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Rev. Bobby Gass: That Cocaine Wasn't Mine -- I Found It in the Church Parking Lot!

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  1. Basoodler
    Pastor says reports of his arrest ‘not as they would seem’

    Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012 12:29 am | Updated: 4:24 pm, Mon Dec 3, 2012. Pastor says reports of his arrest ‘not as they would seem’ By T.J. Aulds galvestondailynews.com


    TEXAS CITY — Calling the incident that led to his arrest on domestic assault and felony drug charges “a stupid decision,” Baypoint Community Church pastor the Rev. Bobby Gass stood before his congregation Sunday and announced he would step down from the pulpit and church leadership. He said he hoped the move would be temporary.

    Gass, 60, Baypoint’s founder and lead pastor, was arrested Wednesday after police received a call that a man shoved a woman out of a vehicle.

    Police allege they found Gass to be in possession of cocaine when they questioned him.

    Gass did not address the specifics of the incident with his congregation during two morning services. After the first service, he told The Daily News that police reports of the incident “were not as they would seem.”

    He denied hitting the woman riding in his car or trying to push her out of the vehicle. He also said the bag of cocaine had been found in the church parking lot. He said he had kept it for a meeting during which church leaders were to discuss how it came to be on church property.

    Gass’ appearances at the church services were brief. Associate Pastor Terry Ray delivered the sermons.

    Wearing blue jeans and a short-sleeved red shirt, Gass spoke in a strained voice. Ray and another pastor stood by his side and at times put their arms around him.

    During the second service, the woman Gass is accused of abusing joined him on stage. The Daily News’ policy is not to identify potential victims of domestic violence unless they agree to be identified.

    Gass said Ray and another associate pastor, along with elders, would run the day-to-day operations of the church and the worship services.

    Gass said he would attend services but would not be involved in church management or the handling of finances while he worked “to get this over.”

    Reading from the Book of Timothy, Gass noted that the Bible calls for church leaders to “be above reproach,” and that given his arrest and criminal charges, he had to step away.

    Gass had plenty of supporters at the church.

    When he told the congregation he loved them, a woman from the audience shouted out, “We love you, too.”

    \Most of the 60 people who attended the first service Sunday gave Gass standing ovation after his address.

    After the first service several people joined Gass in the back of the worship center, and many hugged him and offered their support.
    Ray did not directly address Gass’ situation.

    But in a reference to overall issues, including an effort to sell the church’s worship center, Ray said “we are at a point to make right decisions,” and that what action they took would reflect how the church handled adversity.

    Ray also admonished church members to avoid “gossip” and “harsh words.”

    None of the church members The Daily News attempted to interview would comment on Gass’ status or what consequences his situation would have on the church.

    Before the criminal charges, Gass said the church was struggling.

    Since 2008, attendance has dropped from 1,000 to less than 300, Gass said.
    A 2011 divorce also had caused some members, including some of the church’s biggest donors, to leave, he said.

    Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012 12:29 am
    By T.J. Aulds

    http://www.galvestondailynews.com/news/local_news/article_d973dc84-3d12-11e2-b72f-001a4bcf6878.html

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  1. Basoodler
    Re: Rev. Bobby Gass: That Cocaine Wasn't Mine -- I Found It in the Church Parking Lot

    Rev. Bobby Gass: That Cocaine Wasn't Mine -- I Found It in the Church Parking Lot!


    A Galveston County pastor charged last week with assault and cocaine possession has quit the pulpit, telling his congregation that the bag of coke officers found in his car was something he had found in the church parking lot. For real.


    Rev. Kenneth "Bobby" Gass, 60, of Tiki Island, is accused of pushing his 36-year-old girlfriend out of his SUV (it was stopped at the time, fortunately for the alleged push-ee). According to the Galveston County Daily News, police said Gass, the founder of Baypoint Community Church, pulled the woman back into the vehicle by her hair. Ouch.

    On Sunday, according to the Daily News, Gass told his congregation that the incident leading to the arrest was a "stupid decision," but he also denied the charges.

    "He denied hitting the woman riding in his car or trying to push her out of the vehicle," according to the news story. "He also said the bag of cocaine had been found in the church parking lot. He said he had kept it for a meeting during which church leaders were to discuss how it came to be on church property."

    Hair Balls, for one, can totally buy that explanation. We can't tell you the number of unusual items we've found in our parking lot, which, instead of throwing away or turning over to authorities, we put in our car for use as future talking points in some meeting. These include: heroin, stem cells, a bloody knife, 14 ounces of plastic explosives, a crack rock the size of the Hope Diamond, and Jimmy Hoffa's head. So we can truly understand how Gass might be kicking himself.

    We just hope that, however things turn out for Gass, the church eventually solves the Mystery of the Cocaine Bag in the Parking Lot.

    By Craig Malisow Mon., Dec. 3 2012 at 10:00 AM
    Categories: Crime

    http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2012/12/a_galveston_county_pastor_char.php
  2. Basoodler
    Re: Rev. Bobby Gass: That Cocaine Wasn't Mine -- I Found It in the Church Parking Lot

    Pastor Arrested, Charged With Assault And Cocaine Possession

    Nov 30, 2012

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    A domestic dispute lead to the arrest of a local pastor and founder of a church.

    The Galveston County Daily News reports that Robert Kenneth Gass — known to many as Pastor Bobby Gass — was taken into custody after an incident Wednesday morning in which he allegedly pushed his girlfriend from his stopped SUV after an argument.

    Witnesses reportedly heard her cries for help and police were called. Gass, of Tiki Island, was found at Baypoint Community Church, which he founded, at 2801 Palmer Highway. After his arrest on a misdemeanor assault charge, police searched his wallet and found a folded dollar bill with a small amount of cocaine.

    The 60-year-old was charged with cocaine possession and assault causing bodily injury.
  3. kumar420
    Re: Rev. Bobby Gass: That Cocaine Wasn't Mine -- I Found It in the Church Parking Lot

    Money with cocaine on it is purely circumstantial, the bag of coke isn't though. Unless it was the last in his wallet and was coated in coke it shouldn't be admissible as evidence, given that more than half the currency in the us has traces of coca.
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