The City of Jacksonville, Florida, is considering expanding its Human Right Ordinance (HRO) to include LGBT people, which would legally protect them from discrimination. One of the opponents of the change announced on Jan. 12 that he is a serial child molester who has never been caught (video below).
“I lived most of my life sexually assaulting kids and never went to jail," Roy Bay said during a public comment period on the HRO in front of the City Council, notes.
"Because why?" Bay added. "Kids believed me that, 'Hey this is, you’re alright son. This is not a problem. Okay? This happens in the homosexual lifestyle.'"
Bay also said that he had been molested between the ages of 10 and 12 in bathrooms by homosexuals.
Bay recalled that he "found out" in 1985 that it was not acceptable for him to molest children. Bay added that he became a "born-again child of God and God set me free from that lifestyle," which brought some applause.
After the City Council meeting, Bay told Action News Jax, “For about 20 years, yes I admit, the things I did was wrong. I sexually assaulted young kids ‘cause I thought it was acceptable."
Bay also said that he molested children in St. Louis.
He left the City Council meeting in a church van with other people from the Evangel Temple, but the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating his statements.
The Evangel Temple, which opposes the HRO, bussed people to the meeting to lend their voice, notes Florida Politics.
Bay reportedly lives on property owned by the church, but it appears that the church was caught off guard by Bay's comments.
Pastor Gary Wiggins, of the Evangel Temple, told News4Jax that Bay worked as a maintenance man for the church until September 2015, but Bay and his wife still live on the property.
“We had no knowledge of his claims he made before the City Council until last night," Wiggins added. "In response to [Bay's] claims the church is taking appropriate actions to safeguard the families and children of our congregation. We encourage and want the police to do a full investigation serving justice as appropriate.”
Wiggins informed his congregation of Bay's comments on Jan. 13, and the churchgoers prayed for the 56-year-old man.
The church is going to allow Bay to come to services, but he will have to sit in a specified area and be watched by security, according to Wiggins.
Bay was reportedly arrested in 2007 for driving with a suspended or revoked license, again in 2008 for driving with a suspended or revoked license and for civil contempt, and, more recently, for an out-of-county warrant.
Raw Video Of Roy Bay's Statement