The Statesboro Herald reports that 31-year-old Douglas Randall Pope is charged with three counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes and one count of child molestation. Police said he was arrested Tuesday.
Other children may be involved.
The victim advised that the inappropriate behavior and touching has been occurring over the past two years and also involved other juvenile females. Additional interviews were conducted with other juvenile females and additional complaints were received.
Let’s break this one down. Pope is a Baptist. He fat and unmarried. He attended some university courses but does not appear to have a degree. He’s only worked with children and young adults. His only qualifications are that he’s worked with kids. The victim is a 14-year-old girl (prime age for abuse). His church is of the small Baptist variety in Georgia with a very small staff. The church website has no information about the arrest and has made no statements. We don’t know if there was a background check performed or adequate safeguards in place. Conclusion - the situation does not look good for Pope. This scenario is typical for clergy sexual abuse among Baptists.