What do three Baptist pastors do when they find actual evidence that a child molester is prying on children in their church? Do not even think they called the police. Do not even think they did anything honorable. No, they told the alleged perpetrator to turn himself in after allowing him to prey on children in their church for nearly a year. I understand they washed their hands together a few minutes after shooing Paul Lavertu out the front door.
Three Loveland pastors may have believed they needed to answer to a higher authority when they found an alleged child molester among their flock.
They encouraged the 23-year- old man to turn himself in with an attorney.
But now the Rev. James W. Rice, and assistant pastors Thad Gunderson and Eric Mowen, at Gateway Baptist Church, will have to answer to a Larimer County judge.
They are accused of failing to report the series of sexual assaults when they discovered the first one had occurred last summer.
One would think the only reasonable course of action would be to immediately call the police. Especially given the problems with clergy sexual abuse within the church. Instead of turning in Paul Lavertu, they provided pastoral counseling. Unfortunately, this allowed Lavertu to continue abusing children. Don't pastors have any common sense?
Police believe that the church member, Paul Lavertu, of Windsor, assaulted at least five children - girls ages 14 and 10, and boys ages 8, 10 and 14....
Lavertu, who was an adult member of a youth group, is considered to be mentally disabled, Avery said...
I smell a conspiracy. Lavertu is mentally disabled, a known child molester, and a member of a closed protective Baptist church. They protected their own without considering the impact to the children in the church and the other children Lavertu came in contact with. The civil suit from this case will bankrupt Gateway Baptist Church.