Thursday, January 02, 2014

That youth pastor is a registered sex offender

I missed this story in 2013, but I want to make sure this pastor is on the list. He seems to like working with kids.

Youth pastor Steven Lennard Johnson pleaded guilty to working with children and being in a place where children were present. Johnson had a conviction for molesting a 14-year-old girl in another state. The real crime here is that St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church did not do a background check on Johnson before hiring him. I think Johnson marrying the pastor’s daughter may have figured into that decision.

The Rev. Dr. James Fulwood, the pastor at St. Mark Baptist Church, should have performed a simple background check, he could have avoided the culpability in exposing children to risk and could have protected his church from litigation. I hope they have good insurance. If history is a good indication, this will prove costly.

Of course, simply typing his name in Google would have resulted in a listing on Florida’s sex offenders registry. It would also have shown a conviction for failure to register in Florida. He was also convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in North Dakota.

The pastor’s daughter claimed she did not know Johnson was a sex offender. Wake up people. Open your eyes. You should at least learn how to do a criminal background check.