Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 2Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 1Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour
Are there those preachers who are purposefully grooming and sexually abusing underage girls? Now, before I get any further, no, I have not called the men mentioned in the following but if someone reads this knows them, have them email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘The man who hired a pastor who was facing charges of sexual abuse of a teenage student at a Baltimore-area church school in 2007 was under investigation himself for clandestinely videotaping women undressing in his office, the I-TEAM has learned.
Investigators told News4Jax that video released by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in 2011 shows Greg Neal, a pastor at Berean Baptist Church, handling the camera used to record the women. According to an arrest report, Neal was accused of hiding the camcorder in his office in Fleming Island in the spring of 2011 and videotaping while two women changed clothes.
An investigation into the allegations found a crime occurred, but Neal, who was uncooperative, was never prosecuted.
“The evidence of his crimes of voyeurism in 2001 is overwhelming,” an assistant state attorney said in 2011. “Unfortunately, the statute of limitations has expired.”
Neal is now working at Immanuel Baptist on Jacksonville’s Westside, where he hired Cameron Giovanelli , who was under investigation by Baltimore police at the time for allegations he sexually abused a 17-year-old member of a Baltimore church where he worked in 2007.
The senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Baltimore said he warned Neal not to hire Giovanelli.
News4Jax went to Neal’s home and his church Friday but didn’t get to speak with him.
We also went to Giovanelli’s Orange Park home after learning he was let out of jail on his own recognizance, but there was no answer at the door.’https://www.news4jax.com/news/2019/08/10/man-who-hired-pastor-accused-of-sexual-abuse-was-investigated-for-video-voyeurism/
Would you plead guilty to something you were not guilty of? ‘The former pastor of a Dundalk church pleaded guilty Wednesday to a sex offense against a student when she was 17, in what Baltimore County prosecutors described as a coercive relationship more than a decade ago.
Baltimore County prosecutors said Cameron Giovanelli, now 42, used his position of authority at Calvary Baptist Church to pressure the girl — who babysat for his family and attended the church school — into sexual activity in 2007. She reported the incidents to police last year, when she was in her late 20s.
As part of a plea agreement, Giovanelli pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, both misdemeanors.’https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-md-cr-dundalk-pastor-plea-20191204-u2kkzndzjnh55alihjhh67tgi4-story.html
This is a portion of the victim’s impact statement.
‘Your Honor, Thank you so much for allowing me a chance to speak. What this man did to me, was a something that has affected me over the years in so many ways that I didn’t even fully understand for a long time. For 13 years I have tried to live with something that no one should have to live with. I feel its important to know who I was before all of this happened to me.
I was raised in an extremely sheltered and religious atmosphere. I had never taken a sex ed class, didn’t know the differences between male and female bodies, touched or had been touched up until this point. I had no idea how a sexual relationship worked. I was a very naïve child who was completely in the dark regarding anything sexual. I was being taught all of those things were to be kept pure and sacred until marriage and up until this point, that was my dream of doing.
In the beginning of the 2006 school year, Cameron started what I now know to be called grooming me little by little.’https://letterstofreedom921133037.wordpress.com/
If the above have any truth at all, which it seems that it does, these men should not be serving in any form of church leadership. God’s Word is plain as to a pastor in 1Timothy 3:1-7 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.