I may have already posted this in the pastor's forum, but I would like to get some members to give me a response to what has happened at a church I used to attend. It was the largest SBC in town with about 750 members and I ran the sound board in the auditorium for almost every service. I was introduced to a person (man about 40). Who was extremely nice and really seemed sincere. He worked in the television ministry where he could sit in a room and zoom different monitors in on anybody in the audience or on stage. He never wanted to work in the auditorium when I was gone. One night the newspaper came out and he was to be sentenced for pleading guilty to child molestation of his step-daughter. We were never told--period. I had my children with me and let them go upstairs around him alone many times. My children are adopted and their real father had molested them, so I know a lot about the live-long sentences the children face. My wife got the court records and we found out the pastor testified that the entire church knew about this and was backing him and this man should not go to jail as he was a great Christian. The sad part is the church knew about this three months before it was turned in to child protective services. He was recommended to go to a "Christian counselor" in another town who had to turn him in. He was arrested and pled guilty and in his own handwriting said he molested the child from 8 years old until 13, two to three times a week and committed sodomy the last 1 1/2 years. He did NOT start going to church until AFTER the police caught him. His story is that he went to the park and was talking with his wife (who was mad) and they went to the pastors house where the pastor said in court that he had never seen a more dramatic "conversion" in his ministry. The youth minister testified for him as did the song leader who gave him the job. They intended to make him the media director because he lost his job as an ZEROX repair-man. Once the deacons found out -- this stopped, but I asked the song-director to at least tell the parents that he is a pedaphile. The pastor cornered two of my friends and said he wasn't a pedaphile because "he didn't go all the way if you know what I mean" and "he was not attracted to children" The "christian counselor" said the same thing in court. (of course he was paid well) I talked to the detective and she was VERY upset with these witnesses at a sentencing hearing and shocked when she found out I worked with him almost a year without knowing because the pastor had to have committed perjury because everybody we talked to didn't know about him. Now, we became outcasts (shunned - nobody would talk to us from the staff) because we kept asking them to tell the parents. We finally had to leave the church. Now the rumour going around is that he was caught embezzling. Because of the testimony his minimum sentence of 15 years was suspended except for a year and a half and he served eight months only to come right back. Now he has been seen looking into the nursery window, only to head for the coke machine when someone walks up. He was visited by a recently divorced lady with a six month old child. His reason for not wanting jail time is so he could rejoin his family and support them. He got a divorce and started dating the lady as soon as he was out. She says she trusts him around her child because he is a changed Christian. By reading all of the court records it is obvious that he did what was necessary to get the shortest sentence possible. He even walked down and talked to the pastor during the invitation during BOTH of our morning services (early contemporary and 11 oclock conventional) I believe this was orchestrated so that he would be seen by ALL of the members coming to the front. On Wednesday night before he went to jail on Friday, he said he was going away for a while, but didn't mention why. He only said he did something wrong for which he was sorry for. I called one of the head deacons and he said that if this came out it would "start a bonfire and I was NOT going to do that in HIS church, period, and he said I was just jealous because he works the tv board" which I never wanted to do anyway. He is still there and even though he was listed as a sexual molester in the paper, the church keeps his crimes hidden from the parents. The entire got to where he wouldn't even talk to me and my wife because we told people about this privately. Because we had problems with our children (due to their abuse) they made it a big issue in the church. The youth director would walk right by me and not even talk to me. The music director who promised to tell the parents would NOT do anything and he even told the kids in choir to find him and thank him individually for taking their pictures since he goes out and films for the church. He will not sit in the auditorium and listen to the sermons (remember this is a new Christian). Is this typical in today's modern churches? Is it typical for a pastor to lie for the better good of the church? The "Christian counselor" now works in the church office for 75 bucks an hour -- to me there is no difference from Jesus overturning the people who sold items in the temple. This is just a marketing scheme to get customers (he has no Christian training on his resume that came from the court records only a psychology degree from a state school). Is this normal? Am I out of line for wanting to warn parents? I am convinced this pastor simply wants to build a big resume, he is a politician at its best. It is sad because we got to where watching him preach made us wonder what was truth and what wasn't. According to him, we are just not forgiving. My families only concern is the safety of the children. I would like to hear some responses and thoughts about this from anybody and everybody who cares to respond. THank you.