Former Texas pastor, 43-year-old Stephen Bratton, was arrested last Friday and accused of sexually assaulting a teenage relative for two years. Bratton allegedly began assaulting the teen in 2013. The abuse, which began as “inappropriate touching," escalated to “sexual intercourse multiple times a day or several times a week" before it ended in 2015, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Court documents reveal the investigation began after Bratton confessed the sexual abuse to three Southern Baptist clergy members.
Bratton stepped down from the Grace Family Baptist Church in Cypress Station last month, and was released from custody after posting a $50,000 bond.
The Grace Family Baptist church, released the following statement:
“This activity is wrong according to Biblical and civil law and the church condemns the behavior as abhorrent. Stephen Bratton was also excommunicated by the church the following Sunday, May 19. Therefore, he is no longer a member of the church.”
Bratton previously supported failed Texas House Bill 896, an anti-abortion bill that would have charged individuals who had abortions with homicide and sentenced them to death. Additionally, the doctors who provided the abortions would also be charged with homicide.
“Whoever authorizes or commits murder is guilty,” Bratton said during a hearing in April, “They’re guilty already in a court that is far more weighty than what is here in Texas.”
This kind of egregious story is not an isolated incident. In January, BET published: Brooklyn Pastor Arrested For Raping His Teenage Daughter On Church Grounds, and in 2015, WDSU reported, Pastor accused of rape, sexual battery of children.