A Texas youth pastor who was caught allegedly sexually abusing a 6-year-old child was beaten by witnesses who say they attacked him to stop the abuse, Fox4 reports.
Dallas police arrested Willie Lee Bell Jr., 29, who was a youth pastor at First United Methodist Church of Cedar Hill. Authorities say he lured the kindergartner behind an apartment, where he molested him. Bell is also implicated in a February sexual assault of two other children, Fox4 reports. All victims are aged 6 and 7.
“It’s painful. It’s devastating. It’s a nightmare,” the mother of a 6-year-old victim told the station.
She said her child was playing outside with other kids when Bell lured him behind a building.
Fox4 reports that court records show it’s not the first time Bell has been accused of sexually abusing children — he was accused of showing pornography to a child in Tennessee.
One victim told authorities that the man abusing him was wearing “church shoes.”
The mother, who asked her identity be withheld, said she was grateful for the intervention of witnesses.
“If it wasn’t for them, he probably would have done more to my child,” she told the station.
In a statement to Fox4, the church said it is cooperating with police.
Watch the report, from Fox4, here:
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Horses are raising a hoof to support Black Lives Matter protesters in Houston, Texas Tuesday.
After several nights of protests, an urban trail riding club, Nonstop Riders, joined the efforts
“We’re here representing for all our black brothers and sisters," said Marcus Johnson, sitting atop his horse.
As the riders fists stretched toward the blue Texas sky, the protest crowd broke into cheers and applause.
Brianna Noble did the same at the protests Friday, sitting atop Dapper Dan, leading a crowd of protesters.
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"I thought it was farcical. And it is kind of blowing up in his face even in the faith community and communities that support, him like some conservative evangelical communities," said Dubois. "The reason is Jesus stood up for everyday people, including the vulnerable, and didn't believe in false displays of piety, and yesterday President Trump ordered — or was okay with — everyday people being gassed and shot with rubber bullets in order to make his way to a false display of piety."
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It was a move that sent former Sen. Claire McCaskill into a fury.
"You know, I am so sad and angry and full of emotion about what our country is going through right now," she said during an MSNBC appearance. "And the nerve of this man and the people around him thinking it was a good idea to use police on horses and tear gas and flashbangs to move a peaceful crowd so he could go out there and do something that's at its essence so phony."