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La Statutes of Limitation apply to victims of CSA, presently between the age of 18 to 48

In Child Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Louisiana, Mack Ford, New Bethany Home for Boys, Sexual Abuse, SOL, Statutes of Limitation on April 18, 2015 at 7:24 pm

LA SOL applies to ages 18-48

Ages 18-48 can report Child Sexual Abuse occurring prior to age 18.

charges for forcible rape

SOL applies to ages 18-48


Depths of Mack Ford’s Depravity

In Child Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Independent Fundamental Baptist, Mack Ford, New Bethany Home for Boys, New Bethany Home for Girls, Sexual Abuse on February 7, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Going Public? Wanna' Know Your Real Friends? Go Public about Child Sexual Abuse and See Who Stands Beside You?

Going Public?
Wanna’ Know Your Real Friends?
Go Public about Child Sexual Abuse and See Who Stands Beside You!

Mechille wanted a light to shine on the repulsive depravity of Mack Ford’s lust for power and control of girls with whom he embarrassed, frightened, and controlled through a ritual sexual abuse more depraved than imaginable. Trip-girls (New Bethany girls, who traveled and sang for donations), who talk, validated Mechille’s below description of what Ford did to the children entrusted into his care. Mechille was 12-years-old

The death of our precious Mechille lit a fire that refuses to dim in Survivors of New Bethany (SoNB). Using her words (clips of public postings), Mechille speaks from the grave as she spoke truth in life.

Mechille slipped into unconsciousness while writing on Facebook about sexual abuse at New Bethany; engaged in a thread with those she considered sisters. These are her last words:

As she lay dying


The trip girls’ silence is deafening.

In 1991, Shannon, a 20-year-old Jr. Staff, traveled with the trip-girls as second-in-command to Mack W. Ford. Shannon had absolute supervisory authority and meted out whippings as any other staff. One girl alleges Shannon broke her tailbone, beating the teenager on the altar. Shannon wrote that she was a victim of Mack Ford [Click Here]; however, we do not know when she was a victim because as an adult, she has not filed charges or corroborated victims’ claims. Refusing to speak for the girls under her tutelage at New Bethany in 1991 leaves too many without answers. Most Survivors want to forget trauma but that is not how trauma heals. Others express a fragility preventing them from facing down the hornet’s nest, known as BPSO and BPDA. Mack Ford’s depravity does not define who we were, who we are, or who we will become. Child Sexual Abuse defines the perpetrator’s lack of character, morals, and conscience.

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Since Shannon works with children and is against child sexual abuse, why leave her former students, now grown women, with a burden too heavy for anyone to carry without serious consequences? Why does she refuse to speak up in support of the women under her supervision and provide encouragement for others to come forward?
red_bar_smOn the Multiply site, Mechille wrote a letter to Mack Ford. An excerpt reads: “Shannon overheard me singing in the kitchen one day. She asked if I would want to try singing in the choir, and then she asked me to sing in the quartet. My time at NB leading up to that point was full of torture. By this time I had been brainwashed by you and Ms. Nora and Ms. Savoy, I had been beaten on numerous occasions, I had been broken down… quite frankly I was a shell”

Shannon singing

When Shannon heard Mechille’s angelic voice, did she know that she was inviting Mechille to join a sexual predator’s fantasy? Shannon was SIX years older than Mechille. Only Shannon knows the answer because Mechille is dead.

Mechille was one of those women, who made everyone feel that she loved them most. Her heart was bigger than Texas. Taken from her birth parents, blamed for the adoptive parents’ inability to communicate, sent to New Bethany at 12, beaten by staff, molested by Mack Ford at the confusing ages of 12-14, returned to adoptive parent when NB was shuttered over sexual abuse allegations, and shortly afterward, in 1992, the adoptive parent returned her to New Bethany to live with her molester and abusers. At 14, the adoptive mother returned Mechille to her biological mother.


In an open letter to Mack W. Ford, our molester, Mechille wrote:


Why do “the other girls” [trip girls] “not want to talk about it?”


Mechille tried to keep the trip-girls’ secrets until they were strong enough. She asked her “sisters” to be strong. 


Mechille was not a Keeper of the Secrets. She was a warrior, who stood alone.

On a trip to raise donations in Rhode Island, Mechille walked in on Mack Ford, “engaged in a sexual act with another girl.” “Rather than shame and being scared shitless that you [Mack W. Ford] had been caught… you manipulated me and demanded and reeled me in.”

