Another day, another antigay pastor caught being a total perv.
Matthew Dennis Patterson is, er, was the pastor at Nolensville Road Baptist Church in Tennessee. That is until he abruptly resigned after congregation members began complaining about his requests to “engage in strange activities” with children, authorities say.
Now, after a six-month investigation, 45-year-old Patterson has just been arrested for molesting at least eight children, mostly little boys, over a period of 20 years.
The Tennessean reports:
Children at the church told adult members that Patterson had asked them to sit on his face and stomach, sometimes in their underwear, according to a police statement.
After interviewing multiple church and staff members, police said the detectives identified multiple victims, most of them boys, who were molested from 1998-2017. Police did not say how old the children were at the time of the alleged abuse.
Patterson has been indicted on eight counts of aggravated sexual battery. Each count is linked to a different child, according to police.
According to its website, Nolensville Road Baptist Church “cites the Bible as the only authority for faith and practice, belief in the sinful nature of man, biblical family roles and local church autonomy.”
Patterson has been described as a “vocal opponent” of LGBTQ rights, including opposing several state anti-discrimination bills designed to protect LGBT people from bias in housing and employment.
He is currently in police custody. Bond has been set at $100,000.