A few weeks ago, I published an article entitled “Sexual Abuse in an SBC Leader’s Home? I Need More Information.” In that article, I included a redacted letter which Pulpit & Pen received from an anonymous source claiming that sexual abuse had been taking place in a top SBC leader’s home for over a year and was being covered up. The redaction covered up key details of the situation that I was not yet ready to release at that time. One of the redacted details was the relationship of the author of the letter to the victim. The letter purports to come from a teacher at the victim’s school who is hesitant to identify herself for fear of being fired. Below, is another copy of the letter with some of the previous redaction removed.
Pulpit & Pen has been able to identify the name of the alleged victim and perpetrator as well as the name of the school which the victim attends. I have attempted to contact the alleged perpetrator via Facebook but have not received a response. I have also reached out via email to certain administrators at the school which the alleged victim attends, however, I am yet to hear back from them (possibly due to school being out for the summer). I am still seeking additional verification from witnesses who are willing to communicate with me openly. I can keep the name of witnesses and sources secret. However, without identifiable witnesses I am dissuaded from releasing the name of the SBC leader, given the seriousness of the accusations being leveled against him and his family member. If the story told in this letter is true, someone needs to be willing to put their name behind a story to help this little girl and expose unqualified leadership in the nation’s largest Christian denomination. I have already received word that the leader in question has put his home up for sale, possibly in preparation for a job change and out of state move. This story cannot wait. If this girl is your friend and you care about the church of Jesus Christ, the time for you or your parent to contact me is now.
If you have any information about the events alleged in the letter above, especially if you are a student or teacher at the girl’s school, please reach out to me at [email protected].
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