Apprising Ministries continues with this issue we first brought to your attention in Jacksonville Berean Baptist “Peeping Pastor” Secretly Videotaped Girls Changing.

There we find the sordid story of  Greg Neal, co-pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fleming Island, FL. along with his dad Dr. Tom Neal.

Briefly, WAWS FOX30 out of Jacksonville told us in Pastor will not face charges of video voyeurism that:

Bill Cochran was a member of Berean Baptist Church for 23 years, a deacon since 1994. But when he learned that his pastor, Greg Neal, may have secretly videotaped women changing clothes inside the church, he says he had to say something.

MSNBC Jacksonville also informs us:

An investigation into the secret videotaping of women changing clothes in the office of a church pastor 10 years ago found a crime did occur, but the case was closed last week because the statute of limitations had expired.

According to a report obtained from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Dr. Greg Neal was accused of hiding a camcorder in his office at Berean Baptist Church in the spring of 2001 and videotaping while two women changed clothes…

”While the evidence of his crimes of voyeurism in 2001 is overwhelming, unfortunately, the Statute of Limitations has expired,” Assistant State Attorney James Colaw wrote. “Consequently, there is no way to legally pursue a prosecution for these acts.”
(Online source)

Then last night in “Peeping Pastor” Of Jacksonville Berean Baptist Videotape Released I showed you that the Clay County Sheriff’s Dept. report says (click to enlarge):

Then I included the video (below), which at the behest of the Sheriff’s Dept. has been edited to protect the identity of the innocent women. The reason I’ve stayed on this story is BBC co-pastor Tom Neal is still denying that his son Greg Neal did anything wrong.

Here’s what we do know, this “VHS tape was discovered in 2002″ by “church employee Brent Bartlett” in a group of “tapes of basketball games” that Bartlett insists “was given to him by [Greg] Neal.” Then we find out that:

The report said Bartlett took the tape to Neal’s father and the senior pastor of the church, Tom Neal, and he was told “the matter would be dealt with in the appropriate manner.” Investigators were told that both Gregory Neal and Tom Neal denied to the victims and to church members that the videotape existed.

Both Neals refused several attempts to be interviewed by investigators or provide statements. They continue to be co-pastors of the church. (Online source)

If this is so, no wonder there were rumors about the existence of this homemade soft-core porn tape; and both the Clay County Sheriff’s Dept. and the Assistant State’s Attorney say the evidence of Neal’s guilt “is overwhelming”:

“While the evidence of his crimes of voyeurism in 2001 is overwhelming, unfortunately, the Statute of Limitations has expired,” Assistant State Attorney James Colaw wrote. “Consequently, there is no way to legally pursue a prosecution for these acts.”
(Online source)

Yet today Jeff Marcu of First Coast news tells us Berean Baptist Church Pastor Tom Neal ‘Convinced’ His Son Greg Neal Is Innocent. Marcu begins by letting us know FCN “has viewed this video a number of times.” Then he brings out some “key points” to consider:

The tape begins with a man walking out of the room away from camera. Then, the sheriff’s office blackens most of the screen as the victims apparently enters the room.

When the black is lifted, Pastor Greg Neal walks in, removes a book that appears to be obstructing part of the view, placing it on the table in front of him.

Then he leaves the room and apparently more young ladies enter the room to change. Then, the video goes to black, courtesy of the sheriff’s office.

When the picture fully returns, so does the pastor, sitting down behind his desk, but the camera moves, when it is out of the pastor’s reach. (Online source)

Marcu then shares what Greg Neal’s father Tom says about this tape:

“After seeing this video, I am more convinced than ever that my son is innocent and that there is more to this story than has been told, and I want to assure you that we are investigating, we will get to the bottom of this and there is much to say in the coming days.” (Online source)

Well, it would be about time if Tom Neal does because, the evidence would appear to show, he’s known of this tape for a very long time.

Now, let me tell you what the Reporting Officer Narrative report from the Clay County’s Sheriff’s Office, which Apprising Ministries has on file, reveals.

A “Marcus Smith” informed the reporting officer that “1 1/2 years ago he was told” about Greg Neal videotaping women changing but didn’t report it to anyone because he thought it was “just a rumor.”

Then on the “night of 4/24/11” longtime BBC member and deacon (elder) Bill Cochran “passed out a letter to several other members of the church.”

There are even “notorized affidavits” from BBC members who “have viewed the video” attesting to its validity. The reporting officer also spoke with Cochran who explained to the officer that “Brent [Bartlett] had told him about” the video.

Cochran says when he “confronted” pastor Tom Neal “about the incident he was told it never happened.” For the sake of the women whose privacy was violated in their own church, may the Lord get to the bottom of this.

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