Stephen Bratton

Stephen Bratton a former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested for child sex abuse. Court records show that the 43-year-old faces charges of molesting a teenage relative, sometimes multiple times a day, over the course of two years.

He is accused of inappropriate touching that escalated to “sexual intercourse multiple times a day or several times a week” from 2013 to 2015.

The crime came to light after he confessed to his wife about the abuse on May 15. She called his co-pastors at 4 a.m. to organize a meeting, while Bratton contacted them later that day to say he had “sinned in grievous ways.”

The criminal investigation began on May 16 after Bratton allegedly confessed to three Southern Baptist clergy members that he abused the child.

He has been excommunicated and is no longer receiving a salary from the church.

He has been released on a $50,000 bail as investigations continue.

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