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Was Robert Browning Listed in SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

Robert Browning, a teacher at Cedar Creek Christian School, run by the Cedar Creek Baptist Church, and a former youth pastor at Old Plank Road Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL, was arrested in August 2018 on charges of sexual battery, molestation, and transmitting pornographic images to a girl under the age of 16.

Browning pleaded guilty to lewd or lascivious battery, molestation, and transfer of material harmful to a juvenile through an electronic device on November 28, 2018. Browning let a girl between the ages of 12 and 16 perform oral sex on him inside Cedar Creek Baptist Church, according to the original police report. Robert Browning received a seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence, as well as seven-and-a-half years of probation after his release. He’ll have to register himself as a sex offender.

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Southern Baptist Abuse Database

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The report consists of horrible new specifics relating to specific abuse instances and sheds light on how denominational authorities actively resisted abuse prevention and change for decades.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have revealed an extensive and independent third-party investigation that found that abusers were frequently overlooked, forgotten, or even condemned by upper-level congregation leaders from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million individuals. Moreover, it showed these leaders typically lied to their very own members to keep them from knowing the flagrant sexual misconduct.

Click to read more about the bombshell report of the Southern Baptist Abuse Database.

A Story of Disregarded Abuse

Almost all of these reported incidents occurred outside of the statutes of limitations, making it unclear how many abusers were really charged. According to the report, an in-house list of predators was kept.

The report states that a crucial Southern Baptist leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault merely 1 month after finishing his two-year term as the convention’s president. The report likewise names 3 prior presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as renowned SBC leaders who aided in covering for and even encouraged suspected abusers.

Accountability in the Baptist Church

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

The document alleges that a major 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 3 previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative arm as notable SBC leaders who helped in protecting and even motivated thought sexual predators.

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