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Born Again molesters: COGIC church is home to 2nd serial child molestor


In September 2009, the Winter Haven, FL News Chief  broke news of the shocking crime in which a young girl was  sexually assaulted multiple times by Minister Clevon Ghent, 35 and his nephew Genard Jones both members of Born Again Church of God in Christ in Auburndale, FL.  The paper identified Ghent as a paid employee/supervisor of the church’s for profit janitorial service.   Despite Ghent being convicted and sent to prison, the church’s pastor Theadore Hall, Jr. and the bishop of the jurisdiction Matthew Williams,  made no public comments decrying sexual crimes by ministers of the church. This is typical behavior of COGIC officials since we began documenting child sex crimes in COGIC.

Now, two years later a second minister from the same church has been arrested on multiple child molestation charges. Police have identified at least three victims. Story via the Central Florida News 13:

 A 25-year-old youth ministry leader at an Auburndale church is facing lewd molestation charges.

Lakeland Police arrested Darryl Leonard Taylor, Jr. Monday night.

According to the website for Born Again Church of God in Christ in Auburndale, Taylor is listed as the Ministry Leader of musicians as well as David’s Anointing Youth Worship Team Coordinator.

Taylor is charged with:

  • 3 counts of lewd molestation of a child under 12
  • 8 counts of lewd molestation of a child 12 to 16
  • 2 counts of lewd battery of a child under 15

According to police, the investigation began on November 14, 2011, when a father contacted police to report his child had been sexually molested by Taylor. Police say the victim had revealed to an elder at the church that he had been molested by Taylor and the elder contacted the child’s father.

Police say an investigation revealed three other victims. Detectives say most of the assaults occurred at Taylor’s previous home and the last incident occurred at his current home.

Over and over, COGIC churches continue to make headlines –not because of good works– but because child molesters, in positions of influence and with access to children continue to work their wickedness. But after 3 years with over 15 cases of sexual abuse,  Bishop Charles Blake has yet to enact any meaningful or significant policies to clamp down on offenders who are heaping shame and reproach upon the church’s name.

Taylor’s arrest brings known clergy child molestation/sexual abuse cases involving COGIC ministers to a total of five in 2011. It comes on the heels of  the November 14th arrest and confession of Supt Thomas Wiggins who sexually abused a 14 year old boy.

  1. December 14, 2011 at 4:28 am

    This is yet another travesty…What is going on? Have the minds become that destitute? Why haven’t our “leaders” said a word condemning these atrocities? Because they love themselves MORE than they love God and his people…that HAS TO BE the reason, there is no other excuse for deafening silence and the restless inaction…As an Elder in this church for over 20 years, I am highly distraught!

  2. December 15, 2011 at 1:23 am

    I agree with you there. It’s simply because nobody wants to share the blame, if they tested the spirits…..well, you know. Quit going by who sounds and looks good behind a pulpit and start watching the lives of these demon possessed people. The devil can’t live right. Whatever happened to “you can’t preach in my pulpit unless you got the Holy Ghost?” Or for that matter the Holy Ghost? Get back to the basics tending sheep, not leading them slaughter. If you love God, feed his sheep. SMH.

    • September 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      You know its funny (Im the daughter of the pastor of this church by the way) yes this did happen some time ago but its funny how you and all the other “Men and women of God” has so much to say about what has happen in this situation….Let me ask you this:
      1) Did you know this didnt happen at our Church but because he attended our church they blasted it all over the news?
      2) Did you know that as soon as my father found out he was 100% cooperative with the police?
      My father is one of the realist men i know, he preaches the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth (Hes not like majority of these $$$ money hungry prosperity preachers around here afraid that if he tells people that walking with God aint all peaches and cream that they will leave his chruch, no he’s genuinely concerened about their souls)….he is responsible for the souls of these people that follows him. All he can do is teach and preach to these people and what they do from that point is on THEM not HIM!!! You and everyone else is soooo quick to judge the man of God instead of stopping to pray for him. Both situations that has occurred with the MEDIA naming our ministry has happened at these peoples homes not the Church….because of the titles these people held is the ONLY reason why our church was brought up….DONT BE SO QUICK TO JUDGE BEFORE YOU KNOW WHATS GOING ON…WITH ALL DUE RESPECT IF YOU WERE A TRUE MAN OF GOD YOU WOULD HAVE TOOK THE TIME THAT YOU DID TO POST YOUR COMMENT, YOU WOULD HAVE SENT UP A PRAYER FOR ANOTHER MAN OF GOD…..as a Pastor or just a regular person you’re not a physic, you never know what people do in the dark and sadly, this is just something that happened in the dark that came to the light.

