Belinda, Mandy's mother, was worried about the state of their church. In an effort to save the church they hired a young man fresh out of seminary. After an incident in the church Belinda and her husband decided to leave the church, but permitted their daughter to stay, due to her active involvement. Belinda says that the pastor would also ask her daughter to make visits to his house and would seek her advice on sermon topics. Belinda started to notice something was wrong. Mandy began having unexplained headaches, and then Belinda saw the pictures. Mandy had left the phone out one day and Belinda's granddaughter had picked it up. When Belinda took the phone away she saw the pornographic pictures of the pastor. Belinda put her daughter into counseling. The pastor told Mandy to tell her parents the relationship was a lie and that they were just playing games. Belinda demanded that the pastor step down and seek counseling. Belinda sought out help from their denomination. They requested that Mandy go in front of the church and ask for forgiveness and also refrain from any individual contact with the opposite sex. The church finally decided to ask the pastor to step down and gave him a severance package. They later reinstated him. The family pulled away from church but not from God. Legal action is still in progress.
One year later, Belinda says that the pastor is still a full-time pastor and recently gave the address at a local high school graduation ceremony. Many families who have heard what happened have stopped attending any local churches and have been shaken by this man's continued presence in the pulpit.