“He’s been very blatant and very careless over the years running after young boys and picking them up from these various church youth Bible study groups.”
Last Friday the Houston Chronicle revealed that more male accusers have come forward with claims against Judge Paul Pressler. In a previous post, we reported that a second man has broken his silence regarding an incident that occurred when he was 15 or 16. That individual was involved in the youth program at a Presbyterian church in Houston, and the leader of that group was Paul Pressler.
One night Pressler drove the teen to the Houston Oaks Country Club. Said teen had gone to the country club with Pressler before, but always with a group. This time he was Pressler’s only passenger. During their time at the Club, the teen alleges that Pressler groped him while they were alone in the steam bath/sauna. A Baptist News Global article quotes this individual as follows:
“I was absolutely not aroused,” the statement says. “I froze. Shocked, stunned and utterly frightened, I had no idea what to expect next. I was naked and trapped — miles from home — and I needed to be beyond Pressler’s reach.”
“My instincts told me to carry on as though nothing had happened — to end the incident with no further incident. With great difficulty, I talked calmly, while staying alert. We returned to the locker room and dressed. Then Pressler drove me to my car without further incident. I went home and from that moment I have stayed away from him.”
The Houston Chronicle revealed the name of this individual late last week. He is Toby Twining, who is now 59 and a New York City musician. According to the Houston Chronicle article,
At that time, Pressler was a youth pastor at Bethel Church in Houston; he was ousted from that position in 1978 after church officials received information about “an alleged incident,” according to a letter introduced into the court file.
If what Toby Twining alleges is true, then this scenario occurred just a year before Paul Pressler and Paige Patterson masterminded the takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Houston Chronicle article, entitled More men accuse former Texas judge, Baptist leader of sexual misconduct, names another accuser, Brooks Schott. (see excerpt below)
Brooks Schott, 27, now a lawyer in Washington state, says in an affidavit that he resigned his position at Pressler’s former law firm after Pressler in 2016 invited Schott to get into a hot tub with him naked. He also accuses Jared Woodfill, Pressler’s longtime law partner and the head of the Harris County Republican Party until 2014, of failing to prevent Pressler’s sexual advances toward him and others, which Schott says were well-known among the firm, the documents state.
Here is a screen shot from Brooks’ affidavit, which can be accessed via the Houston Chronicle article, along with Toby Twinings’ affidavit. Brooks Schott stated:
This is highly disturbing! How many people may have known of Pressler’s ‘alleged’ predatory behavior through the years? Shame on anyone who has been complicit in covering up criminal behavior!
When news of a lawsuit against Paul Pressler broke last year, the The Texas Monitor published an article entitled “Worst kept secret in Houston: Defamation lawsuit emerges against Pressler, Woodfill.” In the wake of that lawsuit filed on behalf of Gareld Duane Rollins, Daniel Shea (Rollins’ attorney) told The Texas Monitor (in an exclusive interview):
“I’m getting a lot of responses from a lot of people”
Attorney Shea went on to state:
“If any victims decide they want to be added to the suit that can be done..
The Texas Monitor article further states:
“Shea had strong words for the 87-year-old Pressler, calling his alleged molestations the “worst kept secret in Houston.”
“He’s been very blatant and very careless over the years running after young boys and picking them up from these various church youth Bible study groups,” Shea said.
We found the comment section of this Texas Monitor very revealing. Here are some thought-provoking screen shots.
Another Texas Monitor article, Lawsuit alleges decades-long molestation by former Texas lawmaker, has some disturbing comments (see screen shots below).
We will be following these developments very closely and will provide timely updates. In the meantime, we would appreciate your sharing your thoughts and praying for those who have allegedly been hurt. Pray for their courage to come forward!