The purpose of these articles, is to show the importance of Creating Safer Havens. Our intent in sharing these cases is to bring an awareness of the 'Secret Sins' that are going on around us daily. These are only a few of the many thousands of cases occurring within the church and places where children are supposed to be kept safe. Let's not be fooled into thinking these types of acts are limited to churches and after school programs. In this fast-paced world we live in, these 'Secret Sins' are happening everywhere. As you will see below, children are being violated by pastors, therapists, music directors, volunteer workers, school teachers, coaches, and sadly, the list goes on. Our hopes at Creating Safer Havens is that the seriousness of this problem will no longer be overlooked, and the importance of protecting our children will become top priority.
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Church Related Cases
Vatican City - 6-15-2015
Vatican orders former Polish archbishop to stand trial for sex abuse
A Vatican prosecutor on Monday ordered the trial of a former Roman Catholic archbishop accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic and of possessing child pornographic material.
Montana, Helena - 5/1/2015
Helena Diocese names perpetrators of sexual abuse; many at western Montana parishes
A 63-year-old Cockeysville man, who is a youth group leader at a local church, has been charged with possession and distribution of hundreds of thousands of pornographic images of extremely young children.
Oregon - 4/30/2015
Happy Valley Pastor Mike Sperou convicted of child sex abuse, sentenced to 20 years in prison
A 63-year-old Cockeysville man, who is a youth group leader at a local church, has been charged with possession and distribution of hundreds of thousands of pornographic images of extremely young children.
MD, Baltimore - 4/17/2015
Md. Church Youth Group Leader Charged With Possession, Distribution of Child Porn
A 63-year-old Cockeysville man, who is a youth group leader at a local church, has been charged with possession and distribution of hundreds of thousands of pornographic images of extremely young children.
VA, Lexington - 10/8/2014
Former Buena Vista Pastor Charged With Indecent Acts with a Child Found Guilty
UPDATE: A former Buena Vista pastor has been found guilty on child sex abuse charges. The jury found him guilty on five of six charges, including two counts of carnal knowledge and three counts of indecent liberties with a child.
The jury had the Larry Clark case for less than an hour.
Maryland - 8/18/2014
Former Church Youth Leader Sentenced to 40 Years for Child Sex Abuse
Nathaniel Morales, a former youth group leader at the Maryland-based Covenant Life Church and who was convicted in May for sexually abusing three young boys, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. The judge called him a "cowardly pervert" and a "pathetic human being."
Alabama, Auburn - 7/20/2014
Associate Auburn Pastor Charged with Sexual Abuse
AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -
A longtime associate pastor at Believers Church in Auburn has been arrested on child sex abuse charges.
His arrest in May got him kicked out of the church where he had been for 30 years. Lee County Sheriff's detectives say the two adult victims came forward in April to report they were abused in the early 1990's.
Kentucky - 6/24/2014 Kentucky Church Hires Registered Sex Offender as Pastor; Man Now Faces Charges of Alleged Rape, Sodomy of 14-Y-O Boy at Church
Roy Neal Yoakem, who leads the New Gospel Outreach Church in Scottsville, Kentucky, allegedly raped a 14-year-old boy at the church and police believe that another incident occurred in a nearby town, reported WSMV.
WASHINGTON - 6/10/14
New allegation made; former teacher faces 127 sex-abuse charges
A former Mt. Hermon special education teacher now faces 127 criminal counts involving sexual abuse of children.
Investigators disclosed new allegations Monday against 45-year-old Murray "Joey" Duncan. Duncan was previously arrested by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office for numerous crimes related to his role as a teacher and a church volunteer. The charges stemmed from alleged sexual contact with seven different victims.
New York - 5/21/2014
Police chief, rabbi among 71 nabbed in child porn bust
NEW YORK — Two police officers, a rabbi, a registered nurse, a nanny and a Boy Scout den leader are among 70 men and one woman arrested on charges of trading child pornography in what federal officials say is one of the largest-ever roundups in the New York City area.
MO, Kansas City - 12/1/2013
Christian Sports Camp faces lawsuits claiming sex abuse by former director
Kanakuk Kamps, a Branson-based Christian sports camp network that draws thousands of youths every summer — many from the Kansas City area — is facing two lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by a former director.
Alaska, Anchorage - 11/6/2013
Former Anchorage deacon sentenced in child pornography case
A former Anchorage church deacon was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison, with 33 months suspended, for possessing child pornography.
Donald Johnson was arrested in January after state troopers and Anchorage police traced videos of sexual assaults to his home. He could serve as little as 18 months if he qualifies for good-behavior release, officials said.
KS, Junction City - 8/13/2013 Junction City Minister at Center of Scandal Gets New Hearing
- Update of 8/30/2012 article
A week after backing out of a plea deal, a former Junction City minister accused of sexual abuse involving young boys in the church's congregation was back in court.
Jordan Young, 26, appeared in court Tuesday morning and a judge set future hearings for his cases.
Young was expected to plead guilty after agreeing to a negotiated settlement. Prosecutors said Young even signed the plea agreement Tuesday but when he walked into the courtroom, he informed the judge that he wanted to fire his attorney and that he did not want to move forward with the plea deal.
Young has been in jail for a year since his arrest last August. The Junction City Police Department launched an investigation into reports of sexual misconduct at Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church where he’d been serving as the music and youth minister. He is the son of former Faith Tabernacle pastor Edwin Young and faces charges ranging from lewd and lascivious behavior to aggravated criminal sodomy.
A member of the Public Defender's Office has been appointed to represent Young.
His new attorney asked the court for 60 days to review the cases and prepare for court proceedings- a request attorney Michelle Brown was opposed to but the request was granted.
Young will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on November 7-8, 2013. A status hearing has been set for October 29, 2013.
Young remains in custody.
MD, Ellicott City - 7/11/2013 Man sentenced to 150 years for sex abuse of three young girls
A former employee at the world headquarters for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Montgomery County was sentenced to 150 years in prison in Howard County Circuit Court this week for sexually abusing three girls between the ages of 5 and 8.
Joseph Edgar Davis, 40, was found guilty of child pornography after lewd images of the girls were found on Davis' work computer.
According to the church, Davis, who worked in the church's audio-visual department, was fired on March 5, 2012.
The statement of facts say the images were taken while the children were left in the care of Davis at his residence in Columbia.
OK, Tulsa - 6/25/13 Tulsa Pastor Arrested in Child Sex Abuse Case, Victim Pregnant
A Tulsa pastor has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor after a teenager accused him of having sex with her numerous times over the past year.
According to a police report, the 15-year-old female victim told officers on Thursday that Gregory Hawkins, 54, had been having sex with her and that she was now five months pregnant with his child.
The teen told police she had sex with Hawkins numerous times, including at his home, at a Tulsa hotel, the Zion Plaza Church and at other locations, the report stated.
The victim reported the sexual intercourse began in April of 2012 and continued until January 2013.
Hawkins is a pastor at Zion Plaza Church in Tulsa.
PA, Philadelphia - 6/14/2013 Catholic Priest, Teacher Sentenced in Sex Abuse Case- - Update of 9/4/12 article
A judge has sentenced a Roman Catholic priest to six to 12 years in prison and a former teacher to eight to 16 years in a sex-abuse case that brought down a Philadelphia church official.
In January, a Philadelphia jury returned guilty verdicts on child-sex charges against the two men.
The verdict supports accounts by a 24-year-old policeman's son that he was sexually abused by the Rev. Charles Engelhardt between 1998 and 1999 and Bernard Shero, a former sixth-grade teacher, in 2000 when he was an altar boy.
The victim's 2009 complaint provided the hook for Philadelphia prosecutors to bring the nation's first criminal charges against a U.S. church official for allegedly covering up sexual abuse by priests.
The sexual abuse complaints led to the conviction of Monsignor William Lynn, who had transferred a priest named Avery to the parish despite concerns he was a pedophile.
VA, Richmond - 6/11/2013 ROC Board to give pastor 6 months severance
After resigning amid multiple felony charges in Texas, Geronimo Aguilar, the founding pastor of The Richmond Outreach Center, will receive six months severance from the Richmond-based church and will continue to live in the church's parsonage.
Canada, Vancouver - 5/3/2013 Woman claims Seventh Day Adventists failed to protect her from sex abuse
Alicia Koback, 49, claims she was sexually abused by her now-deceased adoptive father throughout her childhood is suing her mother, the Seventh-day Adventist Church and two of its schools, alleging they knew about the abuse but failed to protect her.
Koback was adopted shortly after her birth by Bob and Constance Heitsman of Aldergrove, and says in a statement of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court that the abuse began when she was a toddler and continued until she left home at 16, pregnant and traumatized.
Her mother, church officials and teachers at two schools — Fraser Valley Adventist Academy in Aldergrove and Cariboo Adventist Academy in Williams Lake — knew about the abuse but did not try to stop it or report it to authorities, she claims.
The statement was filed Friday by lawyer Jim Poyner, but the allegations have not been proven in court and the four parties named in the lawsuit have yet to file a statement of defense.
The church also wouldn’t comment on the case, saying it had no information as of Friday.
Koback said her parents were deacons of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and she was raised in a devout household with two brothers, also adopted, and a younger sister who was the Heitsmans’ only biological child. Family and religious rules were plentiful and included obeying elders, not questioning authority and distrusting non-believers.
Austria, Vienna - 4/10/2013 Ex-priest charged in 15 child abuse cases Austrian authorities have charged a defrocked priest with sexually abusing 15 children as head of a Catholic boarding school.
They say Alfons August Mandorfer, 79, is also accused of torturing and neglecting young boys under his care between 1973 and 1993, when he was director of the school run by a monastery in the Upper Austrian town of Kremsmuenster.
But spokesman Andreas Pechatschek of the regional public prosecutor's office says most of the charges are based on suspicion of "numerous crimes of a sexual nature."
Mandorfer was dismissed as a priest after several former pupils accused him several years ago of abuse.
Hundreds of alleged sexual victims of Catholic clergy in Austria have come forward in recent years as part of pedophilia accusations rocking the church internationally.
TN, Nashville - 4/10/2013 Ex-principal sentenced in sex case
A former public middle school principal charged with a string of sexual abuse was sentenced to three months in prison and 12 years of probation for abuse that occurred four years ago.
The man, Ronald B. Anderson, 34, allegedly met the victims, who were teenage boys, at his church.
Anderson, former principal at Kennedy Middle School in Antioch, was convicted in January by a Davidson County jury of four counts of sexual battery by an authority figure.
Police arrested Anderson in March 2009 after prosecutors charged him with sexually abusing two teenage boys, whom he took under his wing at the Royal Life International Church in Madison. Anderson had given them rides, treated them to dinner and become a mentor of sorts, according to court testimony.
School officials said Anderson underwent a background search prior to his hiring. Before starting at Kennedy, Anderson was assistant principal at Gra-Mar Middle School in Madison. School officials said they do not believe any students were abused during Anderson's tenure.
Pope Francis urges decisive action against sex abuse - 4/5/2013
In a meeting with the Holy See's doctrinal chief, the new pope declared that combating sexual abuse was important "for the Church and its credibility."
Utah, Bountiful - 3/1/2013 Former LDS Church worker sentenced to jail for child sexual abuse
A 43-year-old Centerville man who is a former LDS Church employee was sentenced Friday to two years in jail for sexually abusing one child and showing his genitals to a second child last year.
Timothy William Bothell was charged in 2nd District Court with two counts of first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child stemming from incidents at a home between Dec. 1, 2011, and Aug. 9. He was also charged with four counts of lewdness involving a child, a class A misdemeanor.
The felony count carries a potential prison term of up to life, and the lewdness count is punishable by up to a year in jail. But Judge Glen Dawson instead ordered five years of probation with a year in jail on each count, running consecutively.
Dawson also said the probation was "zero tolerance," meaning that any violation of his probation conditions would land Bothell in prison for the rest of the sentence.
As part of his probation, Bothell must complete sex-offender treatment, must pay $14,000 in restitution and will not be allowed contact with the victims or any other children under 18 — except those approved by the Department of Corrections.
Washington - 2/4/2013 Former Christian school teacher accused of molesting boys - Update of 1/15/13 article
A former youth worker and teacher at a Christian school in Gaithersburg has been charged with molesting teenage boys during the 1980s and '90s.
Nathaniel Morales, 55, has been indicted in Montgomery County Circuit Court on 10 counts of sexually abusing four boys under his care.
Morales, now a Pentecostal bishop in Las Vegas, has a hearing scheduled for Friday .
Police began investigating in 2009 after a man came forward to say that Morales had performed sex acts on him beginning when he was about 14 years old.
Morales was a member of Covenant Life Church and a teacher at the victim's school, the now defunct Montgomery County Covenant Life Academy. Morales held Bible studies and sleep overs at his Germantown apartment where the victim said much of the molestation occurred.
The victim's father told detectives that he talked with pastors about Morales, but there were "concerns of tarnished reputations," and no police report was made.
Police interviewed two pastors who confirmed that they talked to Morales about the allegations that he was abusing boys.
One pastor, Ernest Boisvert, told police that "normally the church would appeal to the accused to stop his criminal behavior and then, should it not stop, they would alert people that the person is not acting in a Christian manner," according to police.
Boisvert said he "took his cues from the families of the victims," who did not indicate they wanted to notify police, charging documents said.
Police said they then discovered three more victims, who all told similar stories of Morales sneaking into their bedrooms at night and molesting them. The alleged abuse occurred at the boys' homes, on camping trips and at the school.
Another father, when questioned by police, told investigators that he had confronted Morales, and Morales asked for the father's forgiveness. The father told police that Morales confessed, and he forgave the man. The father did not notify police.
PA, Philadelphia - 1/30/2013
Jury convicts priest, teacher in church abuse case that has rocked Philadelphia Archdiocese - Update of 9/4/2012 article
A jury convicted a priest and teacher in a pivotal church-abuse case that rocked the Philadelphia archdiocese and sent a church official to prison for child endangerment.
MO, Kansas City - 1/25/2013 Mo. Board of Education president resigns amid allegations of sexually abusing a minor
The Missouri Board of Education president has resigned following allegations of sexually abusing a minor.
Stan Archie, who also serves as pastor of Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in Kansas City, resigned Friday. He was appointed to the state board in 2006.
A lawsuit filed alleges that Archie made lewd comments about his sexual prowess after he began counseling a 15-year-old female member of the congregation, who is now 23. It was the second such lawsuit filed against Archie in a little more than a year.
Archie is also accused of encouraging the teenage girl to act promiscuously and report her experiences to him, often by Skype. He also allegedly told the girl he used to be a pimp and viewed himself as her surrogate father.
The lawsuit claims that Archie told her that he was "next to God," and that the sexual acts were "a Holy thing."
The church was also named as a defendant.
FLA, Orlando - 1/22/2013 Gangster-turned 'Apostle' gets life in federal prison in child sex-abuse case
A gangster turned self-proclaimed "apostle" was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for sexually abusing girls he met through his Central Florida ministry.
Luis "Tito" Morales, founder of En Fuego for Jesus, has been described as a serial sexual predator who brainwashed his followers.
An Orlando federal jury convicted him in November, and after hearing testimony from 10 of his victims and their parents on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton Jr. handed down the sentence.
Los Angeles - 1/21/2013
L.A. church leaders sought to hide sex abuse cases from authorities
Documents from the late 1980s show that Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and another archdiocese official discussed strategies to keep police from discovering that children were being sexually abused by priests.
Fifteen years before the clergy sex abuse scandal came to light, Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and a top advisor plotted to conceal child molestation by priests from law enforcement, including keeping them out of California to avoid prosecution, according to internal Catholic church records released Monday.
CA, San Diego - 1/15/2013 Civil lawsuit filed against Rock Church Academy over allegations of child sex abuse
An investigation has uncovered new information about allegations of child sex abuse involving a former Rock Church Academy school teacher.
Attorney Stephen Estey confirmed he filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of four alleged child victims. The lawsuit claims that the Rock Academy failed to protect the children and violated a legal responsibility to report suspicions of abuse as soon as they became aware.
Latisha and Mel Zamora say their daughter was molested by the teacher in a Rock Church Academy classroom. She was in the first grade.
The teacher's name is not being revealed, because he has not been criminally charged.
The Zamoras say their daughter was assaulted during "movie time." The same story was reported by Vanessa and Jose Rodriguez, who are also part of the civil suit filed by Estey. The families are angry and forever scarred.
Vanessa Rodriguez said, "She explained the teacher put his hands up her shirt and he would rub her legs and the inside of her legs and bottom and hold her tight and wouldn't let her go. This happened every Friday on movie day."
The families both report that a teacher walked in on the abuse in a dark classroom, nearly a year before the accused teacher was terminated.
"My daughter said the teacher that walked in was so startled the girls fell off his lap and the teacher felt it was not right and was uncomfortable and reported it to the school," said Latisha Zamora.
A spokeswoman for the Rock Church released the following statement on Monday evening:
"The Rock Church has not seen a copy of any civil complaint. We understand there continues to be an ongoing investigation by the authorities and we do not know the status of that investigation, but will continue to cooperate as we have from the beginning...”
In February 2010, after reports of a breach of Academy protocols by the teacher, the church confirmed the behavior and his employment was promptly terminated. The church also immediately forwarded the information to the San Diego Police Department."
The teacher in question also worked at Horizon Christian Academy in San Diego.
KY, Louisville - 1/15/2013
Lawsuite accuses Sovereign Grace Ministries of covering up alleged child sexual abuse
Five people have joined a Maryland lawsuit that claims a Kentucky-based evangelical church group covered up allegations of sexual abuse against children and failed to alert police and shield children from known sexual predators.
The new plaintiffs join three women who filed a civil lawsuit against Sovereign Grace Ministries in October. The suit accuses church leadership of encouraging parents of alleged victims to refrain from reporting abuses to police and creating "a culture in which sexual predators were protected from accountability and victims were silenced."
The church moved its headquarters to Louisville last year after three decades in Maryland. The group has struggled in recent years with fractured leadership and criticism over its discipline methods. Leaders at the church must be men, and women are not permitted to teach or to have authority over a man, according its website.
A message left at the church office in Louisville on Tuesday was not immediately returned. The church said in a statement about the suit last year that the suit contains "a number of misleading allegations, as well as considerable mis-characterizations of intent."
Washington D.C. - 1/10/201 D.C. police officer accused of child sex abuse
A veteran District of Columbia police officer has been arrested on charges that he sexually abused a girl who participated in his church choir, the authorities said.
Wendel Palmer, who joined the department in 1990 and had been assigned to its Sixth District, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse.
Police say the abuse was reported last March by the accuser’s mother and occurred between 2004 and 2006 when the girl was between 11 and 13 years old.
Palmer, 42, was the choir director at the church where the girl and her family were members, police records say. The girl alleged that much of the abuse occurred at the church during rehearsal breaks, when Palmer would ask that she stay with him in the pastor’s office while the other children were sent to the store. Palmer’s family runs the church, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
On one occasion, the affidavit says, Wendel began to sexually assault the girl without a condom but stopped after she told him he was hurting her.
Police say the accuser in March picked out Palmer’s picture from a photo array of nine D.C. police officers.
TX, Lake Worth - 1/4/2013 Church Daycare Volunteer Charged With Sexual Assault of a Child (CBSDFW.com)
Police are looking for any more possible victims after a 19 year-old former church daycare volunteer was arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 6.
The alleged assault took place inside the children’s ministry at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Lake Worth.
Court documents obtained by CBS11 say the victim, who is 4 years old, said a “boy put his mouth on him” and pointed to his crotch area.
The search warrant, obtained by CBS 11, says the boy told his mother what happened as they were leaving church.
When the family went back in, documents say the boy pointed at a teenage volunteer, 19-year-old Ryan Welborn, and the child’s mother went after him.
Welborn had to be put in a safe room, according to court documents, to separate him from the boy’s mother.
Court documents say the boy has had nightmares about the incident.
Police took DNA samples from both the child and Welborn, which were later analyzed.
Once police got the results, they obtained an arrest warrant.
Welborn was arrested on January 2nd and released under a $30,000 bond.
New Zealand- 12/17/2012 Former Catholic brother to fight extradition to Australia
Former Catholic brother and convicted pedophile Bernard McGrath, 65, will fight extradition to Australia where he is wanted on 252 sexual abuse charges.
The former St John of God brother returned to New Zealand from Sri Lanka voluntarily last month after the new charges emerged.
In 2006, McGrath was jailed for five years for sexually abusing boys at Marylands School in Christchurch in the 1970s, and was paroled in 2008.
Now, Australian police want him extradited from New Zealand to face the new charges of abusing, molesting and raping boys and young adults at church-run institutions in New South Wales over several decades.
McGrath was granted bail and ordered to come back to court today.
Judge David Saunders remanded McGrath on his existing bail conditions until January 28.
Files on accused Los Angeles priests could become public next month - 12/10/2012
Files the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles kept on dozens of priests accused of sexual child abuse could become public next month.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered Monday that the Archcdiocese turn confidential files over to her by the end of this month so she can review objections to redacted issues. Plantiffs and the Los Angeles Times have filed objections to the redactions.
NY, New York - 12/10/2012 NYC Orthodox Jewish counselor found guilty of child sex abuse - Verdict topples Hasidic wall of secrecy
Sexual abuse in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has long been hidden. Victims who came forward were intimidated into silence; their families were shunned; cases were dropped for a lack of cooperation.
But on Monday, a State Supreme Court jury in Brooklyn delivered a stunning victory to prosecutors and victims’ advocates, convicting a 54-year-old unlicensed therapist who is a prominent member of the Satmar Hasidic community of Williamsburg of repeatedly sexually abusing a young girl who had been sent to him for help.
The verdict represented the first time Attorney Charles Hynes’ office has won a conviction of a prominent member of the Satmar Hasidic community of Williamsburg for child sexual abuse.
The case also offered a glimpse of the Satmar community’s shadowy efforts to enforce rigid codes of behavior — particularly for young girls — by allowing so-called modesty committees to intimidate girls for wearing revealing clothing or using cellphones, and requiring parents to send children judged to be breaking rules to religious counselors, many of whom are not licensed and charge high fees.
The trial of Mr. Weberman, which began on Nov. 26, was a difficult one because there was no physical evidence; the trial hinged on the credibility of Mr. Weberman, who is well connected and powerful in his community, and that of a young woman who had been shunned for being a rebellious teen. The girl said Mr. Weberman had abused her for three years, starting when she was 12, groping her and forcing her to perform oral sex. He denied he had ever touched her.
The jury believed the young woman and convicted Mr. Weberman of all 59 counts against him. Justice John G. Ingram scheduled a sentencing on Jan. 9; the most serious charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years, but depending on how the sentence is structured, Mr. Weberman could spend even longer in prison.
Prosecutors told reporters after the verdict that other women had come forward to assert that they had been abused by Mr. Weberman, including one who had come forward during the trial. Mr. Hynes said those women were unwilling or unable to testify, leaving his office with just one prosecutable case.
CA, Costa Mesa - 12/4/2012 O.C. church volunteer arrested in alleged child sex abuse
A Sunday school volunteer at a Costa Mesa church has been arrested in connection with the sexual abuse of children, according to church leaders and court documents.
Two families at Rock Harbor Church came forward with new allegations against Christopher Bryan McKenzie, the pool cleaner accused of years-long sexual relationships with at least three children younger than 14.
McKenzie, 48, of Costa Mesa, attended Rock Harbor and applied to be a child-care volunteer at the 3,000-member campus in late 2007, communications director Jeff Gideon said.
On Saturday, Newport Beach police announced they had arrested McKenzie on suspicion of sexually abusing two boys, one from the late 1990s to 2005 and one from 2005 to 2007. Neither had ties to the church, police said.
In total, McKenzie is charged with inappropriate interaction with four children.
The fourth, who pastors said is also from Rock Harbor, was allegedly used to distribute obscene material. Pastors told congregants Monday that they don't believe McKenzie had inappropriate contact with any children at the church or during a church function. Volunteers are never allowed to be alone with children, Proctor said.
However, he said, leaders believe McKenzie most likely met the children and formed relationships with their parents at Rock Harbor, where he volunteered in a fifth-grade classroom for about five years. At Rock Harbor, all child-care applicants have backgrounds checked, are screened on the Megan's Law website, must produce references and are interviewed, leaders said.
McKenzie pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol in 2007, and, in cases like that, a church committee weighs the severity of the crime and how much time has elapsed, Gideon said. McKenzie was ultimately granted approval to volunteer.
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in state prison. He is being held on $1-million bail. The ages and genders of the alleged victims from Rock Harbor were not immediately available.
PA, Harrisburg - 12/3/2012 Church youth leader arrested for rape of child
A 15-year-old girl told police that a youth leader at her church repeatedly raped and assaulted her when she was 12 and 13, according to court documents.
The girl told police that even after the alleged physical contact stopped a year ago, 26-year-old Joshua Mitchell Markelwitz, who worked with a youth group at Charlton United Methodist Church in Lower Paxton Township, kept asking her to send naked pictures of herself.
Police learned of the alleged sexual assaults in August and are investigating whether there are other alleged victims.
According to court records in the case, Markelwitz, “regularly” assaulted the girl at the church and her home beginning in December 2009. The abuse stopped when the girl quit the youth group, documents state.
A spokesman for the church said that the church doesn’t employ staff or take on volunteers without submitting them to screening for criminal backgrounds.
The screening requires clearance from state and federal law-enforcement agencies, Wolgemuth said. A church "safe-sanctuary policy" is routinely updated and two conference employees are assigned to work with member churches to be sure policies are understood and followed.
“There’s no way to be 100 percent [safe], but I consider what we have done to be due diligence,” he said. “We feel very good about our safe-sanctuaries policy.”
Still, church leaders will be reviewing policies following Markelwitz’s arrest, he said.
He also said he expects church insurance to cover the girl’s care and treatment.
OK, Tulsa - 11/19/2012 Judge denies motion to dismiss charges against two Victory Christian employees - Update of 9/25/12 article
A judge denied a motion to dismiss charges against two of five Tulsa megachurch employees facing misdemeanor charges for waiting more than two weeks to report the rape of a 13-year-old girl.
John and Charica Daugherty, the son and daughter-in-law of Victory Christian Center senior pastor Sharon Daugherty, both claim they are innocent of the charges. They and three other church employees are due in court next month on the same charges.
One ex-employee of the ministry, 20-year-old Chris Denman, pleaded guilty last month to raping the 13-year-old in a stairwell on church property and other sex crimes. He could face life in prison when he's sentenced in December.
Another ex-employee, Israel Castillo, is due in court Nov. 29 on charges of making a lewd proposal to a child and using a computer to facilitate a sex crime. Those charges involve a fourth alleged victim at the church, a 15-year-old girl. He's pleaded not guilty. His preliminary hearing was postponed last month after prosecutors said they are investigating a possible second victim in his case.
In addition to John and Charica Daugherty, who are Victory Christian Center’s senior high youth pastor and assistant senior high youth pastor, respectively, staff members charged in the case are Paul Howard Willemstein, 32, associate youth pastor; Ana Alisa George, 24, high school outreach program director; and Harold Frank Sullivan, 73, former human resources director.
Utah, West Valley City - 11/14/2012 WVC pastor fired after allegedly waiting to report child sex abuse
The pastor of a Tongan church in West Valley City has been fired after church officials say he didn’t report child sex abuse soon enough.
The United Methodist Church said pastor Havili Mone knew an older boy sexually abused other boys inside a church building but Mone waited several months to report the abuse. The church says the suspect is 16 years old and found his victims through church youth events at the Tongan United Methodist Church at 1553 West Crystal Ave.
“For many of these kids the church is a second home so they would sleep over and he would wake them up and take them into other rooms in the building,” said Ivoni Malohifoou-Nash, program director at the National Tongan American Society.
Church officials say there may be as many as ten victims and, according to NTAS officials they’re all boys, ages 6 to 10, and they were molested over a two-year time frame.
NTAS officials say when parents told pastor Havili Mone about the abuse he said, “Let’s just talk about it amongst ourselves,” Nash said. “It’s just a game that kids do.”
It’s unclear if Mone will be prosecuted for failing to report the abuse sooner. West Valley police have investigated the pastor and turned over their findings to Salt Lake County Attorney Sim Gill, who will make the decision.
TX, Big Spring - 10/29/2012 Youth Minister Charged With Sexually Abusing a Child
A Big Spring youth minister is accused of sexually abusing a young girl. 70-year-old Samuel Lee Lyte was arrested on October 22nd.
Lyte is accused of sexually abusing a girl under the age of 14 on multiple occasions.
Few other details have been released on the incident Lyte was arrested for.
Lyte was reportedly working as a youth minister at the Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in Big Spring at the time of his arrest.
It's unclear if Lyte knew his alleged victim from his work in churches.
Now, Lyte is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child, indecency with a child with sexual contact and tampering with evidence.
As of Monday evening, Lyte was being held in the Howard County Detention Center on $23,300 bond.
N.C., Monroe - 10/26/2012 Admitted NC scout molester worked at daycare
A former North Carolina scoutmaster who was not reported to police after molesting as many as 10 boys in the early 1970s went on to work for years at a church-run day care in Charlotte.
Canada, Ottawa - 10/23/2012 Fitzroy Harbour Sunday school teacher charged with sexual assault
A former Sunday school teacher and Fitzroy Harbour businessman faces charges after several victims came forward to complain they had been sexually abused.
The arrest of Paul LaFramboise, 73, who used to teach Sunday School in Fitzroy Harbour, West Carleton and Kanata, stunned his wife of more than 50 years.
Joyce LaFramboise said Tuesday her husband was put in handcuffs and arrested near their home on Friday.
“I’ve been married to Paul for 52 years. He’s a good man, he would not hurt anybody. He loves me. He’s provided for me well. He’s looked after me well,” Joyce LaFramboise said. “He would never hurt me, and I believe he would never hurt anybody else.”
Police began the investigation just over a week ago after receiving a complaint from an alleged victim.
Police would not say how many victims there are, but they are “confident” there are more that haven’t come forward.
Anyone with information can call police at 613-236-1222, extension 5944.
AZ, Phoenix - 10/23/2012 Detectives say man sexually abused boy while volunteering at Phoenix church
A 46-year-old Phoenix man faces several charges after detectives say he sexually abused a boy at a church.
Documents show the convicted sex offender was performing fake medical exams on his victim.
Eduardo De Los Reyes was arrested at his probation officer's office after a 15-year-old boy came forward with the information.
According to court documents, De Los Reyes was volunteering on a construction project at The Light Of The World La Luz Del Mundo Iglesia Church near downtown Phoenix.
The victim told detectives De Los Reyes had been touching him inappropriately while performing medical examinations on the boy in a medical room at the construction site for the church.
According to the documents, De Los Reyes checked the victim's blood pressure and heart rate and then checked his groin area for bumps and took it several steps further in a sexual manner.
Furthermore in the documents, De Los Reyes said he told detectives he had been attending nursing school, but did not successfully complete nursing school because he was arrested for exposing himself to a juvenile in 2010.
Officers also noted De Los Reyes was previously in violation of his sex offender registration for living at a residence where he was not registered. He also had a prior indecent exposure conviction from Bakersfield, California in 1998.
De Los Reyes is currently being held in the Maricopa County Jail without bond.
The 46-year-old faces several charges including sexual abuse, sexual conduct with a minor and kidnapping.
OK, Tulsa - 9/25/2012 More charges in Tulsa church abuse investigation
A fourth victim of alleged abuse at a 17,000-member Tulsa megachurch has come forward, and police said Tuesday that there might be a fifth.
At the same time, members of Victory Christian Center are beginning to speak publicly about the allegations that have shaken the worldwide ministry's foundations and tarnished the reputations of its pastor and her family members.
Prosecutors added two additional charges Monday against 20-year-old Chris Denman, a former church employee. He was arrested Sept. 5 on a complaint alleging that he raped a 13-year-old girl in a stairwell on the ministry's campus in August and molested a 15-year-old girl. He faces new charges of making a lewd proposal to a child and using a computer to commit a sex crime involving a 12-year-old girl.
Another ex-church employee, 23-year-old Israel Castillo, was arrested last week and is charged with making a lewd proposal to a 15-year-old girl and using a computer to commit a sex crime.
Tulsa Police Det. Cpl. Greg Smith told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that a third suspect could face charges related to alleged sexual abuse of a fifth victim. Two things are complicating that case, Smith said, because the victim's parents are uncooperative and the suspect is no longer in Tulsa.
On Wednesday, five employees of the south Tulsa church — including the son and daughter-in-law of head pastor Sharon Daugherty — are scheduled to be arraigned in district court for allegedly waiting two weeks before reporting the rape of the 13-year-old by Denman to authorities. John Daugherty, Charica Daugherty, Paul Willemstein, Anna George and Harold _Frank_ Sullivan each face one misdemeanor count of failing to report child abuse.
Tim Peterson, a 28-year Victory member, said other churches across the country should learn from what's happened here.
_Every youth pastor knows now 'If I suspect abuse, I need to report it,' because if you don't report this, you could end up being charged,_Peterson said.
Pam Tiernan, a member of the church for more than 30 years, praised Victory Christian Center for being as transparent as possible regarding the allegations against the former employees. _That's how you heal,_ she said. _You don't sweep anything under the rug._
In a statement to The Associated Press, the church said its employees failed to follow a written policy requiring any allegation of abuse to be reported by employees to the state's Department of Human Services, and internally within one hour to their department head and the director of human resources.
N.M., Santa Fe - 9/20/201 Former church volunteer receives 15 years in child sexual assaults
Anthony Martinez, 36, was a part-time volunteer with the Edge youth-ministry program at Santa María de la Paz Catholic Community in Santa Fe.
Martinez pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor Thursday in accordance with a plea agreement. Vigil, believing that there might be more victims who have not come forward, handed down the maximum sentence of 15 years. His 15-year sentence incorporated two separate cases, one from 2011 and one from last summer.
In 2011, Martinez was accused of giving a cellphone to a teenage boy in exchange for oral sex. He pleaded guilty to charges that he had sexual contact with the boy and also contributed to the delinquency of another minor, and faced up to 7 1/2 years in prison.
In August, a grand jury indicted Martinez on three new charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor younger than 13. The victim confided to a counselor that when he was 11, Martinez had raped him.
Assistant District Attorney Judith Reed said Thursday that the positive things Martinez’s family said about him were precisely the reason he was so dangerous as a sexual predator. Reed emphasized the word “predator,” saying that Martinez planned out everything he did and chose his victims carefully. Since his arrest, Reed said, Martinez has used his personality to fool psychiatrists and other counselors into believing he was remorseful for his actions.
The mother of the most recent victim to come forward broke down while addressing the court. Her husband took over, describing how their son was successful in academics and athletics when he was young, and that he was a natural leader with a strong faith.
Then, at age 11, he met Martinez through the Edge youth-ministry program. “Our son was cheated of his childhood, cheated of his happiness,” the father said.
Since then, state police records show the boy has been in and out of court for various criminal charges. He was eventually sent to Arizona for treatment by Judge Vigil. It was there that he told one of his counselors about the sexual assault, the boy’s father said.
The father said that he has spoken with his son, who says there are more victims who have not come forward.
WA, Bellevue - 9/16/2012 Former Bellevue Boys & Girls Club Employee Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing boys in church & youth organizations
Timothy L. Dampier pleaded guilty Thursday to multiple charges of rape of a child and child molestation for sexually abusing boys when he was involved in church and youth organizations, the King County Prosecutor's Office said.
Dampier, 39, pleaded guilty to a total of 22 counts involving ten victims between the ages of nine and 17.
Dampier was arrested last year and charged with a number of crimes against minor boys, after being questioned at his job at the Boys & Girls Club. The investigation was launched after one of the victims, now 21 years old, went to the minister of a Seattle church and told him that Dampier had abused him. The victim had heard that Dampier was hired as a musician by that church and told the minister he was concerned about the safety of other children. The minister notified Seattle Police of the man’s report.
The crimes occurred between 1997 and 2011, the prosecutors office said in a news release. Prosecutors say they will recommend a sentence of 22 years in prison when Dampier is sentenced on Oct. 12.
PA, Shiremanstown -9/13/2012 Bible Baptist School teacher fired amid sexual abuse allegations from students
William Jackson, 57, a music teacher at the Bible Baptist School in Shiremanstown, has been fired from the school and from his position as minister of music at the Bible Baptist Church.
Jackson was fired from the Bible Baptist School in Shiremanstown last Friday after two parents came to the school with 19 pages of inappropriate text messages and emails Jackson allegedly sent to their 17-year-old son. Jackson was fired from both the school and the church Monday, according to Wiedman and church pastor Ron Berrus.
Police contacted the parents and the student, and the student admitted that when he was 15 years old, he and the teacher were alone in the music room together, the court document said. At that time, the teacher asked him to pull down his pants, and when he did so, the teacher looked at his genitals closely and fondled him, according to the search warrant.
The student also said that he heard from another student (who is now the second alleged case) that he was hugged by the teacher and “felt uncomfortable,” the court document said. The first student also said that the teacher would give massages to other boys when they were alone with him in the music room.
A second search warrant was executed on Tuesday, and in that, the other 17-year-old boy, who talked to the first student earlier in the year, was interviewed by police and said that he was also fondled by the teacher, according to ABC27.
Jackson has not been charged.
A letter was sent out to parents notifying them of Jackson's termination and giving out phone numbers for them to contact investigators and advocates. The letter said the school was notified of a concern about Jackson on Friday and immediately contacted authorities.
Jackson has been teaching music at the private Christian school since 2005, Wiedman said. He also directed choirs for all levels and directed the orchestra for the school musical.
He was minister of music at the church for the past 18 years, Berrus said.
Jackson was also involved in other central Pennsylvania musical endeavors, including as accompanist for Voices of Palmyra and a singer with the Susquehanna Chorale.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 717-737-4356 or the district attorney's office at 717-240-6210.
MO, Kansas City - 9/7/2012 Bishop’s conviction intensifies calls for him to step down
Calls for Bishop Robert Finn's resignation intensified a day after he became the highest-ranking Catholic Church official in the U.S. to be convicted of a crime related to child sexual abuse.
Soon after a Missouri judge found Finn guilty Thursday of one misdemeanor count of failing to report suspected child sexual abuse, unhappy Catholics began discussing ways to oust the bishop on a Facebook page titled "Bishop Finn Must Go."
Among the posts was one that listed contact information for the Vatican and urged parishioners to voice their displeasure with Finn at the highest levels. Pope Benedict XVI alone has authority over bishops. Only one U.S. bishop has stepped down over his failures to stop abusive clergy: Cardinal Bernard Law, who in 2002 resigned as head of the Archdiocese of Boston.
Finn was informed of nude photos of children found on the Rev. Shawn Ratigan's laptop computer in December 2010, but instead of turning them over to police, Finn sent Ratigan to live at a convent in Independence, Mo. Finn's second-in-command in the diocese, Monsignor Robert Murphy, finally turned the photos over to police in May 2011 — against Finn's wishes, according to court documents — after Ratigan continued to violate Finn's orders to stay away from children and not take any pictures of them.
Finn was sentenced Thursday to two years of supervised probation. If he abides by a set of court stipulations, the conviction will be wiped from his record in 2014.
"He has lost his ability to lead our diocese," Patricia Rotert, a Catholic church member in Kansas City, said Friday. "He's lost his credibility."
But Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph spokesman Jack Smith indicated that Finn wasn't going anywhere. "The bishop looks forward to continuing to perform his duties," Smith said.
NY, Rochester - 9/6/2012 Former Pastor sentenced for taking a child to Florida to have sex
A former church leader who pleaded guilty to a federal charge of transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison.
Prosecutors say in 2004, Joe Flowers drove a child younger than 15 to Florida to visit an amusement park. While there, Flowers engaged in sexual activity with the child.
Flowers is already serving a seven year sentence for repeatedly sexually abusing a boy between 2007 and 2010. The victim attended Flowers' church, The Walk of Life Christian Center.
Thursday’s sentence will be served consecutive to a state prison sentence the defendant is currently serving.
PA, Philadelphia - 9/4/2012 Sex abuse trial delayed for ex-priest, teacher
The trial of a former priest and a parochial school teacher accused of molesting the same young boy was abruptly postponed Tuesday after a death in the family of a defense attorney.
A new trial date for Father Charles Engelhardt, 65, and ex-teacher Bernard Shero, 49, will be decided on Friday and the case will be turned over to a new judge because of scheduling conflicts.
The delay was likely to frustrate both the prosecution and the alleged victim, identified only as "Billy Doe." Billy was allegedly repeatedly molested and raped by Shero, Engelhardt, and a third priest beginning in 1998 — one of the most disturbing complaints of child sex abuse to come out of the Philadelphia Archdiocese.
Bernard G. Shero is charged with raping an altar boy at St. Jerome's Parish in northeast Philadelphia in the late 1990s and stands trial on Sept. 4, 2012.
The third attacker, ex-priest Edward Avery, pleaded guilty in March to sexual assault and was sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison.
The victim, now 23, was expected to take the stand against both Shero and Engelhardt, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The court has ordered a continuing gag order prohibiting lawyers or witnesses from talking to reporters about the trial.
Billy Doe also testified earlier this year in the landmark conspiracy trial against Msgr. William J. Lynn, 61, the first U.S. church official convicted of covering up sex-abuse claims against Roman Catholic priests. Billy's ordeal helped prosecutors build a case against Lynn.
Edward Avery was kept in his parish even after Billy's allegations surfaced, prosecutors said.
For his part, the victim has led a troubled life, struggling with a drug addiction and being kicked out of two high schools. He has also been arrested on charges including shoplifting.
The young man, who only spent an hour on the witness stand during Lynn's trial, said he kept his abuse secret for years. "I thought I did something wrong - and it's a priest," he said of Avery's assault. "I didn't think anyone would believe me."
According to the grand jury report, Engelhardt was the first to assault Billy, who referred to the abuse as "sessions." Soon after, Avery also began "sessions" with the boy. The following school year, Shero was accused of raping Billy in a park while giving the boy a ride home.
KS, Junction City - 8/30/2012 Junction City Minister Tied To Two More Child Sex Abuse Cases
A Junction City minister at the center of a church sex scandal has been arrested in connection with two additional cases.
Jordan Young, 25, is facing child molestation charges in four separate cases stemming from an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Junction City where he had been serving as the music minister.
He was originally arrested for Aggravated Indecent Liberties With a Child, Attempted Criminal Sodomy and Solicitation of a Child.
He was still in jail when he was re-arrested for Aggravated Criminal Sodomy, Aggravated Indecent Liberties With a Child and Sexual Solicitation of a Child in connection with a second case involving a second victim.
On Thursday, August 30, 2012, police confirmed that Young was arrested in two more cases. In one, he was arrested for Aggravated Criminal Sodomy and Aggravated Indecent Liberties With a Child and in the other, he was arrested for Indecent Liberties With a Child and Criminal Solicitation of a Child.
Police Chief Jim Brown has released few details on the case, calling the church probe "sensitive" because of the allegations involving children.
Officials say rather than adding to the list of charges Young will face in court, he is being arrested in a new case each time they have enough evidence connecting him to another victim.
Young is the son of former Faith Tabernacle pastor Edwin Young, who reportedly recently and abruptly resigned.
Young is being held in the Geary County Jail.
GA, Canton - 8/8/2012 Lawsuit: First Baptist Canton 'Enabled' Sexual Abuse
First Baptist Canton allowed a fired employee with a history of suspected sexual misconduct against children to return to the church as a volunteer, a misstep that led to the sexual battery of a teenage boy, the parents of the alleged victim claim in a civil suit.
The boy's parents are suing the church, senior pastor George Anderson and former church employee Shawn Finch, alleging that they not only failed to properly supervise the volunteer and the children in their care, but tried to "downplay" the abuse in a meeting at the church.
A Cherokee County grand jury in April 2011 indicted the volunteer, 29-year-old Matthew Brent Sheffield of Canton, in the alleged June 2010 sexual battery of the boy, who was 14 years old at the time. Sheffield, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, faces two felony counts of child molestation.
According to the suit, which was filed Aug. 1 in Cherokee County Superior Court, Sheffield supervised children as a First Baptist employee, and was a Cherokee County School District substitute teacher.
Though court documents don't specify a precise time, at some point, the parents of "male students who attended Cherokee High School" met with church officials and reported that their children had received "sexually explicit text messages from Defendant Sheffield." They also said Sheffield made "sexually suggestive remarks to male students."
While the church's pastor and Finch urged Sheffield to discontinue the texts, they never notified the Cherokee County School District of the allegations. Sheffield was only relieved of his substitute duties after parents notified school officials of the texts.
He was later fired from First Baptist Church for "insubordination" after officials learned that Cherokee High students continued to receive texts from Sheffield. Despite his termination, he returned months later as a volunteer to run First Baptist's sound system.
During this time, Sheffield allegedly sexually abused the couple’s child.
According to the civil suit, “Sheffield again committed sexual battery upon plaintiffs’ minor child who reported the matter to his sister and his mother. The incident was reported to law enforcement by the child’s father”.
When contacted by authorities, the parents said Finch, now an associate pastor and minister to students at Woodridge Baptist Church in Kingwood, Texas, “failed to report...Sheffield’s past sexual abuse of children”. Instead, he “attempted to cover for Sheffield by portraying to officers that Plaintiff’s child was an unruly youth...not worthy of belief.”
The suit spells out other attempts to cover up the alleged abuse. In one instance, First Baptist rented Sheffield a car “so he could get away before Plaintiffs were able to get to Florida to pick up their child”.
“Had Defendant First Baptist, Defendant Dr. George Anderson and Defendant Shawn Finch not ben negligent in managing the risk posed to children by persons, such as Sheffield, who have a sexual interest in children,” according to the civil suit, “(they) would have prevented other children, including the Plaintiffs’ minor child from being sexually battered by Sheffield.”
IN, Hammond - 8/3/2012 Pastor of Indiana megachurch fired for sexual relationship with teen congregant
Jack Schaap, 54, pastor for 11 years at the First Baptist Church of Hammond, confessed to having sex with a member of the church when she was 16.
The church, located in the Chicago metropolitan area, has 40,000 members and typically has 15,000 people in church on any given Sunday, Eddie Wilson, PR director, said.
The age of consent in Indiana is 16. FBI became involved because Schaap is accused of taking girl across state lines to Illinois -- where the consent age is 17 -- when she was 16,
Schaap had been employed by the church and associated Hyles-Anderson College for about 30 years, Wilson said.
Schaap's wife is the daughter of Jack Hyles, the pastor who built the church, NBC Chicago reported.
Trisha Kee, who said she is a victim advocate for people abused at Independent Fundamental Baptist churches and had attended Hyles-Anderson College, told Reuters that Schaap's behavior was discovered accidentally at a youth conference last week.
She said Schaap left his phone on the pulpit. A deacon found it, and a text came through from the girl that revealed the relationship, said Kee, who runs a Facebook group for ex-congregants.
AL, Madison County - 7/31/2012 Church Leader sentenced to prison for child sexual abuse
A former church leader, 37 year old John Astorga, has been sentenced to three yeas in jail for sex crimes against children.
He faces one count of sexual abuse in Cullman County and three counts involving three victims in Madison County.
SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) - 7/31/2012
Sex Abuse Investigation Continues Against Sheffield Church Leader
Sheffield Police are investigating claims of sexual abuse against a former official at a local church. The allegations involve sex abuse against children.
Sheffield Police say the man is not charged yet. Police said the claims surfaced over the last two days after Sheffield First United Methodist Church conducted an internal investigation.
Australia - 7/31/2012 Australian Police to Arrest Catholic Bishops for Covering up Child Sexual Abuse
Australian police are reportedly preparing to give state prosecutors evidence against three senior Catholic bishops who reportedly knew about cases of child sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests but did not report those priests to police. The potential arrests are being called a “landmark case that could expose the church to a new wave of criminal prosecution” – and could land several Chabad rabbis in prison, as well.
The Sydney Morning Herald, which broke the story Tuesday, calls this a “landmark case that could expose the church to a new wave of criminal prosecution.”
FLA, Tampa - 7/26/2012 Puppeteer who fantasized online about cannibalism arrested for child porn, conspiring to kidnap
Ronald William Brown, 57, of Florida was arrested after police uncovered graphic Internet chats in which he talked about abducting, murdering and cannibalizing children.
A Florida puppeteer known for community involvement was arrested and charged with conspiring to kidnap a child and possession of child pornography, according to a criminal complaint filed in a federal court in Tampa court on Friday.
A day earlier, federal and local agents arrested Brown after uncovering graphic Internet chats in which he talked about abducting, murdering and cannibalizing children, referring specifically to his interest in a boy attending his church, the complaint says.
In a search of Brown's computer investigators came across pornographic images of children, including some of boys in bondage and others in which the subject appears to be dead, according to the 29-page complaint.
Brown, who lived alone in the Whispering Pines mobile home park in Largo, hadties to many organizations in the Tampa Bay area, including the Gulf Coast Church, the Pinellas County School District, the Christian Television Network, the city of Largo, and Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, the Tampa Bay Times reported. All said Brown had been hired or volunteered as a performer, instructor or mentor, according to the report.
Oklahoma - 7/23/2012
Man accused of child sex abuse helped train Oklahoma child welfare supervisors
A former University of Oklahoma social work professor who is awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing children helped train Oklahoma Department of Human Services child welfare supervisors, records reveal.
FLA, Lake County - 7/23/201
More possible victims in minister sex abuse case
The Lake County Sheriff's Office said it's looking for more potential victims who may have been sexually abused by a minister and day care worker.
Investigators said Kenneth Hagins abused children and disabled adults at the places where he worked.
Authorities said they have identified at least six alleged victims and they believe there are more.
Investigators and the Department of Children and Families said they are working to contact children and vulnerable adults who Hagins had contact with through his jobs at a day care facility for the disabled and a church.
Hagins was a youth pastor at Promise Land Ministries in Eustis.
DCF stripped Pat's Kidz World day care of its license last week because investigators said the owner did not report child sexual abuse allegations involving Hagins.
According to authorities, one of Hagins' victims is a 4-year-old boy from the day care and another victim is an 18-year-old mentally disabled client at Sunrise Arc, which is also in Lake County.
Hagins remains in jail on $200,000 bail.
WA, Seattle - 7/12/2012 Jury awards millions to Catholic School sex abuse victim
A King County jury has awarded $6.4 million to a victim of sexual abuse at a Seattle Catholic school. The sum is believed to be the largest ever against the Catholic Church in Washington state.
The jury found the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a Catholic order of priests, guilty of ignoring the plaintiff's complaints of sexual abuse at St. Benedict School in Wallingford. The plaintiff testified in court that he was abused on a weekly basis between 1961 and 1964 by a former teacher and principal, Daniel Adamson.
"This wasn't minor abuse. This was three years of the worst crimes you can imagine on a child," said the plaintiff, Stephen O'Connor. "What sexual abuse and sodomy and rape of a 12-year-old child is minimal?"
O'Connor, who grew up in Seattle but now splits his time between Western Washington and Spokane, said he hid the memories of sexual abuse for nearly 50 years but that a 2008 reunion at St. Benedict - to mark the school's 100th anniversary - triggered an onslaught of feelings.
"As a United States Marine in combat, I wasn't the only one. As a police officer on the worst 911 calls, I knew that Skagit County was coming or state patrol was coming," he said, "but as a 12 year old 7th grader at St. Benedict's I had no one. And none of those victims did. I was 12-years old, and everybody thought it was okay."
CA, Redwood City - 7/7/2012 Church volunteer charged with abusing third minor
A Redwood City church volunteeralready charged with sexually abusing two minors he met through graphic and direct online advertisements was charged Friday with 10 more felonies for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with another boy.
Brandon Hamm, 37, is also charged with 44 felonies and two misdemeanors in the first two cases.
“This is a fellow who truly seemed to be out on the Internet looking. He is truly a predator,” said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
The new case involves a boy who met Hamm in October 2010 when he was 15 and continued a relationship with him through his June 22 arrest.
Hamm was a volunteer with the Peninsula Metropolitan Community Church in San Mateo but the congregation suspended him following his initial arrest by South San Francisco police who posed as a young boy in response to his online advertisement seeking “horny skater boys.”
Over several weeks, the two exchanged emails and Hamm reportedly sent photographs of his genitals and requested the same. A detective who met Hamm at a prearranged spot reported him having a backpack full of sex toys, lubricant and a cellphone containing child pornography.
Hamm was prepared to post $200,000 bail when investigators located another alleged victim who was 14 when he responded to a 2009 Craigslist ad posted by Hamm.
The boy reportedly tried to stop the relationship but Hamm persisted and they stayed in contact up to his arrest.
Wagstaffe said he would not be surprised if publicity of the case continues to draw out more possible victims.
MA, Mansfield - 6/26/2012 Church youth leader gets life in prison in Easton abuse case
Paul Hawksley, 43, who was a youth leader at the Free Evangelical Fellowship in Easton, was sentenced to life behind bars Monday for raping an 11-year-old boy he befriended during that time.
Prosecutors said Hawksley befriended the 11-year-old boy while at the church between 2003 and 2004. He called the boy frequently, bought him gifts and brought him to a Pawtucket Red Sox game, according to prosecutors.
Hawksley took the boy to his home and sexually assaulted him and on another occasion sexually assaulted him in a church bathroom, according to the Bristol County District Attorney's office.
The young boy did not disclose the abuse for some time, which prosecutors said is common in these types of cases. The victim, now 20, began to reveal the abuse to his family and eventually went to police. He testified at the trial.
Hawksley had previously served a child rape stint in prison.. Hawksley pleaded guilty in June 2006 to raping two boys between 1993 and 2000 at his home at the time on Juniper Road in North Attleboro.
At the time, Hawksley was a teacher's assistant at North Attleboro High School but police said none of the incidents were related to his position at the school.
The current charges were filed in August 2010 just days before Hawksley was to be released from prison after serving a five-year sentence.
CA, Oakland - 6/17/2012 Jehovah’s Witnesses Told to Pay in Abuse Case
A Northern California jury has awarded $28 million in damages to Candace Conti, a woman who said the Jehovah’s Witnesses allowed an adult member of a Fremont, Calif., church to molest her when she was a child.
“This is the largest jury verdict for a single victim in a religious child abuse case in the country,” said her attorney, Rick Simons.
In her lawsuit, Ms. Conti, 26, said that in 1995 and 1996, when she was 9 and 10 years old and a member of the North Fremont Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, she was repeatedly molested by a fellow congregant, Jonathan Kendrick.
Ms. Conti has identified herself publicly to encourage other victims of sexual abuse to come forward, Mr. Simons said.
Ms. Conti also said in her lawsuit that theChristian denomination’s national leaders formed a policy in 1989 that instructed the church’s elders to keep child sex abuse accusations secret. Congregation elders followed that policy when Mr. Kendrick was convicted in 1994 of misdemeanor child molestation in Alameda County, according to Mr. Simons.
Mr. Kendrick was never criminally charged in the case involving Ms. Conti, but he was also convicted in 2004 of lewd or lascivious acts with a child, records show.
Mr. Kendrick, 58, now lives in Oakley, Calif., according to the state’s sex offender registry. He was ordered to pay 60 percent of the judgment, but Mr. Simons said there would be no attempt to collect any money from Mr. Kendrick, in part because he would not be able to pay. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York — the organization overseeing the Jehovah’s Witnesses — would be responsible for 40 percent, Mr. Simons said.
PA, Philadelphia - 6/7/2012
Trial revives Catholic Church sex-abuse crisis
Ten years ago, the Roman Catholic sex-abuse scandal dominated the headlines with horrific stories of priests preying on vulnerable youths and a church hierarchy more concerned with protecting clergy instead of kids.
Now, it’s back. A Philadelphia jury is deliberating whether, for the first time, a high-ranking church official will be held criminally accountable.
MO, East Prairie - 6/3/2012 Missouri Pastor and Church First Lady Charged with Child Sexual Abuse Crimes and More
The wife of an East Prairie pastor, Beth Lynnette Allen, 36, is charged with the endangering welfare of a child-1st Degree.
Her husband, Kenneth Neal Allen, 36, is charged with three counts of first degree statutory sodomy and possession of child pornography.
The East Prairie community says Kenneth Allen is the Pastor at Grace Apostolic Church.
According to the probable cause statement, Beth Allen is a state paid child care provider and knew about an instance when her husband allegedly inappropriately touched a male child and failed to report it.
Beth Allen said she was aware her husband would enter the bathroom, sometimes multiple times when boys were bathing and would sleep with the boys in their home, according to court documents.
CA, Los Angeles - 5/23/2012
Franciscan Files Tell Abuse Story
Robert Van Handel was a 15-year-old seminarian at St. Anthony's, a prestigious Franciscan boarding school, when, he said, a priest slipped into the infirmary where he was recovering from a fever and began to molest him. The priest told him it would help draw the fever out.
More than a decade later, Van Handel himself was molesting children while working as a Franciscan priest at the same Santa Barbara boarding school. Van Handel formed a boys' choir for local children and chose his victims from among its ranks for eight years.
The sexual abuse at St. Anthony's, including Van Handel's own account of his crimes, is included in more than 4,000 pages from the confidential files of nine Franciscan religious brothers who were accused of abuse. The internal files, coupled with an additional 4,000 pages of sworn testimony obtained by The Associated Press, are the largest release of a religious order's files to date and paint one of the fullest pictures yet of a pervasive culture of abuse that affected generations of students at the seminary dedicated to training future Franciscans.
The religious order settled for $28 million in 2006 with plaintiffs who alleged abuse by the nine Franciscans, but Van Handel and other defendants fought the release of their private files for six years in a legal battle that reached the California Supreme Court.
The files were obtained by The Associated Press from a plaintiff's attorney ahead of them being made public Wednesday.
CA, Antioch - 5/16/2012 Antioch sisters suing for missed chances to stop years of sexual abuse
ANTIOCH -- Ranging in age from 9 to 16, six sisters had been sexually abused by their parents virtually every day since they were toddlers before finding hope in 1995 that their nightmare would end.
Instead, they say, it grew more horrific as the people they counted on to rescue them -- police, child-welfare workers, their church pastor -- failed to deliver.
A year after their parents were imprisoned for sex crimes spanning 20 years, the Dutro sisters -- Glenda Stripes, Amber and Sarah Dutro, Martha McKnelly, Frances Smith and Christina Moore -- are now suing the people and agencies they say failed to protect them as children by not following laws and procedures for handling child abuse.
Child Protective Services went to the Dutro sisters' Antioch home Aug. 18, 1995, after police had garnered two confessions from their pedophile father because 14-year-old Glenda had disclosed to a church pastor that she was being molested. Had they been given a moment alone with social workers, the sisters say, they would have told them they had been tortured for 16 days in preparation of the CPS visit, after the pastor had tipped off their parents days before calling police.
CA, Exeter - 5/8/2012 Pastor accused of sexual abuse of teenage church member
One of Exeter’s most prominent pastors, 62-year-old Alton Dorrough, was arrested Monday. A teenage girl, a youth leader at the same church, is accusing Dorrough of sexually abusing her for several years.
Dorrough is a pastor at the Church of God of Exeter and a volunteer chaplain with the Exeter Police Department.
The news of his arrest quickly sent shockwaves through the community of Exeter. The Dorrough family, including his wife Linda and daughter Kristina, moved to Exeter in 2005 to start a Celebrate Recovery program, a Christ-centered 12-step program for “hurts, habits and hang-ups.” The program started in March 2006 at the Church of God of Exeter. Gene and Linda became Recovery Pastors in March 2011. In 2010, the Dorroughs founded Mirror Image Ministries, Inc. The non-profit ministry was not affiliated with any church or denomination with the purpose of using only volunteers to support the common good of the community. That July, Dorrough purchased the “old yellow house” at the corner of Palm and E streets as a meeting place for Celebrate Recovery. It briefly served as a foster care home before reopening as a women’s transitional living facility last month.
Dorrough is being held at the Tulare County jail on more than $1 million bail.
Investigators say this appears to be an isolated incident between the pastor and the girl, and at this point, they do not believe Dorrough has abused any other children.
TX, Waco - 4/29/2012 Heartbreaking stories' of widespread child abuse made against secretive religious community in Waco, Texas
Charges of sexual abuse against children and teenagers have been made against a Christian commune in Waco, Texas.
Homestead House has been upheld as an utopia with wholesome Christian values for thirty years and is well known in the local community.
But those who have left the church, which sits in a gated compound of 500 acres, have revealed a dark side to the secretive religious group.
Blair Adams, church leader at Homestead Heritage, has been accused of covering up widespread abuse of children and teenagers.
Sexual exploitation of children and teens, as well as physical and emotional abuse, is commonplace, they claim.
In the past seven years, five insiders at the community have been convicted of abusing a child.
It is likely that more cases of abuse have taken place as the church promotes a system of internal justice - and the police rarely hear about allegations.
State law requires church officials to report cases of abuse within 24 hours. However, members sign a covenant of silence before gaining acceptance in the community, which encourages extreme loyalty and explains why members have not made allegations of abuse before.
Becky Crowe, a former pastor’s wife, said “Some have not only been raped, they have been sold for others' sexual perversion by the ones who should have protected them.”
Former members say the self-proclaimed messenger of god, evoked an atmosphere of fear.
Officials from the homestead have claimed that the allegations have been made by 'embittered former members' and have a petition on their website, which to date has been signed by 85 people.
Former Catholic school students fight to keep child rapist in prison - Court ruling could release teacher from four life sentences
Standing under a stormy sky, Bill Stankiewicz got chills as he looked toward the old brick building that once housed the Catholic Community middle school in South Baltimore.
"It's kind of creepy," he said, rubbing goose bumps along his forearms. He hadn't been back since graduation in the 1970s, purposely avoiding the school — and the memories of what happened in it.
"Thirty-six years is a long time to bury something. It's time to exorcise the demons."
Roughly two dozen of his surviving classmates gathered at the site last weekend, all bound by a shared childhood tragedy detailed in multiple court filings: repeated sexual and mental abuse by English teacher John J. Merzbacher, now 71. They've come together in middle age to fight for his continued imprisonment, as a federal judge's court ruling threatens to release the convicted child rapist from four life terms.
The former students are posting recollections on a private Facebook page and using their renewed connections to marshal resources. They've reached out to the Archdiocese of Baltimore, along with local politicians and prosecutors, and vowed to bring fresh criminal cases — or push for the reopening of old ones — if Merzbacher is set free.
Landmark church sex abuse case ends testimony
- 4/26/2012 (CBS News)
It could be a pivotal case for prosecutors in the nationwide scandal of child sex-abuse by Roman Catholic priests.
Five weeks of testimony concluded Thursday in the Philadelphia trial of a senior clergyman who allegedly chose to protect the church, instead of the children.
It's the first time in the U.S. that a senior official with the Catholic Church has faced charges in the church's child sexual abuse crisis.
CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano reports that Monsignor William Lynn is accused of endangering children by helping reassign priests suspected of child sex abuse to jobs where they continued to prey on boys and girls. Lynn was in charge of Philadelphia's priests from 1992 to 2004.
Robert Finn, Kansas City Bishop, Charged For Not Telling Police About Child Pornography Images - HuffingtonPost (4/11/2012)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City's Catholic bishop has become the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official indicted on a charge of failing to protect children after he and his diocese waited five months to tell police about hundreds of images of child pornography discovered on a priest's computer, officials said Friday.
Bishop Robert Finn, the first U.S. bishop criminally charged with sheltering an abusive clergyman, and the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese have pleaded not guilty on one count each of failing to report suspected child abuse.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Finn and the diocese were required under state law to report the discovery to police because the images gave them reason to believe a child had been abused.
"Now that the grand jury investigation has resulted in this indictment, my office will pursue this case vigorously," Baker said. "I want to ensure there are no future failures to report resulting in other unsuspecting victims."
FLA, Ft. Lauderdale - 4/1/2012 New victims surface in alleged molestation by former Fort Lauderdale pastor - Update of 2/2/2012 article
Additional molestation charges have been brought against a former Fort Lauderdale pastor, bringing the total number of alleged victims to six.
Until now, Jeffery London of Lauderdale Lakes, was accused of abusing four children and has been held without bond since his initial arrest in January.
London, 48, has been accused of molesting two more victims.
He faces a total of 30 counts of sexual assault, molestation and sexual battery.
In the new cases, London allegedly performed oral sex on the now 21-year-old victim when he was 11 years old and had the child do the same to him, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office report. It occurred on a daily basis until the child reached adulthood.
London would allegedly give the victim money in exchange for oral sex; the initial abuse occurred at a time when the victim's mother was incarcerated and the child was staying with London, according to the report.
Another victim alleged that in 1995, London also performed oral sex on him when he was 8 years old and also forced him to perform oral sex on London, too.
That victim was in foster care and, at the time, stayed with London for three weeks. The victim alleges that London threatened to have him taken away from his family if he told anyone about the sexual acts.
London's first alleged victim came forward in January. Some of the other victims had also lived with London at some point. He was considered a father figure to several boys over the years and introduced them as his sons.
The pastor worked at the Bible Church of God in Fort Lauderdale, was the dean of students at Eagle Charter Academy in Lauderdale Lakes from 2003 to 2009, and was a counselor at the Boys & Girls Club in Fort Lauderdale.
MT, Kalispell - 3/21/2012
Catholic priest from Kalispell parish accused of
possessing child porn
A Catholic priest at a Kalispell parish has been charged with
felony sexual abuse of children for allegedly possessing digital
images of nude boys on his computer.
Rudolph “Rudy” Carl Bullman, 67, a priest at Risen Christ Parish
in Kalispell, is scheduled to enter a plea on the charge at a March
29 arraignment hearing. He remains released on his own
recognizance and has been on administrative leave from the church
since Dec. 16, when officials with the Roman Catholic Diocese of
Helena first learned of the investigation.
The diocese spokeswoman said Bullman was asked to vacate the
parish residence and has been living in a non-ministerial setting off
of parish grounds. He has had no involvement in the ministry since
the allegations surfaced and has been receiving counseling
arranged by the diocese.
According to charging documents the investigation into Bullman
began last October when a woman called authorities to report
that a Nintendo DS game console she’d purchased from
Bullman contained photos of nude and underage boys.
On Dec. 16, a detective with the Sheriff’s Office interviewed
Bullman, who admitted using the Nintendo to view gay
pornography but said he only accessed websites that clearly stated
the subjects of the photos were over the age of 18. Bullman said he
also viewed pornography on his computer, and agreed to let the
detective search the machine.
The search revealed images of young males between the ages of 12
and 18, either engaged in sexual activity or displaying their
genitals, the charging document states. A subsequent analysis of
the computer’s hard drive by the Montana Division of Criminal
Investigations uncovered 23 images of child pornography stored in
the Internet cache files. The agent analyzing the computer also
extracted an additional 23 images from a file containing deleted
The detective, Jeanne Parker, viewed the images and determined
based on her experience that the photographs depicted children
under the age of 16 in a sexually explicit nature.
Bullman, a retired Libby millworker who entered the Catholic
priesthood at the age of 55, faces a maximum of 10 years in
prison and a fine of $10,000 if convicted of the charge.
NJ, Morris County - 3/21/2012
Delbarton School lawsuit alleges sex abuse
Twin brothers whose father worked at the prestigious
Delbarton School have filed a lawsuit alleging sexual
abuse by two monks.
The Star-Ledger reports that Tom and Bill Crane, who are
in their 40s, filed a suit in Superior Court in Morristown
on Tuesday morning alleging that they were sexually
assaulted and/ or abused by the Rev. Luke Travers, 55
and the Rev. Justin Capato, 63.
According to the complaint, the brothers were abused in
the late 1970s and 1980. The 35-page lawsuit does not
describe the abuse.
The twin’s father, Bill Crane Sr. worked at the Morris
County school for 42 years, first as a teacher and then as
an administrator, rising to the level of assistant
headmaster. The family lived on the school campus for
two years. As children, the brothers had access to both the
school campus and the adjoining St. Mary’s Abbey.
The Crane brothers contend that officials at Delbarton and
St. Mary’s Abbey knew or should have knows about the
abuse and engaged in a cover-up.
According to the Daily Record, the brothers also claim to
have been abused by the Rev. James T. Hanley while
attending St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in
Mendham. Hanley, who was defrocked in 2002, admitted
to molesting at least 12 children and claimed publicly that
Bill Crane Jr. was his last victim.
Governor Chris Christie’s son, Andrew is currently a
student at Delbarton.
MN, Crookston - 3/20/2012
Priest on the lam in assault of Minnesota girl arrested
A fugitive Roman Catholic priest, Rev. Joseph Jeyapaul, has
been arrested in India after seven years on the run from charges
that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old Minnesota girl who sought
his advice about becoming a nun.
Megan Peterson said she was firmly committed to testifying
against Jeyapaul if he is extradited to Minnesota to face trial. "I am
ready — it's about time," she said. "If my voice can help, then I'll
In the past, Jeyapaul has asserted his innocence and continued to
serve as a priest in India, where he was prohibited from direct
contact with children.
He was arrested Friday and is being held pending a formal U.S.
request for his extradition, to be filed in New Delhi, The
Associated Press reported.
Jeyapaul is one of at least 32 Roman Catholic priests
nationwide who have fled to foreign countries since 1985 while
facing criminal charges or being investigated over allegations
that they sexually assaulted or abused youths in the United
States. Only five of them have been returned to the U.S. to face
Efforts to extradite another priest who fled to his native India,
the Rev. Sleeva Raju Policetti, have dragged on for nearly a
decade. Policetti was charged in 2002 with 20 counts of criminal
sexual assault and abuse of a 16-year-old Chicago girl, though the
charges are now in jeopardy because a lawyer for the alleged
victim has indicated she may not want to pursue prosecution.
In the Jeyapaul case, Peterson said she was 14 and had just started
high school when he came to her church sometime in fall 2004.
"I (would) be surprised if there weren't more people in India who
were affected by his actions. I hope that justice will prevail, and we
get him back to the United States and get him away from
LA, Pineville - 3/19/2012
Former Youth Minister Pleads Guilty to Rape
Sentenced to 40 years
On the eve of his trial on 13 charges of sex crimes against
children, former Pineville church youth minister Angelo
“Doogie” Golatt, age 29, pleaded guilty today, March 19,
to four counts of forcible rape.
Ninth District Judge Tom Yeager sentenced Golatt to four
concurrent prison terms of 40 years.
Golatt was a youth minister at Donahue Family Church
in Pineville during much of the period from 2003 to 2007,
when he was suspected of molesting and raping boys
whose families were members of the now-closed church.
