Motion: Allow kids at convicted pastor's church

Registered sex offender guest pastors after serving 3 years

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Darrell Gilyard

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The lawyer for a registered sex offender filed a motion for modified probation to allow children to attend the church where he's been preaching.

Currently, children are being kept out of Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church during the services where Darrell Gilyard preaches.

Gilyard used to be the lead pastor at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church. He recently served a three-year prison sentence for lewd molestation and lewd conduct with two teenage girls in his congregation, and he has since returned to the pulpit.

Friday's hearing focused on whether children going to church with their parents are supervised or unsupervised, in the eyes of the law.

The judge said for children to be allowed in, Gilyard would have to undergo a psychological evaluation, and then a therapist would have to make a recommendation. It will be two to four weeks before that happens, so for now, the motion has been withdrawn.

Gilyard can keep preaching, but no children will be allowed in when he does.

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