Police: Baptist Pastor Turned Blind Eye To Child Sexual Assaults


WE POSTED AT AT CVS 11.COM. LOOK FOR CONTINUING COVERAGE OF THE INVESTIGATION ON AIR AND ONLINE. YOU CAN GO TO CVS DFW SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS. TONIGHT, A PASTOR IS OUT AT HOME AND TALKING. POLICE BELIEVE THAT ROBERT ROSS KNEW ABOUT HIS SEXUAL ABUSE AT HIS CHURCH AND DID NOT REPORTED. IT IS SOMETHING THAT HE DENIED. BUT FIRST, MARION MARTINEZ DESCRIBES THE ACCUSATIONS IN A CHURCH THAT HAS SEEN THREE ARREST JUST THIS YEAR. THEY KIND OF DESSERT WHAT IS HAPPENING. Reporter: RACHEL ALMOND IS AN OUTSPOKEN CRITIC OF OPEN- DOOR BAPTIST CHURCH. SHE ATTENDED THE CHURCH FOR SEVEN YEARS AND SHE SAYS HER FAMILY WAS VERY INVOLVED THERE BEFORE THEY LEFT WITH A LONG LIST OF GRIEVANCES. WOMEN HAVE TO BE SUBMISSIVE TO THE MEN . THERE IS NO WOMEN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS OR ANYTHING. IT IS ALL RAN BY MEN. WHATEVER THEY SAY GOES. WOMEN DO NOT HAVE A VOICE. Reporter: NOW, SHE RUNS A FACEBOOK GROUP CALLED SHUTDOWN OPEN-DOOR BAPTIST CHURCH IN MESQUITE. NEWS OF THE ARREST OF PASTOR ROBERT ROSS WAS DISCUSSED THERE. MESQUITE POLICE SAY THAT ROSS FOUND OUT ON FEBRUARY 1 AT A CHURCH VOLUNTEER WAS HAVING A SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH A 15- YEAR-OLD GIRL. POLICE SAY THAT ROSS DID NOT REPORT IT AND THEY ARRESTED HIM THIS MORNING. THE CHURCH VOLUNTEER, 33-YEAR- OLD STEPHEN WHEN HE WAS A CHURCH VOLUNTEER WAS ARRESTED. THE GIRL WAS 15 WHEN THE RELATIONSHIP STARTED AND IT WENT ON FOR 14 MONTHS WHILE THE GIRL ATTENDED SCHOOL AT THE CHURCH. THAT IS THE THING WITH THE PASTORS THERE. THEIR HOLE — THEIR WHOLE THING IS LET’S TRY TO PRAY ABOUT IT OR LET’S TRY CANCELING HER LET’S TRY THAT INSTEAD OF BEING, LIKE, NO. THIS IS STUFF THAT THE LAW NEEDS TO BE INVOLVED WITH. Reporter: MARION MARTINEZ, CBS 11 NEWS. THE DIRECTOR OF THE CHURCH BUS WAS ARRESTED IN MARCH. HE ASSAULTED A DIFFERENT TEENAGE GIRL AT THE CHURCH. NOW THAT YOU KNOW THE BACKGROUND OF THE STORY, THE QUESTION IS “WHAT IS THE PASTOR’S RESPONSE?” WE SPOKE WITH HIM IN THE LAST HOUR. OUR REPORTER IS LIVE OUTSIDE THE CHURCH. WHAT DID HE HAVE TO SAY? Reporter: PASTOR ROBERT ROSS TOLD ME TONIGHT THAT HE DID NOT KNOW ABOUT THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST EITHER LARRY OR STEPHEN UNTIL IN EACH CASE, THE DAY THE MEN WERE ARRESTED. HE SAID MESQUITE POLICE BELIEVE THAT HE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN WEEKS EARLIER. AT LEAST IN STEVENS CASE. HE TOLD ME THAT HE DID BELIEVE THAT STEPHEN AND THE VICTIM WERE TO CLOSE AND KNEW THAT IT WAS CAUSING PROBLEMS IN THE MAN’S MARRIAGE. HE QUESTION STEPHEN AND THE YOUNG LADY AND TOLD ME THAT BOTH DENIED EVERYTHING. HE SAID POLICE BELIEVE HE SHOULD HAVE COME FORWARD ANYWAY. BUT PASTOR ROSS THAT HE HAD NO SOLID EVIDENCE NOR, HE TELLS ME, DID HE BELIEVE THAT THE RELATIONSHIP WAS PHYSICAL. ROSS SAYS THAT THE YOUTH PASTOR HERE AT THE CHURCH EVENTUALLY DID GO TO POLICE WITH HIS SUSPICIONS SPARKING THE INVESTIGATION.

2 thoughts on “Police: Baptist Pastor Turned Blind Eye To Child Sexual Assaults”

  1. So this sounds like a bitter woman using a social platform for revenge. A pastor sees a lot of possible things, most arn't true, he cant run to the police about every possible suspicion. If anyone has a follow up please post it.

  2. The Pastor isn’t to blame and he can’t go accusing other people without proof.

    Why was he arrested for someone else’s crime?

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