This week, a pastor in Texas stood behind bars after police said he sexually assaulted a teenage girl for several years, starting when she was 16. Aaron Duane Shipman, 44, was taken into custody Thursday and charged with second-degree sexual assault, Wichita Falls NBC affiliate KFDX-TV report.
According to reports, a young woman on January 17 filed a complaint with the Odessa Police Department claiming that Shipman had sexually assaulted her several times over the past two years. The woman, now 18, told investigators that Shipman sexually assaulted her at least three times, including having sex. The victim said the most recent instance of sexual abuse took place just a day earlier, on January 16, a possible police affidavit said. According to the affidavit, the victim told police that all of her sexual relations with Shipman were against her will.
A paramedic who examined the victim and performed the Sexual Assault Nurse (SANE) test was found to have signs of sexual trauma, American Odessa report.
Before his arrest, Shipman was said to be the principal pastor at the Baptist Bible Church in Odessa. Follow it website, the church is an independent Baptist Church “committed to challenging every born-again believer to follow Jesus Christ” and believes that the King James Version of the Bible “is the word of God preserved in English language.” The website still lists Aaron Shipman as the pastor of the church as of Saturday afternoon.
However, Church officials later fired Shipman from his position, according to a statement.
“As a ministry, we are deeply saddened and traumatized to hear of the allegations against Aaron Shipman,” the church said in a statement. statement to Odessa NBC branch KWES. “Due to the nature of the allegations, we have terminated Mr. Shipman’s position at Baptist Bible Church effective immediately.”
After examining the victim’s SANE, Odessa police arrested Shipman and placed him in the Ector County Detention Center on a $60,000 bond, Online prison records show. He is believed to have been released on bond, according to a report from Midland ABC affiliate KMID.
In addition to losing his position in the church, Shipman was also barred from entering church property when the investigation into his conduct opened.
“He is banned indefinitely from our church property and grounds,” church officials said. “We are, and will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities and any public officials. We are asking our staff and members not to discuss this matter further while it is pending in court.”
Baptist Bible Church did not immediately respond to a message from Law & Crime seeking additional information about the allegations against Shipman.
[image via Odessa Police Department]
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