PimpPreacher.com Memphis Bureau 12/19/2013
A Church Of God In Christ Pastor has been arrested for raping an underage child in Memphis. Pastor Michael Bryant 48 has been accused of molesting a 16 year old girl for years according to Police. The C.O.G.I.C. Pastor is currently in custody being held on a $1 million bond. The most recent time Pastor Michael Bryant is said to have molested the child was Monday December 16, 2013.
PimpPreacher.com has just learned that the mother of the teen involved is married to Pastor Michael Bryant. Once the child reported the abuse to her mother, her husband convinced her to pray about it, and not go to the Police, that was a year ago. The child recently shared the same story with her aunt who notified Police, and an arrest warrant was issued. See Office statement sent to PimpPreacher.com from Shelby County Sheriff Office.
As covered by LocalMemphis.com: Detectives with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Sex Crimes unit contacted officers with the Fugitive Apprehension Team Wednesday in reference to 48-year-old Michael Bryant who was wanted on a warrant charge of Sexual Battery by an Authority Figure.
The investigation reveals that he had been sexually abusing a 16-year-old female for the past two years.
The victim said in the affidavit that she told her mother about the abuse a year ago. The victim said at that point Bryant admitted to the touching, but the case was not turned over to authorities because Pastor Bryant and the mother decided they would “pray that the Lord remove these thoughts from his head.”
Bryant, who is the Pastor at Hour of Restoration COGIC, was located inside the Delta Express gas station at Hickory Hill and Knight Arnold.
He is being held on $1 million bond.
The Church of God in Christ has a very long history of covering up the sexual abuses committed by Pastors affiliated with their organization, which could also explain why the mother of the teen did not call the police. PimpPreacher.com has just learned that the mother of the teen is married to Pastor Michael Bryant.
The victim told police the Pastor Bryant would come in here room in the middle of the night or hen her mother was gone and molest her.
The victim said she told her mother over a year ago, and when her mother confronted the accused molester he told her to pray about it. The mother of the victim never called the police when her daughter first told her about the rape – which allowed Pastor Michael Bryant to molest the child again as recently as this past Monday.
The District Attorney is undermined if they will press additional charges against the mother or any of the other adults who knew about the rape. According to reports, other members of the congregation at Hour of Restoration also knew that the child was getting molested by the pastor and opted to only pray about it as well.
A spokesperson from the Church Folk Revolution Radio says they are planning to do a special radio show Thursday December 19, 2013 at 11am CST, in which the host will call the district attorney’s office live on the air to voice outrage that the mother of the child has not been arrested nor the other adults who knew that the child was getting sexually assaulted. THANK GOD FOR THE AUNT WHO CALLED THE POLICE!!!
On yesterday the Church Folk Revolutions also issued a firm statement to any Pastor accused of raping a child – to see that address please click Here.
Pimp Preacher Radio discussed Pastor Michael Bryant:
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