Missouri Pastor Travis Smith’s New Trial for Past Sex Abuse Charges Delayed [UPDATE]

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Missouri Pastor Travis Smith’s New Trial for Past Sex Abuse Charges Delayed [UPDATE]

 

UPDATE on Dec. 17, 2013:

In May of 2013, a Southern Baptist church in Missouri whose pastor is awaiting trial on felony sex charges has been voted out of its local association for failure to report or contribute financially for the last two years.

Lamine Baptist Association voted April 27 to remove both First Baptist Church of Stover, Mo., and another congregation from its membership rolls for non-compliance with the association’s constitution and bylaws.

In June of 2013, Pastor Smith faced additional charges filed June 10.

Local media report that the Moniteau County prosecutor filed new charges of statutory rape and statutory sodomy against 42-year-old Travis Smith for alleged incidents in 1998 and 1999 involving a female aged 14 to 15 at the time.

Smith, pastor of First Baptist Church in Stover, Mo., now faces a total of six felony counts ranging from forcible rape to sexual abuse. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Monday, June 17, for the new Class C felony charges, which are punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Earlier this month, he was scheduled for a new trial but it has been postponed.

Moniteau County Circuit Judge Kenneth Hayden granted a continuance Dec. 2 in the case against Travis Smith with charges called C felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison.

The new trial date is June 2, with a pre-trial conference scheduled May 16.

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Missouri Pastor Travis Smith’s Fate Lie in Hands of the Congregation for Past Sex Abuse Charges

 

Original story from Dec. 12, 2012 below:

The Rev. Travis Smith has made a point to address his congregation about forgiveness stating:

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,” he read from the Gospel of Matthew.

It’s interesting because since Pastor Smith’s arrest in October on sexual abuse and statutory rape charges, which follow similar allegations from 2010, forgiveness from his congregation has become critical to his survival as its pastor.

Well, at this time there is a group of about 100 souls — “not a bishop, nor a disciplinary committee nor national church leaders” — who will decide Smith’s future in the Southern Baptist Convention.

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