The Legal Examiner Affiliate Network The Legal Examiner The Legal Examiner The Legal Examiner search feed instagram google-plus avvo phone envelope checkmark mail-reply spinner error close The Legal Examiner The Legal Examiner The Legal Examiner
Skip to main content
Stained glass windows in small church with wood pews
Justice Guardians
(855) 635-1800

Was David Pearson Named in SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

David Pearson, pastor of West Side Baptist Church in Sharpsville, PA, is on the National Sex Offender Registry for an aggravated criminal sexual assault of a child conviction in Denton, Texas in 1993. During their February 2021 meeting, the Executive Committee disfellowshipped West Side Baptist Church in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania.

Southern Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse Helpline

SBC Investigation Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The file consists of horrifying new specifics relating to certain abuse occurrences and clarify how denominational officials actively opposed abuse avoidance and change for many years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually announced an extensive and independent third-party investigation that revealed that abusers were often neglected, forgotten, and even denounced by upper-level congregation officials from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million members. In addition, it showed these leaders often lied to their very own members to avoid them from knowing the rampant sexual misbehavior.

Continue reading more on the SBC Investigation Report

A Record of Overlooked Misconduct

Nearly all of these disclosed occurrences fell outside of the statute of limitations, making it unclear how many predators were really charged. According to the report, an internal list was kept.

The report alleges that a principal “SBC” official was credibly accused of sexual assault just one month after finishing his two-year duration as the convention’s president. Additionally, Johnny Hunt, a popular Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the SBC’s missions arm, was credibly accused of abusing a lady at a 2010 holiday in Panama City Beach, Florida. The North American Mission Board president claimed he was unaware of the accusations prior to Hunt resigning on May thirteenth. The report additionally names three prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC leaders who aided in covering for and even motivated suspected abusers.

Responsibility in the Baptist Church

Russell Moore, the previous head of the SBC’s policy arm, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, mentioned ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, look at all the good we do.’ The report demonstrates a trend of stonewalling, coverup, retaliation, and intimidation.” He hopes this document will bring much-needed change and hold those accountable for their sexual abuse.

The report claims that a principal Southern Baptist official was credibly implicated of sexual assault no more than 1 month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative council as notable SBC leaders who aided in covering and actually motivated suspected abusers.

He desires this report will instigate much-needed change and hold those accountable for their actions.

Comments for this article are closed, but you may still contact the author privately.