Pastor under fire for sexual misconduct
A Florence lead pastor is under fire following the discovery of sexual misconduct with youth boys at his congregation.
John Martin, the lead pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church on Sweetwater Avenue, was arrested on Friday, June 28. He was taken and booked at Lauderdale County Detention center on four counts of Sexual Abuse.
The arrest follows a confession to his congregation a few days ago that he had inappropriately behaved. Members immediately notified authorities at One Place of the Shoals, a family justice center.
Assistant Attorney Coty Hand believes that there could be more victims. He believes that the victims have yet to verbally express what has happened and have not been discovered.
Martin was the pastor for nine years at Lighthouse Baptist Church and has resigned since the news first broke.