Married Christian Preacher Men are Drug Addicts and Thieves

Married Christian Preachers are Drug Addicts and Thieves

Married Christian men have no scruples, especially the ones who work as preachers. Married Christian men are drug addicts and burglars.

(Link): Tenn. preacher charged again with burglary

    Brian Haas, The Tennessean 10:39 p.m. EDT September 3, 2013

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee pastor caught on tape trying to break into a church member’s home for drugs in 2011 has been arrested again after police say he burglarized the home of another former church member.

    Rickey Alan Reed, 56, of Smyrna remained jailed Tuesday on $32,500 bond in Davidson County on a single count each of felony aggravated burglary and misdemeanor theft under $500. He was already on probation after pleading guilty in 2011 to aggravated burglary in Rutherford County, avoiding a four-year prison sentence by begging a judge for mercy, forgiveness and a chance to treat his addiction.

    But Jewel Proper, 70, said none of it worked. Instead she found him the morning of Aug. 8 standing in her Antioch home with her pain medication.

(Link): Cops: Pastor Burglarized a Parishioner Home … Again – Sept 2013

(Link): TENNESSEE: Pastor Rickey Alan Reed, caught on tape in attempted break-in, avoids prison

    Written by Brian Haas
    Tuesday, 24 July 2012 21:04

    The judge eyed pastor Rickey Alan Reed sternly.

    Should Reed, after trying to break into a church member’s home to steal prescription painkillers, spend up to four years in prison after violating such an important trust? Or should he be shown mercy as someone who was acting in the throes of a drug addiction but has since gotten help?
    “This is a serious offense, Mr. Reed,” Rutherford County Judge David Bragg told Reed, 55. “A person’s home is their sanctuary, no less than where they pray.”

    “This is a serious offense, Mr. Reed,” Rutherford County Judge David Bragg told Reed, 55. “A person’s home is their sanctuary, no less than where they pray.”

    In the end, Reed, former pastor of First Free Methodist Church, received mercy. The judge sentenced him to four years of probation. If he successfully completes that probation, which includes random drug checks, he will be able to have the charge dismissed and the felony wiped from his record.

    But Jean Harris, the woman who went to police after catching Reed on video trying to break into her home last summer, said there is no wiping the crime from her memory. She said she has had to leave First Free Methodist Church after being a member there for 55 years, then being shunned by church members for speaking to police.

    “I’ll probably never be able to trust another pastor,” Harris testified in court. She turned to Reed. “I’ve lost a huge part of my life, and you caused the destruction of a home church that is now split.”

    … Last July, Harris was trying to figure out who was stealing her prescription pain pills. She set up a video camera in her kitchen and waited.

    On July 4, 2011, she caught Reed as he walked up to her door, knocked, jiggled the handle and tried to unlock it with a credit card. Stymied by the lock, he left.

    Harris said she struggled with the decision of whether to tell police, but spoke out because of what she saw was an attempted coverup by church members. Police charged Reed with attempted aggravated burglary. They also have said that at least three other people suspect Reed stole prescription drugs, but two refused to press charges, and detectives didn’t have enough evidence in the third case.

    On Friday, Reed admitted to trying to break into Harris’ home. When asked if he had burglarized anyone before he was caught on tape, he responded, “No, sir.”

    But a few minutes later, he admitted that he previously burglarized Harris’ home to steal prescription pills.

    …Since the arrest, Reed has left First Free Methodist Church, taking with him a good number of church members. He is now the part-time interim pastor of Living Faith Ministries and working as a pizza delivery man.

    He also has dealt with depression, suicidal thoughts and a difficult drug rehabilitation.

    “I’ve seen him battle so much,” his wife, Jan Reed, said on the stand. “It’s like a miracle as far as how well he is doing.”

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