Registered Sex Offender Turned Pastor Arnold Maurice Mathis Arrested on Sexual Abuse Allegations

Registered sex offender turned pastor Arnold Maurice Mathis arrested for sexually abusing then-14 year old male for six years.

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Registered Sex Offender Turned Pastor Arnold Maurice Mathis Arrested on Sexual Abuse Allegations (The Ledger)

Registered sex offender turned pastor Arnold Maurice Mathis was arrested by Polk County, Fla., police Saturday morning for allegedly sexually molesting a then 14 year old boy for six years. The abuse occurred while Arnold Mathis, who has been a registered sex offender since 1997, was senior pastor at Saint City Power and Praise Ministries in Winter Haven.  He now serves as an assistant pastor at Higher Praise Ministries in Lake Wales.

Mathis is charged with five counts of sexual battery by a person of authority and was booked into Polk County Jail. He was being held without bail as of Saturday evening. Detectives began looking for Mathis on Friday after the victim, now 21, contacted them about the alleged abuse.

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Mathis first approached the boy at the concession stand of a basketball game when the teen was a high school freshman, his arrest report says. He asked the boy whether he needed better shoes, and told him he could help him with his financial problems.

The boy had no father figure at the time and thought Mathis was trying to care for him, the report says. Mathis picked the boy up at a park the next day and drove him to a Taco Bell. Source

Arnold Mathis reportedly admitted to the molestation accusations leveled against him by the young man. Here’s what I want to know, how in the world a registered sex offender was able to become a senior pastor at a church? These snakes in the pulpits, like Bishop Eddie Long, always prey on the kids without a father figure in their lives. Shameful. HLN’s Nancy Grace said it best, sex offenders can’t be rehabilitated. Arnold Maurice Mathis is proof of that.

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.