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||RE: Here's my email, Pastor Dunning.
||Thu, 4 Jan 2007 16:09:11 -0600
Here is my follow up email from our telephone conversation yesterday
January 3rd, 2007.
The purpose of this communication is to give you a personal account of
how I was assaulted by Tommy Shelton, then Pastor of the Ezra Church of
I believe it was in the 1982-83 school year. I was a student in the Ezra
Church of God Christian School. I was an honor student and a member of
the basketball team.
On the day of my encounter with Tommy Shelton, here is what took place.
I was in the gym playing basketball one afternoon by myself. I had extra
free time as I was an "E" privilege student.
Ricky Shelton came to the gym and told me that his dad wanted to see me
in his office. So I left the gym and went to the Pastor's office. Tommy
invited me in and closed the door. He sat behind his desk, I sat on the
He began to tell me that he was really embarrassed to talk about this,
but he needed my help. He said that he had a problem with his t*******s.
It was a medical condition that was causing them to bleed. I asked him
if he had been to the doctor. He replied that he was too embarrassed to
be seen by the nurses and that he would not go.
He said that he had prayed about it, and God showed him how that he
could be healed. He told me that God showed him that if he could apply
the s***m of another man, that the proteins would heal his t*******s. He
then asked me if I would be willing to help him by applying my s***m to
Being in shock, I told him that I had to think about it and left his
office. I went home that afternoon and told my mother all that had gone
I did not return to school. My mother, my grandfather and I, went back
to the school and confronted Tommy. He denied everything and told my
Grandfather that no one would believe us and he would win.
We then went to the West Frankfort Police Department and filed a formal
complaint. To my knowledge, no charges were brought against Tommy. Our
family suspected that Tommy was being protected by State Police officers
who were members of his congregation.
My mother and I moved to Houston, TX shortly after that.
A few years later, we were told that Tommy had been caught with other
boys. Some who were personal friends of mine while I was at Ezra.
One of the boys later apologized to me for not speaking up when I did.
My mother received an official written apology from the Church of God. I
had not had any communication with Tommy Shelton since that event took
If I can be of any further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact
Because of Him,