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Monday, November 12, 2007

Youth Pastor Watch

posted by on November 12 at 14:46 PM


Marshal Seymour, the married church volunteer charged with molesting three teenage boys he met through the First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, was refused Thursday in his bid to get his bail reduced from $325,000 to $21,000….

Judge Donald Jacobsen heard testimony from Lakeland police Detective Richard Rose that Seymour had confessed to some of the crimes he was accused of, including a confession that Seymour performed a sex act on a teenage boy he met through the church.

Rose also testified that he has spoken to 12 to 15 additional potential victims and said he has forwarded information on at least seven of those potential victims to the State Attorney’s Office. All of them were boys between the ages of 14 and 18, Rose said.

Assistant State Attorney Mark Levine testified that Seymour has been accused of similar acts in Mississippi and that he was convicted of an assault on a 16-year-old boy in Mobile, Ala., who he met when he was a youth pastor at the Parkway Assembly of God. In all of those cases, Levine told Jacobsen, Seymour, 40, met his victims through the church.

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But the pastor said I had to blow on Gideon's Trumpet to get into heaven!?

Posted by Just Me | November 12, 2007 3:07 PM

@1--Do you mean Gabriel's Trumpet? Blow, Gabriel, Blow!

Posted by Michigan Matt | November 12, 2007 3:18 PM

it was really more of a flute.

Posted by infrequent | November 12, 2007 3:21 PM

It's sad and ironic that the blog at the NAMBLA website has a weekly column called "Pastor Youth Watch"....

Posted by michael strangeways | November 12, 2007 3:23 PM

I have an obtuse, but serious, question : $21,000? What kind of a figure is that?

Posted by Wowza | November 12, 2007 3:27 PM

Assembly of God, hmmm, pretty literalist branch of evangelical Christianity. I guess this guy's interpreting the "spare the rod,spoil the child" verse a little too liberally.

Posted by Westside forever | November 12, 2007 3:53 PM

Wowza - Sorry that is the figure that he had managed to embezzle from his church so far. He really wasn't very successful... Caught after less than 20 boys and only 21,000. Sad, really.
(tongue in cheek)

Posted by subwlf | November 12, 2007 4:00 PM

It's odd that churches can be placed so close to schools! WHEN will we all stand up and demand that churches be placed the same distance away from schools as the bars, taverns, porn shops, and liquor stores because as we know churches through out history have caused so much suffering to human-kind.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | November 12, 2007 4:48 PM

With all of these pastors getting charged with sex and embezzlement crimes over the past few months, I can see only one clear, rational conclusion: It must be a Secular Oppression Conspiracy to frame as many Christians as possible in an attempt to discredit the Truth of God.

Time to unleash the Jesus Camp trainees!

Posted by Chris in Tampa | November 12, 2007 10:05 PM

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