Former International Mission Board Member and South Carolina Baptist Leader Indicted for Sexual Assault of a Minor

Former Baptist leader Mark Aderholt was indicted Dec. 18 in Texas for alleged sexual assault of a minor.
Tarrant County Sherriff’s Office photo.

A former International Mission Board missionary and South Carolina Baptist Convention associate executive director was indicted Dec. 18 in Texas for alleged sexual assault of a minor 21 years ago.

Mark Aderholt, 47, was arrested in July in South Carolina under a warrant issued in Tarrant County, Texas, and has been out of jail on bond since his arrest. The indictment by a Tarrant County grand jury includes four counts of sexual assault of a child under 17.

Baptist Press reported previously that Aderholt has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old while he was a 25-year-old student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Though the accuser’s name is redacted from a copy of the indictment obtained by BP, author and speaker Anne Marie Miller has identified herself online and in media reports as Aderholt’s accuser. Miller told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram she is “glad that truth is being heard and justice is being served.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press, David Roach