The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports:
A former youth pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church in Shelby County pleaded guilty Friday to 13 sex-related crimes involving children. Keenan Maurice Hord received 60 years for the crimes but will be eligible for parole in 15. He must also register as a sex offender and have no contact with any children.
At Hord’s bond hearing, a Bentonville Police detective testified that police had spoken to six victims and identified up to 30 possible victims after examining Hord’s cellphone. Bellevue is one of the largest churches in the Memphis area, with an average Sunday attendance of about 8,000.
From the Bellevue Baptist Church:
The safety of our children remains our top priority. If you have any information regarding any criminal activity, please report it to the local police department. If you have any questions regarding this situation, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Scripture warns us that Satan is a roaring lion, always seeking someone he can devour. His only intention is to steal, kill, and destroy. We must keep our guard up and draw near to the Lord. In doing so, He promises to draw near to us.
As I noted in my first report in August 2022, all of the victims are boys.
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— Commercial Appeal (@memphisnews) February 24, 2023