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  • SBC added as defendant in Pressler lawsuit

    by David Roach, posted Monday, January 22, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention has been added as a co-defendant in a lawsuit accusing retired Texas state judge Paul Pressler of sexual abuse.

    A Jan. 12 amendment to a suit originally filed last October claims the SBC, among other defendants, had a "duty to exercise reasonable care so as to control" Pressler, who helped engineer a strategy to turn the Southern Baptist Convention back to its theologically conservative roots in the late 20th century. See related report. Read More

  • Paul Pressler targeted in Texas lawsuit

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- A lawsuit alleging decades of sexual abuse by retired Texas state judge Paul Pressler has named a Southern Baptist Convention entity among its co-defendants.

    Following multiple media reports on the Oct. 18 suit, Pressler's legal team released a statement today (Dec. 12) to Baptist Press, in which attorney Ted Tredennick called the allegations "frivolous."

    Pressler -- who helped engineer a strategy to turn the Southern Baptist Convention back to its theologically conservative roots in the late 20th century -- denies the allegations by Plaintiff Gareld Duane Rollins, who claimed Pressler sexually abused him repeatedly between the late 1970s, when Rollins was 14, and 2014. Rollins' petition, filed in Texas state district court, alleges he was enrolled in a young adult Bible study which Pressler led at Houston's First Baptist Church, and later served as Pressler's office assistant. Read More

  • Sex abuse prevention resources available at

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, November 13, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- While a growing international storm of sexual abuse allegations and revelations has swirled for more than a month, the Southern Baptist Convention has long encouraged churches to be proactive in preventing abuse, SBC resources show.

    Spiritual leaders, churches and seminaries should model, exhort and teach the highest standards of moral and ministerial integrity, and churches should use legal resources and avenues to exclude sexual predators from leadership and influential positions including pastors and counselors, the SBC said as early as 2002. Read More

  • Sexual harassment: Ky. Gov.'s 'moral clarity' commended

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Amid sexual abuse and harassment scandals involving a bevy of politicians, entertainers and journalists, Kentucky's outspoken evangelical governor has called for the resignation of all state officials who have settled sexual harassment lawsuits.

    Within days of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's statement -- which drew praise from Kentucky resident and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. -- Kentucky's Republican Speaker of the House resigned his leadership post and another GOP House member was temporarily relieved of his chairmanship of a key board. Both legislators admitted settling sexual harassment lawsuits and apologized for moral shortcomings while denying legal wrongdoing. Read More

  • TX foster care ministry accused of sexual abuse

    by David Roach, posted Monday, April 10, 2017 (one year ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- A $7 million lawsuit alleges children were "serially sexually abused" and neglected at a Baptist children's home in Texas.

    The Texas Baptist Home for Children (TBHC) -- an “affiliated ministry” of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention -- did not respond specifically to the suit but told Baptist Press it maintains the highest standards of safety for children in its care.

    The lawsuit, filed April 5 in Tarrant County civil court, claims seven siblings under age 14 suffered sexual and physical abuse as well as "serious medical and other ... Read More

  • New Orleans church grieved by youth minister's arrest

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, March 06, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- A prominent New Orleans church took prompt action to dismiss a youth minister accused of sexual abuse of a teenage girl and to begin the healing process within the congregation. Read More