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Volunteer at Anti-LGBTQ Texas Church Accused of Raping 15-Year-Old

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The Star-Telegram of Fort Worth reports:

A church volunteer who worked with youths was in custody Tuesday, accused in a sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl while he was at Open Door Baptist Church, police said.

Police identified the suspect as Steven Winn, 33, of Crandall and believe he had an ongoing relationship with the girl for the last 14 months.

It is the second time the Mesquite church has had to deal with rape accusations. In 2011, the pastor hanged himself in a Charleston, W. Va., jail cell after his arrest on a rape charge.

From the “What We Believe” section of the Open Door Baptist Church’s website:

We believe that marriage was ordained by God at Creation to be between one man and one woman until they are parted by death; only in marriage is sexual intimacy sanctioned by God as pure and beneficial. Any sexual intimacy outside of the institution of marriage is condemned by God as wrong and hurtful. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography is a sinful perversion of God’s original intent for a physical relationship between a husband and wife.



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John Wright

John Wright is the editor of OutSmart magazine. He has spent two decades in the mainstream and LGBTQ media. Most recently, he served as senior editor of Dallas Voice, and covered LGBTQ issues in the state Legislature for The Texas Observer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Wright earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He resides in the EaDo area of Houston, where he is currently remodeling a 1930s row house.
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