Child sex charges concern church members

People in North Texas are wondering how an accused child sex offender moved from a different state and got a job at a local church.

Former Alabama youth minister Kyle Adcock now works at First Baptist Church of Bedford.

Alabama court documents show has been charged with 29 counts of sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl between 2010 and 2012, when he was her youth minister.

He was working at Woodward Avenue Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals at the time; a city about two hours northwest of Birmingham.

Adcock was living in Frisco at the time of his arrest last year.

Julie Brooks and Jennifer Fawks have teenagers who take classes every week at First Baptist Church of Bedford.

Brooks and Fawks are worried about Adcock working at the church.

“Kids trust ministers,” said Brooks. “And if they are approached by someone who works in the church, you would trust him. You would have no reason not to.”

Steve Knott, pastor of First Baptist Bedford, told FOX 4 on the phone that Adcock is a temporary employee in the music ministry, and that generally, the church does do background checks. 

But a simple Google search would've turned up several articles, mug shots and pictures of his arrests, dating back to last summer.

Knox pointed out twice that Adcock has not been convicted of any crime.

Brooks and Fawks agree that suspects are innocent until proven guilty, but they find it troublesome that a former youth minister sought employment in the same kind of environment, a church ministry, where he has been accused of 29 counts of underage sexual abuse.

“Until that has been proven one way or the other, you are not put back in a situation where this problem started from,” said Brooks.

A trial date is set for later this year.

Adcock was not immediately available for comment. FOX 4 couldn’t reach him on Tuesday.