “no longer employed by the City of Memphis.”

Neither Carwile nor Payne could be reached for comment. Payne previously has denied telling Stubblefield and Hansen to stay quiet and has said he believed the families were satisfied when he fired Carwile from the church.

Stand Up, Speak Out

In Fort Worth, it took Dillon Price a decade to break his silence and talk openly about what his pastor did to him.

The decision was incredibly difficult. By then, Price had attended seminary and earned a college degree. He was no longer under Haby’s direct control.

But Price’s family knew Haby. They liked him. Many of his friends admired the pastor. Price knew there could be a backlash: “You might lose friends, you might lose people around you that don’t believe you for whatever reason,” Price said.

Haby, now a registered sex offender, did not respond to a written request for comment.

Price, now 34, said he came to realize that secrets and silence were part of the tools Haby used to abuse him. He felt like staying silent was allowing Haby to control his life. And he was worried Haby might be abusing others.

Price finally told his family the truth. Most of his relatives were shocked and angry, but nearly all believed him. One of Price’s uncles sided with Haby and to this day won’t speak to Price.

Price reported Haby to police in 2014 — about 14 years after Haby began molesting him. Price said that when a Fort Worth police detective called and told him that Haby had been arrested, he felt free for the first time in years.

Two more men stepped forward and said Haby had abused them in their youth. Haby initially fought the charges, and the case went to trial. Haby reached a plea deal with prosecutors that allowed him to avoid prison time, but he had to admit his crimes and become a registered sex offender.

Price went from suffering in silence to writing a book about recovering from his abuse. He now attends a new church in Fort Worth. He has become a teacher, father and a coach and founded a ministry called Stand Up, Speak Out to talk openly about what happened to him.He especially wanted to increase support for male victims of clergy abuse, who tend to feel particularly isolated, he said.

“It’s just so crazy that we don’t have these conversations,” Price said.

Talking about sexual abuse is awkward and painful, he acknowledged, but talking about it helps churches learn how to prevent it.

If more people understood predatory behavior, he said, they would have asked why Haby was routinely spending so much time alone with Price when he was just a 15-year-old boy.

That’s not normal, Price said. But no one in his family or in his church knew enough about the problem to voice any suspicions.

“Whether it’s in a church, whether it’s in school, no matter what organization we’re talking about, as long as there’s conversations not happening, predators are finding their foothold,” Price said. “And they’re going to continue to weasel their way in there.

“Because that’s what they do.”

Abuse of Faith 20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms

Abuse of Faith

20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms

By Robert Downen, Lise Olsen, and John Tedesco
Multimedia by Jon Shapley
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/investigations/article/Southern-Baptist-sexual-abuse-spreads-as-leaders-13588038.php

First of six parts

Thirty-five years later, Debbie Vasquez’s voice trembled as she described her trauma to a group of Southern Baptist leaders.

She was 14, she said, when she was first molested by her pastor in Sanger, a tiny prairie town an hour north of Dallas. It was the first of many assaults that Vasquez said destroyed her teenage years and, at 18, left her pregnant by the Southern Baptist pastor, a married man more than a dozen years older.

In June 2008, she paid her way to Indianapolis, where she and others asked leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention and its 47,000 churches to track sexual predators and take action against congregations that harbored or concealed abusers. Vasquez, by then in her 40s, implored them to consider prevention policies like those adopted by faiths that include the Catholic Church.In this 2007 file photo, Debbie Vasquez holds a photo of herself at age 14, when she says she was first molested by the pastor of her church in Sanger, about one hour north of Dallas. (Donna McWilliam/Associated Press)

In this 2007 file photo, Debbie Vasquez holds a photo of herself at age 14, when she says she was first molested by the pastor of her church in Sanger, about one hour north of Dallas. (Donna McWilliam/Associated Press)

“Listen to what God has to say,” she said, according to audio of the meeting, which she recorded. “… All that evil needs is for good to do nothing. … Please help me and others that will be hurt.”

Days later, Southern Baptist leaders rejected nearly every proposed reform.

The abusers haven’t stopped. They’ve hurt hundreds more.

In the decade since Vasquez’s appeal for help, more than 250 people who worked or volunteered in Southern Baptist churches have been charged with sex crimes, an investigation by the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News reveals.

It’s not just a recent problem: In all, since 1998, roughly 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced allegations of sexual misconduct, the newspapers found. That includes those who were convicted, credibly accused and successfully sued, and those who confessed or resigned. More of them worked in Texas than in any other state.

They left behind more than 700 victims, many of them shunned by their churches, left to themselves to rebuild their lives. Some were urged to forgive their abusers or to get abortions.

About 220 offenders have been convicted or took plea deals, and dozens of cases are pending. They were pastors. Ministers. Youth pastors. Sunday school teachers. Deacons. Church volunteers.

Nearly 100 are still held in prisons stretching from Sacramento County, Calif., to Hillsborough County, Fla., state and federal records show. Scores of others cut deals and served no time. More than 100 are registered sex offenders. Some still work in Southern Baptist churches today.

