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February 23rd, 2024
A former youth pastor and educator was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison plus probation stemming from his arrest last year for child pornography. As the result of a plea deal, Edward Kelly

February 23rd, 2024
The assistant director of Chaparral Baptist Assembly Camp in Iowa Park has been jailed on charges of Indecency with a Child through Sexual Contact. Nathan Lee McDonald was arrested Wednesday by Wichita County Sheriff’s deputies.

January 31st, 2024
First Baptist Church in Benton has been named, along with other Baptist organizations, in a civil lawsuit involving a 2009 sexual indecency case that resulted in the arrest of the Benton church’s music minister. In 2009, David Kent Pierce, who was 56 at the time of his conviction, was formerly a music minister at Benton’s First Baptist Church for 29 years until he was fired following the investigation. Pierce pleaded guilty in 2009 to 54 counts of sexual indecency with children, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. He was convicted in August 2009 by the Saline County Circuit Court and...

December 17th, 2023
About four months before Patrick Stephen Miller's arrest on a charge accusing him of sexually assaulting a child at a Southern Baptist church in Little Rock, Miller's Oklahoma employer threw him a party and invited all the kids. In a July 31, 2018, letter to parents, First Moore Baptist Church Kids Pastor Walter Bradley announced that his colleague, Miller, would be departing, but that first there would be a gathering to "celebrate Patrick." On social media that day, Oklahoma City-area children were told, "Make sure you are in Kids Worship on the 19th to love on Patrick before...

November 21st, 2023
According to the lawsuit, the school employed Suggs from around July 2003 until around May 2016. The suit alleges that Sugg met the victim in September 2014 a few weeks after the victim began to attend the school and Sugg quickly “ingratiated herself into Jane Doe’s life under the guise of faith-based mentorship.” The victim met Sugg after the teacher spoke to the school’s upper-school students during chapel about her own experience as a victim of child sexual abuse and her willingness to help any students with similar struggles, according to court documents. The lawsuit alleges that Sugg used her...

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