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Black Collar Crime: Evangelical Pastor Kenneth Sapp Accused of Exposing Himself to Undercover Officer

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Kenneth Sapp, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Ruston, Louisiana, stands accused of exposing himself to an undercover police officer. Sapp was charged with obscenity, possession of a Schedule Two, prohibited acts/drug paraphernalia, open container, weapon use violent act, manufacture/distribution/possession of a Schedule One drug, and possession of marijuana.

WGNO reports:

From the documents KTVE/KARD gathered, we know that on Thursday night, right before midnight, Reverend Kenneth Sapp of Arcadia was arrested after allegedly exposing himself to an undercover officer in the public restroom at the Stoner Boat Launch in Shreveport, Louisiana. The 63-year-old is the pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Ruston, Louisiana.

According to police in a probable cause statement, Sapp was also found to be in possession of 30 grams of suspected marijuana, 21 grams of suspected meth, multiple glass pipes, and an unlabeled bottle of pills. Officers also found a handgun in Sapp’s possession. Sapp was booked into the Shreveport City Jail Friday morning and transferred to The Caddo Correctional Center early Saturday morning. His bond was set at $21,000 and he was booked on obscenity, open container, and 5 different drug charges.

On Monday, KTVE/KARD did reach out to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church for a comment, but we were told that a statement would not be given at this time.

The Shreveport Times adds:

Kenneth Sapp, 63, of Arcadia was booked into Shreveport Jail on obscenity, possession of a schedule two, prohibited acts/drug paraphernalia, open container, weapon use violent act, manufacture/distribution/possession of a schedule one and possession of marijuana.

According to booking records, Sapp was arrested after allegedly exposing himself to an undercover officer in a public restroom.

Booking records also state he was found to have 30 grams of suspected marijuana, 21 grams of suspected meth, multiple glass pipes, an unlabeled bottle of pills and a handgun.

On April 28, Sapp was transferred to Caddo Correctional Center, with his bond set at $21,000.

Sapp is the pastor at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church the Oasis in the Woods and has served in this position for the last 30 years.

Bruce Gerencser, 66, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 45 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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    Karuna Gal

    After reading this article, I wonder if Dr. Sapp (what a great name, couldn’t make that one up!) organized the “Men’s Unity Weekend” with some less than spiritual ulterior motives.

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    Yulya Sevelova

    Heh- heh, he probably did, Karuna Gal !! T D Jakes is just as bad. Maybe even worse. This reminds me of a story out of San Francisco that appeared on my radio station today. About a church – based fake non( for) profit called Providence Foundation that took that city for $105 K, filing false invoices for a paint job on this hotel being used to house homeless people. Ah yes, Providence Baptist Church. Lots of nepotism going on there too. I’m happy the City Attorney is going after them, I phoned up there to encourage exactly that ! Senior citizens are the fastest growing group of homeless people, rising rents aren’t covered by Social Security and other pensions, most don’t know this sad fact. There’s a circulating stereotype out there, bearded guys on bikes smoking meth,weed, living in tents.

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