While the Golatt and his former wife were in Idaho, Golatt
was charged by Jerome County prosecutors with two
counts sexual abuse/exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
Golatt pleaded down to a misdemeanor charge and spent
a month in jail before skipping bail and returning to
Louisiana in early 2007. An Idaho courthouse worker last
year said authorities didn’t pursue extradition of Golatt
because the crime was a misdemeanor.
The adult victim was a resident at a home for the
mentally challenged – the Twin Falls, Idaho, branch of
the Centers for Independent Living – where Golatt also
worked in 2006.
The Telegraph - 3/19/2012
Dutch Roman Catholic Church 'castrated at least 10 boys'
At least 10 teenage boys or young men under the age of 21 were surgically castrated "to get rid of homosexuality" while in the care of the Dutch Roman Catholic Church in the 1950s.
Evidence of the castrations has emerged amid controversy that it was not included in the findings of an official investigation into sexual abuse within the church last year.
The NRC Handelsblad newspaper identified Henk Heithuis who was castrated in 1956, while a minor, after reporting priests to the police for abusing him in a Catholic boarding home.
Joep Dohmen, the investigative journalist who uncovered the Heithuis case, also found evidence of at least nine other castrations. "These cases are anonymous and can no longer be traced," he said. "There will be many more. But the question is whether those boys, now old men, will want to tell their story."
MO, Waynesville - 3/14/2012
Scandal rocks Christ Episcopal Church
Waynesville, Mo. - When Father Joseph Carlo of the Christ Episcopal Church in Rolla retired in 1990, he left behind a legacy as a priest who lead his congregation to flourish. An internal church investigation recently completed by the Episcopal Church’s Diocese of Missouri may leave Carlo with a new legacy.
According to Rev. Cannon Daniel Smith of the Diocese of Missouri, an investigation into reports of alleged sexual abuse of children within the church by Carlo was recently completed.
According to Smith, the church has been in contact with five people who claim they were abused by Carlo between 1975 and 1985.
“We believe that(sexual abuse) has occurred,” Smith said about the abuse allegations and the results of the internal investigation.
Carlo worked at the Rolla congregation from 1960 to 1990. He went into retirement when he left the Rolla congregation and is believed to be living in Florida.
Canada, Calgary - 3/14/2012
Crown seeks long-term offender status for church
volunteer guilty of child pornography
The Crown has been given the go-ahead to seek a long-term
offender assessment for a former church youth volunteer convicted of child pornography.
Roderick Kyle Janssen, 35, pleaded guilty Oct. 31 to 18 charges of
child pornography and sexually abusing boys over a five-year
An agreed statement in court says Janssen “used his position as a
church counselor and trusted friend to take boys on trips and
bring them to his house to hang out, play video (games) and use his
Janssen made his guilty pleas while several family members of the
10 boys he is accused of photographing and filming were present.
Janssen began taking pictures and videos of the boys, all under
the age of 14, in January 2006. By 2009, Janssen had
progressed to sexually touching six of the boys aged six to 13.
By October 2010 Janssen had caught the attention of an FBI agent
working undercover to monitor the exchange of child pornography
on an Internet file-sharing network.
Janssen also distributed more than 70,000 images and videos of the
sexual abuse of children while operating under the username
The case will be back in court on Friday.
Ex-Philly priest pleads guilty to sex-abuse charge - Update of 2/27/2012 articles
A defrocked Philadelphia priest has pleaded guilty to a
sex-abuse charge days before a landmark priest abuse trial.
Sixty-nine-year-old Edward Avery pleaded guilty Thursday to
involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and conspiracy to endanger
the welfare of a child. He was immediately sentenced to 2 1/2 to
five years in prison and was ordered to surrender within 10 days.
The charge stems from Avery's abuse of a boy at St. Jerome's
Parish in northeast Philadelphia.
Two other church officials will still go on trial. One is Monsignor
William Lynn, the first U.S. church official ever charged with
endangering children for allegedly failing to oust accused
predators from the priesthood.
PA, Philadelphia - 2/27/2012
Philadelphia priest says late cardinal ordered abuse list
shredded - Update of 3/8 & 7/9/2011 articles
Monsignor William Lynn, 61, the highest ranking cleric charged
in a Philadelphia child abuse scandal, asked a judge on Friday to
dismiss his case because his boss - the late Cardinal Anthony
Bevilacqua - ordered the shredding of a list he made of
The real criminals, his lawyers argued in court documents, were
Bevilacqua, who died last month, and his closest advisors. These
included Lynn's former supervisor Monsignor James Molloy, who
died in 2006, now retired Bishop Edward Cullen of Allentown
and Bishop Joseph Cistone, now head of the diocese in Saginaw,
Michigan, none of whom were charged in the case.
Lynn, who served the Philadelphia Catholic Archdiocese as
secretary of the clergy during Bevilacqua's time as archbishop from
1987 to 1998, would be the first church official to stand trial in
a child sex abuse case if opening arguments begin as scheduled
on March 26.
As clergy secretary, Lynn on his own initiative reviewed secret
church archives and created a list of 35 priests who had been
involved in abusive conduct or were classified with a sexual
disorder, Lynn's lawyers said in court documents. He culled the
names from a list of 323 priests in the church's "secret
archives," the court documents said.
Lynn handed the list over to Bevilacqua in 1994 and it was
discussed at a meeting in March of that year between Bevilacqua,
Molloy, Cullen and Cistone. Bevilacqua at the time ordered
Molloy to destroy the list, and Molloy recorded the directive in
a handwritten memorandum, the court documents said.
"I shredded... four copies of these lists from the secret
archives," Molloy said in the 1994 memorandum, according to
the court documents filed on Friday.
Bevilacqua, 88, who was to have been a witness in the trial, died
on January 31 after suffering from dementia and cancer. His death
came a day after a judge ruled he was competent to testify in
the upcoming trial.
After Bevilacqua's death last month, a locksmith was called in
to open a safe at the archdiocese headquarters and inside were
copies of both the list of 35 predator priests and the
memorandum that it had been destroyed.
"Unbeknownst to anyone else and in violation of the cardinal's
directive, Monsignor Molloy preserved a copy of this list in a
different place - a safe to which no one else had a
combination," the court documents said.
"As this newfound memorandum proves, the District Attorney's
Office is entirely correct in its belief and assertion that an
overarching Archdiocesan conspiracy existed in Philadelphia
in the 1990s," said the court documents filed by Lynn's lawyers,
who are paid by the Philadelphia Archdiocese.
"Its participants were Cardinal Bevilacqua, Bishop Cullen, Bishop
Cistone and Monsignor Molloy," the court papers said.
"Appallingly, none of these individuals is on trial."
The jury that indicted Lynn for covering up the abuse also indicted
two priests, a former priest, and a former archdiocese school
teacher on charges of sexually abusing children between 1996 and
All parties in the case are under a court-issued gag order which
restricts them from commenting on the matter.
Courthouse News Service - 2/24/2012
Woman Says Philandering Pastor Abused Her From 14
By CAMERON LANGFORD
HOUSTON (CN) - A Jane Doe plaintiff claims the United Methodist Church did not protect her from a philandering pastor who adopted and began molesting her when she was 14, and made her get an abortion after impregnating her while she was in high school.
Doe sued Pastor Kendall Graham and trustees of the United Methodist Church's Texas delegation in Harris County Court, for more than $25 million.
MO, Kansas City- 2/23/2012
Lawsuit claims former priest abused four boys in family
A former Kansas City-area Catholic priest sexually abused four
boys in an Independence family, a lawsuit alleges.
John Tulipana, who left the ministry in the mid-1990s, purportedly
abused four boys while serving at St. Catherine of Siena Church in
Kansas City. The suit alleged that the abuse began in 1976 and
occurred on camping trips and at the family’s home.
The suit names Tulipana and the Diocese of Kansas City-St.
Joseph as defendants. It does not identify the plaintiffs.
In a statement issued, the diocese noted that its leaders had twice
sent the priest for psychological evaluations in the early 1990s
after complaints about him. He returned to the ministry in both
cases, the statement noted, only after the diocese received the
approval of medical specialists.
Tulipana’s name first surfaced regarding abuse in 1994 when The
Kansas City Star reported that the diocese had paid a man
$150,000 to settle accusations that he had been abused 13 years
before. The diocese soon confirmed that it had settled two
complaints against Tulipana, who continued to deny the
Allegations against Tulipana also were part of a $10 million
settlement the diocese approved in 2008 with 47 plaintiffs who
had claimed sexual abuse by clerics.
Earlier this month, the diocese was sued over the alleged conduct
of a priest who died of AIDS in 1992. The suit alleged that James
H. Ford, who left the priesthood in 1986, abused the boy in the
mid-1970s at Holy Cross Parish and at a rectory.
In both cases, the diocese urged anyone who knows of sexual
abuse in the church to contact its ombudsman, Jenifer Valenti, at
(816) 812-2500 or send e-mail to JeniferValenti@att.net.
FLA, Jacksonville - 2/21/2012
Pastor Darrell Gilyard's Sex Offender Status Divides
A registered sex offender serving as a pastor has been allowed
to continue preaching at his Florida church and children are
being turned away from services because he legally cannot be
near them. Members of the local community insist the pastor's
status means he has no business in the pulpit.
The situation is causing a great deal of controversy in the
community, as many are outraged that the pastor, Darrell
Gilyard, who was convicted and served a three-year sentence
for abusing a 15-year-old girl in 2009 and sending lewd text
messages to another, is still allowed to lead the congregation at
Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He was just released from prison in December.
He can have no contact with minors, however, until he enrolls or
completes a sex offender therapy program in order to be granted
even supervised contact with minors. This is why his sermons are
"adult only" and parents are forced to leave their children at home
if they want to attend services.
The convicted pastor had preached once on the Rev. Jerry
Falwell's television ministry and another time from the pulpit of
the denomination's annual convention, which helped him rise in
While in his 20s, Gilyard pastored Victory Baptist Church in
Texas, one of the nation's 10 fastest-growing congregations, but
left in 1993 after he was accused of sexual impropriety. He
then went on to Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, which
had to settle a sexual misconduct allegation against him in
However, the accusations against Gilyard extend further than his
conviction of abusing the 15-year-old girl. According to the
Guardian's report, in 2004, Gilyard also admitted that he had
fathered a child with a woman who had accused him of raping her
during a counseling session – however, the pastor was never
charged with a crime.
A website titled "Let's stop pastor darrell gilyard together," created
by Tiffany Thigpen Croft, a wife and mother from Jacksonville,
offers a long series of sexual crimes allegedly levelled against the
pastor. "We have a convicted, confessed, and known child/woman
abuser. A man that used his position for 3 decades to manipulate
his way into positions of trust and to ultimately become sexually
perverse with girls and women. Not only did he seduce some, but
let's not forget that he took (by rape) from those that said no," Croft
writes in a blog post.
"He twisted young girls into thinking he was the 'only one' that
could really love them, sending text messages, 'counseling' with
them behind closed doors, calling at odd hours...to young,
innocent, naive, young teen girls. And he forever has altered the
course of their lives... please do not underestimate the damage that
has been done to hundreds (over 3 decades)," she adds.
NV, Las Vegas - 2/13/2012
More child sex charges filed in Las Vegas against
former pastor already charged in Henderson - Update of 2/12/2012 article
New charges allege that a fourth girl was victimized by a
55-year-old former pastor who has been accused of abusing girls
in his storefront congregation under the guise of counseling, a Las
Vegas prosecutor said Monday.
Known as Reverend Otis to members of his United Faith Church
congregation, Otis Holland was arrested Jan. 25 in Tijuana,
Mexico, after his disappearance a year ago was highlighted on the
television show "America's Most Wanted."
The latest allegation says Holland abused a girl under the age of 14
at locations in Las Vegas, prosecutor James Sweetin said.
He was already facing multiple counts of sexual assault with a
minor under 16, sexual assault with a minor under 14, lewdness,
child abuse and conspiracy to destroy evidence in two other cases
in Henderson. He was arrested in December 2010 and again in
January 2011 after Henderson police investigated allegations that
he abused girls as young as 7.
The conspiracy to destroy evidence charges stem from allegations
that Holland orchestrated the disposal of computer hard drive
discs, sex toys and paperwork for church counseling sessions after
he was contacted by police. Holland is also accused of telling the
girls that if anyone found out what was going on, he would be sent
to prison and the church would break up.
The charges could put him in prison for the rest of his life.
Holland appeared Monday before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace
Joe M. Bonaventure by court closed-circuit video conference from
the Clark County jail, where records showed that he was being held
without bail. Bonaventure scheduled an evidence hearing for
MD, Frederick - 2/7/2012
Former church pastor pleads guilty to sex offense with
The former pastor of a Montgomery County church has pleaded
guilty in Frederick to second-degree sex offense with a 10-year-old
Seventy-four-year-old Joe Ivey of Walkersville entered into the
plea deal Tuesday. Frederick County prosecutors dropped charges
of second-degree assault and sexual abuse of a minor.
Ivey was charged in September with having had sexual contact
with the girl from January 2009 to December 2010. The abuse
began when the girl was 10.
Ivey resigned in September as senior pastor of the Barnesville
MASS, Barnstable - 2/7/2012
Cape man faces child sexual assault charges
A Cape music instructor and former church music director pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen charges of sexual abuse in
Barnstable Superior Court this morning.
Stephen B. Lindberg, 55, of Marstons Mills was arraigned in court
on four counts of rape of a child, six counts of indecent assault and
battery on a person under the age of 14, three counts of indecent
assault and battery on a person over the age of 14 and one count of
violating a restraining order.
The charges were filed amid allegations of an alleged series of
assaults on a 14-year-old girl from late 2010 until June 2011. The
girl took private vocal lessons from Lindberg starting in 2007 when
she was 10.
The alleged victim involved with the Falmouth allegations was 12
years old at the time of the alleged abuse.
At the time of his arrest, Lindberg was working as music director
at Unity on Cape Cod church in Hyannis. The Rev. Steve Cordry,
the church's pastor, said he fired Lindberg, who held the position
on a contract basis since 2007, when he became aware of the
charges against him.
Cordry told the Times that Lindberg had no contact with children
as part of his position.
The $20,000 bail set at the district court level was continued and
Lindberg remained in custody. He is due back in court March 15
for a pretrial conference.
NE, Omaha - 2/7/2012
Man Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting Girl for Four Years
Stewart O. Newman was found guilty for the sexual assault of a
now 12 year old girl. He was also convicted on six counts of
possessing child pornography.
The girl says she was ten when the last sexual assault occurred, but
she says it all began four years before that--when she was just six
Newman, 40, faces 15 years to life on the sexual assault charge and
3-50 years for each of the six counts of child porn he was found
Newman and his wife, since divorced, had been associated with
a youth ministry.
His sentencing date is scheduled for April 11th.
CO, Loveland - 2/7/2012
Church volunteer accused of sexual assault on child
A volunteer who worked with preteens at a Loveland church is accused of sexual assault on a child and has a previous
criminal record including child abuse and domestic violence.
Robert Kirchhoff, 54, was a volunteer with Resurrection
Fellowship Church until recently, when church leaders learned of
There is no information indicating the alleged incidents occurred
at the church, according to Loveland Police Department.
Deborah Kline, assistant to the pastor, said she wasn't aware of
the previous child-abuse case. Asked whether volunteers are
screened with background checks, she said the church has
"certain policies" but declined to elaborate.
Kirchhoff's pleaded guilty in 2007 to misdemeanor domestic
violence and child abuse and negligently causing bodily injury
in Jefferson County. That offense occurred in December 2006,
and he was given a deferred sentence the following year.
Anyone with information about Kirchhoff or the alleged
sexual-assault is asked to call Loveland police Det. Brandon
Johnson at the tips line, (970) 962-2032.
NV, Las Vegas - 2/2/2012
Local Pastor arrested in Mexico for sexual assault
Otis Holland, 55, a Las Vegas pastor wanted on charges of having
sex with underage girls, was captured on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in
Holland disappeared from the Henderson area in June, after an
arrest warrant was issued for him by the Henderson Police. The
warrant was for 11 counts of sexual assault of a victim under the
age of 16, one count of child abuse and conspiracy to commit a
On a recent airing of Fox-TV's America's Most Wanted, the
pastor's crimes were broadcast, bringing in a tip from a viewer
who saw the program. The information was delivered to the
U.S. Marshals Service, which had been working in conjunction
with the Henderson Police in the search for Holland.
"He was a con man, and he used the church front for his schemes,"
said Kevin Abernathy, Henderson Police Department's lead
investigator on the case, during the Jan. 20 airing of the show. "In
the 19 years that I've been on the job, I would rank this as probably
the worst case I've dealt with, as far as a predator identifying and
The Mexican National Police, coordinating with the U.S. Marshals
Service, apprehended Holland without incident in Tijuana, Mexico,
on Wednesday about 10 p.m., according to Javier Jimenez,
assistant chief deputy U.S. Marshal.
Holland was deported from Mexico and custody was turned over
to the U.S. Marshals Service. He currently is being held in the San
Diego Central Jail pending extradition back to Henderson.
In December 2010, the pastor originally was arrested on three
counts of sexual assault of a victim under 16. Upon
investigation by detectives, however, it was discovered that
there were allegations that Holland may have had
inappropriate contact with other minors, too.
Holland acted as pastor of the United Faith Church, which had
been holding its services in the lobby of a tax service business on
Hacienda Avenue in Las Vegas. The alleged incidents involving
Holland are said to have occurred at various locations in
Henderson and Las Vegas.
The Henderson Police Department is asking anyone with
information regarding this case to call 267-4750 or Crime
Stoppers, to remain anonymous, at 385-5555.
FLA, Ft. Lauderdale - 2/2/2012
More Charges Filed Against Lauderdale Lakes Youth
Youth Pastor, Jeffrey London, was arrested last week at his
Lauderdale Lakes home for allegedly sexually abusing a boy. The
alleged victim in the case said he lived with London for more than
a decade and he was repeatedly abused during that time.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said another child has come forward
to say that they were sexually abused by 48-year old Jeffrey
London. During a court hearing on Thursday, the judge ordered
that London be held without bond.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the victim’s mother left
him in London’s care when he was eight-years-old after running
into financial hardship. “He’s been living with this child from the
ages of 8-18, the abuse began right away,” said Det. Julie Bower
of the BSO.
BSO said London was involved with the Bible Church of God
and worked as the Dean of Students at Eagle Charter Academy
in Lauderdale Lakes from 2003-2009. Neither Miami-Dade
County Public Schools, nor Broward County Public Schools have
a record of London ever working for them, according to BSO.
“Apparently, he would have a lot of young boys over at his house
and spend the night,” Det. Bower. “And from my victim’s
statement there could be other victims. God forbid it happened. If
it did happen, please let us help you.”
Boys who think they may have been abused by London can report
it by calling the sheriff’s office at (954) 321-4240 or 954-493-TIPS
Police across Ontario nabbed 60 suspects, including three teens
and a former youth worker, and identified 22 victims in what
police say is the largest child porn bust in Ontario history.
Police executed 76 search warrants Wednesday and filed 213
charges, including sexual assault, child luring, and accessing,
possessing, making and distributing child pornography.
The three teen boys charged are all 16 years old. The oldest suspect
is 69, police said.
Also among the suspects is Gregory William Pickard, 41, who was
a youth worker at a group home for young people and worked
with children at his church. This is the second time in just over
a year he faces child porn-related charges.
None of the suspects are part of a child-porn ring, police said.
Investigators monitored their computer activities using specialized
Twenty-five police departments in Ontario took part in the raids,
including Sault Ste. Marie, Ottawa, Sudbury, Cornwall, North Bay,
Chatham, Brantford, Sarnia, Barrie, London, Toronto and
Scott Tod, acting commissioner of the Ontario Provincial
Police, said the project is aimed at stopping the sexual abuse of
children. “Child pornography is the sexual abuse of children,”
he said. “Every image...represents a child victim. “Every
trading or transmission of that image represents a
re-victimzation of that child.”
Additional arrests and charges are pending, Goldschmidt said.
He said child pornography is pervasive in Ontario. Police with
the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse
and Exploitation on the Internet identified more than 8,900 IP
addresses on child pornography sites in the past three months,
Goldschmidt said. Of those, police arrested 60 suspects, he said.
Goldschmidt said police face constant technological challenges as
they try to keep up with child pornographers.
“It’s like the speeders on the highway,” Goldschmidt said. “There
are so many of them out there that you only going get (some) of
WI, Milwaukee - 2/2/2012
550 Sexual Abuse Claims Filed against Milwaukee
About 550 people are asking for restitution for alleged sexual
abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee - more than in
any of the other U.S. dioceses that have filed for bankruptcy
protection, according to a lawyer involved int eh Milwaukee case.
One priest alone is accused of abusing some 200 boys at a
suburban school for deaf students from 1950 to 1974.
John Stang, a bankruptcy lawyer who represents creditors in the
Wisconsin case, estimated that about 550 claims had been filed by
the Wednesday afternoon deadline set by the bankruptcy court.
A victim’s advocacy group call the number of filings
“extraordinarily tragic”, but said that represented only a small
portion of people abused by clergy.
The other seven Catholic dioceses in the U.S. that have filed for
bankruptcy since the clergy abuse scandal erupted in 2002 in
Boston are in Davenport, Iowa; Fairbanks, Alaska; Portland, Ore;
San Diego, CA; Spokane, Wash.; Tucson, Ariz; and Wilmington,
Del. Two other religious order have also filed for bankruptcy.
WA, Chillicothe - 1/24/2012
Washington Court House man facing sex charges from 1990s
A March trial date has been set for a man accused of sexually
abusing two children in the 1990s.
Gary W. Freeland, 60, of Washington Court House, is facing four
first-degree felony counts of rape and one third-degree felony
count of gross sexual imposition. Both victims in the indictment
are adults now but were 11 and 4 at the time of the alleged
incidents, one of which reportedly happened inside Tabernacle
Baptist Church where Freeland once was a member.
Freeland was in court Tuesday where counsel had a pretrial status
conference in chambers.
Canada, Winnipeg - 1/19/2012
Former archbishop to stand trial for sex abuse
A high-ranking former orthodox archbishop has been ordered to
stand trial on Manitoba sexual abuse charges dating back decades.
Seraphim Storheim appeared in a Winnipeg courtroom Wednesday
for the conclusion of a preliminary hearing to determine whether
there is sufficient evidence for the case to proceed. A court-ordered
ban prevents specific details from being published.
Provincial court Judge Rocky Pollack ruled the Crown had met the
standard of proof required to move the case along. The case will
return to court in March for the setting of a trial date.
Storheim has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing two teenage
boys while he was a priest in Winnipeg 30 years ago. He remains
free on bail with several conditions, including having no contact
Storheim was the highest-ranking Canadian cleric in the
Orthodox Church in America until church officials suspended
him last November, days after Winnipeg police laid charges
against him following a lengthy investigation into allegations that
only recently emerged.
None of the charges has been proved and he is presumed innocent.
A U.S.-based victims' group spoke out following Storheim's
arrest, angry that a parish was using a church website to raise
defense funds for Storheim. A Vancouver parish of the Russian
Orthodox Church in America posted three messages of support for
Storheim, including one with an address in Edmonton where funds
for his defense could be sent.
Last December, the Orthodox Church distanced itself from the
Vancouver parish with a statement that said in part: "The
Archdiocese of Canada for the Orthodox Church in America is not
in any way associated with any legal fund or other defensive effort
being set up to aid Archbishop Seraphim."
N.Y., Rochester - 1/19/2012
Convicted church leader expected in court
A former church leader in Rochester, already convicted of
sexually abusing a young boy, will be back in court Thursday.
Bishop Joe Flowers is accused of molesting two other children. He
was sentenced in August for sexually abusing an eight-year-old
boy. That child’s family went to Flowers’ church.
Flowers was sentenced to seven years in prison for that charge but
he is currently in the Monroe County Jail until these other cases are
Maine, Bangor - 1/19/2012
Pastor accused of child sex abuse commits suicide
The day before his suicide, the Rev. Robert Carlson was told by
Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross, a longtime friend, that Carlson was
the subject of a state police investigation of child sex abuse allegations,
according to a Waldo County Sheriff’s Department report.
Ross said Wednesday that he felt compelled to tell Carlson that he was the
focus of the Maine State Police probe because Carlson was on the
Penobscot County Jail’s board of visitors and Ross wanted to limit his
access to the jail.
Ross, who was Carlson’s co-worker for 33 years, said he spoke with
Carlson around noon on Nov. 12. Carlson jumped to his death from the
Penobscot Narrows Bridge early the next morning.
"I didn’t feel it was a conflict. I felt it was my responsibility as a sheriff,"
Ross said when asked why he informed Carlson of the investigation.
State police detectives never got the opportunity to speak to Carlson, 68,
before his death, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine
Department of Public Safety, has said.
The sheriff said he initially felt a certain responsibility for Carlson’s death
but since has come to another conclusion. "If I hadn’t been the one to talk
to Bob, Bob would have been dead a week later after talking to state
police," Ross said.
The Waldo County Sheriff’s Department, which investigated Carlson’s
death, released its report Wednesday to the Bangor Daily News but blacked
out the names of Carlson and several people interviewed, including the
Bangor man police believe was the last person to see him alive. Ross’ name
was not blacked out.
The state police investigation into the sex abuse allegations, which began
on Nov. 10, is continuing and should be completed in the next month, the
lead investigator, Sgt. Jeffrey Love of the criminal investigation division in
Augusta, said earlier this week.
Ross said he received a copy of the anonymous letter that sparked the child
sexual abuse investigation on Nov. 10 and got a call shortly afterward from
state police Detective Troy Gardener, who thought Carlson was a county
Carlson was the Penobscot County Jail administrator when Ross was
hired and later became the jail’s chaplain, a post he held for 38 years.
He retired nearly two years ago, Ross said.
Ross said he is waiting for all of the final police reports before he makes
any judgments about his longtime friend. "I’ve known and respected the
man my whole police career," the sheriff said, saying he was heartbroken.
"It’s still a hard pill to swallow."
TX, Houston - 1/17/2012
FLDS Church Leader Warren Jeffs Pulls Strings from Prison - Update of 8/4/2011 article
Serving a 20-year-to-life sentence in a Houston, Texas prison,
56-year-old Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints leader Warren Jeffs pulls the strings of his 10,000
followers from behind bars. Gone are the days after his Aug 9,
2011 conviction for raping his niece and nephew of his “nervous
breakdown,” hunger strikes and medically induced coma. Jeffs
now runs the FLDS church from his jail cell, allowing phone
calls and visitors to carry away his instructions. Jeff’s inherited
the church in 2002 from his father, Rulon Jeffs, who started the
“United Holy Order,” a polygamous group that settled in the
ungoverned lands near Colorado City Arizona to recreate the
incestuous tribe of early Mormons. Despite denounced by the Salt
Lake City-based Mormon Church, states’ rights advocates believe
the federal government should butt out.
First Amendment’s Freedom of Religion gives cults like the
FLDS church un-deserved protections in which to violate state
and federal laws protecting children from abuse. Jeffs, and
other FLDS leaders, see nothing wrong with childhood brides, as
young as seven years of age, marrying church elders in their 40s
and 50s, breeding at the whim of husbands’ arbitrary supreme
authority. While multiple wives are permitted in the FLDS church,
young boys are removed from their mothers and abandoned to
make more female offspring available to Church elders for
marriage and breeding. “He regulates sex and money on behalf of
God,” said Willie Jessop, a former FLDS spokesman no longer
affiliated with the group. Since placed on the FBI’s Ten Most
Wanted List in 2005, Jeffs went on the lam, eventually captured in
his Cadillac Escalade Aug. 28, 2006 after a year-long manhunt.
Apart from having a loyal following, Jeffs, like the late
fundamentalist preacher Jim Jones, of Jones Town fame or David
Koresch of Waco’s Branch Davidians, ruled by coercion and
brainwashing. “”There are eight questions, before they get there,
they ask. ‘Do you accept Warren Jeffs as God’s mouthpiece and
your prophet,’ and if you believe he can rule in all the affairs of
your life,” Jessops said, showing the kind of domination and
manipulation making Jeffs among the most dangerous
psychopaths masquerading as a religious leader. With the
Constitution’s Separation Clause, loonies like Jeffs set their traps,
attract weak-mined zealots and recruit the downtrodden with
promises of salvation. ”What makes this important is that there has
never been a time when people in the community have taken this
sort of stand against Warren,” said Jessop, who still considers
himself an FLDS member.
Jessops, like others, are in a state of disillusionment and
disbelief now that their fearless leader sits behind bars. “I
think the church is going through a social crisis that is extremely
painful, but, in the long term, it’s healthy,” said Jessop, showing he
still suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder a year after he
left. Like children molested by their parents, FLDS members
lack the autonomy and independent judgment necessary to
make sound decisions.
While no one knows the exact numbers, around 40,000 Mormons
in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona practice plural marriage,
violating the Mormon Church and state and federal laws.
Opportunities within fundamentalist Mormon churches for
polygamy attracts pedophiles and other misanthropes seeking
institutional approval for aberrant behavior. Jeffs’ original
charges for violating Utah’s child abuse laws were tossed out June
9. 2010 by a sympathetic Utah judge. While convicted in Texas,
FLDS judges, or at least those sympathetic with the Church, side
with fundamentalists seeking a plural lifestyle in the insular
communities of Southern Utah and Northern Arizona.
Charismatic cult leaders like Jeffs give legitimate religions like the
Mormon Church a black eye. With GOP frontrunner former Mass.
Gov. Mitt Romney, a Mormon, running for president, Jeffs being
back in the news raises eyebrows. No organized religion should
allow itself to be hijacked by garden variety psychopaths that hide
behind the First Amendment.There’s simply no justification,
historic or religious, for pedophilia and the damage it wreaks
on innocent children. No religious order has the right under
the Freedom of Religion to violate the nation’s laws protecting
Now running the FLDS from prison, Jeffs continues his
devious behavior. Psychopaths and pedophiles should not
perpetuate their sickness from prison or any other venue.
Regardless of states’ rights, there can be no safe havens for
criminals hiding behind organized religion to practice deviant
United Kingdom - 1/12/2012
Child Sex Crimes Trial Grinds to a Halt
The trial of a former deputy head teacher who faced historical
child abuse charges, ground to a halt today as the jury could not
agree on a verdict.
David Griffiths, 50, of Thistlecroft Gardens in Stanmore, has been
on trial at Wood Green Crown Court for eight counts of indecency
with a child and one count of serious sexual assault. He has denied
the charges throughout.
Today the jury could not agree on a verdict, and so the case has
come to a standstill. The case has been adjourned until January 20.
Griffiths also faced an additional charge of indecency with a child,
but was found not guilty by the jury of this allegation at a hearing
on Friday January 6.
Griffiths worked at several schools during his career which
began in September 1987, including Broadfields Primary
School in Barnet, Edgware Junior School, Frith Manor
Primary School, also in Barnet, and Weald Junior School in
The offences were alleged to have happened between 1991 and
1993 in more than one location, including a school, which cannot
be named, and the Welsh Harp Boating Lake.
Griffiths, who is married, was a long running volunteer for
Greater London and Middlesex West Scouts, having been
rewarded for more than 30 years service including a role as a
He also had a voluntary role in child protection at a local
church, as well as assisting with a range of other projects at the
MO, St. Louis - 1/12/2012
When federal investigators busted Jeffrey Greenwell
outside St. Louis, they hit the kiddie-porn jackpot
The child-pornography probe in Missouri that led to the arrest of
Jeffrey Greenwell began with a lead forwarded to St. Louis from
Los Angeles, where a state and federal task force was in the
process of dismantling Lost Boy, an online network of
pedophiles who traded photos and videos via the Internet.
Ultimately, the Greenwell investigation spun off into four
additional cases in four different states.
In early 2010, Captain John Foster, a detective with the Yell
County Sheriff's Department in northwest Arkansas, received a
package of photos prepared by Brian Mize, a forensic investigator
with the St. Louis Division of the FBI.
The images, which Mize had culled from the thousands he'd found
stored on hard drives and other media seized from Greenwell's
house, depicted various shots of four boys. Mize believed each of
the boys had been sexually molested by a man named Evan
Batton, a youth pastor at a Baptist church near the city of
Foster immediately recognized the face of one of the children: "a
cute little redheaded kid, wearing an army helmet," he recalls.
Later that same day, Foster drove to Batton's house armed with a
search warrant and accompanied by a team that included an agent
from the FBI's Little Rock Division. When Batton answered the
door, the lawmen could see that the pastor wasn't alone. There was
a little boy in the house — another face Foster had seen in Mize's
Rather than face a jury trial, Batton agreed to plead guilty to one
felony count for the rape of a seven-year-old boy. Now 29, he
is serving a 30-year sentence in state prison. He did not respond
to two letters from Riverfront Times requesting comment for this
Yell County Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II says he has
chat-room transcripts in which Batton boasts to Greenwell about
setting up a webcam in his bedroom in order to record himself
having sex with boys.
"To have this guy in our back yard and not know it was shocking,"
says Tatum. "We were glad to get the tip and get rid of him."
During an interrogation session on the day he was arrested in 2009,
Greenwell revealed the name of a child pornographer whose
handiwork was widely shared on Lost Boy. Investigators in LA and
St. Louis knew of the man only by his online alias, "SpongeBob."
In late 2009 a federal grand jury in Utah reviewed evidence
that proved sufficient to indict Antonio Cardenas, a.k.a.
SpongeBob, who is in jail awaiting trial, having entered a plea of
not-guilty to seven counts of production and distribution of child
pornography and aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
Mize was able to identify two other child pornographers whose
images were part of Greenwell's massive stash. One remains at
large in a Midwestern state, according to the FBI. Investigators
tracked down the other man, an insurance manager in New
Hampshire, only to learn that he had committed suicide in
AZ, Phoenix - 1/10/2012
Man used church connections to molest children
A man suspected of using his connections with two Valley
churches to molest young children has been arrested, according to
the Phoenix Police Department.
Christian Turcios, 26, was arrested Monday on suspicion of 10
counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, along with child
molestation and unlawful surreptitious video recording counts,
according to police.
Turcios was first suspected in summer 2010, when an 11-year-old
accused Turcios of molesting him at a church summer camp at
Phoenix First Assembly, police said. Police were unable to make
an arrest because of lack of evidence, said Sgt. Steve Martos, a
spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department.
Our hearts are broken anytime there are allegations of any injury
to a child,” David Blythe, associates pastor at Phoenix First
Assembly, said in a statement, “It is our overwhelming desire to
protect innocent children in our care.”
Blythe continued to say that Turcios was only a volunteer with
the church and that he is banned from the church campus.
Investigators with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Internet Crimes
Against Children unit launched an investigation in October and
were able to collect enough evidence to obtain a search warrant for
Turcios’ home in December, according to police. At his home,
investigators found child pornography and images of Turcios
engaged in sexual acts with children between 13- and
16-years-old, Martos said.
Turcios also served as a volunteer with junior high students for
a year and a half at Highlands Church in north Scottsdale. On
Jan. 1, he was hired as a custodian, according to police and
Turcios also worked as a babysitter for members of Highlands
Church, according to police. There is evidence that he abused
children he babysat, police said. Detectives from the Crimes
Against Children Unit of the Phoenix police said they have
identified one of the victims he babysat, but are still working to
identify several others.
“We are completely stunned and shocked,” said Lee Hughey,
senior pastor at Highlands Church. “We are saddened for any
victims. We didn’t know it was going on.”
Since learning about the arrest, Hughey said Turcios has been
removed from the staff and from any involvement with the church.
Investigators believe that he has been preying on young
children for several years and that he worked to be in positions
where he would be near children during church camps and
Police expect there to be several more victims.
For more information about this case or to report another victim of
this suspect contact the Phoenix Police Department at
602-262-6141, or remain anonymous by calling Silent Witness at
AK, Benton - 1/6/2012
Prominent Music Minister in Prison for Sexual Indecency
David Pierce, 59, was the choir minister at First Baptist Church
in Benton for 28 years. Four male teens who had been members
of the youth choir reported sexual abuse by Pierce.
Pierce is married and has three grown children and several grand
children. He had been with the church for 28 years and had no
Pierce was convicted in August 209 and is serving a 10-year prison
term for four counts of sexual indecency with a child. He is up for
possible parole on January 26, 2012.
TX, Austin - 12/27/2011
More child sex charges for “Traveling Pastor”
A “traveling pastor” who was charged with sexual crimes against
children earlier this year has been charged again after another
accuser came forward, according to court documents.
Francisco Antonio Hernandez, 53, was charged last week with
indecency with a child by contact, a second-degree felony,
according to an arrest affidavit filed with Travis County courts
today. In October, Hernandez was charged with aggravated sexual
assault of a child and indecency with a child by sexual contact.
Police have said that Hernandez, also known as Pastor Javier,
traveled to private homes in the Austin area to hold services for a
nondenominational church that had no name. The church was led
by Hernandez, with services six or seven nights a week that
entailed reading from the Bible and singing, police have said.
Hernandez led services as early as the early 1990s and as recently
as August of this year, detectives said.
Four women came forward earlier this year to say that Hernandez
had sexual contact with them as children.
The latest charge against Hernandez comes from a woman who
came forward in July. That woman told police that Hernandez,
whom she knew as “Pastor,” sexually abused her when she was 7,
the affidavit said.
The woman told police that she and her two sisters stayed with
Hernandez and his wife in 1988 when their mother had to go out
of town for an emergency, the affidavit said. She said Hernandez
sexually abused her in his bedroom, the affidavit said.
The woman said she told her mother about the abuse in 1998 or
1999; the affidavit does not say whether the mother reported it.
A few days before the victim reported the abuse to police this
summer, Hernandez came to the victim’s mother’s home to ask for
forgiveness, the affidavit said. She told him to leave, the affidavit
His bail has been set at $220,000, and he has also been detained for
immigration reasons, jail records show.
GA, Gwinnett County - 12/23/2011
Second Victim Claims Sexual Abuse by Former Youth
A second victim is accusing a former youth pastor and little
league coach of sexual molestation stemming from incidents that
occurred several years ago in Gwinnett County.
Gwinnett County police confirmed a second victim has come
forward and accused a former youth pastor and little league coach
of sexual molestation.
Stacy Lee Everett, 42, of Covington, is currently in the Walton
County Jail facing several counts each of sexual battery, cruelty of
children, false imprisonment and child molestation charges. Everett
was charged in the summer following an investigation that began
out of state. In that case, the victim was reported to have been 12
and living in the Loganville area at the time of the alleged
incidents. Lt. Mike Westbrooks of the Loganville Police
Department said additional charges also have been added in the
case of that first victim, bringing them up to 17 counts in total.
Gwinnett County police have said they expect to file charges in
connection with the second victim by next week. Westbrooks said
she is reported to be an adult who lived in Gwinnett County and
was under age at the time of the alleged molestation.
Everett's arrest stirred strong emotions on both sides of the issue.
Although police say charges such as these are not filed without a
thorough investigation first, people are urged to remember that an
arrest does not constitute a conviction.
WA, Lacey - 12/21/2011
Lacey man pleads not guilty in child sex case
Lacey man, who once served as an assistant high school football
coach, church volunteer and YMCA youth program director,
pleaded not guilty last week to child-sex crimes. Luis A. Rodriguez
was charged in King County Superior Court with one count each
of third-degree child molestation, second-degree child molestation
and third-degree child rape. Judge Mary Roberts on Thursday
ordered Rodriguez jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail. Prosecutors have
charged Rodriguez with having sexual contact with two boys he
met through Champions Centre church between 2007 and 2009.
He is not charged with abusing anyone while at jobs with Cascade
Christian High School or the YMCA.
NY, Queens - 12/15/2011
Norwalk, CT Minister to Serve 5 Years for
Sex Crimes - Update of 1/7/2010 article
A Norwalk minister was sentenced fo five years in prison at
Queens Supreme Court for molesting a young relative. The Rev.
Phillip Joubert, 50, was facing up to seven years in prison after he
was convicted in November of five charges related to the abuse.
“Pastor Joubert’s unwillingness to admit guilt or express contrition
did not help his case,” said his attorney. “However, it was
impossible to answer to the charge in any other way.”
Joubert, the founding pastor of New Light Missionary Baptist
Church in Norwalk, was accused if sexually assaulting female
relative on two occasions at his Queens, N.Y. home in the summer
The rape allegations against Joubert came to light after a Nov. 14,
2009, child abuse incident at Joubert’s Norwalk Home, police said.
During the incident, Joubert allegedly hit the female victim in the
face and several times about the torso after he came home to find
his Lexington Avenue apartment was messy, according to his arrest
While officers were interviewing the victim and her mother, the
victim revealed that Joubert sexually abuse her at his residence in
Queens, police said. Norwalk officers turned the rape investigation
over the New York City Police Dept.
New York City Police arrested Joubert on Nov. 24, 2009, as he
arrived at J.F.K. Airport after a trip to Israel. Joubert admitted to
touching the victim’s breast and vagina during a videotaped
interview with N.Y. City police, but the victim alleged that he
physically assaulted her and forced her to have sex with him, court
New York, Brooklyn - 12/13/2011
Haredi sex abuse scandal revealed in NY
It happened for a very long time: Eighty-five men from
Brooklyn's ultra-Orthodox community are suspected of sexually
abusing more than 100 of the community's children and teenagers.
Many, including the victims' parents, allegedly knew about it but
chose to keep silent – until one of the community organizations
decided to reveal the horrible secret and went to the police.
The affair was reported by the New York Post on Sunday. The
New York police are still unsure when the abuse began, but it
clearly stretched over several years. Several years of suffering,
trauma and perhaps the worst thing of all – a conspiracy of silence
aimed at preventing humiliation and shame, all at the expense of
the helpless children.
An initiative called Kol Tzedek (“voice of justice") decided to
expose the dreadful acts, and as the months went by more and more
men were arrested. The organization members located children
who fell victim to the abuse and convinced them to complain.
The case involves 117 victims – 89 of whom are under the age of
17. The number of arrests is expected to increase as the affair
So far, 38 indictments have been filed and 14 of the detainees have
already been sent to jail for up to 20 years for rape, sodomy and
kidnapping. Another 24 suspects have been released on bail, and
the rest are still being questioned.
According to the investigation, in some of the cases parents knew
their children were being molested but gave in to community
pressure and chose to remain silent.
'Victims were troubled kids'
One of the suspects is Andrew Goodman, 27, who worked for
Jewish social-service agencies and looks like a movie star.
According to the New York Post, many members of Brooklyn’s
Jewish community believe he is a monster.
Goodman was already arrested in 2010, but was released on
bail. The price of his freedom appears to have been heavy: Since
returning home, he hosted dozens of children and allegedly
abused them during parties with liquor and child porn. Some of
the kids were photographed by neighbors entering and leaving
So far, authorities have charged him with sexually abusing two
Orthodox boys for years in Flatbush — one from age 11 to 15,
the other from age 13 to 16.
According to the 144-count indictment, which alleges numerous
violations since 2006, Goodman filmed sex acts with the
youngsters on a Web cam. Court papers and source say he also
“threatened the life” of a boy who reported him to authorities.
Andrew Goodman is known in our community as a lifelong
molester who preys on young boys and ruins their lives,” a
Talmudic scholar at Congregation Bais Torah wrote to Brooklyn
Judge Martin Murphy, who is hearing the case, the New York
Rabbi Shea Hecht, of the Hasidic Lubavitch group, accused
Goodman on a Jewish radio show of "hunting" for prey. He said
Goodman went to yeshiva playgrounds, once offering a reward
for any boy who found his “lost glasses". Goodman also
pressured boys to recruit others, the rabbi said.
Goodman is currently in detention and has pleaded not guilty.
“These were not forceful — no one was held against their will,"
his lawyer said, adding that the alleged victims were “troubled
kids who did not have a good home life.” He claimed that one
boy ran away and Goodman “gave him a safe haven."
Wisconsin, Elkhorn - 12/7/2011
Judge drops case against former Walworth minister
for failure to report
Joseph R. Fultz, 47, a former Walworth minister (now of Milton),
is accused of having knowledge of sexual abuse occurring between
children at his church and Faith Christian School and not reporting
it to law enforcement. He was charged with five counts of failing
to report child abuse or neglect.
All those charges were dismissed Monday morning because law
enforcement didn't provide evidence that Fultz had contact with
any of the children who were allegedly sexually assaulted by other
children. Although the complaint failed to state that Fultz had
direct contact with the children, it did report that he had several
meetings with parents.
Judge Robert Kennedy said Fultz probably should have reported
the incidents to authorities, but he didn't legally need to based
on the evidence he reviewed.
According to the criminal complaint, six boys, who are now
between the ages of 6 and 12, engaged in sexual contact with
each other at Faith Christian School, The Abbey Resort and in
a restroom at Grace Evangelical Church, where Fultz was a
minister. In the case, no adults are suspected of having sexual
contact with children.
Kennedy said there are several elements to crime that need to be
proven. One of the elements is that the defendant is required to
report the abuse. Parents and other adults aren't required to
report suspected abuse, but the law requires certain
professionals, doctors, police officers, teachers, school
administrators and members of the clergy to report suspected
Kennedy also said Fultz should have had reasonable suspicion of
abuse, because he met with parents regarding the incidents.
However, Kennedy dropped the case because there was no
evidence Fultz had direct contact with the children involved. "I
don't see any facts in the complaint that the defendant saw these
children in the course of his professional duty," Kennedy said.
According to the criminal complaint, Fultz told investigators he
contacted the superintendent of the district church and another
unidentified pastor to discuss the situation. He said after discussing
the situation, it was agreed the "incident was nonreportable
because of the ages of the children," according to the complaint
An investigating detective also reportedly reviewed a written report
by Faith Christian Administrator Craig Skrede referring to a Jan.
7, 2010 meeting with parents about the incident at Faith Christian
School. It was agreed that the school would make sure the assaults
did not happen again.
GA, Atlanta - 12/7/2011
Pastor Announces Break from Church Amid Child
Sexual Abuse Scandal
Bishop Eddie Long has announced that he is taking a break from
the church – just days after his wife filed for divorce. In front of
thousands of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church congregants,
Long announced on Sunday that he will take time off in order to
focus on his family.
The Atlanta megachurch pastor has been embroiled in a sexual
misconduct case with four young men in the last year. Long has
made headlines over the past year for a lawsuit filed against him by
four young men – all of who used to attend his church – accusing
the preacher of abusing his spiritual authority to lure them into a
sexual relationship with him.
The case was settled out of court in late May, and the plaintiffs
were paid a large sum of settlement money. Long reportedly
paid a total of $15 million to the four plaintiffs and a fifth
accuser, Maurice Robinson, who was not named in the lawsuit.
But in late September, however, Long requested that three of the
men – Jamal Parris, Spencer LeGrande and Centino Kemp – repay
the settlement money because the men allegedly broke the
confidentiality agreement when they spoke publicly about the case.
Eddie and Vanessa Long have been married for 21 years and have
three children together.
Iowa, Humeston - 11/28/2011
Pastor Charged with Child Sexual Abuse 2nd Degree
Pastor Lynn Allen Roberts, 67, of Derby, Iowa, was arrested on a
warrant for Sexual Abuse in the 2nd degree, a class B felony. The
charges stem from an ongoing investigation that was reported in
February of 2011. Roberts was accused of sexually abusing a 9-
year-old child on the property of the New Life Full Gospel Church
in Humeston, Iowa. He is being held on bond.
California, Oceanside - 11/2/2011
Pastor arrested for alleged sex acts with preteen girl
A one-time Marine who founded an Oceanside church was behind
bars Wednesday on suspicion of having a two-year sexual
relationship with a preteen Riverside County girl. Matthias
Anderson, 41, was arrested at the alleged victim's Murrieta home
Tuesday morning and booked on suspicion of unlawful sex with a
minor and lewd acts with a child under 14.
The girl and her mother are members of New Wine Ministries
Church, which Anderson started in 2002 while stationed at Camp
Pendleton, according to Murrieta police Sgt. Phil Gomez.
Anderson has since retired from the military and become a
full-time minister, the sergeant said. The alleged victim and her
mother, whose names have not been released, came forward
recently with accusations that the pastor had been molesting the
girl since 2009, Gomez said.
"The sexual relationship ... occurred multiple times in both
Riverside and San Diego counties," Gomez alleged.
Anderson, who lives in Hemet, allegedly would pick the girl up at
her home and take her to another location to have sex with her, the
"Based on the investigation, detectives believe there is a possibility
of additional victims in the Oceanside area," he said.
Anderson was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at Southwest
Detention Center in Murrieta.
Texas, San Angelo - 8/4/2011
Polygamist Leader Found Guilty in
A jury on Thursday convicted polygamist church leader Warren Jeffs of sexually assaulting two girls he had taken
as "spiritual wives." The jury returned its verdict after
about 3 1/2 hours of deliberations. Jeffs stood stone-faced
as the decision was read. The penalty phase of the trial
was to immediately follow. Jeff faces a sentence of up to
life in prison.
During the trial, prosecutors used DNA evidence to show
Jeffs, age 55, fathered a child with a 15-year-old girl and
played an audio recording of what they said was him
sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl. They also played
audio recordings in which Jeffs was heard instructing
young women on how to please him sexually.
Jeffs has repeatedly said that his freedom of religion
protects his right to practice polygamy, which has been
condemned by the Mormon church.
The self-proclaimed "prophet" and leader of the
Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, a banned offshoot of the Mormons that says men
have to have three wives to be admitted into heaven, faces
119 years in prison if convicted on both charges. Jeffs had
argued that his religious freedoms were being trampled.
The FLDS, which has at least 10,000 members nationwide,
is a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism. The
church believes polygamy is the key to heaven and that
Jeffs is God's spokesman on earth.
Eleven other FLDS men were charged with crimes
including sexual assault and bigamy. All seven of those
who have been prosecuted were convicted, receiving
prison sentences of between six and 75 years.
PA, Pennsylvania - 7/19/2011
Philadelphia Archbishop Steps Down Amid Scandal
Archdiocese has been under fire over accusations it concealed
sexual abuse of children.Cardinal Justin Rigali, whose leadership of the Philadelphia
Roman Catholic archdiocese has been tainted by a continuing
scandal over sexual misconduct by priests, is set to retire Tuesday.
The archdiocese, the sixth largest in the United States with 1.5
million Catholics, has been under fire over accusations it concealed
the sexual abuse of children by priests to avoid a costly scandal.
The archdiocese website announced that Rigali, 76, is to be replaced
by Archbishop Charles Chaput, 66, who has been archbishop in Denver
The Catholic Church has been rocked by a series of sexual abuse
cover-up scandals in both Europe and the United States in recent years.
Rigali, archbishop in Philadelphia since 2003, has been struggling to
contain the pedophilia scandal in the wake of a Philadelphia grand jury
report issued at the beginning of this year. Three priests, a monsignor
and a church teacher were indicted as a result of the report.
"We would have assumed," said the grand jury in a report, "by the year
2011, after all the revelations both here and around the world, that the
church would not risk its youth by leaving them in the presence of priests
subject to substantial evidence of abuse. That is not the case." The grand
jury said that it found 37 such priests who have been kept in assignments
that exposed them to children. Of that number, 21 were suspended after the
report, and three more were placed on administrative leave.
PA, Philadelphia - 3/8/2011
21 Priests put on leave after review of suspected child sexual abuse - Update of 2/10/2011 article
Twenty-one priests have been placed on administrative
leave following a review of suspected child sexual abuse
by members of the Catholic Church in Philadelphia,
according to a statement from the city’s archbishop.
The church investigated 37 priests identified in a grand
jury report as remaining in “active ministry with credible
allegations of child sexual abuse,” according to Cardinal
Justin Rigali. In addition to the 21 announced, three
other priests have already been placed on administrative
leave after the report was released in February, Rigali said.
In February, three Philadelphia priests and a parochial
school teacher were charged with raping and assaulting
boys in their care, while a former official with the
Philadelphia Archdiocese was accused of allowing the
abusive priests to have access to children, the city’s
DA’s office said.
CNN Senior Vatican Analysis John Allen said the charges
against the former church official appeared to be unprecedented
and could have national implications. “This is apparently the
first time that a Catholic leader has been charged criminally
for the cover-up, as opposed to the abuse itself,” he said.
“It sends a shot across the bow for bishops and other diocesan
officials in other parts of the country, who have to wonder now
if they’ve got criminal exposure too.”
PA, Philadelphia - 2/10/2011
Philly Priests, Teacher Charged with
Three priests–Edward Avery, Charles Engelhardt,
and a Catholic school teacher, James Brennan, have
been charged with raping and assaulting two young boys
over the course of several years. A fifth man, Monsignor
William Lynn, has been charged with child endangerment
for allegedly allowing the abuse to continue. Monsignor Lynn
was one of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua’s top aides.
The indictments were made by a grand jury, and it
is believed to be the first time a high ranking Catholic
official has been accused of being criminally accountable
for covering up priest abuse. Advocates for abuse victims
celebrated the indictments. “This news means that finally
one of the hundreds of complicit Catholic officials who have
hidden or are hiding clergy sex crimes might be brought to
justice”, said Barbara Dorris, outreach director of the
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).
