Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wife turns in Pastor who molested 12 year old girl

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. -- A 28-year-old social studies teacher, youth pastor and girl's basketball coach at Yearling Middle School was arrested Thursday morning on a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child.

Joel A. Huddleston, of 3844 NW 30 Ave., also is youth pastor at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, according to the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office obtained information of possible sexual abuse by Huddleston on Thursday. A detective interviewed Huddleston, who denied the accusations, "however, evidence proved otherwise."

Authorities say he was caught in bed, asleep at his home, with a 12-year-old girl, a student at Yearling Middle School. Huddleston's wife took cell phone pictures of them in bed, and turned the photos over to detectives.

"His wife came home and could not find him and got in through a locked door into a bedroom area and discovered the young lady and he in the room. She (the girl) was in a state of undress and he was clothed. They were both on the bed, our understanding is both were asleep. His hands were upon the young lady," said Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May.

The Pastor at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church where Huddleston worked, told us they have dismissed him and says the allegations are quote: "very much surprising to everybody."

The sheriff says Huddleston has no prior arrest record.

"There's just so much going on in this world today. I mean you read this every time you pick up the paper. It happens here just like anywhere else. My reaction? It's pretty upsetting," said Sheriff May.

Huddleston is currently held in the Okeechobee County Jail with no bond


Anonymous said...

I have several issues with you using this story as a reason that you use to support your opinion about Christianity. Here they are:

1.) Who's to say that everyone who claims to be a Christian and commits crimes like this is actually a Christian?
2.) You can't use this to say Christianity any more than if you tried to support that teaching is the wrong path. What this person claims to be didn't make them commit the actions that they did. Their messed up view of reality isn't supported in Christianity.
3.) To say that bad things happening means you shouldn't believe in Christianity is sort of like saying you shouldn't believe in the idea of transportation because your bike is broke.
4.) I happen to know the details. It was because of her Christian beliefs/morals that the wife turned the man in. True Christianity means a new life in Christ, giving up bad behaviors, doing the right thing no matter how great the cost. If someone claims to be a Christian but doesn't live it, they need to take a second look at what they believe. Every action you take says something about what you believe.

So then, if you are going to find reason to go against Christianity, you'd better find some more evidence.

Ali said...

anonymous, please see the section on the side of WHY this blog is up. then come back.