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#43
Oct 7, 2012
 
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Please don't judge the whole church by this. Some of us are waiting to see what Travis has to say Sunday. I agree that it is time for Travis to resign from being pastor. My prayer is for justice to be done for all involved. PS this evening we are having our ANNUAL fish fry, it does not have anything to do with Travis.
I am curious "waiting." Did your Pastor confess or deny...I pray you are going to say he confessed and the healing can begin, but my skepticism tells me.. probably not.
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Oct 7, 2012
 
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1st baptist of stover and other churches promote this activity by the way they operate their churches. The first thing travis smith does when a family joins the stover baptist church is seperate the family. Adult women this and that. Adult men do this and that. Young boys go here. Young girls go here. Teen males go here and teen girls go there. See what I mean. Church is for families together not family seperation. Thats how he and others like him begin their search for the next victim. By seperating everyone into different classes or excursions etc.. It gives them a chance to start readying the next victim.
This is a southern baptist convention and MO baptist convention problem. They have created.
I have contacted MO baptist convention about getting smith removed so my family can go to church again without having to drive several miles which affects my budget and ability to tithe. But MO baptist convention doesnt care and does nothing about him.
The first wednesday I went to the Stover baptist church. The men watched a video on how to spot a child predator. I guess they were learnig how people were catching onto them. Smith was sitting their grinning the whole entire time.
God and Jesus have abandoned Stover baptist and have left it for satan to have.
God and Jesus will be there again but they will only be there when godly people start going there again and those godly people clean house with the help of God.
Anyone interested should talk to coal mine carriage. They have land next to smiths in north versailles.
They have some interesting details to share about smith his cousin and truck drivers.
Later.
Yep, never saw in there once how you tried to stand up for whats right. Expected someone else to do what was right and belly ached about your pocketbook. If its your church you have to stand up also
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This is to the young girls that Smith has raped, molested or hurt in any way, there are prayers said for you every day.

Stay strong girls, you have more support then you realize.

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Travis Smith has irreparably damaged the lives of many young girls and their families. Some have come forward, but others are in fear of the public’s opinion and of Smith’s reaction. People of the Stover Church are condoning Smith’s activities by paying him. There are children affected by his presence. Smith has used the power of being a preacher to bend people to his will, even outside of the congregation. Why he is still allowed to preach is beyond me. Ridiculous! He is preaching to CHILDREN and he is a CHILD molester. Now that he has been accused of the same crime multiple times, I would think people would have some common sense. HE IS NOT INNOCENT! Has he been accused of bank robbery, fraud, murder, or any other crime? No, he has been accused of the same crimes over and over again. Hmm…Does that not bring up an automatic alert? The members of the church should kick Smith out, but instead they are still paying him. What do you think he is going to say? He will manipulate the congregation as he has in the past. The church has been corrupted by his opinions. They are too worried about their reputation to kick out a preacher who is a child molester. I am an extended family member of a victim and I know the situation and I know Smith! The truth is not determined by how many believe, but by the facts. This is what members of the church need get in their heads and use common sense.
I am a young girl who sees past the dark veil. Why can’t the ADULTS of his CHURCH?!!!
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The church is like this predators din. It gives him sanctuary and a position of relavance to make his victims feel there must be something wrong with them if all of these people are backing him.
These people all share the guilt for his crimes if they do not stop helping him.
A predator does not kill all of the prey just the weak and most vulnerable ones! He did not kill me so he must not be a predator????

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Where are all those church members and friends now? The ones who were so willing to defend Travis just a few short posts ago? Helloooo?? Anyone there????? I didn't think so. Maybe Travis' dad will now get a clue and realize his son needs to go to prison.
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seekingthetruth123 wrote:
Where are all those church members and friends now? The ones who were so willing to defend Travis just a few short posts ago? Helloooo?? Anyone there????? I didn't think so. Maybe Travis' dad will now get a clue and realize his son needs to go to prison.
Maybe Tom keeps defending "Travy" bewcause Travis learned this from Tom????
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#50
Oct 9, 2012
 
Waitng wrote:
Please don't judge the whole church by this. Some of us are waiting to see what Travis has to say Sunday. I agree that it is time for Travis to resign from being pastor. My prayer is for justice to be done for all involved. PS this evening we are having our ANNUAL fish fry, it does not have anything to do with Travis.
Well, What did he say? Did he resign? Was money raised at the fish fry to support him?
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#51
Oct 9, 2012
 
Waitng wrote:
Please don't judge the whole church by this. Some of us are waiting to see what Travis has to say Sunday. I agree that it is time for Travis to resign from being pastor. My prayer is for justice to be done for all involved. PS this evening we are having our ANNUAL fish fry, it does not have anything to do with Travis.
I don't think "waiting" wants to answer!!!
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I have read these charges are from an alleged incident from 2005? It's still wrong what he did, but someone said two new girls have come forward? Can someone clarify?
Had Enough

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Oct 9, 2012
 
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I have read these charges are from an alleged incident from 2005? It's still wrong what he did, but someone said two new girls have come forward? Can someone clarify?
Well, these charges stem from 98-99 in one case, and 2005 in the other... Two years ago the charges were on two other different girls and were more recent incidents. I have not heard of any new charges being pressed at this time, and I do not see anything on CaseNet, however it is certainly possible that there are some more charges coming that have just not been presented yet.. In a way, I wish there were more charges so maybe the citizens would believe these girls and so that justice can be served, but I also know more charges also means more girls who were victimized by Smith.. I am also curious as to what he had to say to the congregation on Sunday about all of this.. The guy has had nearly a week to come up with his new cover story to make everyone believe..
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Every time someone "can't believe it" they won't search for information.
If the people that supported him would dig into the facts a little they would find the truth.
These are recent charges that date back. They are on case net. You must not know how to run casenet. Here is the link to help:
Litigant name Travis Ray Smith, Moniteau County
12MT-CR00394
SMITH, TRAVIS RAY 12MT-CR00393 Defendant ST V TRAVIS R SMITH Criminal/Infract.-see Charges 09/28/2012
CALIFORNIA, MO Circuit 26 Moniteau Moniteau Circuit 77294602
SMITH, TRAVIS RAY 12MT-CR00394 Defendant ST V TRAVIS R SMITH Criminal/Infract.-see Charges 09/28/2012
CALIFORNIA, MO Circuit 26 Moniteau Moniteau Circuit 77294602
12MT-CR00393
https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/base/welcom...

