Crime

Youth pastor charged with child abuse

A former youth pastor at First Baptist Church on Park Street in Charlottesville, Va., faces charges of taking indecent liberties with a child.

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Triple-murder suspect captured as Baptist church mourns

Details emerged over the weekend about a triple murder at a Southern Baptist church in Florida.

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Triple slaying touches three Florida Baptist churches

One lost its pastor, another is consoling a pastor whose daughter is now a widow and a third has family connections to the murder suspect.

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Trial date set for Union University murder suspect

Nine months after 21-year-old Olivia Greenlee was found dead in a parked car on the campus of a school affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention, her fiancée has been formally charged with her murder.

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Youth minister charged with sexual abuse

Texas youth minister Derek Hutter is under arrest for an alleged inappropriate 10-month relationship with a minor he met through his church.

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American Baptist region defrocks minister charged with larceny

American Baptist Churches USA no longer recognizes the ordination of a pastor charged with bilking the elderly.

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Former church secretary indicted for theft

A lifelong member of an Alabama Baptist church stands accused of embezzling nearly $130,000 just months after another former staff member at the same church was convicted of child molestation.

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Faith leaders support reducing mandatory sentences for drug offenses

Clergy say the Smarter Sentencing Act, poised for vote in the Senate, would alleviate dangerous prison overcrowding and racial disparity in incarceration.

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Murder, possible kidnapping, rock Georgia congregation

An elderly man found murdered in a Georgia gated community and his missing wife were members of a community church with leaders well-known among moderate Baptists.

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Pastor arrested after domestic dispute

Andy Pittman, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Lufkin, Texas, was arrested after police responded to a 911 call from his home.

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