Shannon Scott was the “adult staff member” who had the courage to come forward in 1991.


Mack W. Ford, another Preacher preying from the pulpit


“Ran away and told the cops what had happened with you [Mack Ford] that led to the home closing temporarily months earlier [Shannon gave a recording of Ford sexually abusing a girl], …. you said were false allegations?


“With not only myself but with a few others.”

What was Mack Ford doing to these children?

What happened that was so horrible women have died, lived in silence and shame for decades, felt continual regret, and held tight to the secrets that eat at the fabric of humanity.

Ritual Sexual Abuse

Ritual Sexual Abuse

Ultimately, Mack Ford’s disgusting, degrading, embarrassing, shaming, sexual desires, forced on children, was more than Mechille could live with. Where is the recording, the tape, where did it go? Who has a copy?


Times Picayune | Nola.com
“In late December of 1991 , a 20-year-old woman sat down in a room with a cassette recorder and two other women more than twice her age.

Tell us everything that happened, one of the older women [Nora Carter] said. Then she pressed a button to record.

Shannon Scott says she did as she was told. In five years living at New Bethany Home for Girls in Arcadia, La., that was one thing she knew to do.

The Associated Press reported a few days later, on Jan. 8, 1992, that New Bethany had closed. After years of legal entanglement with state and local authorities, the school had decided to send all the residents home.

Three days later, she says, one of the women handed Scott a plane ticket, directed her to a car with keys in it and instructed her to drive herself to the airport where she would board a plane back home — far away from this place where she had lived since she was 15 years old.

But New Bethany did not stay closed. By the mid-1990s, documents show, residents at the home were once again trying to draw attention to what they described to police and politicians as abusive and inhumane conditions at the compound.

These days, Scott says she doesn’t want to talk about what she told the women with the tape recorder 23 years ago. She has a new name and asks that it not be used.

She says she has never spoken to police.”



“Three days later, she says, one of the women handed Scott a plane ticket, directed her to a car with keys in it and instructed her to drive herself to the airport where she would board a plane back home”

How does that scenario play out? We are to believe that Robbie Ford handed Shannon a plane ticket to WA, told Shannon to drive herself to the airport in Shreveport, and board the plane home, leaving the car in Shreveport.

Roberta Ford told this author that she took Shannon to the airport in the wee hours of the morning.


“Shannon Scott says the other person who was in the room at the time she gave her report was Nora Carter. She’s 72 now, goes by Nora Carter Shepherd, lives in Indiana and said she can’t figure out why women who were residents at New Bethany can’t stop dwelling on what happened to them there.

“That’s so long ago, a person should have been able to go on with their life,” she said in a phone interview.

Shepherd won’t discuss Scott’s memory of the tape-recorded conversation. “I did what was needed to be done. That’s all I’m going to say.”

Several of the former residents who talked to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and others who commented online over the years say they remember Shepherd for her wide and forceful swing with a paddle. Asked about the reports of physical abuse at the home — and the memories some of these women have of her — Shepherd said the standards for abuse back then were not the same as today. She said adults today could get in trouble for “looking crooked” at a child.

“No punishment was ever administered unless Mack Ford sent down a directive to do it,” she said. “I don’t know about physical abuse. I know some of the kids there had never had any correction in their lives and that’s why their lives were out of control.”

Asked if she ever knew of sexual abuse there, Shepherd says she was unaware.

Then, she qualifies it.

“Not with any children,” she said.

She paused and then declined to go into detail.”



Where is Justice? Where are the women who know what happened to one another and who remain in denial?

The silenced will be shouting from the roof tops!

Teach children to stand against evil and to stand for what is right and good. You are stronger than you know and no one has to go through this alone.

Mack W. Ford Deposition

In Child Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Independent Fundamental Baptist, Mack Ford, New Bethany Home for Boys, New Bethany Home for Girls, Sexual Abuse on February 6, 2015 at 12:58 am

“No regret for the confidence betrayed
No more hiding in shadow
‘Cause I won’t wait for the debt to be repaid
Time has come for you

Victimized, victimized, never again victimized
Victimized, victimized, never again victimized”
Linkin Park Lyrics


Mack & Thelma Ford New Bethany Home for Boys and Girls Arcadia, Louisiana

Mack Ford’s claims throughout this deposition focus on the Constitutional rights of Mack W. Ford, also known as “New Bethany Homes” (NB) for Boys and Girls. Claiming New Bethany a church allowed invoking Freedoms of Religion. Freedom of Religion has nothing to do with inhumane physical and sexual abuse of children!

