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Sun Jun 16, 2019, 05:02 PM

Ex-pastor in Texas accused of sexually abusing teen relative

HOUSTON (AP) — A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years.

Stephen Bratton is accused of subjecting the relative to inappropriate touching that escalated to “sexual intercourse multiple times a day or several times a week” from 2013 to 2015, according to Thomas Gilliland, a spokesman with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Court records show Bratton, 43, posted a $50,000 bond Saturday, The Houston Chronicle reported.

Bratton told his wife about the abuse in May, and admitted to his co-pastors at Grace Family Baptist Church that same day that he had “sinned in grievous ways,” according to court documents.

It isn’t clear whether Bratton has an attorney who can comment on his behalf. The Associated Press couldn’t locate a phone number for him Sunday.

Southern Baptist church leaders last week outlined a plan to address sex abuse in the largest U.S. protestant denomination. Aaron Wright, another pastor at the Grace Family Baptist Church, told the newspaper that Bratton has been excommunicated.



https://apnews.com/f89cd9682c3b4fa6abf56aa1a496f2b3

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Reply Ex-pastor in Texas accused of sexually abusing teen relative (Original post)
RandySF Jun 2019 OP
malaise Jun 2019 #1
RKP5637 Jun 2019 #2
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #3
Runningdawg Jun 2019 #7
RKP5637 Jun 2019 #4
MagickMuffin Jun 2019 #5
RKP5637 Jun 2019 #8
Runningdawg Jun 2019 #6
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 2019 #9

Response to RandySF (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 05:04 PM

1. My three words

Let us PREY!

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 05:08 PM

2. I'm not surprised. Typical! I don't trust anyone that is really religious. n/t

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 05:11 PM

3. I'm sure his ex-congregation is praying over him right now

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 05:27 PM

7. Oh, trust me on this one, they are too busy blaming the victim and her family right now.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 05:15 PM

4. He'll find his jesus again and all in the church will forgive him. n/t

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 05:19 PM

5. His Twitter pic




Twitter has deleted his account, but google still has the pic. Notice the orange jumpsuit.

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Response to MagickMuffin (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 05:35 PM

8. Cute, Yuck, Ugly ... n/t

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 05:25 PM

6. There should be a whole list of job exceptions for CONVICTED molesters.

We can start with no more teaching and no more preaching and move on to cops and Drs from there....

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 08:04 PM

9. 10 to 1 he's a Trumper

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