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According to the report, more than 200 Baptist ministers, deacons and others have been convicted of sexual abuse



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By Corky Siemaszko

For more than a decade, a Baptist preacher in Oklahoma has been what he calls "a lonely voice in the desert."

Pastor Wade Burleson asked the Southern Baptist Convention to protect his flock by creating a database that tracks church workers accused of sexual abuse.

Such a list was published on Monday, but not by Baptists.

The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News in an extensive investigation named 220 pastors, ministers, deacons, volunteers, Sunday school teachers and others who were found guilty of sexually abusing parishioners over 20 years of age.

More than 250 have been accused. And approximately 380 leaders and volunteers from Southern Baptist Church have faced accusations of sexual misconduct that involved more than 700 victims, according to the report. That includes those who were convicted, credibly accused and sued successfully.

Some of the victims were sexually abused and others as young as 3, according to the report.


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