After shooting at teenagers, Arcadia law enforcement arrested Mack Ford. Sheriff Whitman busted Mack’s cocky chops in the mid-70s and Ford sued. Ford testifies that Governor Edwards was personally aware of NB adoptions, joking about selling babies. In 1997, Ford continues claiming the state of Louisiana, “had it in for him,” basing their opinion of NB on an altercation with the Sheriff in the mid-1970’s, in this deposition on 7/22/1997, over 20 years later.

Maintaining focus on Ford’s rights prevented enforcement of children’s right to live free from cruel and inhumane treatment, including sexual abuse. Ford talks in circles and knows the statute number that NB refused to follow. Addressing child abuse testimony, Mack Ford’s statement of the wrongs of the state on June 21st, 1996, included asking removed students, “The embarrassing questions; have you been molested by Reverend Ford?” Harry Bernstein responded, “Okay. And what is inappropriate with that question?”

Louisiana versus New Bethany Home For Girls Versus State of Louisiana

New Bethany Home For Girls Versus State of Louisiana – 07/22/97

07/22/97 – Mack Ford Deposed by Harry Bernstein

Mack W. Ford- Case #96-2065 Dated 07-22-97 – Pages 1-30

Harold Allen Banker in Jonesboro

Harold Allen, Banker in Jonesboro
Page 16, Lines 21-25

Mack Ford  received zero compensation for taking kids from the Houston Detention Center, 1970 juvenile justice, Houston, TX, USA

Ms. Verna Levine, Houston Detention Center
Texas’ kids from Houston Detention Center started New Bethany Page 20, Lines 5-19
Mack Ford asserts, “New Bethany was not compensated by state or federal funding.”

Mack W. Ford-Pages 32-60

Mack W. Ford-Pages 61-90

Mack Ford believes Ex Parte Orders are WRONG

1980’s Ex Parte Order brought Fire Marshal, Social Services:”Ordered me around like a dog”
Page 74, Lines 1-14

 Judge Caldwell's son, Jim Caldwell, Mack Ford's Attorney

Jim Caldwell, Judge Caldwell’s son, Mack Ford’s attorney when Fire Marshal allegedly said, “He would not rest until Church Home and Church School was shut down.
Pages 74-75, Lines 18-25 and 1-3

Governor Edwards aware New Bethany involved in adoptions

LA Governor Edwards asked, “Do you sell babies, do you take state money?
Page 88, Lines 4-20

— Edwards aware New Bethany involved in adoptions without a license, in early 1970’s.

Mack W. Ford-Pages 91-120

Mack W. Ford-Pages 121-150

have you been molested by Reverend Ford.

Ford testifies: “The embarrassing questions; have you been molested by Reverend Ford.”
MF v LA- 7-22-97
pg 148- lines -18-23

Ford testifies under oath that DSS coached NB girls on what to say and then, recorded the coached statements against Mack Ford and New Bethany.

June 21st, 1996

MF v LA-7-22-97-pg 149-line-2-17

Mack W. Ford-Pages 151-180

Henry Bernstein questions Mack Ford about the “raid” on June 21st, 1996, wherein Ford asserts DSS, Fire Marshalls, and a Deputy Sheriff interrupted the July 4, 1996 Camp Meeting, adding, “Camp meeting lasted for four or five days.”

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MF-7-22-97 –
p 160-161- lines 18-2

MF v LA-7-22-97 pg 162-line-1-7

MF v LA-7-22-97
pg 162-line-1-7

Disgruntled kids lie and manipulate to get what they want.
Page 149, Ford testified that “DSS coached the children” and recorded their coached statements.

