Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Friday, 27 May 2016

Church Daycare Worker Charged with Child Sex Abuse

I am so totally opposed to hiring men to look after little children. Please, if you have men on staff with little children, watch them closely. If you are thinking of hiring one, at the very least do a very thorough background check including references.


BY EMILY BAUCUM, NEWS 4 SAN ANTONIO 

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas - A church in Fredericksburg has fired a daycare worker who's now charged with 14 counts of sexually abusing children.

Police filed charges against 31-year-old Seth Batterton after three girls made outcries about his behavior. One of those children told investigators she was abused at the church's daycare.

Rev. George Lumpkin from Fredericksburg United Methodist Church says the safety of children and families is the church's top priority, so the daycare has been shut down as police investigate the scope of the alleged abuse.

The small town in the heart of the Hill Country is now shaken by the sex scandal. Police Chief Steve Wetz says the investigation began in late April.

"We had an outcry made to a school district which in turn was related to us [that] a young girl that was inappropriately touched," Chief Wetz says.

Two days later, a child at the church's daycare reported she was touched inappropriately by an employee. Both girls named Batterton as the suspect.

"Investigators took that information to the district attorney's office," Chief Wetz says.

The new accusations prompted investigators to reopen a 2012 case where Batterton was accused of sexually assaulting a child. Back then, a grand jury decided there wasn't enough evidence to charge him.

When Batterton applied to work at the church, the case never showed up on his background check.

"Once a person's been convicted then it's on their record," Chief Wetz says. "But if they've never been convicted then those types of things may not show up."

Batterton lost his job at the church and is now charged in all three cases. Church leaders chose to close the daycare effective this week.

"They were very open and they cooperated in every way with us," Chief Wetz says.

With Batterton behind bars, police are now asking any other victims to come forward.

The Department of Family and Protective Services is also conducting an investigation. Church leaders say they've been transparent with all families at the daycare and gave them time to find other child care options.