Memphis COGIC Pastor Arrested for Child Molestation

So while everybody is making a fuss over Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty being suspended by A&E Network — and this foolish notion that his suspension is yet another example of a war on religious freedom and free speech — here’s a story involving yet another Christian leader.

A Memphis pastor whose church is ironically in my old neighborhood, is currently sitting in a Shelby County jail cell on a $1 million dollar bond. His name is Michael Bryant, and he was arrested for for sexual battery by an authority figure. The 48-year-old pastor of Hour of Restoration COGIC (Church Of God In Christ) is accused of molesting a 16-year-old family member for a few years. And here’s the kicker: the mother of the victim was fully aware of the actions of Bryant. According to local news reports, while the mother was asleep or at work, Bryant would slip into the bedroom of the teen’s and expose himself and fondle her. According to investigators the molestation occured over as two year period.

This from FOX 13:

Pastor Michael Bryant

Michael Bryant, a Church of God In Christ pastor in Memphis, was arrested Wednesday morning by a Shelby County Sheriff’s fugitive sex crimes task force. He was wanted on a warrant charge of sexual battery by an authority figure.

According to SCSO spokesman Chip Washington, an investigation revealed that the 48-year-old had been sexually abusing his 16-year-old family member off and on for the past two years.

Washington said Bryant sexually abused the teenaged family member Dec. 16.

[…] SCSO opened an investigation into Bryant on Dec. 16 after his victim and a relative came forward.

[…] SCSO said Bryant admitted to the crime after he was arrested. According to the affidavit of complaint, the teenage girl’s mother was aware of the alleged abuse for about a year, but that she, the mother, and Bryant would pray to remove the thoughts from the pastor’s head.

The district attorney’s office have yet to decide whether the mother of the victim will be charged in connection with the crime. Personally, I think she should because she knew what was being done to her child by Bryant, and did nothing. Well, she did pray with other church members and the accused pastor so that’s action enough, I suppose. Yeah, especially when it wasn’t the mother of the child, but instead her aunt, who actually filed a report with law enforcement officials. But hey, I suppose religious freedom gives pastor Bryant the ability to sexually abuse children without prosecution. Thankfully that’s not the case and that there are still laws to protect children from sexual abuse at the hands of men of God.