A Houston pastor who advocated for criminalizing abortion has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage relative several times per day during a 2-year period, according to the Associated Press.
Southern Baptist pastor Stephen Bratton was charged on Friday with performing “sexual intercourse multiple times a day or several times a week” with the victim from 2013 to 2015.
The 43-year old, who posted a $50,000 bail on Saturday, has since been excommunicated, according to Church officials. He resigned from Grace Family Baptist Church in Cypress Station last month.
Bratton told his wife and his co-pastors about the abuse last month, saying he had “sinned in grievous ways.”
“This person’s life is in such a contradiction to the faith that we see no evidence that they are a Christian,” said Aaron Wright, who alerted the authorities.
Bratton was an avid supporter of a bill that would charge women who undergo an abortion with homicide.
The bill, sponsored by Republican, Tony Tinderholt, would require state officials to enforce the abortion restrictions of Texas despite any federal law, executive order or court decision that would allow it.