Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Youth pastor faces sex charges

He looks like such a good boy Uh oh, another Baptist youth pastor stands charged with having sexual contact with minors. “Minors”, that is plural. It makes me wonder what kind of controls Spring Creek Baptist church had in place.

Jonathan Tyler Giles, the former youth minister at Spring Creek Baptist Church, has been charged with three counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, sexual battery by an authority figure and two counts of soliciting a minor.

"Everyone is concerned when allegations like these are made," said the Rev. Paul Bunger, senior pastor at Spring Creek Baptist on Trenton Road. "We are praying for all of the parties involved."

Get your checkbook out Pastor Bunger. If convicted, the parents will be coming after you for compensation. You are supposed to setup controls to protect your children from predatory youth pastors, remember? Or, did you miss that memo?

I checked the church website. There is no mention of Jonathan Giles nor any mention of the sexual misconduct case on the church website. I do not understand why churches take this approach. It would seem that transparency is their best approach. I left this message on their church Guestbook.

What is it that your church does to protect itself from pedophile Baptist youth pastors? Why is it that Jonathan Tyler Giles was able to allegedly abuse children without church leadership being aware of what he was doing? What kind of oversight program do you have in place?

And finally, why it is that no mention of this is made on your website? It is almost like you want it to go away.

What do you think? Will my post last for more than a day?

Please leave your own message. I am really curious about how these people tick now that I’m paying more attention to the whole Baptist cover-up of clergy sexual abuse.