The last time a member of the Cottonwood Baptist Church in Cottonwood, Texas, had to attend a Bible study class, they didn’t want to.
That was before they were accused of having a sexual relationship with one of the women who was in the class.
The church was founded in 1866, and it’s been around since the 1800s.
The congregation’s leaders and most of the members were black.
Now, they are facing the accusation of sexual abuse.
The pastor, Andrew Bowers, is being accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student in the past.
He’s being held in jail and faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
But the congregation has been through a lot in its history.
They were called “Little Cottonwood,” after the cottonwood tree that grew in the area.
The Cottonwood is now one of two historic black churches in Texas, and is known as the Cottonwoods to its congregation.
The Rev. Andrew Bower, a Baptist minister and leader of the congregation, speaks at a news conference on July 18, 2017 in Cottonwoods, Texas.
(Photo by David J. Phillip/Associated Press) A woman walks through a sign at the Cottonywood Baptist church in Cottonfields, Texas on July 16, 2017.
The group was founded by a preacher named Andrew Brougham and he had a reputation as a “good preacher.”
But according to the accusations against Bowers and his wife, Amber, who’s the pastor, he’s sexually assaulted at least one of them.
The charges are the latest in a series of incidents against the Cottonbears, which started in 2015 when a former pastor was charged with sexual abuse, and another was accused of making sexual advances toward a young woman.
The two pastors have been suspended from the congregation.
Broughams accusers said the church leader, who was not identified in the court documents, made a sexual advances to them as they were praying in the middle of a Bible class.
He even had them watch pornography on his phone.
The alleged victim, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Broughs allegedly took a pair of gloves from the women, and put them in a bag before he put them into the car.
The bag had an item on it, the woman said, which the pastor said he didn’t know what it was.
The woman said he then took off her clothes and touched her private parts, then tried to kiss her.
The accused pastor also reportedly touched the woman’s genitals and told her to masturbate.
When the woman objected, he grabbed her hand and pulled her off the Bible class, she said.
The women told police that the pastor began making inappropriate comments about the alleged victim and how she looked.
The pastors ex-partners, who had been married for years, said that Broughos wife and Amber, also married to a Baptist pastor, was upset by the alleged misconduct and started making calls to the authorities.
The couple said they called Brough and the woman and begged her to stop it.
The case has been forwarded to the Cotton County District Attorney’s Office, which is handling the charges, according to a news release.
Amber Broughy has been a pastor in Cottonfield for 10 years.
The statement from the church says that the church will pray for the women.
The victims were not charged with any crimes.
The police investigation into the allegations against Brough’s wife began in 2015, but the charges were dropped in 2017.
Amber and Andrew Boughs ex-Partners, along with their wives, have been married since the 1990s.
Their marriage was officially dissolved in 2013.
The first woman who was charged was charged in March 2018, according the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Amber’s arrest and the charges against her ex-husband came amid a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against prominent Baptist pastors.
In April, former pastor and author Billy Graham, who once preached in a tiny church in Tennessee, was charged by three women with sexually abusing a woman, two of whom said he forced himself on them.
In February, the Rev. Al Sharpton, who preached in the South Bronx in New York City, was arrested on charges of sexual harassment and abuse of minors.
On Friday, the former head of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights was charged after he was accused by four women of sexually touching them.
Rev. William Barber, a pastor of the North Texas Baptist Church, was indicted on six counts of sexually harassing at least three female parishioners.
The indictment includes allegations that he grabbed a woman’s breast while she was in her shower in April 2018 and that he kissed her in her hotel room in March 2019.
In August 2018, Barber was charged for allegedly having sex with a woman he met through a dating website.
On Thursday, two women told a court that Barber had inappropriate physical contact with them at his church