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Billy Little: Pastor and Pyschologist Accused of Dusty Sex Scandal

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Billy Lee Little
A retired Baptist minister and licensed psychologist who, according to his biography, once hosted a counseling program on KMOX and worked as a sports psychologist for the baseball Cardinals, stands accused today of taking advantage of a female patient.

And the plaintiffs and their attorney believe more victims may be out there.

"The primary motive of my clients is to encourage others to come forward," says attorney Ken Chackes, who's representing Darrell and Rhonda Pitt in their lawsuit against Pastor Billy Lee Little and the now-defunct Christ Memorial Baptist Church of Cool Valley. "It's our understanding that the church board established a fund for victims of Little, and it's believed that one other person came forward but that no relief was awarded."

Cynthia Holmes, the attorney representing the church, tells Daily RFT that no such fund exists. In March a St. Louis County judge dismissed the church from the lawsuit, though the Pitts are seeking to reinstate the defendant. Meanwhile, at a hearing today the attorney representing Little is expected to ask that his client also be dismissed from the case.

The Pitts' lawsuit claims that Little provided the couple with marriage counseling in the early 1980s at a time they were members of the north county church. The suit alleges that after a few counseling sessions Little suggested that Darrell was "not the problem" and that just Rhonda needed treatment.

Soon afterward Little hired Rhonda to work as his personal secretary, according to the suit filed in December, and he began coming onto her during her job and at counseling sessions.

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Little is the author of several self-help books, including this one published in 2010.
"Beginning in or about 1986 and continuing on until 1987 or 1988 defendant Little had sexual contact with plaintiff Rhonda Pitt in and around defendant Christ Memorial Baptist Church and elsewhere," the complaint reads. "Defendant Little's sexual advancements began when he kissed plaintiff Rhonda Pitt while plaintiff Rhonda Pitt was working as the secretary in the church office."

Chackes says his client lived with the guilt of the affair for more than two decades. It was only when she received therapy in recent years from a different counselor that she was encouraged to tell her husband of what happened. The lawsuit contends that in May 2010 Darrell Pitt confronted Little about the affair and that the minister bragged of having sex with his wife in Pitt's living room and recounting his wife's favorite sexual positions.

Two weeks later Little allegedly retired from the church -- following 51 years of service -- but soon returned to deliver a guest sermon in which he allegedly told congregants that Darrel was upset that his wife "came onto him."

Little's attorney, Aaron Staebell, declined to comment to Daily RFT without permission from his client. But in an answer Staebell filed with the court, his client denies most all claims from the Pitts while neither confessing to nor confirming his relationship with Rhonda Pitt some twenty years ago. Court records further indicate that Little isn't the only person behaving inappropriately.

In June 2010 Little filed a restraining order against Darrell Pitt and was granted a full order of protection that remains in effect.

Records on file with the state licensing board suggest that Little has something of a track record when it comes to sexual relations with female clients. In 1996 the State Committee of Pyschologists suspended his license for a year after finding that he had an inappropriate social relationship with a female patient that turned sexual and that he had performed "pressure point" treatments on another woman for which he was not properly trained.

Following the suspension, Little was required to tape record his sessions with all female clients during a probationary period and produce the tapes to the committee when requested. Rhonda Pitt claims in her lawsuit that Little called her at the time he was facing discipline from the licensing board and warned her not to tell anyone of their sexual relationship.

The Pitts case is interesting because unlike most repressed memory cases involving those abused by priests, Rhonda isn't claiming that she blocked the affair out of her mind. She just chose not to do anything about it until having follow-up therapy. Her husband's first knowledge of the affair -- in 2010 -- would fall within the five year statute of limitations for a claim.

The Pitts are suing Little for emotional distress, breach of fiduciary duty and defamation. Meanwhile, they claim the church failed to properly supervise its clergy.

On December 29 of last year Christ Memorial Baptist Church voluntarily dissolved itself with the Secretary of State's Office. The building is now owned by another congregation, New Horizon 7th Day Christian.

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George
George

With christians like these, who needs devil worshippers?

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A man that masquerades as God's messagenger, & also uses his license as a pyschologist to prey on women is truly the devil incarnate.  I've known this man for many years and to put such a spin on the truth makes me think of an extremely narcissistic person.  To stretch the truth to not only his congregation, but to make himself look like an innocent victim and have a restraining order placed on Darrell Pitt is beyond absurd!  The emotional damage that Bill Little has inflicted on Rhonda & Darrell Pitt is unbelieveable.  If anyone should have a restraining order placed on them, it's Bill Little himself.  He shouldn't be allowed within a space of two foot of any woman, and if he is it should always be supervised and recorded!  I fully support the Pitt's and their lawsuit, and pray that justice will win out not only for them, but for all the other victims of Bill Little.  God and Bill only know how many are out there.  God warns all of us in the Bible to beware of false prophets.  Listen to God ladies.   

Steve
Steve

Really dispicable when "men of God" are exposed as the devil in disguise.

Judy Jones
Judy Jones

Hopefully others, who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Billy Lee Little, will have the courage to speak up and report it to police.Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511snapjudy@gmail.com(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)  

David Clohessy
David Clohessy

It's almost alwayshurtful (and in many states illegal) when a powerful charismatic professional(like a therapist or minister) abuses his or her power and sexually manipulatesvulnerable individuals.

 

I suspect Ms. Pitts onlyrealized that she'd been harmed by Rev. Little after she'd been to a REALtherapist, who helped her understand the connection between Little's betrayaland her pain. 

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