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New Orleans - 04/01/2011
As the media circus engulfs Bishop Johnathan Alvarado for claims that he molested children within his congregation, citizens from New Orleans are reminded of another similar case involving Minister Phillip Britton and a 16 year old church member.
The Story of the late Phillip Britton is one that exposes what can happen to our young men whenever Church officials are left to their own devices. For nearly a year back in 1999 the church community mumbled about it and even whispered about it but no one really stood up for a young man who exposed his relationship with the Minister of Music Phillip Britton.
Even Paul Morton, the presiding Bishop of Greater St. Stephens never really displayed the type of leadership that many abuse advocates had hoped for as he only relieved or better yet “Sat-Down” a member of his staff for having homosexual sex. The case of the 16 year old who accused the choir director of exposing him to the HIV virus fell on deaf hears, even in within the judicial system.
It’s no wonder this crime all but disappeared from the media and public view. The first pew of Greater St Stephens was filled with some of the most powerful people in the City of New Orleans, including former U.S. Congressman William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson. Till this day Greater St. Stephens alter call anthem is a song Britton wrote titled “we offer Christ to you.” See video which features Britton directing the choir at Greater St. Stephens.
Some have speculated that this case was swept under the rug because Phillip Britton was the one of the best choir directors in the Full Gospel Movement, others have said that it was his because of his affiliation with one of the most powerful pastors in the City of New Orleans.
Whatever reason you choose to believe here is the one thing that is for sure; Phillip Britton was accused of having sex with a child 16 years old and was able to walk out of the New Orleans Criminal Court free as a bird.
As the mother of the molested teen left the court that April day back in 2001, words could not really express her disappointment at watching the man who violated her son get off with only 6 months of inactive probation.
"This is a hard pill to swallow," the teen's mother said as she walked out of the courthouse. "He didn't get what he deserved -- to be behind bars. But, you know, he'll never be free. My faith is in God. He's in control." To add insult to injury, Phillip Britton returned to his position as Minister of Music for Greater St. Stephens Full Gospel Baptist Church.
The position of many congregations today is the same as it was in 1999 at Greater St Stephens, “We will not judge the man of God” and “And touch not thy anointed.” While the current Church refrains from Touching and Judging the so-called anointed, our children are falling prey to a satanic pedophile legion of Preachers, Priests, Ministers, and Pastors.Paul Morton probably figured that this whole situation was far in the past and no way anyone would remember the surrounding events other than the people involved, and one of them has since passsed away.
It is this type of mind set that has given birth to the Church Folk Revolution, and we will never forget what Greater St Stephens tried to sweep under the carpet.
A child was molested by the minister of music of Greater St. Stephens, and we believe the victims version of what happened in his encounters with Phillip Britton. Listed below you will find the actual news stories that mysteriously disappeared from the internet; well we have unearthed every word. You decide for yourself.
DA says music minister exposed teen to HIV
Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Friday, August 11, 2000
Author: Susan Finch Staff writer
A New Orleans church music minister awaiting trial on a charge of having sex with an underage male teen was hit Thursday with a charge of intentionally exposing the youth to the virus that causes AIDS.
Attorneys for 38-year-old Phillip J. Britton , on administrative leave from his job as co-minister of music at Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church, pleaded innocent to the new charge, brought under a rarely used 1993 Louisiana law.
Orleans Parish Assistant District Attorney Jake Lemmon said the youth with whom Britton is accused of having sex had a "false positive" HIV test result and will undergo periodic retesting. "A false positive (result) does not mean negative," district attorney's office spokeswoman Zully Jiminez said.
But Britton 's attorney, C.J. Lawrence, told Criminal District Court Judge Terry Alarcon that prosecutors will have to show that there is probable cause to believe his client has the virus.
Alarcon scheduled a Sept. 1 hearing on that and other matters in the case, including Lemmon's request that the judge order Britton to supply a blood sample to be tested for the presence of HIV. No trial date has been set.
According to a police report, Britton was arrested at the Greater St. Stephen corporate headquarters, 9661 Lake Forest Blvd., on Oct. 1, a day after the teen-ager's mother, with her son in tow, went to the Police Department's sex crimes unit to complain about Britton . The mother told police that her son said he and Britton engaged in sex for about a year beginning in July 1998, when the youth was 16.
