Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary president Dr. Paige Patterson was removed from his position Wednesday following accusations that he grossly mishandled a student’s rape allegation in 2003 while president of a seminary in North Carolina.
The disgraced Southern Baptist leader reportedly said he wanted to speak with the rape victim alone so he could “break her down” and allegedly told her it was a "good thing” she had been raped.
Paige Patterson, a giant in the Southern Baptist world, was fired from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth on May 30 in response to his handling of sexual assault allegations. He had been pushed to president emeritus May 23.
The three alleged assaults took place in October 2014 and April 2015 and were reported in August 2015. The alleged assailant, according to the victim’s attorney, Stuart Cochran of Dallas, was a Southwestern student and employee.
“I am told he said it was a ‘good thing’ my client had been raped and that her future husband wouldn't care if she was a virgin or not,” Cochran said of Paige in a statement to the Star-Telegram. “He threatened to sic lawyers on her [mother] for questioning his leadership at the school when she asked why the assailant was allowed on campus.”