By Christian Today, 2/20/2018
A pastor who failed to report the sexual assault allegation against the Memphis pastor Andy Savage of Highpoint Church has resigned his position at a church in Austin, Texas, USA Today reported.
Larry Cotton, who was the pastor to whom the victim Jules Woodson reported what had taken place between her and Savage in 1998, announced his resignation from The Austin Stone Community Church last week, saying in a letter to church members that he decided to step down from his ministry leadership position after coming to understand ‘the weight of my mistakes’.
Cotton wrote: ‘I now understand that I did not do enough to serve Jules and help her feel protected and cared for. I understand that I failed to report the sexual abuse – I wish I had reported to the proper authorities.’
Meanwhile, Savage remains on leave from his ministry position at Highpoint Church pending an investigation which is expected to conclude by March 1. Savage has said that he will abide by the wishes of church leadership once the investigation is complete.
However, Savage has received support from leaders at Highpoint, who said they were aware of the Texas case before Savage was hired, and church members gave Savage a standing ovation after he spoke about the case shortly after it emerged into the public eye in January.