I would not normally post this story - except that the whole church cover up of the attempted rape of an autistic 12 year girl is the very definition of the type of Christian hypocrisy that makes my blood boil.
An Opp pastor's son is charged with attempted rape and the victim's parents claim the church tried to cover up the crime. Paul and Ronna Therrell serve in the music ministry of the First United Methodist Church in Opp. They say the pastor's son sexually assaulted their autistic daughter a year ago. At the time of the alleged incident the girl was 12 and the boy was 14.
The Therrells say they did not go to the police because they expected the church to deal with the matter internally. Ronna Therrell says, "I was hoping someone would contact me and ask me if what we needed, tell me they were sorry this happened to my daughter. And ask if we needed to be moved to another church."
In response, Church District Superintendent Frederick Outlaw says quote, "We were told that the problem was being worked out between the two families and that no official complaint was even filed with the church.
The parents filed a criminal complaint last week and just Wednesday the Covington County District Attorney charged the pastor's son with attempted rape.