An Alabama pastor may be in trouble with the law for spreading the HIV virus on purpose to his amorous church members. Rev. Juan Demetrius McFarland of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL, confessed to sleeping with amorous female members of his flock while he was infected with the virus that causes AIDS.
McFarland confessed his HIV status to his congregation on September 14th. The church was very accepting of Rev. McFarland. But church members soon realized McFarland had crossed the line when he admitted to other transgressions.
“He fraudulently concealed from the congregation that he had knowingly engaged in adultery in the church building with female members of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church while knowingly having AIDS,” said church members who voted 80-1 to remove McFarland as pastor on Oct. 5.
The resolution also noted that McFarland “fraudulently withheld information that he had been engaging in the use of illegal drugs while preaching and performing pastoral duties” and “withheld information from church membership that he had misused church funds.”
McFarland tested positive for the HIV virus in 2003. His condition advanced to AIDS in 2008.
Montgomery Police Sgt. Denise Barnes told NBC News no complaint has been filed against McFarland and he is not under investigation.
Knowingly spreading the HIV virus is a misdemeanor in Montgomery.