Crime

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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Former pastor charged with abuse

Police suspect a Baptist minister charged with sex crimes at a church in Arkansas may have committed similar acts at other churches he served in the past.

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Probation terms altered to permit sex offender pastor to minister to children

A Baptist church that made news two years ago for allowing a registered sex offender to preach is now free to allow children in worship services.

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Former Wayland CFO pleads guilty to theft

James E. Smith, fired last year for alleged financial mismanagement at Wayland Baptist University, has pleaded guilty to misusing funds.

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Pastor accused of bilking elderly

Police in Connecticut say “Pastor Bob” Genevicz is a con man who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from senior adults.

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Minister sentenced for child sex abuse

While an Alabama Baptist church endures an abuse scandal, another in Mississippi accused in the past of harboring a predator will host a conference aimed at prevention.

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Union University murder suspect gets mental evaluation

An attorney representing Charles Pittman, 21, accused of murdering his girlfriend last month, says the procedure is common in cases involving first-degree murder.

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Facebook helps police nab Baptist preacher

Police in Kentucky say social media helped identify a man accused of indecent exposure as a Southern Baptist pastor who was shopping with his 7-year-old son.

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Former youth pastor pleads to child porn charge

Joseph Todd Neill, former youth pastor at a Baptist church in Shelbyville, Tenn., was originally arrested on moral charges involving a 17-year-old girl. During investigation, police reportedly found child pornography on his cell phone, leading to federal charges.

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