Another alleged pedophile pastor has been arrested. This time the Reverend Rodney Keith Boothe was arrested for a having sexual relationships with two teenaged boys. The charges are intense:
Boothe was charged with six counts of sexual offense by someone in a parental role, 12 counts of statutory rape, four counts of indecent liberties with a child, one count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of attempted first-degree sexual offense.
What bothers me about these situations is the ease with which one becomes a pastor or reverend. It seems like one only need appear on the steps of a church requesting a job.
Booth was a pastor at the Greater Church of Deliverance. It is not clear if he abused his pastoral privilege while employed at the church. In this case, his Church is rapidly distancing itself from any association with him. Alvin Marshall, the COO, had these comments.
“He was at one time, a period of time ago,” Marshall said. “Those allegations and accusations - none of it occurred at our church. While he was a part of our church, it did not occur.”
Deconstructing this bit of misinformation - the specific acts of abuse did not occur on church property. I may be cynical, but this seems... somehow wrong.