Journalists in the two newsrooms spent more than six months reviewing thousands of pages of court, prison and police records and conducting hundreds of interviews. They built a database of former leaders in Southern Baptist churches who have been convicted of sex crimes.

The investigation reveals that:

• At least 35 church pastors, employees and volunteers who exhibited predatory behavior were still able to find jobs at churches during the past two decades. In some cases, church leaders apparently failed to alert law enforcement about complaints or to warn other congregations about allegations of misconduct.

• Several past presidents and prominent leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention are among those criticized by victims for concealing or mishandling abuse complaints within their own churches or seminaries.

• Some registered sex offenders returned to the pulpit. Others remain there, including a Houston preacher who sexually assaulted a teenager and now is the principal officer of a Houston nonprofit that works with student organizations, federal records show. Its name: Touching the Future Today Inc.

• Many of the victims were adolescents who were molested, sent explicit photos or texts, exposed to pornography, photographed nude, or repeatedly raped by youth pastors. Some victims as young as 3 were molested or raped inside pastors’ studies and Sunday school classrooms. A few were adults — women and men who sought pastoral guidance and instead say they were seduced or sexually assaulted.

Heather Schneider was 14 when she was molested in a choir room at Houston’s Second Baptist Church, according to criminal and civil court records. Her mother, Gwen Casados, said church leaders waited months to fire the attacker, who later pleaded no contest. In response to her lawsuit, church leaders also denied responsibility.

Schneider slit her wrists the day after that attack in 1994, Casados said. She survived, but she died 14 years later from a drug overdose that her mother blames on the trauma.

“I never got her back,” Casados said.

Others took decades to come forward, and only after their lives had unraveled. David Pittman was 12, he says, when a youth minister from his Georgia church first molested him in 1981. Two other former members of the man’s churches said in interviews that they also were abused by him. But by the time Pittman spoke out in 2006, it was too late to press criminal charges.

The minister still works at an SBC church.

Pittman won’t soon forgive those who have offered prayers but taken no action. He only recently stopped hating God.

“That is the greatest tragedy of all,” he said. “So many people’s faith is murdered. I mean, their faith is slaughtered by these predators.”

August “Augie” Boto, interim president of the SBC’s Executive Committee, helped draft the rejection of reform proposals in 2008. In an interview, he expressed “sorrow” about some of the newspapers’ findings but said the convention’s leadership can do only so much to stop sexual abuses.

“It would be sorrow if it were 200 or 600” cases, Boto said. “Sorrow. What we’re talking about is criminal. The fact that criminal activity occurs in a church context is always the basis of grief. But it’s going to happen. And that statement does not mean that we must be resigned to it.”

At the core of Southern Baptist doctrine is local church autonomy, the idea that each church is independent and self-governing. It’s one of the main reasons that Boto said most of the proposals a decade ago were viewed as flawed by the executive committee because the committee doesn’t have the authority to force churches to report sexual abuse to a central registry.

Because of that, Boto said, the committee “realized that lifting up a model that could not be enforced was an exercise in futility,” and so instead drafted a report that “accepted the existence of the problem rather than attempting to define its magnitude.”

SBC churches and organizations share resources and materials, and together they fund missionary trips and seminaries. Most pastors are ordained locally after they’ve convinced a small group of church elders that they’ve been called to service by God. There is no central database that tracks ordinations, or sexual abuse convictions or allegations.

All of that makes Southern Baptist churches highly susceptible to predators, says Christa Brown, an activist who wrote a book about being molested as a child by a pastor at her SBC church in Farmers Branch, a Dallas suburb.

“It’s a perfect profession for a con artist, because all he has to do is talk a good talk and convince people that he’s been called by God, and bingo, he gets to be a Southern Baptist minister,” said Brown, who lives in Colorado. “Then he can infiltrate the entirety of the SBC, move from church to church, from state to state, go to bigger churches and more prominent churches where he has more influence and power, and it all starts in some small church.

“It’s a porous sieve of a denomination.”

To try to measure the problem, the newspapers collected and cross-checked news reports, prison records, court records, sex offender registries and other documents. Reporters also conducted hundreds of interviews with victims, church leaders, investigators and offenders.

‘So many people’s faith is murdered. I mean, their faith is slaughtered by these predators.’

David Pittman, who says he was molested by his youth minister

Several factors make it likely that the abuse is even more widespread than can be documented: Victims of sexual assault come forward at a low rate; many cases in churches are handled internally; and many Southern Baptist churches are in rural communities where media coverage is sparse.

It’s clear, however, that SBC leaders have long been aware of the problem. Bowing to pressure from activists, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, one of the largest SBC state organizations, in 2007 published a list of eight sex offenders who had served in Southern Baptist churches in Texas.

Around the same time, the Rev. Thomas Doyle wrote to SBC leaders, imploring them to act. A priest and former high-ranking lawyer for the Catholic Church, Doyle in the 1980s was one of the earliest to blow the whistle on child sexual abuse in the church. But Catholic leaders “lied about it … covered it up and ignored the victims,” said Doyle, now retired and living in northern Virginia.

