Baptist Church Leaders Cover-Up Sex Scandal
In Colorado, two pastors, a former principal and a teacher have been arrested by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office in a sexual assault case involving a 15 year-old boy.
The alleged sexual abuse involved a teacher at Hilltop Baptist School. First reported in December 2010, the police say that the boy was in a sexual relationship with a female teacher in 2007 and 2008.
Terah Allyn Rawlings, 32, is charged with eight counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in position of trust and obscenity-promotion.
Franklin “Wayne” Knight, 63, is the senior pastor at Hilltop Baptist Church and former superintendent of Hilltop Baptist School. He is charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect and accessory to a crime. He is also the uncle to Terah Allyn Rawlings.
Raymond “Allen” Knight, 57, is the associate pastor of Hilltop Baptist Church and former athletic director at Hilltop Baptist School. He is charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect. He is also Terah Allyn Rawlings' father.
Jan Ocvirk, 51, is the former principal of Hilltop Baptist School. She is charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect.
The alleged relationship occurred in the fall of 2007 and ended when the boy broke it off in the summer of 2008. The two allegedly had sex for the first time in her vehicle in an apartment parking lot. The boy told his friend and showed him pictures of the teacher mostly topless, allegedly.
The pastor of the church, according to the grand jury report, was told about the sexual relationship and did not report it to the police and discouraged other witnesses from going to the police. The pastor allegedly told members of the congregation in effect that they would be expelled from the church if they told police.
The other arrested leaders of the church are alleged to have participated one way of the other with the alleged cover-up. From their own Bible, these leaders need to consider that the all liars will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur.