Report particulars allegations of sexual assault in opposition to CCM singer Chris Rice

Chris Rice

(CP) A brand new report particulars allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition to well-known up to date Christian music singer and songwriter Chris Rice, who reportedly engaged in “massages” with underage boys and invited them to remain in a single day at his residence.

GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment), a number one Evangelical group specializing in “empowering Christian communities to acknowledge, stop and reply to abuse” inside non secular organizations, launched the outcomes of an investigation into the claims in opposition to Rice Monday. The agency discovered the allegations “credible.”

Tates Creek Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky, employed GRACE to analyze in 2020 after a former male member of the church’s youth group alleged that Rice sexually assaulted him whereas main worship at youth and school retreats for the church between 1995 and 2003.

Robert H. Cunningham, the senior pastor of Tates Creek Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky, launched a statement reacting to the report:

“These new allegations claimed that Rice participated in grooming habits amongst our college students and sexually assaulted one pupil on a number of events. It was extremely courageous of this former pupil to share his story with me. I believed him then, and after studying the findings of the investigation, I nonetheless imagine him.”

The allegations in opposition to Rice, identified for hits reminiscent of “Smile,” got here after a 2019 report discovering that former Tates Creek Presbyterian Church Pastor Brad Waller had engaged in a number of acts of sexual misconduct with younger males.

While Rice was not an worker of the church, he was shut buddies with Waller and was contracted on a number of events between 1995 and 2003 to guide worship at youth and school retreats for the church.

While GRACE reached out to Rice by means of his legal professional concerning the sexual misconduct and abuse allegations, the report indicated that Rice declined to talk with GRACE investigators.

The GRACE investigators interviewed seven people for his or her report and solely the unique accuser, recognized as Alan Doe, “reported cases of explicitly sexual contact.” All seven people had been younger males who met Rice throughout his work for the church.

“Several of the people reported being invited by Rice for visits at his residence within the Nashville, Tennessee, space whereby they stayed in a single day at his request. Other than Waller probably being current for a number of visits (recollections of interviewees had been unclear), no different adults stayed at Rice’s residence in the course of the youths’ visits,” the report acknowledged. “During the related time interval, Rice would have been in his late thirties and the people had been of their mid-to-late teenagers to early twenties.”

According to the report, “Alan Doe first met Rice when he was 13 or 14 years previous and Rice initiated exchanging massages with him on TCPC retreats starting at 14-15 years previous.”

“Alan Doe started driving to Rice’s residence at 16 years previous, the place Rice and he slept in the identical mattress and exchanged massages every night. Rice escalated and progressed the bodily contact till Alan Doe’s early years of faculty, though it’s unclear from Alan Doe’s reminiscence which occasions occurred previous to or after Alan Doe turned eighteen years previous,” the report stated.

“At all of those instances, Rice was in his late thirties. After the cases the place Rice reached into his boxer shorts, Alan Doe realized that this was a ‘unusual relationship’ and that he did not perceive what to make of it aside from it was ‘bizarre’ and he stopped visiting thereafter,” the report continued. “Alan Doe stated that he ‘put it in a field.'”

Another pupil recognized as Brent Doe reported that whereas staying at Rice’s residence and sleeping in a tent in his room, he felt “on guard” and “looking out for one thing bizarre.”

“And then, it by no means occurred. I do not know if he (Rice) may see that perhaps I used to be on guard, or if he simply felt like I wasn’t going to be submissive,” the report quoted Brent Doe as saying.

While the report acknowledges that nobody on the church was conscious of the allegations of misconduct in opposition to Rice on the time they had been occurring, the church accepted that leaders didn’t create a “tradition of consciousness” about abuse and that there was “no report of protecting insurance policies in place whereas Chris Rice was concerned in our ministries.”

“This is unacceptable, and we’re heartbroken on the thought that formalized insurance policies and procedures may have prevented what has been alleged. We have at all times had requirements of how our workers are to conduct themselves, however these requirements weren’t formally formalized, as they need to have been,” Cunningham stated.

Cunningham pledged to do extra to create an setting secure from abusers sooner or later.

“I’m profoundly grateful to those that participated on this investigation, and I do hope you’ll settle for our apology for the failures I’ve confessed,” Cunningham stated. “Both in coverage and tradition, our church failed to guard you. I want so badly we may return 20 years and alter issues, however all we will do is transfer ahead in repentance.”

“Please know your braveness to share has been the prophetic rebuke we would have liked to repent,” he added. “I additionally understand there are others who participated confidentially as a result of they weren’t snug sharing their experiences at this level, and I would like you to know that we utterly perceive.”

Cunningham added, “There is not any strain in any respect to come back ahead.”

“We do need you to know that we’re at all times right here, out there to pay attention to each single story and to make use of our sources that can assist you discover therapeutic,” Cunningham acknowledged. “[W]e don’t view this as the top, however the starting of a redemptive journey, and the invitation to assist stays open-ended.”

GRACE had carried out a earlier investigation on the church’s request from 2018 to 2019 relating to Waller. But after Doe shared his experiences with Rice with Cunningham in 2020, the senior pastor knowledgeable Kentucky police and referred to as a gathering of church elders the place they unanimously voted to contract with GRACE to conduct one other investigation.

According to the GRACE report, no investigation has been undertaken by legislation enforcement into Rice’s actions “because of the present choice of the reporting survivor.”

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