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Pastor_ No Cover-up of Alleged Rape _ Concord Monitor

Pastor_ No Cover-up of Alleged Rape _ Concord Monitor

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Back up copies of news articles. Story of Tina Anderson: raped and impregnated by IFB church member. Made to confess her role in a "compromising situation" by the IFB pastor in front of congregation as part of church discipline meeting. Sent away to have baby, forced to give baby up for adoption; allowed to choose from list of families provided by the pastor. Rapist finally charged and convicted 14 years after the crime. Later Bob Jones University would enter the news story because leadership insisted Chuck Phelps did nothing wrong and allowed him to be on the board.
Back up copies of news articles. Story of Tina Anderson: raped and impregnated by IFB church member. Made to confess her role in a "compromising situation" by the IFB pastor in front of congregation as part of church discipline meeting. Sent away to have baby, forced to give baby up for adoption; allowed to choose from list of families provided by the pastor. Rapist finally charged and convicted 14 years after the crime. Later Bob Jones University would enter the news story because leadership insisted Chuck Phelps did nothing wrong and allowed him to be on the board.

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5/21/2014CONCORD: Pastor: No cover-up of alleged rape | Concord Monitohttp://www.concordmonitor.com/news/4701849-95/rape-trinitybaptistchurch-chuckphelps-ernestwillis?print=true1/4
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Pastor: No cover-up of alleged rape
By BEN LEUBSDORFMonitor staff Friday, May 28, 2010The former pastor of Concord's Trinity Baptist Church says that there was no attempt to cover up thealleged rape of a 15-year-old parishioner in 1997 and that he immediately reported the crime to thepolice after learning of it.I was the first one to report this to the police, as was my duty. . . . The people who didn't do their jobas the Concord Police Department,' said Chuck Phelps, 51, who is now senior pastor at ColonialHills Baptist Church in Indianapolis.Phelps was the pastor at Trinity Baptist Church, located on 80 Clinton St., when a woman, now 28,says she was raped twice and impregnated by a fellow church member. Ernest Willis, 51, of Gilfordas arrested last week and charged with two counts of rape and two counts of having sex with aminor.illis is free on $100,000 personal recognizance bail and is due in Concord District Court on June 16or arraignment.The woman told the police Phelps helped move her to Colorado after she revealed she was pregnant.The Concord police have said their investigation in 1997 was hampered by not being able to contacthe victim.But Phelps said yesterday that he reported the crime, as well as the names of the victim and allegedperpetrator, to the police and the Division for Children, Youth and Families within 24 hours of learningabout it. He said that the woman remained in the area for at least two to four weeks before movingaway and that he was never contacted by the police.
 
5/21/2014CONCORD: Pastor: No cover-up of alleged rape | Concord Monitohttp://www.concordmonitor.com/news/4701849-95/rape-trinitybaptistchurch-chuckphelps-ernestwillis?print=true2/4
I'm not in the ministry to hide felons,' Phelps said. 'I'm not in the ministry to hide child abuse.'Deputy Police Chief John Duval yesterday declined to comment on Phelps's statements or the eventsof 1997, saying the case is still under investigation.Be responsible'illis was charged nearly 13 years after the woman says he raped her twice, once while he waseaching her to drive and a second time at her Concord house when she was home alone. Shebecame pregnant and told a neighbor and then her mother, who contacted Phelps, she told the policein a statement.ccording to the woman, Phelps said she shared some guilt in the situation and had her write a letter asking forgiveness from the church for 'allowing a compromising situation to occur' that led toimmorality.'Phelps said yesterday that he didn't tell the woman she was responsible for what happened but thatshe needed to be responsible by avoiding contact with Willis, whose children she baby-sat.She's not responsible for being raped. Of course not. She was an underage minor. That's why Icalled' the police, Phelps said.Phelps said he told her to 'be responsible, don't allow yourself to be around a person you know to bedangerous. She knew this person was dangerous after the first time, but she continued to be aroundhim. . . . She needed to be responsible.'t a church meeting, the woman said, Willis confessed to being unfaithful to his wife and Phelps readher letter about her pregnancy as she stood before the congregation.Phelps said the meeting was not any sort of punishment, but was intended to inform the congregationand create a safe environment for people to help the woman with her pregnancy.I expected Ernie Willis to be arrested,' Phelps said. 'So to prepare the church for his imminent arrest, Icommunicated with the church or had him communicate with the church that he had been unfaithful tohis marital vows. And to the young lady, she was with child, she needed help. . . . There was nodiscipline. Discipline implies she was put out. She was not put out. She was embraced.'The woman told the police Phelps helped move her to Colorado after she came forward. There, shesaid, she was home-schooled, was kept away from people her own age and gave birth to her daughter, who was then adopted.Phelps said the woman was sent away in accordance with her mother's wishes, to continue her studies in a safe home. He said that he knew the couple the woman stayed with through his previousork as a minister in Colorado and that they were experienced in home-schooling.

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