May 02, 2005

Pastor punished for sex abuse quits committee

The Dallas Morning News

10:15 PM CDT on Sunday, May 1, 2005

By GRETEL C. KOVACH / The Dallas Morning News

The Rev. Dan Carroll, a Mesquite pastor punished by church superiors almost 10 years ago after he admitted sexual misconduct with a youth, has resigned his position on a regional committee that investigates sexual misconduct complaints.

The Dallas Morning News reported recently that Mr. Carroll, senior minister of Eastridge Park Christian Church, served on the Committee on the Ministry, which suspended his standing with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1996.

Some had questioned whether Mr. Carroll was suitable for the committee, which may soon investigate another area pastor accused of sexual misconduct with a youth from his congregation.

That pastor, the Rev. Larry Joe Crocker, was placed on administrative leave from Lakeview Christian Church in Dallas after he was arrested March 16 and charged with two counts of indecency with a child by contact.

Mr. Carroll resigned his positions with the Disciples of Christ in the Southwest and North Texas areas last week, church members were told Wednesday.

According to a newsletter, Mr. Carroll will meet with the congregation May 15 "to discuss his future with Eastridge Park Christian Church."

Posted by kshaw at May 2, 2005 07:06 AM