Rev. Juan Demetrius McFarland a pastor in Alabama who confessed to sleeping with church members after knowing he has HIV is refusing to step down at Montgomery's Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church for 21 years. During Sept., 14th 2014 Sunday sermons he admitted his health status, then his misdeeds, the pastor and members of his flock. The church membership voted 80-1 to remove McFarland on Oct. 5, but he will not leave. In Alabama, spreading a sexually transmitted disease is a Class C misdemeanor
A lawyer representing deacons in the church said McFarland and a supporter would not let them on the premises, telling deacons trying to change the locks they would face "castle law" if they tried to come to services...They're worried if they show up to church, they could get shot...Unless the pastor steps down voluntarily, this may very well end up in court."