New Gospel Outreach Church in Scottsville, Kentucky hired Pastor Roy Neal Yoakem to be their minister despite the fact that he was a convicted sex offender for molesting an 8 year old boy in 2005. And despite the clickbait-mimicking headline, I’m sure you will all easily believe what happened next:
The Gallatin Police Department said in a statement this week that 46-year-old Pastor Roy Neal Yoakem had been arrested Monday on charges of aggravated statutory rape, sexual battery by an authority figure, statutory rape by an authority figure and fugitive from justice, The Tennessean reported.
Yoakem is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy once inside New Gospel Outreach Church in Scottsville, Kentucky, and once at his home in Gallatin, Tennessee.
But God had forgiven him for that, so it’s all okay:
New Gospel Outreach Church Interim Pastor Stephen Bratcher told WZTV that he was “shocked” to hear of the allegations, even though church leaders knew Yoakem was a registered sex offender when they hired him.
Bratcher asserted that the church had determined that the previous allegations of sexual assault were false.
“Kentucky State Police was contacted, Kentucky Attorney General’s Office was contacted,” Bratcher said. “You know, about the legality, and they — the troopers over at the Bolling Green post — said that they contacted the sex offenders branch, and they said there’s nothing illegal about it.”
He added that he was “not in a position to judge anyone.”
“We’re firm believers in the Bible so if God’s forgiven you, then we’re in no position to treat you otherwise,” Bratcher explained to WBKO last month.
Well sure. Screw the children, literally and figuratively. If only the victim had been a fetus, maybe they’d care.