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Was John Cordero Listed in SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

In 2017 in Fort Worth, TX, former Alliance Baptist Church youth pastor John Cordero was arrested for having sex with a 16-year-old girl in the congregation. Cordero pleaded guilty to three counts of child sexual abuse and one count of child indecency in May 2018. He was sentenced to six years in jail in August 2018, followed by ten years on deferred adjudication probation once he is released.

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Southern Baptist Convention News

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The file contains horrifying new specifics regarding certain abuse occurrences and clarify how denominational authorities actively hindered abuse prevention and change for many years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually announced an extensive and independent third-party investigation that discovered that abusers were typically neglected, forgotten, or perhaps admonished by high-level church authorities from within this religious denomination of greater than 16 million members. Furthermore, it revealed these leaders typically lied to their own members to keep them from knowing the widespread sexual misbehavior.

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A Story of Overlooked SBC Misconduct

For almost 2 decades, victims who were sexually assaulted tried to contact the administration of the “SBC” regarding the pastors and church staff members. Nearly all of these disclosed incidents fell outside of the SOL, making it uncertain the number of abusers were in fact incriminated. According to the report, a secret list was kept. Abuse victims’ cries for accountability went overlooked as leaders from churches and organizations attempted to protect themselves rather than those who have been taken advantage of by sexual abuse.

The report alleges that a senior Southern Baptist Convention leader was credibly implicated of sexual assault merely one month after finishing his two-year period as the convention’s president. Additionally, Johnny Hunt, a widely known Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s missions arm, was credibly implicated of assaulting a woman at a 2010 trip in Panama City Beach, FL. The North American Mission Board president declared he was unaware of the accusations prior to Hunt resigning on May thirteenth. The report likewise identifies three previous presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC leaders who assisted in covering and even encouraged known abusers.

One victim recounted being treated with animosity as she alleged she was sexually abused by a youth pastor. The accused pastor served in several Southern Baptist churches in numerous states. At a meeting with the SBC leaders in 2007, a member of the Executive Committee “turned his back to her during her speech and another chortled.”

Accountability in the Baptist Convention

The report claims that a key Southern Baptist leader was credibly accused of sexual assault no more than one month after finishing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. The report also names 3 previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the previous head of the SBC’s administrative branch as notable SBC leaders who assisted in covering up and even motivated believed sexual abusers.

He anticipates this report will bring along much-needed reform and hold those accountable for their horrific acts of abuse.

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