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Rev. Bryan Fulwider kills himself — ‘Friends Talking Faith’ co-host had been accused of raping girl
The Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 28, 2019 | Grace Toohey

Posted on 10/29/2019 12:10:27 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Rev. Bryan Fulwider, a former Winter Park minister who was recently arrested on charges that he repeatedly raped a teenage girl while he was her pastor, killed himself at his Altamonte Springs home, according to police.

Emergency crews were called to Fulwider’s home in the 600 block of Post Oak Circle about 11:50 p.m. Sunday for a possible suicide. Fulwider was pronounced dead there, ASPD spokeswoman Michelle Sosa said.

Fulwider, 59, had been out on bail since Oct. 17. The former 'Friends Talking Faith’ co-host faced a slew of charges including sexual battery on a minor by a person in custodial authority. He could have faced life in prison, if convicted. He had pleaded not guilty.

The Medical Examiner’s Office for Seminole County ruled the death a suicide, their records show.

The woman who had accused Fulwider of sexually abusing her for years said on Monday that she was not shocked by his suicide, and thanked the Winter Park Police Department for its work on the case and “belief in victims.”

“Fulwider’s day in court will never come because he knew all the truths I could tell,” the woman wrote in a statement, shared with the Sentinel on the condition of anonymity. “My story doesn’t stop with his cowardice through; I will work in the coming months to get justice for myself and any other victims impacted by Fulwider’s abuse.”

“I’m thinking of Fulwider’s other victims and hope they are well tonight,” she wrote. The Sentinel does not typically identify victims of child sex abuse. Fulwider had not been accused by police of abusing anyone else at the time of his death, though WPPD said detectives were investigating whether there could be additional victims.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: altamontesprings; bryanfulwider; ephebophilia; florida; friendstalkingfaith; grooming; orlando; pedophilia; police; rape; seminolecounty; sexualbattery; statutoryrape; suicide; threewiseguys; winterpark
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1 posted on 10/29/2019 12:10:27 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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2 posted on 10/29/2019 12:12:53 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Show me the people who own the land, the guns and the money, and I'll show you the people in charge.)
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Washington Post will praise his courage because he killed himself rather than face justice.


3 posted on 10/29/2019 12:14:29 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Good for him. His guilty plea is accepted and he should be lauded for saving the taxpayers the room and board expenses.


4 posted on 10/29/2019 12:17:04 PM PDT by VietVet876
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Good Riddance.

Save the taxpayers some cash.


5 posted on 10/29/2019 12:17:14 PM PDT by hattend
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Fake Christianity can do that to a person.


6 posted on 10/29/2019 12:18:51 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Trump/Hunter, jr for President/Vice President 2016)
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While not as common as Catholic priests and young boys - there is very much a problem with too many Christian pastors and clergy with young girls.


7 posted on 10/29/2019 12:19:51 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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The prison’s GP would have killed him within a few weeks/months, anyway.


8 posted on 10/29/2019 12:19:59 PM PDT by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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Washington Post will praise his courage because he killed himself rather than face justice.

He would have been more courageous had he taken some innocent bystander children with him.

9 posted on 10/29/2019 12:22:34 PM PDT by kiryandil (The Media & the DNC tells you who you're gonna vote for. We CHOSE Trump.)
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Rough looking character..


10 posted on 10/29/2019 12:23:11 PM PDT by caww
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“He was an austere Biblical scholar”.


11 posted on 10/29/2019 12:23:22 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Bipolars have more fun. No we don't.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
While not as common as Catholic priests and young boys - there is very much a problem with too many Christian pastors and clergy with young girls.


12 posted on 10/29/2019 12:26:13 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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Shades of “The Rain” by Somerset Maugham


13 posted on 10/29/2019 12:26:18 PM PDT by Yaelle
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As all innocent people wrongly accused do...


14 posted on 10/29/2019 12:26:41 PM PDT by bigbob (Trust Trump. Trust the Plan.)
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This is why I can’t deal with religion anymore.


15 posted on 10/29/2019 12:27:26 PM PDT by chris37
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If he was seeking to escape judgement, he miscalculated badly.


16 posted on 10/29/2019 12:28:39 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

He took the Lord’s name in vain.


17 posted on 10/29/2019 12:29:38 PM PDT by xp38
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To: Responsibility2nd
While not as common as Catholic priests and young boys - there is very much a problem with too many Christian pastors and clergy with young girls.

“I rob banks because that’s where the money is.” - Willie Sutton

18 posted on 10/29/2019 12:29:45 PM PDT by bkopto
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Parents should be weary of letting anyone other than the parents spend unsupervised time with their kids regardless the profession.

This abuse likely continued because the parents of the girl didn't have good commutation with their child.

Even if the abuser told her not to tell and threatened her if the parents had sat down with her after each unsupervised encounter they likely would have picked up on something not being right.

You can't just 'talk to you kids' once. You have to 'TALK TO YOUR KIDS' about their DAILY experiences.

I'm not blaming the victim or the parents but parents need to be more aware because abusers know all the tricks.

19 posted on 10/29/2019 12:31:28 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
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So you do not believe in the presumption of innocence? What would you do if someone, out of the clear blue, accused you?

Have you ever heard of false recovered memory syndrome?

The very first thing the police should do is ask the woman if she is in therapy. Then they should get the records and do a forensic examination to see if this idea arose out of hypnosis before they arrest the man or woman accused.

Another thing they should do is investigate the accuser to see if there is some hidden agenda.

We, as a society, need to commit to fair and honest trials so that accused people do not kill themselves.

For now, it is an unjust and wicked process. The woman should not be believed unless is is clear that she is probably telling the truth. The same goes for men.

Our prisons are filled with innocent men and women falsely accused.

Beware, this could happen to you and you are entirely innocent.


20 posted on 10/29/2019 12:31:34 PM PDT by erkelly
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