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Was Melissa Huckaby Listed in SBC Abuse Investigation Report?

Melissa Huckaby taught Sunday school at her grandfather’s Clover Road Baptist Church in Tracy, California. In a surprise plea deal in 2009, she pleaded guilty to first-degree murder of an 8-year-old girl. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the two counts of rape and lewd or lascivious behavior with a child, which would have resulted in the death penalty if Huckaby had been convicted of all charges.

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SBC Investigation Report

According to the Washington Post, a 300-page report was launched on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The file includes horrible new details concerning specific abuse instances and clarify how denominational officials actively opposed abuse avoidance and change for several years.

Southern Baptist Convention leaders have actually announced a comprehensive and independent 3rd party investigation that found that abusers were often disregarded, forgotten, or perhaps criticized by high-level church leaders from within this religious denomination of more than 16 million individuals. Furthermore, it exposed these leaders frequently deceived their very own members to keep them from understanding the prevalent sexual assaults.

Click to read more on the groundbreaking SBC Investigation Report

A Story of Overlooked Mishandling

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

The report alleges that a major “SBC” official was credibly implicated of sexual assault just one month after completing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. Furthermore, Johnny Hunt, a popular Georgia Southern Baptist preacher and senior vice president of the SBC’s objectives arm, was credibly accused of abusing a female at a 2010 holiday in Panama City Beach, FL. The North American Mission Board president declared he was uninformed of the accusations prior to Hunt resigning on May thirteenth. The report additionally names three previous presidents of the convention, a previous vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative arm as prominent SBC officials who assisted in covering up for and even encouraged known abusers.

Responsibility in the Baptist Convention

Russell Moore, the previous head of the SBC’s policy branch, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, stated ‘this is not all Southern Baptists, take a look at all the good we do.’ The bombshell report demonstrates a pattern of stonewalling, retaliation, intimidation, and coverup.” He anticipates this report will bring much-needed reform and hold those accountable for their sexual assault.

The report claims that a key Southern Baptist official was credibly accused of sexual assault just 1 month after finishing his two-year stretch as the convention’s president. The report likewise names three prior presidents of the convention, a former vice president, and the former head of the SBC’s administrative division as notable SBC leaders who assisted in covering up and also encouraged suspected sexual abusers.

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