Doyle turned to activism because of his experiences, work that brought him closer to those abused in Southern Baptist churches. Their stories — and how the SBC handled them — felt hauntingly familiar, he said.

“I saw the same type of behavior going on with the Southern Baptists,” he said.

The responses were predictable, Doyle said. In one, Frank Page, then the SBC president, wrote that they were “taking this issue seriously” but that local church autonomy presented “serious limitations.” In March, Page resigned as president and CEO of the SBC’s Executive Committee for “a morally inappropriate relationship in the recent past,” according to the executive committee.

Details have not been disclosed, but SBC officials said they had “no reason to suspect any legal impropriety.” Page declined to be interviewed.

Other leaders have acknowledged that Baptist churches are troubled by predators but that they could not interfere in local church affairs. Even so, the SBC has ended its affiliation with at least four churches in the past 10 years for affirming or endorsing homosexual behavior. The SBC governing documents ban gay or female pastors, but they do not outlaw convicted sex offenders from working in churches.

In one email to Debbie Vasquez, Augie Boto assured her that “no Baptist I know of is pretending that ‘the problem does not exist.'”

“There is no question that some Southern Baptist ministers have done criminal things, including sexual abuse of children,” he wrote in a May 2007 email. “It is a sad and tragic truth. Hopefully, the harm emanating from such occurrences will cause the local churches to be more aggressively vigilant.”Gwen Casados sits in her daughter's room in Houston. Her daughter, Heather Schneider, was sexually abused inside Second Baptist Church in Houston in 1994 and later died of a drug overdose. Photo: Jon Shapley/Staff Photographer

Gwen Casados sits in her daughter’s room in Houston. Her daughter, Heather Schneider, was sexually abused inside Second Baptist Church in Houston in 1994 and later died of a drug overdose. (Jon Shapley/Staff Photographer | Houston Chronicle)Offenders return to preach

The SBC Executive Committee also wrote in 2008 that it “would certainly be justified” to end affiliations with churches that “intentionally employed a known sexual offender or knowingly placed one in a position of leadership over children or other vulnerable participants in its ministries.”

Current SBC President J.D. Greear reaffirmed that stance in an email to the Chronicle, writing that any church that “proves a pattern of sinful neglect — regarding abuse or any other matter — should absolutely be removed from fellowship from the broader denomination.”

“The Bible calls for pastors to be people of integrity, known for their self-control and kindness,” Greear wrote. “A convicted sex offender would certainly not meet those qualifications. Churches that ignore that are out of line with both Scripture and Baptist principles of cooperation.”

But the newspapers found at least 10 SBC churches that welcomed pastors, ministers and volunteers since 1998 who had previously faced charges of sexual misconduct. In some cases, they were registered sex offenders.

In Illinois, Leslie Mason returned to the pulpit a few years after he was convicted in 2003 on two counts of criminal sexual assault. Mason had been a rising star in local Southern Baptist circles until the charges were publicized by Michael Leathers, who was then editor of the state’s Baptist newspaper.

Letters from angry readers poured in. Among those upset by Leathers’ decision to publish the story was Glenn Akins, the interim executive director of the Illinois Baptist State Association.

“To have singled Les out in such a sensationalistic manner ignores many others who have done the same thing,” Akins wrote in a memo, a copy of which Leathers provided. “You could have asked nearly any staff member and gotten the names of several other prominent churches where the same sort of sexual misconduct has occurred recently in our state.”

Akins, now the assistant executive director of the Baptist General Association of Virginia, declined an interview request.

Leathers resigned after state Baptist convention leaders told him he might be fired and lose his severance pay, he said. Mason, meanwhile, admitted to investigators that he had relationships with four different girls, records show.

Mason received a seven-year prison sentence under a plea deal in which investigators dropped all but two of his charges. After his release, he returned to the pulpit of a different SBC church a few miles away.

“That just appalled me,” Leathers said. “They had to have known they put a convicted sex offender behind the pulpit. … If a church calls a woman to pastor their church, there are a lot of Southern Baptist organizations that, sadly, would disassociate with them immediately. Why wouldn’t they do the same for convicted sex offenders?”

Mason has since preached at multiple SBC churches in central Illinois. He said in an interview that those churches “absolutely know about my past,” and said churches and other institutions need “to be better at handling” sexual abuse.

Mason said that “nobody is above reproach in all things” and that church leaders — particularly those who work with children — “desperately need accountability.”

In Houston, Michael Lee Jones started a Southern Baptist church, Cathedral of Faith, after his 1998 conviction for having sex with a teenage female congregant at a different SBC church nearby. Jones, also leader of a nonprofit called Touching the Future Today, was included on the list of convicted ministers released by the Baptist General Convention of Texas a decade ago.
Dr. Joe Ratliff, the pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church, is pictured in this 2013 file photo. (Houston Chronicle file)

In December, Cathedral of Faith celebrated its 20th anniversary at a downtown Houston hotel, according to the church’s website. A flyer for the event touted sermons from Jones, another pastor and Joseph S. Ratliff, the longtime pastor of Houston’s Brentwood Baptist Church.

