It looks like another pathetically sad end to the long career as a Texas pastor. Larry Gene Martin of Palestine was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. The girl was 12. He claims he loved her and wanted to make her his bride.
Martin reportedly preached for decades in churches all over the state, and that has authorities looking into the possibility that there could be more victims.
Martin's 50 years of preaching may have ended at Faith Bible Church, down a side road off FM 315 in Palestine. That's where authorities say he pastored the family of a 12-year-old girl.
Assuming the girl’s parents would not allow a marriage until she reached legal age, pastor Martin would be 74 at the time of his fantasy wedding. I think the death of his wife may have affected his judgment. Either that or molestation is part of his psychological make up and he’s left a trail of abused children across Texas. The police think so.