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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Southern Baptist Convention official has been indicted in Texas on charges related to the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in 1997, when he was a 25-year-old seminary student in Fort Worth.

Mark Aderholt, now 47, was indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury Tuesday on a count of sexual assault of a child under 17 and three counts of indecency with a child.

Aderholt, a prolific missionary, was the associate executive director and chief strategist for the South Carolina Baptist Convention for a year and a half until resigning over the summer.

SBC's International Mission Board, which sends missionaries overseas, has acknowledged it was told of the alleged abuse in 2007 but didn't report the case to law enforcement. Aderholt also worked as a pastor in Arkansas.

The Associated Press has tried to contact the person last listed as Aderholt's lawyer for comment.

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  • ZeebronZ
    December 20, 2018 at 5:35 p.m.

    21 years later....how opportunistic. Just sayin'.

  • RBear
    December 20, 2018 at 5:41 p.m.

    Zeebronz it doesn't really matter. This was a "religious" leader who attacked a young teen. Your response is typical of those on the right who ignore sexual assault. My guess is you voted for Trump.

  • LR1955
    December 20, 2018 at 6:01 p.m.

    RBear whether the man is a “religious leader”, or possibly a republican doesn’t matter either. It was an adult man and a minor female. Period. That’s the crime here.

  • OCT
    December 20, 2018 at 6:39 p.m.

    Hey, just evangelicals doin' what evangelicals do...

  • wolfman
    December 20, 2018 at 6:52 p.m.

    say what!!!! an evangelical did this!?! and yea he probably did vote for trump and yea probably still supports trump..whom is known to just grab women by the .... what hypocrites!!! and thats the truth trump whiners. no fake stuff here

  • obbie
    December 20, 2018 at 11:47 p.m.

    Evangelicals, Roman Catholics, whomever...when is Jesus coming?

  • BobfromMarion
    December 21, 2018 at 2:28 a.m.

    The crime here is related to his position. Had a sixteen year old and a twenty five old met at a friend's house and dated for a while becoming very romantically linked, this wouldn't be news. However, the law that was broken concerns a person in authority with someone under them. If the girl had been 19 this still could be considered sexual assault due to the fact that this man was suppose to be this girl's spiritual advisor.

    I would think the statue of limitations might apply here as this happened 21 years ago. This can vary from state to state. The article states that church officials knew about this in 2007. There may be more to the story than this article tells.

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