Ratliff was sued in 2003 for sexual misconduct with a man he was counseling. The lawsuit was settled and dismissed by agreement of the parties, according to Harris County court records and interviews. The settlement is subject to a confidentiality agreement. Ratliff has been sued two other times, one involving another person who had come in for counseling; the other involved his handling of allegations against another church official, Harris County records show. The disposition of those two cases was not available.

Jones, Ratliff and Ratliff’s attorney did not respond to requests for comment. ‘A known problem’

Wade Burleson, a former president of Oklahoma’s Southern Baptist convention, says it has long been clear that Southern Baptist churches face a crisis. In 2007 and 2018, he asked SBC leaders to study sexual abuse in churches and bring prevention measures to a vote at the SBC’s annual meeting.

Leaders pushed back both times, he said. Some cited local church autonomy; others feared lawsuits if the reforms didn’t prevent abuse.

Burleson couldn’t help but wonder if there have been “ulterior motives” at play.

“There’s a known problem, but it’s too messy to deal with,” he said in a recent interview. “It’s not that we can’t do it as much as we don’t want to do it. … To me, that’s a problem. You must want to do it, to do it.”

Doyle, the Catholic whistleblower, was similarly suspicious, if more blunt: “I understand the fear, because it’s going to make the leadership look bad,” he said. “Well, they are bad, and they should look bad. Because they have ignored this issue. They have demonized the victims.”

Several Southern Baptist leaders and their churches have been criticized for ignoring the abused or covering for alleged predators, including at Houston’s Second Baptist, where former SBC President Ed Young has been pastor since 1978. Young built the church into one of the largest and most important in the SBC; today, it counts more than 60,000 members who attend at multiple campuses.

Before she was molested in the choir room at Second Baptist in 1994, Heather Schneider filled a black notebook with poems. The seventh-grader, with long white-blond hair and sparkling green eyes, had begun to work as a model. She soon attracted attention from John Forse, who coordinated church pageants and programs at Second Baptist.

He also used his position to recruit girls for private acting lessons, according to Harris County court documents.

A day after she was attacked, Schneider told her mother, Casados, that Forse had touched her inappropriately and tried to force her to do “horrendous things.” Casados called police.
John Neal Forse is a registered sex offender. He attacked a fourteen-year-old inside Second Baptist Church in 1994. (Texas DPS)

Casados, who was raised a Baptist, said she received a call from Young, who initially offered to do whatever he could to help her daughter. But after she told Young she already had called police, he hung up and “we never heard from him again,” she said in an interview.

It took months — and the threat of criminal charges — before Forse left his position at the church, according to statements made by Forse’s attorney at the time and Schneider’s responses to questions in a related civil lawsuit.

In August 1994, Forse received deferred adjudication and 10 years’ probation after pleading no contest to two counts of indecency with a child by contact. He remains a registered sex offender and was later convicted of a pornography charge. He is listed in the sex offender registry as transient; he could not be reached for comment.

Church officials declined interview requests. In a statement to the Chronicle, Second Baptist stated that it takes “allegations of sexual misconduct or abuse very seriously and constantly strives to provide and maintain a safe, Christian environment for all employees, church members and guests.”

The church declined to release its employment policies but described Forse as a “short-term contract worker” when he was accused of sex abuse. “After Second Baptist became aware of the allegations made against Forse his contract was terminated,” the statement says. “Upon notification, Second Baptist Church cooperated fully with law enforcement in this matter.”

Schneider’s parents filed a civil lawsuit against the church, Forse and a modeling agency. The case against the church was dismissed; its lawyers argued that Forse was not acting as a church employee. Second Baptist was not part of an eventual settlement.

In 1992, before Schneider was molested, a lawyer for the Southern Baptist Convention wrote in a court filing that the SBC did not distribute instructions to its member churches on handling sexual abuse claims. He said Second Baptist had no written procedures on the topic.

The lawyer, Neil Martin, was writing in response to a lawsuit that accused First Baptist Church of Conroe of continuing to employ Riley Edward Cox Jr. as a youth pastor after a family said that he had molested their child. In a court filing, Cox admitted to molesting three boys in the late 1980s.

Young, SBC president at the time of the lawsuit, was asked to outline the organization’s policies on child sexual abuse as part of the lawsuit. He declined to testify, citing “local church autonomy” and saying in an affidavit that he had “no educational training in the area of sexual abuse or the investigation of sexual abuse claims.”

Young also said he feared testifying could jeopardize his blossoming TV ministry

Leaders of Second Baptist have been similarly reluctant to release or discuss their policies on sexual abuse in response to two other civil lawsuits related to sexual assault claims filed in the last five years, court records show. Those suits accuse the church of ignoring or concealing abuses committed by youth pastor Chad Foster, who was later convicted.

Another civil lawsuit asserted that Second Baptist helped conceal alleged rapes by Paul Pressler, a former Texas state judge and former SBC vice president. In that suit, brought by a member of Pressler’s youth group, three other men have said in affidavits that Pressler groped them or tried to pressure them into sex. Second Baptist, however, has been dismissed from the suit, and the plaintiff’s sexual abuse claims against Pressler have been dismissed because the statute of limitations had expired.

