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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