      • September 13, 2012 at 4:25 am

        Wow! Well, since we’re going there… Did you know I posted this comment well over 8+ months ago? Do you understand that even though you have a right for your outburst of emotions, I have a right to my opinion as well. Now to answer your question no, I did not know a few of the things you have addressed but what I do know is I stand firm in what I believed then. I understand that you are going to protect daddy, so everything you’re going to say and have said is going to be touchy, I would do the same for my dad, who is also a pastor. But it seems to me the issue is real touchy because it hits home, even though I am sure you didn’t think the same when it was happening to someone else. As far as being a real man of God, I have nothing to prove to you, I have grown since the time of the statement and have been blessed in the process. But I didn’t attack your Dad, personally there are more leaders in the church besides the pastor who see what’s going on. See it amazes me how much we know the Bible when something ain’t right in the water, but as long as it goes undisturbed, nobody will even sit through the sermons. I know Satan is out to destroy the church, I wasn’t even trying to offend anyone, but I see I did, and for that I am sorry. I do however feel that the old path was the right path rather you think so or not. That way when you all had to go to court with your Bishop he wouldn’t have to defend the Church because they were still preaching using the COGiC license that wee supposed to renewed every year. So before you assume I don’t know what the deal was and before you think I don’t know anything ask because you are not psychic. Defend your Dad that I commend you on, but Daddy don’t see everything and the procedure then could have been a direct removal grabbing license and all. I have 6 daughters and 1 son, any other child that comes in my house belongs to me as long as they are here, so if anything happens, I am calling, police and everybody that comes with them. So with that being said I am moving on to something bigger and better, so no need to reply, it’ll be waste of time I won’t read it anyway, until we can talk with each other civilized on both ends. By the way your little personal attack on me isn’t making you any better, we both could have found a way to fight against the abuse, instead of trying to change me. I am reaching out with the help of God to teach youth how to be in God’s house, how to praise and how to protect themselves, where are you praying for me at? Where is your part in the vision of Bishop Blake? J/S

        • November 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm

          Sorry you felt that way but there was no attack, that’s just how you took it. and ever since i seen this message i prayed for you and even though i dont know you I still pray…and also the ignorance of others…you clearly still missed the point. Yes you hv a right to voice your opinion and so do i however you dont have to be so judgmental on a subject you know nothing about. Ppl are so quick to have an opinion on something they heard and not witnessed is all i was saying. No point in arguing with foolish people i to have learned a lesson. Although you may never read this it still makes me feel better to get this off my chest. and as a man of God I do apologize i meant no disrespect to you. You have a blessed day as will I. God Bless. 🙂

          • November 1, 2012 at 6:16 pm

            How do you claim to be praying for someone, then turn around and verbally assault them by calling them foolish and ignorant? You churchified people are jacked up for real.

  3. December 15, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Isnt it interesting that the elder at the church didnt contact the police first nor did he tell the pastor, he told the child’s father?

    • December 15, 2011 at 4:13 am

      That is funny, but you know what I feel? What would you do if you wanted to be in someone else’s spot badly? It’s sad even though wrong is wrong, why would a man of God not follow procedures properly? Is it because he wanted something to happen? Another murder case perhaps, it does make you wonder. A real father will do anything to protect his kids even retaliate when there’s wrong towards them, if the father would have lost his cool, he would’ve been on tv saying that he didn’t know what happened, now he has to explain himself. Great observation!

      • December 23, 2011 at 11:37 am

        my brother can I ask you what spot was there to be gained by doing this. What are procedures or proper procedures for child abuse? What personal gain can a person gain from this? The hardest thing to do is have a child come to you and tell you that someone that you worked side by side with is molesting them. Just because that father didnt over react like you would have done doesnt make him not to be a real father, the bible tells us to be angry but sin not, how else could the father show the love of the Father? He did the right thing and thats why the police are here and thats to protect and serve. I suggest that you start growing in God and learn the word before you start posting your feelings and what you think on blogs!

        • December 23, 2011 at 8:48 pm

          Who is this addressed to?

    • December 15, 2011 at 4:17 am

      That is funny, but you know what I feel? What would you do if you wanted to be in someone else’s spot badly? It’s sad even though wrong is wrong, why would a man of God not follow procedures properly? Is it because he wanted something to happen? Another murder case perhaps, it does make you wonder. A real father will do anything to protect his kids even retaliate when there’s wrong towards them, if the father would have lost his cool, he (Elder) would’ve been on tv saying that he didn’t know what happened, now he has to explain himself. Great observation!

    • December 23, 2011 at 11:31 am

      I find it very interesting that everyone has a comment and dont know the whole story, I am the Elder that the boy came to and told that he was touched four years ago, and the first thing I did was go and get the boys father and told him what his son revealed to me and after that We went to the police. You dont keep the parents in darkness when something like this happens.

      • December 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm

        Are you saying that you were following the policy of the church when you contacted the father first and not the police even though you knew it was a crime?

  4. warrenma
    January 7, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I don’t think it was strange to contact the father first. I think that would be the responsible thing to do. The Elder did both, he contacted the father and took him to the police. I don’t see anything wrong with that. If he told only the father and no one else then I would agree that would be not just strange, but wrong. Also even though the article did not say he told the Pastor, that doesn’t mean he didn’t. He has already responded here, so I let him answer that part of the question.


    • January 7, 2012 at 5:26 am

      Perhaps it wasnt strange, but I still want to know if he followed CHURCH POLICY if there was one. That would determine if he did what the church told him to do. Part of the problem with the whole COGIC sexual abuse issue is the nebulous atmosphere surrounding accountability. There’s mention of policies aka “zero tolerance” but where are they? Where are the official rules of conduct that ALL ministers should be following? The only way to hold someone accountable for their actions or inactions is to have a written policy by which to judge such actions. And if there is a policy, why is it not made public? Is there something in it that COGIC doesnt want questioned?

  5. February 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I have been in the Church Of God In Christ (C.O.G.I.C.) every since I was a little girl, and I have heard of these types of sex scandals in this church organization. “God” is getting tide of his name being used in vain, and being used for personal gain. “God” is beginning to pull the cover off the lay members as well as the preachers. These situations in the C.O.G.I.C. have been going on to long, and nothing has been done.

    We cannot look down on them because they have fallen from grace because we may not have done what they are facing, but we as saints have fallen short of the glory of God. If it was not so then Paul would not have said “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:22)

    The churches need to get back to the old landmark because the “devil” has crept into the house of God. We as saints need to be prayerful for the churches, and the souls of the individuals that have committed these crimes.

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