Church Volunteer Accused of Sexual Assault of 15-Year-Old

April 29th, 2024 10:35 AM

An Arkansas teacher was arrested Wednesday for allegedly sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy she met at a church beginning in 2020. 

Reagan Gray, a volunteer at the Immanuel Baptist Church, allegedly sent nude photos to the young boy after hunting down his cell number on the church’s WhatsApp group.

Gray, 26, was a teacher at the Little Rock Christian Academy and volunteered at the Immanuel Baptist Church. The boy didn’t attend the school, but was part of the church's student ministry where Gray volunteered.

According to local news THV11, the child’s parents discovered text messages on their son's phone in 2020. They told the senior pastor about the abuse and he had Gray removed from the student ministry and required her to undergo counseling from the church. At the time, Gray maintained that her relationship with the boy wasn't "physical." 

That didn’t last long. According to the same report, Gray returned to the ministry and continued pursuing the relationship with the boy, which she later confessed was “sexual in nature.”

According to local news KARK, the boy and Gray met in her car and apartment. She allegedly sent nude photos to him daily and expected some to be sent in return. Mirror reported that Gray performed oral sex on the boy but did not have intercourse with him “in order for [him] to stay pure.”

Gray was charged with a single felony count of sexual assault of a teenager after turning herself in to Little Rock police this month. She was released on a $20,000 bond and her court date is set for June 17.

Oddly enough, former president Bill Clinton had once praised the church where Gray and her victim met. Back in 1993, Clinton, who was born in Arkansas and lived for a time in Little Rock, tearfully thanked the congregation just days before starting his first term as president.

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“Were it not for this church…I believe it would be virtually impossible (that) I would be going to Washington next week as president. And I am absolutely certain I would be less prepared for the job,” Clinton told parishioners at the time

Hate to say it but, with a man like Bill Clinton praising a congregation for his campaign success given his second term'"happy" ending, it’s not surprising that another alleged sexual abuser just cropped up in the same circle.

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