Texas Baptist pastor who advocated executing women for abortion faces child sexual assault charges

By Jen Hayden | 17 June 2019
Daily Kos

Texas pastor who backed bill criminalizing abortion is charged with having sex with a teenage relative multiple times a day for years.

Stephen Bratton, a 43-year-old recently former Southern Baptist pastor in Cypress Station, Texas, has been charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenage relative over several years. From the Houston Chronicle:

Stephen Bratton, who resigned from Grace Family Baptist Church in Cypress Station last month, was charged Friday with continuous sexual abuse of a child, Senior Deputy Thomas Gilliland said Saturday. The 43-year-old is accused of inappropriate touching that escalated to “sexual intercourse multiple times a day or several times a week” from 2013 to 2015, Gilliland said.

Bratton seemed to have a keen interest in controlling women’s bodies and their health care. Because, of course he did.

Bratton has been an outspoken pro-life advocate, making national news recently for supporting a failed bill that would have made it possible to criminally charge women who terminate their pregnancies.

Bratton didn’t merely want to prosecute women for abortion, he supported a bill that have made abortion a capital felony and could even carry the death penalty for women. 

The Houston Chronicle reports Bratton confessed to his wife, who called his fellow church leaders. To their credit, they notified police the same day and took steps to immediately dismiss him and excommunicate him.

Unfortunately, Bratton paid a $50,000 bond and was released.

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31 COMMENTS

  1. Hey; we're getting very clear examples of the Moral Values of the pseudo-christian nazi thugs –child molesting is at the top!

  2. BRAVA to the wife‼️
    Bravo to the church leaders❗️
    Maybe they’ve been hearing about the bad publicity Southern Baptists are getting, due to things like this.

    No email please

  3. Am I the only one thinking that letting this monster out on bond was perhaps not the most brilliant plan ever?

    Two things: 1) Raping someone else in the meantime or 2) Committing suicide

    There is NO LOGIC in cutting an ADMITTED predator loose.

    Once again, a judge fails to protect our children by keeping a dangerous predator locked up.

    Our justice system is an absolute joke.

      • I don’t believe he would have been remanded if he was caught with marijuana. It’s even legal in many states including mine (Alaska) If a child rapist is not remanded why would someone who uses marijuana be remanded?

        • I believe that’s the point being made here. Marijuana is not legal in Texas and possession of even small amounts equals jail time. Fact is our jails are filled with people being held for simple possession charges indefinitely because they can’t afford bail while this admitted child rapist roams free.

  4. We have seen many times these freaks do not only touch 1 child. There is always a trail of victims, sometimes in the hundreds. Yet we continue to have weak laws concerning this matter. Is this a sickness past lawmakers also had? Is this way we don’t have stronger laws, and why are they yet to be updated to protect children!

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