The teen-ager identified Britton from a driver's license photo, the police report said.
According to the report, the youth, a member of another church, told police that he met Britton through church choir activities and that the two "engaged in anal and oral sex well over a hundred times in a year's period."
The teen's mother told police "that she attempted to handle things through the church, but no one would return her telephone calls or try to contact her," the police report said.
The youth said another Greater St. Stephen's employee allowed his apartment to be used for Britton and him to have sex, the report said.
Greater St. Stephen's spokeswoman Angela Young said the person in question is not employed by the church.
She said the only comment about Britton 's case from the church's head, Bishop Paul Morton, is, "We are praying for him, and a person of course is innocent until proven guilty."
Phillip Britton Goes FREE
Choir minister pleads no contest - HIV charge dropped, sentence suspended
Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Tuesday, April 10, 2001
Author: Gwen Filosa and Susan Finch Staff writers
A New Orleans church music minister accused of having sex with an underage boy and exposing him to HIV walked out of court a free man Monday after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge that does not label him a sex offender.
Phillip Britton , 39, was scheduled to stand trial Monday on charges of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and intentional exposure to the virus that causes AIDS. But the state's case ended when Britton pleaded nolo contendere, or no contest, which does not involve an admission of guilt, to the lesser charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The district attorney's office dismissed the HIV-related charge but would not comment on its decision Monday. Judge Terry Alarcon sentenced Britton , who has been free on bond, to the maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $500 fine but suspended the jail time. Britton , who had been employed at Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church as a music co-director, will remain on "inactive" probation for six months.
"Good luck to you," Alarcon told Britton . "Hope it works out."
The teen-ager, who is now 19, and his mother watched the plea bargain unfold in court Monday, and after the hearing left the court accompanied by Assistant District Attorney Francis deBlanc.
"This is a hard pill to swallow," the teen's mother said as she walked out of the courthouse. "He didn't get what he deserved -- to be behind bars. But, you know, he'll never be free. My faith is in God. He's in control."
Asked how her son was doing, she replied, "He's more of a man than Phillip Britton will ever be." In a case in which it was one man's word against his young accuser, the plea bargain allows Britton and his family to move on, Britton 's attorney said.
"He did that to basically save his family from the discomfort of a trial," said attorney J.C. Lawrence, adding that he was ready to fight the case.
Throughout the case, Britton denied the charges and his defense team was prepared to argue that the teen-ager was lying.
"He's basically a luminary," Lawrence said of Britton , who directed seven choirs. "He draws this kind of attention."
Britton was arrested at the Greater St. Stephen corporate headquarters Oct. 1, 1999, the day after the teen-ager's mother went to the police and complained about him. According to the police report, the mother reported that Britton and her son first had sex in July 1998 and continued the relationship for about a year.
The teen-ager later testified that he and Britton met at a gospel conference when he was 16, though he said he lied when he told Britton that he was 18. The teen-ager said he didn't reveal his age for months.
While technically Britton has been convicted, the no-contest plea cannot be used in the family's civil lawsuit against Britton and Greater St. Stephen Ministries. In the lawsuit, the teen-ager claims the church knew as early as 1994 of earlier, similar transgressions Britton had with minors and relieved him of his duties, but rehired him the following year.
Representing himself in a counterclaim to the suit in February, Britton charged that the youth stalked him from March to August 1999, continually demanded sex and caused him property loss and financial hardship "because of damages performed by plaintiff . . . when denied sex by the defendant Britton ," records in the case show.
Britton 's countersuit said that he makes his living by securing engagements with the general public. It says he has suffered lost opportunity because of "false allegations of sexual molestation, exposure to the AIDS virus and characterizations" the youth has made about him on local television stations.
As of Friday, Greater St. Stephen had not filed its formal response to the allegations. A response is being prepared, the church's attorney said. Neither Britton nor Greater St. Stephen officials could be reached for comment later Monday, but a ministry official said last year that Britton was on a leave of absence from his job with the church.
By – A Black Man From New Orleans
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Phillip Britton is the Choir Director in both videos