The community is reacting after former Pastor Geronimo Aguilar was advertised to be a part of an upcoming church event.
The former ROC pastor was indicted in Texas for alleged sexual assaults on an 11-year-old girl and her 13-year-old sister.
Two of those pastors say they will now not be preaching at that event.
Revered Dr. Roscoe Cooper III of Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church preached at the Cedar Street Baptist Church Good Friday Event last year, but will not this year, but did not specifically give a reason.
“It’s unfortunate that the service is taking on a different perspective than what it initially was put together to do,” he says.
Cooper is not the only pastor to now decline an invite.
“I didn’t know all the details but now that I do,” says Tyrone Nelson of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church. “I will not be participating this year.”
Event leaders did not speak specifically about Pastor G’s involvement. However they do say the event is to go on as planned. ‘Pastor G’ is still scheduled to be there.
Also speaking out is SNAP, the Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests. Representative Becky Ianni says this appearance is a slap in the face to victims.
“There are ways to do it privately, but when you do it publicly, you’re saying your pain doesn’t matter,” she says.
Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond