Lawsuit: Pastor’s abuse of boy allowed by convention

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

January 5, 2020

By Bill Bowden

Lawyer: Leaders failed to report it

A former pastor at Millcreek Baptist Church in Garland County sexually abused a minor in his care from 2014 to 2018, according to a lawsuit filed last month in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Also, the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and its executive director didn’t report the abuse after being told about it, according to the lawsuit filed Dec. 16 by Joshua Gillispie, a North Little Rock attorney.

Teddy Leon Hill Jr., former senior pastor at Millcreek, met the boy, identified in the lawsuit as John Doe, when the boy was 13 years old, wrote Gillispie, who is with the law firm of Green and Gillispie.

“Doe was drawn to Millcreek at a time when his troubled home life led him to seek comfort in the church,” according to the lawsuit.

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