Crime

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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Alleged abuse by children’s minister headed for grand jury

Jeff Eddie, longtime associate pastor for children and church administration at Highland Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, Ala., faces multiple charges of sexually abusing a child.

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Union University student charged with murder

Police say 21-year-old Charles Pittman fatally shot his fiancée and fellow student, Olivia Greenlee, and then staged the scene to make it look like a suicide.

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