If you go to casenet you can get details of what the charges are. They are 5 felony charges from 2 separate girls. One girl’s case was a bond of $50,000 and the 2nd girl’s case was a bond of $20,000 or go to KMIZ 17.
I would like to say again. Ask his family about the girls that have said he has molested or raped them that have not made it to legal charges only because of not enough proof.
Do not ask his Dad he is the same and would lie, but ask his sister! She has to know the truth about him and it says a lot about her that she will not help these poor victims.
His family has hidden his past and allowed this to continue to happen to more girls.
There is MORE (a lot more) than just the charges you read.
Does anyone know his family???
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My daughter and a whole bus load of Latham elementary kids withessed Travis beating his extremely pregnant wife about 7 or 8 years ago. Travis hit her and dragged her across the lawn while she was screaming for help and trying to get away. His little daughter ran to the bus for help hysterical. How long are people going to continue to allow this man to victimize women and children?
Latham woman

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Yeah! I know them. His kids are so traumitized. I am so sorry for his children! Not only are they victimized by this pathatetic excuse for a father but by what he has done and the backlash from the community. Why didn't his wife put a stop to it and leave so those poor kids could have a more normal life! Is she crazy or just as pathetic as him? I can only hope his children are not among his sexual victims. They have it bad enough as it is. I mean, who would want their children visiting at their house? I understand that it is not the kid's fault, but society keeps letting Travis satisfy himself with our children. NOT MINE! People like Travis should be sterilized and put away FOREVER! Kudos to the church members in Latham that wern't fooled and denied his pastorship at their church!!!
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Latham woman wrote:
My daughter and a whole bus load of Latham elementary kids withessed Travis beating his extremely pregnant wife about 7 or 8 years ago. Travis hit her and dragged her across the lawn while she was screaming for help and trying to get away. His little daughter ran to the bus for help hysterical. How long are people going to continue to allow this man to victimize women and children?
My kid was on the bus too. I had to drive him to school because he was so traumatized by what he saw that he would cry and refuse to go to school by bus.

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No wonder his wife won't leave him. She is terrorized by Travis Smith. It all makes sense. I thought she was just a clueless woman, burying her head in the sand, but now I see that she is a victim of physical, mental (and possibly sexual) abuse. Abused wives don't often leave their husbands for fear of retribution. I pray for her and the children.

Katie Couric's show today on ABC is about child molestation and rape. Alot of what is being said by the child predators she is interviewing rings true in Travis Smith's case. He a sicko!
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Sad wrote:
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My kid was on the bus too. I had to drive him to school because he was so traumatized by what he saw that he would cry and refuse to go to school by bus.
I sometimes wonder if those of us that live in the rural area deserve the nicknams of Hillbilly, redneck, and ignorant. If a school bus full of children witnessed Travis beating and dragging his wife, why was he allowed to get away with it? Was there no one to call the law? give aid? People need to be involved in their commuinties. Stand up for what is right, do NOT allow the preditors in our neighborhoods to prey on the innocent!
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Thank you for the information “Latham woman” and “Sad”. PLEASE go to the Prosecutor of Moniteau County and tell him what you know. There are too many people that say,“I just want to stay out of the middle of it.” This statement is the reason he has been able to continue his mission as a sexual predator and destroyed many young girls’ lives.
When I stated other family members I was referring to his sister, cousins, brother, aunts; not his wife and kids. You need to talk to his sister about how he has been all his life. He was a sexual predator when he was 18 if not before that and as you can see has continued for over 20 years.
As for the Latham Church, he had never really went to church, but all the sudden after being accused years ago of sexual assault he became a youth minister at this church. Does this make since? NO! It took other accusation to actually get the Latham church to remove him.
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It's people like you who looked over it and moved on who ultimately allowed him to victimize others. Four victims is four too many. If someone would'nt have looked past on what happened in '98 or even in '05, I wouldn't have to call myself a victim by him.
All I know is that it took a Jury of "Twelve" less than "one Hour" to find the man "Innocent" of the charges claimed by one of you so called "Victims" Give me a break Victim.
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Bubba Leroy Artifus Jones wrote:
<quoted text> All I know is that it took a Jury of "Twelve" less than "one Hour" to find the man "Innocent" of the charges claimed by one of you so called "Victims" Give me a break Victim.
All I know is that it took a jury of "Twelve" less than "one hour" to find the SEXUAL PREDATOR "innocent" of the charges claimed by NOT a so called "victim", BUT A VICTIM!!!!! I am not a victim, but I know one!!! Its people like you that makes it to where girls and women are afraid to come forward with their stories!!!! I also know Travis and some of his family members. I was not surprised by the charges last time or this time!!! The family members I know disowned him a long time ago and they're not surprised either!!!! So before you start judging educate yourself!!! Read the police reports of what he's done to these girls!!! Talk to people in stover ( not at SFBC) and Versailles!!! This man is a rapist!!! He needs to go to jail!!!! Maybe he get the same treatment in there that he gave these girls!!!

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