Sunday, February 16, 2014

Youth pastor Mellony Scarlett Lewis arrested

It is a rare thing to find a woman accused of molesting a child in her capacity as a youth pastor, but it happens. Former methodist youth pastor Mellony Scarlett Lewis was arrested and accused of molesting a 15-year-old girl.

Police say Lewis met the girl when she worked at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Houston. Documents say Scarlett would pick the girl up on Sundays and take her to church, before bringing her back to her home in Baytown. Police say the girl's parents caught on, and the two were also caught having sex in Chambers County.

The abuse happened years ago. The victim spoke up after she learned that Lewis had access to children in her job at Children’s Museum. The actual reason sounds like it may be more complicated. We will have to wait and see. 

The story is further complicated by the backstory. St. Mark's United Methodist Church fired Lewis for abusing a child, but the victim denied the abuse. It is unclear if the case was reported to authorities at the time. I’m sure there is more to the story.