Pressler has been a prominent member of Second Baptist for much of his adult life.

In its statement to the Chronicle, Second Baptist said “our policy and practice have been and will continue to be that any complaint of sexual misconduct will be heard, investigated and handled in a lawful and appropriate way. Reports of sexual abuse are immediately reported to law enforcement officials as required by law.”In this 1986 file photo, Dr. Ed Young stands in front of a new worship center at Houston's Second Baptist Church. Young in the 1990s served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Photo: John Van Beekum

In this 1986 file photo, Dr. Ed Young stands in front of a new worship center at Houston’s Second Baptist Church. Young in the 1990s served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. (John Van Beekum | Houston Chronicle)’Break her down’

Another defendant in the lawsuit against Pressler: Paige Patterson, a former SBC president who, with Pressler, pushed the convention in the 1980s and 1990s to adopt literal interpretations of the Bible.

In May of last year, Patterson was ousted as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth after he said he wanted to meet alone with a female student who said she was raped so he could “break her down,” according to a statement from seminary trustees.

But his handling of sexual abuse dates back decades. Several women have said that Patterson ignored their claims that his ex-protégé, Darrell Gilyard, assaulted them at Texas churches in the 1980s; some of those allegations were detailed in a 1991 Dallas Morning News article.

The Gilyard case bothered Debbie Vasquez. She feared other victims had been ignored or left to handle their trauma alone.

When Vasquez became pregnant, she said, leaders of her church forced her to stand in front of the congregation and ask for forgiveness without saying who had fathered the child.

She said church members were generally supportive but were never told the child was their pastor’s. Church leadership shunned her, asked her to get an abortion and, when she said no, threatened her and her child, she said. She moved abroad soon after.

Vasquez sued her former pastor and his church in 2006. In a deposition, the pastor, Dale “Dickie” Amyx, admitted to having sex with her when she was a teenager, though he maintained that it was consensual. He acknowledged paternity of her child but was never charged with any crime. Amyx was listed as the church’s pastor as late as 2016, state Baptist records show. He could not be reached for comment.

Amyx denies that he threatened or physically assaulted Vasquez. He and his employer at the time of the lawsuit — an SBC church Vasquez never attended — argued that Vasquez exaggerated her story in an attempt to get publicity for her fight for reforms, court records show.

Amyx wrote an apology letter that Vasquez provided to the newspapers; her lawsuit was eventually dismissed, but she continued pressing SBC leaders, including Patterson, to act. In one series of emails, she asked Patterson why leaders didn’t intervene in cases such as Gilyard’s.

Patterson responded forcefully, writing in 2008 that he “forced Gilyard to resign his church” and “called pastors all over the USA and since that day (Gilyard) has never preached for any Southern Baptist organization.”

In fact, Gilyard preached after his Texas ouster at various churches, including Jacksonville’s First Baptist Church, which was led by former SBC President Jerry Vines. It was there that Tiffany Thigpen said she met Gilyard, who she said later “viciously” attacked her.

Thigpen, who was 18 at the time, said that Vines tried to shame her into silence after she disclosed the abuse to him. “How embarrassing this will be for you,” she recalled Vines telling her. As far as Thigpen knows, police were never notified.

Gilyard was convicted in 2009 of lewd and lascivious molestation of two other teenage girls, both under 16, while pastoring a Florida church. He found work at an SBC church after his three-year prison sentence, prompting the local Southern Baptist association to end its affiliation.

Neither Vasquez nor Thigpen have forgiven SBC leaders for their inaction.

Vasquez: “They made excuses and did nothing.”

Thigpen said of Vines in a recent interview: “You left this little sheep to get hurt and then you protected yourself. And I hope when you lay your head on your pillow you think of every girl (Gilyard) hurt and life he ruined. And I hope you can’t sleep.”

Patterson and Vines did not respond to requests for comment. Heath Lambert, now senior pastor at First Baptist in Jacksonville, said in a statement that “we decry any act of violence or abuse.”Former SBC President Paige Patterson speaks to the Southern Baptist Convention in San Antonio in 2007. Last year, Patterson was ousted as head of a Fort Worth seminary for his mishandling of reports of rapes made by female students. (Morris Goen/San Antonio Express News)

Former SBC President Paige Patterson speaks to the Southern Baptist Convention in San Antonio in 2007. Last year, Patterson was ousted as head of a Fort Worth seminary for his mishandling of reports of rapes made by female students. (Morris Goen/San Antonio Express News) ‘Lethal’ abuse

Defensive responses from church leaders rank among the worst things the abused can endure, says Harvey Rosenstock, a Houston psychiatrist who has worked for decades with victims and perpetrators of clergy sexual abuse. They can rewire a developing brain to forever associate faith or authority with trauma or betrayal, he says.

“If someone is identified as a man of God, then there are no holds barred,” he said. “Your defense system is completely paralyzed. This man is speaking with the voice of God. … So a person who is not only an authority figure, but God’s servant, is telling you this is between us, this is a special relationship, this has been sanctioned by the Lord. That allows a young victim to have almost zero defenses. Totally vulnerable.”

