Former Ala. pastor faces 152 abuse, porn charges
    October 30 2009 by Bob Allen, Associated Baptist Press

    ANDALUSIA, Ala. — A former Alabama Baptist pastor is being held on $24.2 million bond after his arrest Oct. 21 on 152 counts of possessing child pornography and sexual abuse of young boys.

    Ralph Lee Aaron, 54, was fired as pastor of Grace Christian Fellowship, a non-denominational church in Andalusia, Ala. Before coming to the church a little more than three years ago, Aaron was pastor of Victory Baptist Church in the county-seat town of 9,000 in southern Alabama.

    According to media reports, Aaron was investigated while at his former church in 2005 for allegedly making a verbal sexual advance to a youngster. No charges were filed, because it was a misdemeanor and the statute of limitations had run out by the time the complaint was filed.  

    Most of the charges now filed against Aaron are for production or possession of obscene matter. Three counts are for sexual torture, three are for first-degree sodomy and eight are for sexual abuse of a child younger than 12. 

    Prosecutors plan to seek multiple life sentences if they get a conviction, according to the Associated Press. 

    Authorities say Aaron had multiple male victims ranging in age from 8 to 10. Police said the acts occurred on church camping trips. Police said there is also evidence of other abuse at Aaron’s residence, but it is not believed that any of the abuse occurred at the church building.

    Aaron is being held in the Covington County Jail, where he is separated from the general population for his own safety. Officials described him as stoic and seemingly lacking remorse. 

    In 2007 The Alabama Baptist reviewed a print-on-demand book written by Aaron titled Focusing the Eye of the Soul, reportedly adapted from his doctoral thesis at Covington Theological Seminary in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.  

    The back cover identifies Aaron as being retired from the Navy with a “comprehensively diversified” work background including author, various management roles as well as music director, youth leader and pastor.  

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Allen is senior writer for Associated Baptist Press.)

    10/30/2009 3:55:00 AM by Bob Allen, Associated Baptist Press | with 2 comments




Comments
Gene Scarborough
May God help his soul for all this abuse!

Jesus said, "Anyone who would hurt one of these children of mine would be better off having a millstone tied around his neck and cast into the midst of the sea." That's tough for one preaching forgiveness as a main theme!

My question is how it went on for so long. Those people are accountable too. Why should there ever be a statute of limitation on child molestation? Even the law is falling far short of justice, in my opinion.

The child is already sentenced to a life of mistrust and guilt. It should never be any less for one perpitrating such horror. AND who did what to him growing up so he had no conscience?
11/2/2009 5:28:53 AM

T. Catt
Disgraceful and despictable! This pervert is just another one of the Devil's "angels of light" who do wicked works behind pulpits of darkness!
11/1/2009 9:50:13 PM

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