“Benjamin N. Widrick, 24, of Syracuse, NY, served as a 2018 summer intern at Long Hollow Baptist Church’s Gallatin campus where he engaged in sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl. He was arrested on 3 acts of statutory rape. In 2018, he was a 23-year-old Liberty University student majoring in pastoral leadership. The victim stated they had sexual intercourse once while at camp and twice when Widrick came back to TN to visit her. He pleaded guilty. The plea agreement called for an effective five-year, Range I, probation sentence. As part of the plea agreement, the offenses were reduced to statutory rape, a Class E felony. The plea agreement reserved for the trial court the determination of whether the Widrick would be placed on the sex offender registry.
CHURCH POSITION: Youth Minister Intern, Long Hollow Baptist Church, COURT OF CONVICTION:
OUTCOME: Final Outcome? I don’t think he will be on the Sex Offender Registry”
Source: SBC Database
Released to Guidepost Solutions Sunny Lee, 2/28/2022