Associate pastor barred from church pending resolution of sexual misconduct charges
Emerald Baptist Church Associate Pastor and Minister of Music Norman Henley Keesee has been barred from church activities and the church grounds pending resolution of charges of sexual misconduct and lewd acts.
Keesee, a Southern Baptist, was arrested by Greenwood, S.C., police after “the mother of a 13 year old girl and attendee of Emerald Baptist Church met with authorities to alert them to allegations made by her daughter.”
The victim stated that during private keyboard lessons conducted in the victims bedroom, Keesee would touch areas of her body that were not conducive with the lesson. The victim said that she would pull away from Keesee but that he would continue his actions during the lesson. According to the mother, Keesee had given her daughter keyboard lessons from February to July of this year. The victim had told her mother at the end of July that she no longer wanted to play the keyboard, which according to the mother was very strange at the time. The victim also gave a second child’s name with which Keesee had given keyboard lessons.
Associated Baptist Press reports that Pastor Curtis Eidson said:
As the pastor of the church, I am not here tonight to defend anyone’s innocence nor to declare anyone’s guilt. It’s not my place. I am here to say tonight, though, that with all that is going on Norman is still my brother in the Lord and the victim is still my sister in the Lord. Nothing, absolutely nothing, will change that.
North Carolina youth minister arrested
Thomas L. Elliott, who is a youth minister at Autryville Baptist Church in North Carolina, was arrested in an undercover internet sex sting by the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office Thursday evening, the Sampson Independent reported.
Elliot was a volunteer youth minister at Evergreen Baptist Church before being hired at Autryville Baptist.
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