Stephen Bratton Texas pastor: Former Southern Baptist who supported criminalizing abortion arrested for child sexual abuse.
So much for pro life. A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested for child sex abuse.
Stephen Bratton, 43, who resigned from the Grace Family Baptist Church in Cypress Station last month, was charged Friday with continuous sexual abuse of a child.
The former pastor is accused of molesting a teenage relative ‘multiple times daily’ over the span of several years, according to The Houston Chronicle.
According to law enforcement, Bratton is alleged to have inappropriately touched the teen before the contact ‘escalated to sexual intercourse multiple times a day or several times a week’.
The reported abuse took place between 2013 and 2015.
According to The Houston Chronicle, Bratton is said to have told his wife of his crimes on May 15.
She is then reported to have contacted his co-pastors, before they met with Bratton who admitted he had ‘sinned in grievous ways’.
The co-pastors went to the police on the same day, and an investigation was launched.
Upon his arrest on Friday, Bratton was charged and released on a $50,000 bond the following day.
Bratton has since been excommunicated from the church, and is no long receiving a salary.
His wife and seven children are no long living with him.
In addition to the church removing him from their website, Stephen has deleted all of his social media accounts. His Instagram and Twitter accounts are gone, and a search for him on Facebook yields zero results.
The ‘holy man’s’ arrest follows Bratton being an outspoken supporter of a bill that would have abolished abortions in Texas and threatened charging women with homicide if they underwent the procedure.
Bratton cited the Bible in his support for the bill put forward by Republican Tony Tinderholt.
‘Whoever authorizes or commits murder is guilty. They’re guilty already in a court that is far more weighty than what is here in Texas,’ Bratton said at the time, according to The Inquisitor.