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Child sexual abuse lawsuit filed against TX pastor Billy Bob Burge and First Baptist Church of Rockwall after victim's abuse leads to suicide

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DALLAS ,  Sept. 22, 2015  /PRNewswire/ --  Carla Sweet  and  Ed Gomez  of  Dallas, Texas , filed suit today in  Dallas, Texas , state court against  First  Baptist Church  of  Rockwall : seeking justice for their son, John "Jeremy" Sweet-Gomez, who was repeatedly sexually abused by a Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church of  Rockwall . The suit alleges that a Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church of  Rockwall  began sexually abusing Jeremy when he was approximately thirteen years old. The abuse included sodomy, oral sex, and inappropriate sexual touching. The suit states that the sexual abuses and assaults occurred "on church property and during church-sponsored religious trips." Jeremy suffered repeated sexual abuse as a teenager; he later committed suicide.  Turley Law Firm press release   First Baptist Church Rockwall/Billy Bob Burge Lawsuit by watchkeep SNAP responds: The lawsuit alleges that “Defendants entered into a civil conspiracy, accomp

Blocked but not silenced

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List of pastors and churches, mostly Baptist, and their supporters, who have blocked me on Twitter over the last few years as I have spoken out as an abuse survivors advocate with the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests about abuse and the lack of transparency and accountability: Jack Graham   Josh Graham Kelly Graham Flores Jeff Young Sheila Walsh Prestonwood Baptist Church Jarrett Stephens   Ron Kelley Frank Page Elevation Church Joe Carter   The Gospel Coalition   Jonathan Merritt C. J. Mahaney Carolyn Mahaney Mark Dever Sovereign Grace Bill Gothard Jake Brydon Gaebri Anderson Ronnie Floyd Chris Branscum Brandon Smith Samuel D. James Greg Belser Morrison Heights Baptist Church Birchman Baptist Church Ergun Caner Brewton Parker Tony Jones I'm sure I've missed some. to be continued... Steve Gaines Ron Luce Steve Lawson Karen La

Reckless endangerment of children at First Baptist Church Bedford, Texas

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Photo by Danielle Grobmeier of Dallas Morning News Earlier this week, FOX4 News in Dallas broke the story locally of a Baptist minister indicted on 29 counts of rape and sodomy of a child in Alabama who is now working at a church in the Dallas area. First Baptist Church Bedford hired Charles Kyle Adcock about 8 months ago as a music minister. Pastor Steve Knott apparently was aware of Adcock's charges when he hired him. Church leaders spoke with Elizabeth Dinh of CBS11 yesterday saying that they spoke with Adcock and believe his story that he is not guilty. We know about this story now because concerned parents spoke out. Yesterday, we held a SNAP news conference at FBC Bedford to protect kids.  CBSDFW “We think it’s incredibly irresponsible and reckless to have hired him in the first place,” says Amy Smith, who works with SNAP: Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Smith say she took to twitter to blast First Baptist’s pastor for hiring Ad