Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Florence pastor John Thomas Martin accused of Rape

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    3,842
    Rep Power
    2803201

    Florence pastor John Thomas Martin accused of Rape


  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    3,842
    Rep Power
    2803201
    Documents filed in the arrest of Florence pastor John Thomas Martin reveal new details about the charges he faces.

    Martin, who until June 23 was the pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church, was arrested Friday on four charges of first-degree sexual abuse.

    His victim, according to a case summary from the Lauderdale County sheriff, was “in either 6th or 7th grade” the first time Martin sexually assaulted him.

    Occasions when Martin is said to have performed sex acts on the now-teenage boy from his church, and forced the victim to do the same to him, are detailed in the report.

    Court documents say the victim said when everyone had gone to sleep during camping trips at the Martin family home for his son's birthday, Martin would get in the victim's tent and touch him. On another occasion, the victim said they were in a van on an overnight trip out-of-state when Martin touched him again.

    The report says the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office became aware of the allegations against Martin via a report to the Department of Human Resources.

    WAAY 31 also learned Martin was a school bus driver for Florence City Schools. The school system wasn't sure for how long, because they contract drivers through a company named First Student. We have reached out to that company to see how long Martin was a bus driver, but haven't heard back.

    The accuser claims he was on Martin's school bus when Martin showed him nude photos of himself with a towel over his body. The victim also stated Martin would text him on various occasions and asked him if he had touched himself that day. The victim said he was always scared to come forward and would freeze up when Martin would touch him.

    A church representative contacted a DHR worker and said Martin told the church congregation on June 23 that he had “disgraced his family name because he had sex with two boys.”

    “After telling the church what he had done, Mr. Martin went to the North Alabama Medical Center and voluntarily committed himself into the psychiatric unit and turned over two pistols to the medical staff,” the report says.

    In a statement to the sheriff’s office, the report says Martin had earlier asked his wife to take his pistol from him “because he had been holding it to his head and contemplating suicide.”

    Martin is being held on a $60,000 bond.

    If he posts bond, he is not allowed to have contact with the victims or any minor children. He also is not allowed to leave Lauderdale County, and must wear a GPS ankle monitor so his location can be tracked at all times.

    The Lauderdale County District Attorney's Office tells WAAY 31 there could be other victims. It's asking parents to talk with their children if they came into contact with Martin. It's also contacting other states where Martin had previously been a pastor.

    From earlier: Florence pastor charged with sexual abuse
    Forgot to include things from the link.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    3,842
    Rep Power
    2803201
    https://www.timesdaily.com/news/loca...1a4bab65b.html

    FLORENCE — A local pastor who authorities said resigned and confessed from the pulpit his inappropriate actions is charged with sexually abusing a minor.

    John Martin, pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church, is charged with four counts of first-degree sexual abuse, Lauderdale County Chief Assistant District Attorney Angie Hamilton said.

    The charges stem from involvement with a minor, or minors, Hamilton said.


    "He abruptly resigned at the church during Sunday morning services (on June 23) and made some admissions during that resignation," she said.

    The incident occurred June 23, and Martin was arrested Friday. He remains in the Lauderdale County Detention Center with bail set at $60,000, Hamilton said.

    "If he does make bond, he will be secured on an ankle monitor and will not be able to have contact with children, or any victims associated with the case," she said.

    Authorities said they are looking into whether there could be additional charges.

    "It's still under investigation," Hamilton said. "We're still talking with people. We obviously, with this gentleman's position, believe he had contact with and access to young people in the area, as well as in other areas and other states."


    She asks anyone with information to contact the district attorney's office at 256-764-6351, One Place of the Shoals at 256-284-7600, or Lauderdale County Department of Human Resources at 256-765-4000.

    She said church officials immediately contacted the Alabama Department of Human Resources after Martin confessed.

    "We thank them for that," Hamilton said. "Church staff (members) are mandatory reporters, so they did their job in contacting us and we started investigating the case. He has cooperated with the investigation, as well."

    Martin had been pastor at the church for approximately nine years, she said.

    "He has been with churches in some form for many more years than that," Hamilton said.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    10,925
    Rep Power
    6754759
    Quote Originally Posted by KambingSociety View Post
    Do you have an update on this?

  5. #5
    Moderator Jumaki15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Columbiana County, Ohio
    Posts
    4,806
    Rep Power
    21474847
    Quote Originally Posted by S281Saleen160 View Post
    Do you have an update on this?
    God damnit Saleen, no!! Your gonna make it worse

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •