Pastor Gregory Michael Butler of Emmanuel Apostolic Church in Winston-Salem was convicted two counts of statutory rape and three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. Butler will serve 20 years.
Butler abused his pastor relationship with the 14-year-old daughter of a woman he was romantically involved with. What started as counseling ended as rape - in his Cadillac, in a hotel, and in his church.
The girl was a survivor of molestation at age 7. Pastor Butler filled a father figure role in this young girls life. She needed help, Butler was supposed to fill this role. Unfortunately, he abused his relationship. The girl is now receiving professional counseling. my guess is she will be in counseling for a long time.
Of course, Butler's church supported him.
After the sentencing, about 30 supporters of Butler walked out the courtroom, many away wiping tears. Some supporters were members of Butler’s church, which is on Vargrave Street, and has about 35 members.
I'm starting to sense a pattern: My advice - do not ever send your children to one-on-one counseling. Insist on parental oversight.
This link has some video footage of Butler.