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Homophobic pastor arrested on charges of child molestation

Homophobic pastor arrested on charges of child molestation

Nashville pastor Matthew Dennis Patterson has been arrested for allegedly molesting a number of children over two decades.

The Nolensville Road Baptist Church pastor, a vocal opponent of anti-discrimination bills designed to protect jobs and housing for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, is accused of engaging “in strange activities” with children.

Kids at the church told adult members that Patterson had asked them to sit on his face and stomach, sometimes in their underwear, according to a police statement.

Detectives John Thomas and Jacob Masteller from the department’s Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Unit led the six-month investigation into the complaints.

After interviewing multiple church and staff members, police said the detectives identified multiple victims, most of them boys, who were molested from 1998-2017. Police did not say how old the children were at the time of the alleged abuse.

Patterson has been indicted on eight counts of aggravated sexual battery. Each count is linked to a different child, according to police.

Police said more charges relating to additional victims “are anticipated” as the investigation continues.

Nashville police arrested Patterson in Pennsylvania on March 8 and he was extradited to Nashville yesterday (Friday). His bond was set at $100,000.

In an interview Friday night, church member James Thomas, who is serving as a spokesman on this issue, said church leaders had no inkling of the allegations against Patterson until he resigned. Patterson abruptly left the church on September 24, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Thomas said in a statement:

We here at Nolensville Road Baptist Church want to let our community know that the sinful actions of one man does not reflect upon the church as a whole. We remain committed to truth, transparency in all our operations, and for the care and support for the victims and family who have been victimized by the alleged perpetrator. Our hearts grieve for the families involved.

10 responses to “Homophobic pastor arrested on charges of child molestation”

  1. Broga says:

    James Thomas speaking for the Baptist Church announces, “Our hearts grieve for the families involved.” Indeed, indeed. And, as if that were not enough, he says, “We remain committed to truth, transparency in all our operations,”

    Right. That has sorted that. They can now go back to shearing the sheep – and I don’t mean those with wool over their bodies.

  2. gary says:

    Another one bites the dust, and another one down,and another one down, and another one down,and another one down, and another one down,and another one down, and another one down,and another one down,and another one down,and another one down, and another one down,and another one down … … … …

    If one child raping religious cleric was arrested every day I wonder how long it would take to go through the whole lot of them? My guess is for a very very long time as every day a new child raping cleric is ordained but geting through just the current ones would take centuries.

    If one child raping religious clerics were laid head to toe in a line how many times would the line encircle the earth?

  3. Italian Scallion says:

    Just look at his face. You can see that he’s a pervert. I always say that “ALL” religions should be banned. They really serve no useful purpose. “ALL” religions love killing and child molestations. I believe that if all the people in the world were to become atheists, the world would be a much better place.

  4. Laura Roberts says:

    @Broga: absolutely. Their tepid and perfunctory response sends chills down my spine.

  5. John the Drunkard says:

    ‘…to spend more time with his family.’
    One shudders to think what THAT would be like.

  6. AgentCormac says:

    ‘We here at Nolensville Road Baptist Church want to let our community know that the sinful actions of one man does not reflect upon the church as a whole.’

    Much as you may not want it to, this really does reflect on your church, James Thomas. And just like every other church of every other denomination, yours is, quite evidently, a haven for the most vile and repulsive human beings in society. So the sooner your congregations wake upon and walk away, the sooner children everywhere will be safe. But they won’t. Because you will always scare and intimidate them with your pre-historic lies about heaven, hell and jealous gods.

    We may well be the cleverest species on the planet. But we are also the dumbest.

  7. barriejohn says:

    AgentCormac: That was my immediate thought as well.The way they’re talking, you’d think that they were speaking on behalf of the local Railway Modelling Society, and not some smug, superior, self-congratulatory group that has set itself up as a beacon of light in a dark world:

    http://www.nolensvilleroadbaptist.com/about-nrbc.html

    Church should feel timeless. With the forceful current of constant change sweeping over every part of our lives, people have the need to connect with something enduring and firm. We believe Christ designed the church to fulfill that need by representing an eternal kingdom and ageless truth with no need to imitate the culture. We want you to know there’s still a church that feels like church. It won’t feel like a rock concert, comedy club, or motivational seminar. It’s not old-fashioned as in 50 years ago. It’s timeless, as in 2000 years ago.

    As a friend of mine would say: “They’re so far up their own arses, they’re practically inside-out”!

  8. barriejohn says:

    And if you want to know more about their pastor, just read this:

    http://www.nolensvilleroadbaptist.com/our-pastor.html

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

    Maybe they should direct readers to the Freethinker site!!

  9. Broga says:

    Laura Roberts: ” Their tepid and perfunctory response sends chills down my spine.”

    I have seen more regret from someone whose cat has been injured.

  10. Cali Ron says:

    The only real regret he has is the negative impact it has on attendance and tithes.