Rosenstock is among a growing number of expert clinicians who advocate for changes in statute of limitations laws in sexual abuse cases. They cite decades of neuroscience to show that those abused as children — particularly by clergy — can develop a sort of Stockholm syndrome that prevents them for decades from recognizing themselves as victims.

Such was the case for most of David Pittman’s life.

“Cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine — whatever would quiet my mind and diminish what I was feeling, because I wanted to be numb,” he said. “I didn’t want to feel any of it.”

An athletic child with an incarcerated father, Pittman said he had dreamed about joining the youth group at his church near Atlanta since he was baptized there at age 8.

There, he could play any sport he wanted, and at 12 he found in the youth pastor a much-sought father figure. The grooming started almost immediately, he said: front-seat rides in the youth pastor’s Camaro; trips to see the Doobie Brothers and Kansas in concert; and, eventually, sleepovers during which Pittman said he was first molested. Pittman said the assaults continued until he turned 15 and the youth pastor quietly moved to a new church nearby.

“For the longest time, I wouldn’t even admit to myself that it happened,” he said.

Three decades later, in 2006, Pittman learned that his alleged abuser was working as a youth minister in Georgia. Though Georgia’s statute of limitations had by then elapsed, Pittman and others came forward with allegations.

Like Pittman, Ray Harrell grew up without a male figure in his life. His father left early, he said, and his mother later “threw herself” into the church. Eventually the youth minister started babysitting Harrell, then a pre-teen. Harrell still remembers the minister’s stuffed monkey, which was used to “break the ice,” he said.

“This is a youth minister and the only male influence in my life and so I never thought anything about it,” Harrell said in an interview. “And when the abuse started…. I knew it was wrong, but this is somebody I was supposed to believe in, to look up to, who was in the church.”

Pittman reached out to the church’s lead pastor and chairman of the church’s deacons.

The deacon said in an interview that he confronted the youth minister and “asked him if there had ever been anything in his past and he acknowledged that there had been.” The minister also told the deacon that he had gotten “discreet” counseling, the deacon said.

The youth minister resigned, after which the deacon and others began looking through a Myspace account that he had while employed at the church. On it, the deacon found messages “that the police should have,” he said.

The deacon said he provided the Georgia State Baptist Convention with evidence that the youth minister should be barred from working in churches.

The youth minister who Pittman and Harrell say abused them still works at an SBC church in Georgia. The church’s lead pastor declined to say if he was ever made aware of the allegations, though Pittman provided emails that show he reached out to the pastor repeatedly.

The youth minister did not return phone calls. Reached by email, he declined to be interviewed. The newspapers are not identifying him because he has not been charged.

Anne Marie Miller says she, too, has been denied justice. In July, Mark Aderholt, a former employee of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and a former missionary, was charged in Tarrant County with sexually assaulting Miller in the late 1990s, when she was a teenager. Texas eliminated its statute of limitations for most sex crimes against children in 2007.

In 2007, Miller told the SBC’s International Mission Board about Aderholt after he was hired there, prompting an internal investigation that officials said supported her story. Aderholt resigned and worked at SBC churches in Arkansas before moving to South Carolina, where he worked for the state’s Baptist convention.

Miller, meanwhile, was told to “let it go” when she asked mission board officials about the investigation.

‘Well, they are bad, and they should look bad. Because they have ignored this issue.’

the Rev. Thomas Doyle, who has urged SBC leaders to act on sexual abuse

“Forgiveness is up to you alone,” general counsel Derek Gaubatz wrote in one 2007 email. “It involves a decision by you to forgive the other person of the wrongs done to you, just as Christ has forgiven you.”

After Aderholt’s arrest, a mission board spokeswoman said it did not notify his future SBC employers about the allegations in 2007 because of local church autonomy. The board also said that Miller at the time did not want to talk with police. She says that was because she was still traumatized.

The charges against Aderholt are pending.

Miller, 38, lives in the Fort Worth area. She says she has received support from Greear, the new SBC president. But she’s skeptical that the SBC will act decisively.

“I was really, really hopeful that it was a turning point, but I’ve been disappointed that there hasn’t been any meaningful action other than forming committees and assigning budgets, which is just good old Baptist red tape,” Miller said. “That’s just what you do — you form a committee, and you put some money towards it and no change actually happens.”

The election last year of Greear, the 45-year-old pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, N.C., was seen as a signal that the SBC was moving away from more rigid conservative leaders such as Patterson. Greear has launched a group that is studying sexual abuse at the request of Burleson and others.

Unlike in 2008, Burleson last year directed his request for a sex offender registry to the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, which does moral advocacy on behalf of the Southern Baptist Convention. For the first time, the study of his proposal has been funded.

But Greear said in an email that he is limited by local church autonomy.

“Change has to begin at the ground level with churches and organizations,” he wrote. “Our churches must start standing together with a commitment to take this issue much more seriously than ever before.”

