Was Mickey Odell Gerald II Listed In SBC List of Abusers?
Mickey Odell Gerald II served as choir director and youth minister at Dallas’ Community First Baptist Church. According to his appeal, he pleaded no contest to sexual assault on a child and aggravated sexual assault on a child. Mickey Gerald was convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to prison for six years. On the other charge, he was sentenced to probation. In 2015, his conviction and sentence were upheld, and he is now a registered sex offender in Texas.
Guidepost Solutions SBC Report
According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The document includes horrifying new information concerning certain abuse occurrences and sheds light on how denominational authorities actively resisted abuse avoidance and change for several years.
Southern Baptist Convention leaders have revealed an extensive and independent 3rd party examination that discovered that abusers were typically overlooked, forgotten, or even criticized by high-level congregation authorities from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million people. In addition, it disclosed these leaders frequently lied to their very own members to prevent them from understanding the widespread sexual wrongdoing.
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A Past of Dismissed Mishandling
Almost all of these disclosed events occurred outside of the statute of limitations, making it unclear how many predators were in fact charged. According to the report, an internal list was kept.
The report claims that a principal Southern Baptist Convention leader was credibly accused of sexual assault just one month after completing his two-year term as the convention’s president. Additionally, Johnny Hunt, a popular Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the SBC’s objectives arm, was credibly accused of abusing a lady during a 2010 getaway in Panama City Beach, Florida. The North American Mission Board president claimed he was uninformed of the allegations prior to Hunt resigning on May thirteenth. The report also 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 helped in covering up for and even motivated known abusers.
Responsibility in the Baptist Convention
Russell Moore, the previous head of the SBC’s policy arm, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, specified ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, take a look at all the good we do.’ The report shows a trend of stonewalling, coverup, intimidation, and retaliation.”
He wishes this report will instigate much-needed reform and hold those accountable for their actions.
Mr. Banville is a personal injury attorney who has experience in handling auto accidents, work injuries, medical malpractice, dog bites, slip and falls, and representing survivors and victims of sexual abuse. Mr. Banville is affiliated with law firms in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, D.C., and Maryland. Justice Guardians