Youth pastor arrested for child molestation

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 11, January 3, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- A 14-year-old girl said she was molested by a 36-year-old man. Richmond County investigators said the man involved was her youth pastor at Bibleway Church of our Lord Jesus Christ Apostolic, on Grand Boulevard. Investigators said the 14-year-old girl and her youth pastor had a relationship that started a year and a half to two years ago. The incident report said they were alone together four different times. And there were three days of instant messaging back and forth. 5-7 pages to be exact, all filled with inappropriate conversation.

"They were very sexual oriented. Showing the desires of a person," Investigator Earnest Furgeison said.

The victims step mother spotted the Yahoo messages and called the victims biological mother, who contacted the Sheriff's Office. On Saturday, 36-year-old Falcon Davis was arrested and charged with three counts of child molestation.

"It is always a shock when you start dealing with people who are involved in the ministry. A lot of times they are looked up to in reverend as a higher person," Inv. Furgeison said.

A neighbor, John Kelley said the incident at the church is unfortunate .

"That activity happened in our neighborhood, in this neighborhood, a neighborhood I grew up in, that has always been a safe haven for me," John Kelley said.

Kelley said his kids are involved in activities at a different church. But this case is a wake up call to all parents.

"The ministers are role models and people that we trust in the community. But we also must understand they are not God. They are individuals and they make mistakes as well," Kelley said.

He said it all comes back to what you teach your children at home.

"I am a parent and of course it continues to remind me that we must train our kids at home so they will recognize when they are in an unsafe environment," Kelley said.

Investigators said Falcon Davis is being held without bond at the Richmond County Jail.

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  • by hope Location: G.A. on Mar 19, 2009 at 07:32 PM
    I've been waiting on comments from people who has been writeing what about the moma who let her daugther and baby daddy have SEX and gave him a slap on risk, and put him out and beat the daugther, my GOD what is parent hood coming to who will deal w/parent,daddy was mess up in drugs.they will have to answer to GOD, and grandmom comes to church every wk after bein on crack all week some body make me understand whats wrong with this pictrue.wheres the public now as for the min. I pray for him it just goes to show men of god can fall
  • by concerned Location: CSRA on Jan 4, 2008 at 05:29 PM
    yes, it is a concern for the community. Evil spirits are busy so we as Christians must get busy and bind them and pray more.
  • by Sonya Location: Aiken on Jan 4, 2008 at 08:54 AM
    This is really starting to be a common act. We as parents need to realize that we need to have communication with our childern. Teach them about Christ and what he was stating, teaching the 10 commandments. We need to be more cautious of the people that around our kids, even inside the church. Lately, most of the criminals are starting to be found in church, so-called trying to get their life together. But in the mean time of them going through, especially a molester, they are still around our kids. We sometimes fail to realize that sinners come to church too, if they didn't who would the church save? The parents, the community, the congregations, all over need to step and be active in kids life, if not, this won't be the last that hear of something like this. This little girl was looking for comfort from a man, which she may could have been able to find in a positive male role model, that could have told her to value herself. Love comes from within and with GOD.
  • by Tony Location: Aiken on Jan 4, 2008 at 05:50 AM
    Situations like this are being publicized more and more, but its especially saddening and detrimental when it happens in a Christian setting. I'm reminded of how Billy Graham and three of his core team members addressed temptations in the early years of their ministry. They made a list of the major problems and obstacles they would have to face. Two of the temptations they listed were financial and sexual misconduct. They established rules to provide accountability and one was to never be alone with another woman other than their wives. The leadership of all churches and schools need to ask themselves have they addressed these temptations.
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