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Pastor William ‘Pete” McCullers Arrested in Dothan, Alabama

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Pastor William ‘Pete’ McCullers with his wife Linda

William ‘Pete’ McCullers, associate pastor of Tabernacle of Praise Church, Chipley, Florida, was arrested today in Dothan, Alabama. McCullers is expected to be charged “with at least 10 counts of lewd and lascivious acts on four children under 12 years old.” The church has no website and their Facebook page has been disabled.

McCullers, age 64, graduated from high school in 1968. Think about that for a moment.  This guy is an old man. What makes a man who is grandfather age molest young children? Those of us who have spent years reporting on and working with sexual abuse victims know that it is unlikely that these children are McCullers first victims.  Now that McCullers has been arrested, it will be interesting to see if other victims come forward.

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Tabernacle of Praise Church, Chipley, Florida

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    What makes a feller want to diddle little kiddies? Why, that would be the Devil, right? Oh wait, that thing isn’t real so who to blame next… Ah hell and tarnation, it musta been the Devil, Bruce. That’s my final answer…. no wait, THE EDUCATION SYSTEM! Back in those there days peoples was all on lysergic acidations ‘nsoforth… So they takes them things and it makes them diddle. There’s anuther possible cuuprict right then and there, Bruce. The Devil, the drugs and ohhh yeah, the mooooonshine! Hells bells, you drink that corn whiskey and all terrible hopeless and so on. Where do think the term ‘cornhole’ came frum anyways.
    By golly, I guess it’s all o them things maybe. It sure couldn’t be blamed on the perp’s own historicals, no sir! I knew that man’s daddy and he diddled around other kids but never ever his own! That’s one thing I am dang-right sure of….
    Well, that was hard question you tossed out but I think I nailed ‘er…

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    Bruce Gerencser

    Today’s news:

    The 64-year-old was an associate pastor at Chipley’s Tabernacle of Praise Church. However, lead pastor Victor Fisher told the News Herald that he hasn’t been a part of the church for three years.

    McCullers’ bond was set at $500,000 and he’s ordered to have no contact with victims or other minors. It’s not yet clear if his wife Linda McCullers, who was with him at the time of his arrest, will face charges.

    See, if he had stayed in church this wouldn’t have happened. 🙂 That is, if ANYONE believes he only started molesting children at the age of 61.

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    Becky Wiren

    I’d like to say I’m shocked. But I’m afraid I’m becoming numb to all of these horrible sexual crimes.

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    I am very sorry, Carol, that you have had to endure this kind of pain and abuse. I don’t know what you mean exactly by the word ‘justice’ but I trust that the public exposure of this kind of sick crime will help all of us be more aware and watchful regarding our loved ones.
    People in public postions of Authority in our communities must be subject to careful, ongoing scrutiny. Just because somebody becomes a doctor, a preacher, a teacher, does not mean they are free of abuse within them. No amount of training or wishing simply takes-away the aberrant direction. Certainly, the idea that God does is just fantasy. I hope you find some peace through this trial process. I hope the church involved faces the reality of abuse in their midst without simply pointing fingers.

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Bruce Gerencser