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Pastor Ron Baity Attacks Gays and Supports Child Molesters of New Bethany

In Independent Fundamental Baptist, Mack Ford, New Bethany Home for Boys, New Bethany Home for Girls, Sexual Abuse on February 22, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Ron Baity came out fighting in the Huffington Post Gays Should Be Prosecuted Like They Were Historically. The Huffington Post quoted Baity saying, “For 300 years, we had laws that would prosecute that lifestyle,” he is quoted as saying. “We’ve gone down the wrong path. We’ve become so dumb that we have accepted a lie for the truth, and we’ve…discarded the truth on the shoals of shipwreck!” Baity

A victim of Mack W. Ford’s asked Doctor Ron Baity why Berean Baptist Church financially supports a pedophile, who abused kids for 30-years

Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 4:57 PM
To: lisashutt-church@triad.rr.com
Subject: New Bethany

Dear Lisa,

It has been brought to my attention, that your church is sending money to Mack Ford, founder of the New Bethany Homes, aka: New Bethany Baptist Church. The church is no longer functioning. Were you aware of this? Why is money being sent to a church, that is not holding services? Is your congregation aware of this?

Mack Ford is a child abuser/pedophile, who for decades abused young girls/boys all in the name of God. There are many documents, in reference to the exploitation of children as well as the abuse. Do you know that while his *home* was up and running, that he was receiving up to $750.00 per child residing there? He did not run on donations only? You were only told this, so he would receive the most money possible, to help run his *homes.*


    Email to Berean Baptist Church


From: Lisa Shutt
Subject: RE: New Bethany
To: Simone
Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 9:55 PM

Please pay close attention

1. How this church spends its money is none of your business since you don’t help pay the bills.

2. A person does not have to be a part of a church to receive help. We help people individually that do not necessarily make up a church

3. We have a reason for helping Mack Ford, which you know nothing about, and if we told you it is evident you would not understand.

4. There is a verse of Scripture that would help you if you would take time to read it. Galatians 6:1– “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”–What have you done to help restore him other than condemn him?

5. I trust you don’t read the first five books of the Bible since the man God used to write them was a murderer.

6. I am sure you are not reading the Psalms since David committed adultery and murder.

7. I am sure you are not reading the writings of the Apostle Paul since he was a murderer.

8. You know you should write your own book of instruction since you are about the only perfect person left.

Lisa S. Shutt
Secretary, Berean Baptist Church
4135 Thomasville Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27107 USA
(336) 785-0527
Email Address: lisashutt-church@triad.rr.com

Lisa Shutt’s message to Simone
{There is cause to believe Ron Baity wrote this message, using his secretary’s account}



Sent: Wed, October 13, 2010 11:21:45 PM
Subject: New Bethany/In Response to Berean Baptist Church’s condescending, pompous, jackass!


In accordance to Lisa Shutt’s:

#1, #2 and #3: This church is HIDING SOMETHING!

#4: What is financially supporting this bastard supposed to RESTORE him to?

#5: Historically, Moses wrote the first 5 books of the Old Testament. Moses, a Hebrew by birth, adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter, saw an Egyptian slave master beating a fellow Hebrew slave. Moses came to the Hebrew slave’s defense, in turn killing the slave master. So, in order to defend sending Mack Ford money, Ron Baity wants to call Moses a murderer.

#6. Yep. King David turned into a real POS after killing Goliath and becoming King, and IS guilty of what Lisa Shutt is saying. David also ADMITTED that he was wrong and begged FORGIVENESS!

#7. Same with Saul, formerly a tax collector, who, after begging forgiveness from God, became the apostle Paul.

To this day, Mack Ford will not admit one iota of wrongdoing. BIG DAMN DIFFERENCE!

#8. I’m not even going to comment on .

There are more churches that send this vile worm money.

I talked about posting part of this but I’m am just too disgusted right now.



Questions: Horror Stories from New Bethany Home in Arcadia

In Child Abuse, Independent Fundamental Baptist, Mack Ford, New Bethany Home for Boys, New Bethany Home for Girls, Sexual Abuse on September 25, 2013 at 12:56 am

How politics, preachers, and pedophiles endanger the safety of children.

Louisiana Voice

Do it in the name of heaven,

You can justify it in the end.

 —One Tin Soldier by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter

As more and more revelations come to light about the treatment of residents of the New Bethany Home for Girls and Boys in Arcadia and similar homes run by Rev. Mack Ford and wife Thelma in other localities, many serious questions remain unanswered.

  • Why, for example, have the Fords and employees of the home never been charged with felony child abuse?
  • How can a man (and dozens more like him scattered across the U.S.) mete out such barbaric treatment of children in the name of a Savior who’s every utterance of love, peace and forgiveness is in direct contradiction to the policies of these institutions?
  • How can the doctrine of separation of church and state trump state laws enacted to protect children who are unable to protect…

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