41-year-old John Martin had a confession to make.
So he did, from the pulpit of his church.
During Sunday service, the Alabama pastor admitted to the congregation of Lighthouse Baptist Church that he’d had an “affair” — with, purportedly, two underage boys.
He’d confessed the activity to his wife prior to telling the church.
John brought his sins to light on June 23rd. He was arrested July 1st on four charges of felony sexual abuse.
The booking came after members of the church contacted authorities.
Before being taken into custody, he’d turned over two guns and checked himself into a psychiatric center.
According to court records, he’d had sexual encounters with one boy at his home and on an out-of-state road trip. He’d also sent explicit texts.
Lauderdale County Assistant District Attorney Angie Hamilton told AL.com there could be much more to the story:
“We have identified several potential victims. We believe other charges are forthcoming.”
Before taking the lead role at the Florence house of worship in 2010, John had worked in other states.
PASTOR CHARGED: John Martin, former Pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Florence now charged with 4 counts of sexual abuse of a child. Officials believe there may be more potential victims. He's in jail on $60k bond. pic.twitter.com/DxhWLMdLfv
— Margo Gray (@MargoGray48) July 1, 2019
Lighthouse Baptist isn’t exactly a bastion of liberalism: At the time of John’s arrest, the church website (which seems to have been taken down) requested that men “dress in shirts and ties, while [thier] ladies wear modest skirts and dresses.”
As for its position on gay relationships:
“We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex.”
As reported by the New York Daily News, a photo on the site in early July depicted “the pastor with what [appeared] to be his family: his wife, two young daughters and three sons.”
It read, “We are proud to have Pastor Martin and his family with us. Since Pastor Martin came to Lighthouse, we have seen a growth that can only come from God. Pastor and his family would love for you to visit Lighthouse Baptist Church very soon!”
John was also a bus driver for Florence City Schools.
From Alabama’s ABC 31:
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.
Court documents revealed that one boy said the sexual contact began when he was 12.
There aren’t many guarantees in life; you never know where your children are safe. But of those mysterious locations, church should be one of the most likely.
At Lighthouse House Baptist Church in Florence Alabama, sadly, that wasn’t the case.
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