Former Coppell pastor accused of sexual assault of a 6 year old girl blames his actions on ‘an evil inside of him,’ affidavit says

Former Coppell pastor accused of sexual assault blames his actions on ‘an evil inside of him,’ affidavit says Jason Thomas, 40, admitted in an arrest affidavit to repeatedly sexually abusing a little girl starting in 1995, when the girl was about 6 and he was about 16.
By Jake Harris February 12, 2020
https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/coppell-pastor-accused-of-sexual-assault-blames-his-actions-on-an-evil-inside-of-him-affidavit-says/287-47a9c118-f091-438a-a085-437021f8aab1

A former Coppell associate pastor arrested Monday for the aggravated sexual abuse of a child blamed his past actions on “an evil inside of him” and on the pornography he was watching at the time of the abuse, according to an arrest affidavit.

Jason Thomas, 40, admitted in an arrest affidavit to repeatedly sexually abusing a little girl starting in 1995, when the girl was about 6 and he was about 16.

The victim came forward to police in January of this year after keeping the sexual abuse a secret for decades, only telling her parents, according to the affidavit. She was encouraged by a therapist to report the delayed abuse. She stated in the affidavit the abuse started when she was about 6 years old and continued until she was about 9 years old.

The earliest incident she could remember was when Thomas kissed her and her 10-year-old sister on the mouth. Later, Thomas would “force her to perform oral sex on him behind the [Mesquite Library]” and at one point told her to take her clothes off and get into bed with him, according to the affidavit. She said nothing happened in that instance because someone knocked on the bedroom door.

She said she has had no contact with him since he went off to college at Texas A&M University. When she learned Thomas was a worship pastor at Valley Ranch Baptist Church in Coppell, she said she was worried Thomas might prey on other children, according to the affidavit.

Mesquite police coordinated a recorded phone call between the victim and Thomas where Thomas admitted to the abuse. According to the affidavit, when the victim confronted Thomas about what happened, Thomas said he was sorry and said “he was evil and there was an evil inside him.” When the victim confronted him about specific instances of sexual abuse, Thomas again apologized and blamed his actions on the type of pornography he was watching at the time.

Thomas was arrested Monday and has since posted a $50,000 bond.

A Lesson to Christians on why? YOU DO NOT TELL SOMEONE THEY ARE GOING TO HELL!!!

Yes, I am an atheist. Yes, I do not believe in your god, nor your Jesus, nor your bible, nor your religion. Your god and your religion is just one of many of humanity. Your god is as real as the Muslims’ god, the Jewish god, or the old Pagan Greek, Egyptian, Roman, Welch, Anglo, Saxxon, etc gods and religions. NO ONE can prove to me their god is real. That would be like proving to me? That the sound of thunder is the sound of the voice of your god, which? If you actually read your buybulls and studied your history of this god? That is what he actually was to the Jews, their version of Thor, the Thunder god.

Be that as it may? I am doing this posting on the topic of why NO CHRISTIAN SHOULD EVER TELL ANYONE THEY ARE GOING TO HELL!!! And? This posting is a result of a set of comments on the posting Is the Bible Creating Atheists?

https://atheistmilitantsrising.home.blog/2020/02/23/is-the-bible-creating-atheists/

Satan, because without a scapegoat you might have to take personal responsibility for your own actions.

This is an edited response to Becky, one of the commentors.

ONE of the worst things ANY Christian can tell someone like myself or ANY victim or survivor of a rape by a Christian priest or pastors is that they would be going to hell if they do not accept your Jesus!!!

Why do I say this?

Because that is one of the tools that these Christian pedophile perverts used with great effect to silence us. Now here is my personal example, but it applies to most of the victims and survivors. If you were to read any of their stories? You would see how much this is typical for all of us. When we speak of these nightmares? Think of vivid lucid dreaming, where this shit is real to you. You feel everything, you experience everything, and it is constant, night after night after night. I am sure some of you have had dreams that felt so real it was as if you were not dreaming but you were actually there. This is what these nightmares are like.

Brain-washing in the horrors of hell

It's YOUR God.
They're YOUR rules.
YOU go to hell.

Now, when you grow up in the RCC like I did? Hell is drilled into your head big time. They tell you with great detail the horrors of hell. They brainwash you into this by putting great fear into your head, your heart and soul about the horrors of hell and they also drill into you the commandments of god from the OT that you were to stone to death mouthy kids, and all the other shit that happened to kids, like the 42 kids in the Prophet Elisha’s story. The second part of the brainwashing is? A priest tells you to do something? That is like God and Jesus himself telling you to do something. YOU NEVER QUESTION a priest, or a leader of the church. You do? YOU are going to hell. So can you understand this so far? I am sure you can.

Hell used to silence the victims
Hell is probably full of Christians, just like American prisons

Then? When you get raped by these scumbags? They use the brain-washing horrors of hell to keep you silent and it works perfectly.

