BEDFORD -- It looks like a church in Bedford needs a new worship pastor. Kyle Adcock, who held that position since early this year, apparently quit Thursday morning after his troubled past came to light.
He's currently awaiting trial after being charged and indicted on 20+ charges of rape. His alleged victim is a 14-year-old girl who was in the youth group of a church in Alabama where Adcock was a youth minister.
First Baptist Church in Bedford declined to make a statement, but a church official said Adcock resigned by phone Thursday. The official admitted some of the staff knew about the rape charges but decided to hire him anyway because Adcock wouldn't be working with kids.
The official also said the church is a "hospital for sinners," and that it wasn't their place to judge Adcock who hasn't been convicted of any crime.
But Amy Smith, a rep from a victim's advocacy group called SNAP, doesn't buy that.
"Given what he's been accused of and indicted for, it's incredibly irresponsible and reckless," Smith said. "At the minimum, they need to publicly discuss this with their church members. Also, they need to aggressively outreach to find victims."
And, when they hire a new worship leader, they might want to be just a little more selective.