I do a lot of sex abuse stories here, members of the clergy who go to prison for boinking religious boys and girls under their care, but it’s not often that we see repeat offenders given the ability to re-offend by the churches themselves. Well, here we go.
Pastor Roy Neal Yoakem, a 46-year old minister with the New Gospel Outreach Church in Scottsville, Kentucky, has been arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year old boy, once at the church and once at his home. Now this is bad enough in and of itself, but Pastor Yoakem is no stranger to the legal system, in fact, he’s a registered violent sex offender, stemming from a 2005 conviction for molesting an 8-year old boy.
Now wait, you might ask, how in the hell can a registered sex offender be hired by a church where he has unrestricted access to other children? Isn’t this a violation of the terms of his probation and his sex offender status? Well, now that you mention it, yes!
But that doesn’t matter to the church. They knew all about his former crime, they just decided that God forgives sex offenders and hired him anyhow! That didn’t stop interim Pastor Stephen Bratcher from pretending to be shocked by the revelation, it’s pretty common for churches to feign indignation when it’s revealed to the public that they’ve done something wrong. They just decided that the 2005 allegations were false and God said it was all just dandy.
Tell that to the kid Yoakem molested.
Seriously, how many times do we have to do these stories? The ridiculous part is Pastor Bratcher said they weren’t in any position to judge anyone. Well guess what? You don’t have to judge them, that’s already been done and he’s been found guilty in a court of law. You are required by law to follow the statutes that have to do with sex offenses. You don’t get to arbitrarily decide God overrides the courts and you sure the hell don’t get to put innocent children in danger because your ridiculous religious beliefs say otherwise. If you ask me, whoever hired Yoakem ought to share a cell with him and the church ought to be heavily fined, perhaps out of existence, to stop other churches from trying to pull the same bullshit.
So both Yoakem and his ridiculous church are inducted into Horror Show Sunday. Hope both of them rot.