My rape started out with one pedo priest, Father Leon Gaulin, right after the cops dropped me off at the church. He was real disgusting. He had me saying Our Fathers and Hail Mary’s as he raped me anally in the places bedroom. Hell, I can still to this day see it in my mind. The wool blankets, the dark headboard, the wastebasket I eventually tried to puke in after he forced me to perform oral sex on him. But? It was while he was raping me anally that he started using the horrors of hell to control me. Saying over and over to me if I told anyone about his “special healing” of me I would burn in hell for all eternity. I do not know if you can understand what that is like for a Roman Catholic brain-washed kid, but hey…it is not something you would want done to you.

And? There you are, having this done to you, in a fucking church no less, well the church buildings bedroom, and you, deep inside yourself, are begging, screaming and praying to god and Jesus to make this shit stop and it does not? Well another brain-washing tool used is that if god or Jesus did not answer your prayers? Then it was their will for what was happening to keep happening. So again, you are being raped by a Christian Roman Catholic priest, you have the horrors of hell drilled into you being used against you, your prayers have failed so you feel this is what god and Jesus want to have done to you and you? Go literally insane.

Then? When they gang-raped me? Even though Gaulin drugged me with a glass of water after he raped me? My sub-conscious recorded everything. When I first came out about this as an adult? I only remembered what Gaulin did to me, until he gave me that glass of water to drink. But now?After years of great therapy and lots of work? Well as one of my favorite Five Finger Death Punch song goes? I Remember Everything now. I remember every damn thing Gaulin, Desmond and McQue did to me at St Thomas More parish in Durham NH that night and why I tried to kill myself not soon afterwards for the first of many times.

They took their turns with me on that damn altar and they used the horrors of hell over and over again, same type of shit that Gaulin used. Imagine being a kid, stretched, bent over an altar of a church, three damn Christian pedophile priests taking turns, raping your ass, and telling you again, over and over, you tell anyone you are going to hell and this is what God and Jesus is giving you as a punishment for backtalking your father and breaking the commandments.

And this is why when some Christian? Tells me or someone who went through this that if they do not accept their god and Lord and Savior they will be going to hell? That is why we go off so freaking psycho at times.

Welcome to my Nightmares
It's your hell, YOU burn in it!!!

Not soon afterwards? The nightmares began. First? I would be in the family car, the old station wagon we used to have, the one where my little brother Ricky suffered an accident with a huge scythe. We would be going over the bridge over Great Bay, a trip we took a lot really. At first? It would be horrible storms, a huge tidal wave, almost hurricane weather and we would be blown off the bridge. Then it became sheets of literal fire coming down the bay to engulf us all in the car. After my second serious suicide attempt? They got really, really bad. And because of them? I became a pyro.

I started burning things. I would burn down old abandoned houses, set fire to woods, and then one day I got arrested for blowing up an abandoned truck almost in the center of town. I was literally acting out what was going on in my nightmares. Because they changed to my now being in hell, being gang raped by the demons of hell, just like I was gang raped by those priests in that church.

The demons? Were the priests with demon faces. And I would wake up from this shit screaming, drenched in sweat. Why? Because one of the demon priests would say to me, see, I told you what would happen if you told anyone about your special healing and he would bite off my dick. See why I would wake up screaming. Again realize, these are very lucid nightmares, YOU feel the heat of hell, you see the flames, it is just like you were brain-washed into believing. The demons are real in these nightmares, you feel it all, the pain, it is like living that night of horror all over again, each and every time you have these nightmares. But now? You are in hell having this done to you.

So the billions of people who existed before "Your Jesus" are burning in hell for being born too early in history?

You say you are a Christian? Then practice love, patience and understanding instead of telling someone they are going to hell. YOU may never know what they went through and why they might literally snap on you and throw all kinds of nasty disgusting words at you. It is not personal, it is you telling us that we are going to hell that causes our PTSD to react to you and what you said to us. Understand that the word HELL is a huge trigger for people like us. YOU have no idea what this is like for us. Yes, I am an atheist, but the horrors of hell brain-washing technique is one of the hardest of all brain-washing techniques to overcome, especially? When it is used in this fashion against you.

So when someone tells me, or many other victims and survivors that if we do not accept their god and Jesus we would spend an eternity in hell? Christians should try to understand why victims and survivors have such as myself have a mental blow out reaction when we are told this. Again!!!

It is nothing really personal against the Christian saying this to us, it is just the fact that those who raped our bodies? Those who raped our minds? Those who raped our souls? Our hearts? Used the horrors of hell to torment and torture many of us into silence. Most ask why do we wait so long before we speak of what happened to us? Well this is one of the main reasons.

So Christians?

THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK TO SOMEONE, ESPECIALLY US ATHEISTS, BECAUSE THERE MAY BE? A DAMN GOOD REASON WHY? WE ARE ATHEISTS AND SOME OF THE WORDS YOU DO USE TO US? ARE TRIGGERS, WORDS THAT WERE USED BY CHRISTIAN PRIESTS AND PASTORS, WELL VERSED IN BRAIN-WASHING YOU INTO THE HORRORS OF THEIR HELL, AND THEN USING IT TO DESTROY YOUR LIVES, DESTROY EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU FOR THEIR SICK AND TWISTED, PERVERTED, PEDOPHILE PLEASURE.