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Southern Baptist leader accused of teen's sexual assault pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Deanna Boyd, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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"He was very flushed but he didn't show any emotion at any time," she said.

Aderholt had served as the associate executive director and chief strategist for the South Carolina Baptist Convention for a year and a half until he resigned on June 19, 2018. At that time, no explanation for the married father's resignation was given.

He was arrested on July 3, 2018, in South Carolina on a warrant issued in the Tarrant County case.

Aderholt had formerly served as the missionary to Eastern Europe for the International Mission Board, an organization affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. He's cited as having also served in Bulgaria and Slovakia, among others.

In April, the International Mission Board said it had hired a third-party group to conduct an investigation into its handling of past allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment. One of the reviews was of Aderholt, who served as a career missionary in Europe from approximately 2000 to 2007.

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