Tedd Butler is a Baptist pastor in Walker, MI. He faces life in prison over 2 counts of first-degree sexual assault. An additional charge of second-degree sexual assault was added this week. The victims are children.
Police investigators have said the alleged assaults happened several years ago, in the 1980s and 1990s. The Ottawa County incident involved a boy whose family attended Gospel Light Baptist Church in Walker, where Butler has served as a pastor.
The church website contains the following statement.
Gospel Light Baptist Church understands that there is a pending case against our pastor. Pastor Butler has been suspended pending the outcome of this case. We are praying for everyone involved in this case. We are continuing ahead with normal church activities. We request the media to respect the privacy of our church and church members.
Their request for privacy is asking too much, but I admire that they addressed the problem directly. Openness is the key to healing.