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Was John Earl (“Jeb”) Bonine Listed in the SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

John Bonine served as the pastor of Sierra Heights Baptist Church in Fresno, California, as well as McCroskie Creek Baptist Church in Carrollton, Missouri, and Sandy Baptist Church in Hillsboro, Missouri. Bonine pled not guilty to 107 charges of sexual misconduct in 2007. After allegedly assaulting two girls under the age of 14 for five years, Bonine was charged with two counts of continuous sex abuse of a child, two counts of sexual penetration by force, and two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age in 2002. He was sentenced to 36 years in a California prison. In 1983, he received his ministry license, and in 1989, he was ordained.

Southern Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse Helpline

SBC Executive Committee Response To Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was released on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The file includes horrible brand-new details relating to certain abuse occurrences and clarify how denominational officials actively hindered abuse avoidance and reform for many years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have revealed a substantial and independent third-party examination that discovered that abusers were often disregarded, forgotten, or perhaps criticized by high-ranking church administrators from within this religious denomination of larger than 16 million people. Furthermore, it revealed these leaders frequently deceived their own members to keep them from knowing the widespread sexual assaults.

Click to read more about the SBC Executive Committee Response to Report

A Story of Disregarded Abuse

Nearly all of these disclosed occurrences occurred outside of the statute of limitations, making it uncertain how many abusers were actually charged. According to the report, an internal list was kept.

The report alleges that an essential Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault just one calendar month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as well-known SBC leaders who aided in covering for and even encouraged believed abusers.

Accountability in the Baptist Church

The document alleges that a leading Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual abuse only 1 month after completing his two-year spell as the convention’s president. The report also names three prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative council as prominent SBC leaders who helped in protecting and also encouraged believed sexual abusers.

He desires this report will be the catalyst for much-needed change and hold those accountable for their horrific acts of abuse.

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