21 Alabama Baptist Pastors Charged With Sexual Abuse Crimes Since 1998

Mack Allen Davis
Jefferson County Jail

A report published in two Texas newspapers Feb. 9 detailed 20 years of sexual abuse allegations against Southern Baptist church leaders. The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News published a database of Baptist leaders charged with crimes. Based on the database compiled by the newspapers, and also using AL.com archives, StopBaptistpredators.org, other media reports, and information from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Alabama Department of Corrections, AL.com compiled a list of 21 Alabama Baptists who have served churches in the state and been charged with sexual abuse since 1998.

Mack Allen Davis

Davis, the former youth pastor at at Lakeside Baptist Church in Birmingham from 1977-99, pleaded guilty in 2014 to six charges of sexually abusing minors in Jefferson County.

Davis joined the staff of Lakeside Baptist Church as minister of youth and recreation in 1977. By the next summer, he was director of the church’s summer camp. Victims said he molested them on church trips to Baptist camps. Davis was sentenced to 10 years in prison and is currently an inmate at Bibb County Correctional Facility.

Timothy Chun-Chuck Mann

Mann resigned after more than six years as music minister and choir director at the 1,700-member Shades Crest Baptist Church in Hoover when he was charged in 2007 with a third-degree sex offense and child abuse in Maryland. Mann, 47, was charged with engaging in inappropriate sexual acts with a girl while he was minister of music and youth choir director at the First Baptist Church in Gaithersburg, Md., from 1991-98 The alleged abuse began in December 1992, when the victim was 14, and continued until 1996, police said. The incidents occurred in his office at the church. In 2008, he was sentenced to seven years in prison.

John Lankston Anderson Jr.

The former Carbon Hill First Baptist Church pastor, who left that church in 1995, was later charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Anderson, who sometimes went by “Bill,” was also a preacher at Southside Baptist Church in Russellville, Natural Bridge Baptist Church, West Blocton Baptist Church and Hartselle Baptist Church. In August 2002, Anderson entered a plea of guilty to three counts of first-degree sexual abuse in Walker County. In exchange for his guilty plea, he received a split sentence to a term of ten years on each count — to be served concurrently with each other and with his sentence from convictions in Franklin County, Alabama — with plaintiff to serve three years in confinement, followed by a period of probation. After he entered his guilty plea, plaintiff was transferred to Miller County, Arkansas, where he pled guilty to charges of sexual abuse in exchange for a sentence to ten years of confinement. Shortly thereafter, plaintiff was transferred to the Alabama Department of Corrections to serve three years of confinement pursuant to his “split” sentence. After he completed his confinement in Alabama, he was again transferred to Arkansas to serve the ten-year sentence to confinement resulting from his Arkansas conviction. He was released from prison in 2014.

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SOURCE: AL.com, Greg Garrison