Thursday, July 09, 2015

Social media bust for Baptist deacon

I don’t normally track church deacons, but I’ll make an exception in this case because of the social media angle. John Stone, a former deacon at Grandview Baptist Church in Grandview, Mo, attended a party here children were present. He had agreed to stay at least a 1,000 feet away from kids as a condition of his bond after an arrested for allegedly touching two little girls.

Prosecutors were not available Friday night to confirm exactly how Stone violated his bond, but the victims’ mother in this child molestation case pointed to a photo snapped a few weeks ago that appears to show Stone standing beside a little girl at his granddaughter’s graduation party.
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Social media saved the day in this case. Stone will need to post $100k if he is to see freedom again before his trial.

When a man is caught molesting children, we must look deeper. Did Stone have access to kids and if the answer is yes, is there the possibility of more abuse cases?

“The church loved the man, he was here for many years. He was a deacon, he was a servant here in the church,” Pastor Michael Nelson said. “We are deeply saddened by what has happened. This is a tragedy on many different fronts.”

Nelson said Stone attended Grandview First Baptist Church for decades, and was a deacon who helped lead vacation bible school and bible study for kids.
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We know that Stone had access to kids for decades. We must assume that there are hundreds of possible victims. I sure hope the police are looking into this.