Florida, Orlando - 1/14/2011
Man accused of sex attacks on missionary
kids in Africa
An Oviedo man with past ties to church missions in Africa was arrested by the FBI on child pornography
charges. The arrest of Samuel Shamba Warlick, 39, comes
three months after the Presbyterian Church (USA)
published a report unrelated to the FBI case accusing
Warlick of sexually abusing children at a housing
facility for missionary families in the Congo in the
late 1980's. The church’s report details inquiries into sexual
abuse claims that occurred on 10 Presbyterian mission fields,
spanning a 40-year period. He faces charges of possessing and
distributing child pornography, and could be sentenced
to 30 years in prison if convicted.
When agents searched his home, Warlick told them he has
possessed child pornography for the past 10 years, and that
he prefers boys who are between 13 and 16 years old. He
also admitted to posing online as a 16-yr-old boy, with the
goal of persuading boys to send him nude photos of themselves.
The nearly 600-page report by the church said that Warlick
had participated in activities or was employed by various
Presbyterian churches in various states. The report also said that
he had ties to a Boy Scout troop in Orlando. The church’s
report details inquiries into sexual abuse claims that occurred
on 10 Presbyterian mission fields, spanning a 40-year period.
The report said Warlick abused children who were sleeping,
and his victims were younger, smaller and less able to resist.
CA, Lodi - 12/13/2010
Former priest Oliver O'Grady arrested for child porn
Convicted pedophile priest Oliver O'Grady, who served at St.
Anne's Catholic Church in the 1970s, was arrested on Friday
on charges of possessing thousands of pictures of child
pornography, according to the Dublin Times newspaper in
Ireland and Catholic canon lawyer Patrick Wall.
O'Grady was arrested at his Dublin hostel just after 7 a.m. Ireland
time, the Times reported. Authorities found child pornography
photos on O'Grady's laptop and a hard drive, the newspaper
O'Grady, 65, was released from custody on bail that amounts to
500 euro, the equivalent of about $750, Wall said on Sunday. He
is next due in court on Friday.
Oliver O'Grady previously served seven years at Mule Creek
State Prison in Ione after pleading guilty to four counts of
sexual abuse with children under 14 in Calaveras County while
he was a priest in San Andreas.
He served at St. Anne's in Lodi from 1971-78 and at parishes in
Stockton, Turlock, Hughson and San Andreas from 1979 until his
arrest in 1993.
O'Grady was paroled from Mule Creek in 2000 and deported to his
A documentary about O'Grady's life, called "Deliver Us From
Evil," was released in 2006. Much of the movie involved
interviews with Bob and Maria Jyono of Lodi, whose daughter was
sexually abused by O'Grady. The film is available on DVD.
Since being deported to Ireland, O'Grady moved to Holland, where
he volunteered at a parish and organized birthday parties at a
McDonald's restaurant there, Wall said. He grew a beard and went
by Brother Francis (Francis is his middle name), Wall added.
Authorities found videos and still photos of child pornography on
his computer, with victims as young as the age of 2, Wall said.
'Grady had applied for Dutch citizenship, but he returned to
Ireland after someone saw him in "Deliver Us From Evil" in
Holland and reported him to police, Wall said.
Southern California - 12/3/2010
Trusted Church Servant Living a Double Life
Per America's Most Wanted:
According to U.S. Marshals, Frederick "Rick" McLean
was a Ministerial Servant in the Jehovah's Witnesses
and was utilizing his position of trust to commit sexual
crimes against young girls, some no more than 5 years old.
He was able to keep his crimes hidden for 25 to 30 years
before finally being "outed" to the general public and
expelled from the religion. Police say his victims were
girls between 5 and 12. They were alerted to McLean's
crimes after an 18-year-old woman reported past
molestations by him to the police in May 2004. When he
found out he was under investigation, he sold everything
and vanished with the cash. He also left a treasure map
of large amounts of cash he had been stashing around
his property, which he would reveal in the event he was
California, San Diego - 10/25/2010
San Diego Diocese Sex Abuse Cases:
Lawyers Release 10,000 Unsealed Documents
After a three-year legal battle, nearly 10,000 pages of
previously sealed Catholic church documents have been
made public and showed that the Diocese of San Diego long
knew about abusive priests, some of whom were shuffled
from parish to parish despite credible complaints against them.
Attorneys for 144 people claiming sex abuse made the papers
public Oct. 24. The records are from the personnel files of
48 priests, who were either credibly accused or convicted of
sexual abuse, or were named in a civil lawsuit. They include a
decades-old case in which a priest under police investigation
was allowed to leave the U.S. after the diocese intervened.
The plaintiffs settled with the diocese in 2007 for nearly $200
million, but the agreement stipulated that an independent judge
would review the priest’s sealed personnel records and determine
what could be made public.
At least one of the priests, Gustavo Benson, is still in active
ministry in Ensenada, Mexico.
The release of records is the biggest so far in a U.S. church case,
said Terry McKierman, founder of the website Bishop Accountability.org Lawyers for plaintiffs have been trying to get similar internal church
documents from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for years, but have
not had success. That diocese settled with more than 500 plaintiffs in 2007 for a record-breaking $660 million in a settlement agreement
that also called for the disclosure of priests files. The only other
release of church files in California came after a 2005 settlement
between plaintiffs and the Diocese of Orange. About 4,000 pages
were made public.
Scotland, Edinburgh - 9/16/2010
Victim's Message to Pope: Our Souls
A group of Americans from SNAP (Survivors
Network of Those Abused by Priests) protested
the Pope's visit by holding up photo posters of
themselves as young children who had been
abused by priests. One photo showed an 8-year-old
girl in her first communion dress with the caption
"Raped at Age 8". This woman, Therese Albrecht,
said she was sexually abused by a priest from the
age of 8 to 11, and also by a nun. Barbara Dorris,
director of the SNAP, said that some of these
children committed suicide as adults. She said
that they want to see a worldwide register of
priests who were "credibly accused predators",
so parents could find out if their children were at
risk. They also want the Pope to hand over internal
church documents about sex abuse accusations to
local police for investigation, and bishops who were
complicit in the "cover-up" of sexual abuse to be
Belgium, Brussels - 9/10/2010
13 Suicides linked to Priest Sex Abuse
- UPDATE of 4/24/2010 article
Hundreds of sex abuse victims have come forward
in Belgium with harrowing accounts of molestation
by Catholic clergy that reportedly led to at least 13
suicides and affected children as young as two, a
special commission said Friday. It appears the church
tried to cover up the abuses, as suggested by: the recent
resignation of Belgian Bishop Roger Vangheluwe due to
admitted sexual abuse, and over 500 witnesses coming
forward with stories of molestation by clergy over the
past decades. The chairman of the commission said most
of the abuse occurred during the 60's and 70's.
Belgium, Brussels - 6/24/10
Belgian Catholic Church Offices Raided
amid Sex Abuse Allegations
Police raided the home and office of the recently
retired archbishop of Belgium, taking documents
and a computer as part of an investigation into the
sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests. Police
and prosecutors would not say if Daneels was
suspected of abuse himself or simply had records
pertaining to allegations against another person.
California, Rancho Bernardo - 5/12/10
Sex Abuse Lawsuit launched against church
A lawsuit was filed Monday against the Rancho Bernardo
Community Presbyterian Church, alleging that 27-year-old
Gregory Starkey sexually abused two teen choir members
while he was employed by the church. The families say that
when their 15-year-old daughters were sexually abused,
instead of addressing the problem, the church looked the other way.
The alleged misconduct dates back to 2004. The suit also alleges
there was a history of other sexual predators at the church before
Starkey, but the church did nothing to train their employees to
prevent victims in the future, and even failed to report the earlier
allegations to the authorities.
Africa, Sierra Leone - 5/9/10
Catholics sent predator priest to remote village
A 40-year-old schoolteacher has charged that the Rev.
James Tully, a Catholic priest, abused him and other boys
repeatedly during his first stint in Sierra Leone, from 1979 to 1985.
While back in the U.S., a seminarian, William Nash, accused
Tully of abusing him, and received an out-of-court settlement,
though Tully did not admit to any wrongdoing. After a conviction
in the U.S. for giving minors alcohol and groping them, the church
sent Tully back to Sierra Leone for a second stint from 1994 to 1998.
Tully’s religious order finally laicized him in Feb. 2009, after Nash
went on a mission to have him defrocked. The schoolteacher said
that if victims of sexual abuse by priests were assured they would
not be punished for telling the truth, "you would see many, many,
many people coming forward."
Canada, Ottawa - 4/29/2010
Ottawa Pedophile Arrest: The
Church of England
A choirmaster in the Anglican Church of
Canada has been re-arrested in Kingston,
Ontario for allegedly assaulting a boy between
1980 and 1982. John Galienne, 65, of Ottawa
had previously pleaded guilty in 1990 to 20
sex crimes against 13 choirboys form the church.
Two of his victims later committed suicide.
He served 4 years in prison. He had been banned
from serving in a leadership position in the church,
but was eventually allowed to participate in the
church music program under a "tightened leash".
Brazil - 4/29/10
Brazilian Priest on Pedophilia Charge
Brazilian authorities overnight charged a 74-year old
Catholic priest with pedophilia after eight
children in his church choir accused him of sexual
abuse. Father Jose Afonso De is being prosecuted
for allegedly assaulting children aged 12 to 16.
He has denied the allegations but has been suspended
by his diocese. The choir children said the priest
invited them into his home on the pretext of Bible
studies, but once inside he forced them to kiss him
on the mouth and touch his genitals.
Belgium, Brussels - 4/24/10
Belgian Bishop, 73, Admits Molesting
Young Boy Decades Ago, Resigns Post
Belgium's longest serving bishop, Roger
Vangheluwe, 73, resigned after admitting
he sexually abused a young boy both as a
priest and after becoming a bishop in 1984.
His resignation stands out because, while
several bishops have resigned amid the abuse
scandal, they did so under the weight of
accusations that they shielded pedophiles in
their roles, not because they themselves
Vatican City - 4/23/10
Irish, German Bishops Jobs on Line in
Heads are starting to roll in the Catholic Church's
sex abuse scandal. Bishop James Moriarty of Kildare,
Ireland is the third Irish bishop to step down since
December. Two more Irish bishops have offered to
resign, and the pope is expected to agree. There are
also mounting calls for the country's top prelate,
Cardinal Sean Brady, to leave because of his handling
of the case of a notorious child rapist.
The German prelate, Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg,
was accused of hitting children decades ago when he
was a priest, as well as financial irregularities at a
Catholic orphanage where he served. The most
prominent resignation to date in the U.S. was that of
Cardinal Bernard Law as Boston archbishop, who stepped
down after the U.S. scandal exploded in 2002.
California, Oakland - 4/10/10
Future pope wouldn’t defrock molester priest
Newly public documents appear to show that the
Vatican office headed by then-Cardinal Joseph
Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict, did not act on requests
by the Oakland Diocese to defrock a priest, Rev.
Stephen Kiesle, who had already been sentenced to
probation (in 1978) for tying up and molesting young boys.
A letter from then-Cardinal Ratzinger expressed his
concern about provoking "some scandal among the
faithful". Kiesle was 38 at the time. He remained a
priest until 1987. Kiesle, now 63 and a registered
sex offender, lives in a Walnut Creek gated community,
according to his address listed on the Megan’s Law
Mexico City, Mexico - 3/28/10
Catholic Order Repudiates its Pedophile Founder
The Legion of Christ, a Catholic religious order whose
late founder, Marcial Maciel, was revealed to have
molested many young seminarians, formally apologized
to his victims Friday. After years of defending him, the
Legion fully repudiated Maciel, who died in 2008 at age
87. Maciel had a close relationship with the late Pope
John Paul II, who praised the Legion of Christ for its
orthodox doctrine. The Legion raised millions of dollars
and built schools across Latin America. In 1997, nine
former Legion seminarians went public about the abuse,
and in 1998 filed a formal accusation with the Vatican
entity investigating such charges. The entity was headed by
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict.
Before taking action against Maciel in 2006, Ratzinger
tabled the accusations against him for years, Maciel’s
Vatican City - 3/26/10
Pope Defended in Wisconsin Sex Abuse Case
The Vatican yesterday strongly defended its
decision not to defrock an American priest accused
of molesting some 200 deaf boys in Wisconsin and
denounced what it called a campaign to smear Pope
Benedict XVI and his aides. Church and Vatican
documents showed that in the mid-1990's, two
Wisconsin bishops urged the Vatican office led by
then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger- now the Pope - to
let them hold a church trial against the Rev. Lawrence
Murphy. The bishop admitted that the trial was
coming years after the alleged abuse, but argued
that deaf community in Milwaukee was damanding
justice from the church.
Germany, Berlin - 3/13/10
Pope’s Former Diocese Involved
A widening child sexual abuse inquiry in Europe
has landed at the doorstep of Pope Benedict XVI,
as a senior church official acknowledged yesterday
that a German archdiocese made "serious mistakes"
in handing an abuse case wile the pope served as
its archbishop. The archdiocese said that a priest
accused of molesting boys was given therapy in 1980
and later allowed to resume pastoral duties, after which
he committed further abuses and was prosecuted. Pope Benedict, who at the time headed the Archdiocese
of Munich and Freising, approved the priest's transfer
for therapy. A subordinate took full responsibility
for allowing the priest to later resume pastoral work,
the archdiocese said in a statement. In the Munich
case, a priest from Essen, "despite allegations of
sexual abuse, and in spite of a conviction - was
repeatedly assigned work in the sphere of pastoral
care by the then-Vicar-General Gerhard Gruber,"
who worked under Benedict when he was the
archbishop from 1977 to 1982.
Connecticut, Norwalk - 1/7/2010
Minister Arrested for Rape
In November Rev. Phillip Joubert, pastor of Community
Baptist Church in Bayside, was arrested on charges
of raping a 13-yr.-old relative, possibly his daughter.
Joubert has pleaded not guilty. On New Year’s Eve,
charges of assault were added in Norwalk, CT, where
the Reverend maintains another residence and pastors
another church; it is claimed he punched a young girl
several times. It is not yet known whether this girl is
the same one he is charged with raping.
Ireland, Dublin - 11/27/09
Probe links church and child abuse
Roman Catholic Church leaders in Dublin spent
decades sheltering child-abusing priests from the law
and most fellow clerics turned a blind eye, an
investigation ordered by Ireland's government
concluded yesterday. Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid
Martin, who handed over more than 60,000 previously
secret church files to the 3-year investigation, said he
felt deep shame and sorrow for how previous archbishops
presided over endemic child abuse - yet claimed afterward
not to understand the gravity of their sins. Yesterday's
720-page report focused on why church leaders in the
Dublin Archdiocese - home to a quarter of Ireland's
4 million Catholics - did not tell police about a single
abuse complaint against priests until 1995. By then, the
investigators found, successive archbishops and their
senior deputies–among them qualified lawyers–had
compiled confidential files on more than 100 parish
priests who had sexually abused children since 1940.
Those files had remained locked in the Dublin archbishop’s
Arkansas, Texarkana - 7/25/2009
Preacher guilty for taking minors across lines for sex
Tony Alamo, 74, a one-time street preacher who built
a multi-million-dollar ministry and became an outfitter
of the stars, was convicted of taking girls as young as 9
across state lines for sex. His five victims, now age 17 to 33,
were in court and told jurors that Alamo "married" them in
private ceremonies while they were minors. Prosecutors said
Alamo could face a total of 175 years in prison over violating
the nearly century-old Mann Act, a morality law once aimed
at stopping women from being sold into prostitution.
Roanoke, VA 7/7/2009 – Update of 5/2009 article
Former church Pastor sentenced on sex charges
Former assistant church pastor, Daniel Silverman, pleaded no contest to sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl. A Roanoke circuit court Judge, James Swanson, has given Silverman a sentence of 18 months in prison for the abuse of the girl.
MASS., Salem, Aug 2001 – Update of 6/22/2000 article
Christopher Reardon, 29, a former church worker, YMCA instructor, and scout leader, who raped and molested boys,
pleaded guilty to 75 counts, including rape, indecent assault
and battery on a child, and disseminating pornography. He
has been sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in prison.
Irish clergy routinely abused
kids in state care
Thousands of children were physically and sexually abused by priests and nuns at orphanages and reform schools in Ireland from 1930 to 1990. A nine-year investigation took place which produced a 2,600 page report showing the terrible trend of sex abuse, rape, and frequent assaults to make kids feel worthless. For decades, Ireland educated tens of thousands of orphans and other children ages 5 to 16. These children came from all walks of life, including some with disabilities, others born to unwed mothers, or some with history in petty crimes and truancy. This was a government project that was run by the Roman Catholic church in the Dublin area. The worst part, aside from the abuse is the fact that the "commission said documents found at the Vatican showed that religious orders knew of the numerous abuse complaints but covered them up."
Former church leaders plead in sex crimes
Two men who held leadership positions in the same Heritage Baptist church are facing time in prison . Dean Harold Stone, a former deacon at the church, pleaded guilty in Franklin County Circuit Court to 12 sex crimes. Stone, 45, admitted to molesting three girls between 2006 and 2008. Two of the girls were 13 or younger, and the third was between the age of 14 and 16. Stone pleaded guilty to three counts of animate object penetration and nine counts of aggravated sexual battery. Stone faces up to 20 years in prison. The second man, Daniel Silverman, was the former pastor at Heritage Baptist church. Silverman, 43, pleaded no contest to touching a 12-year-old girl, sometime between July and August. He is awaiting trial.
Sunday school teacher faces Murder, Rape charges
Melissa Huckaby, 28, is the granddaughter of Clifford Lane Lawless; a pastor at Clover road Baptist Church in Tracy City. Huckaby has been living with her grandparents and working in the church as a Sunday school teacher. Huckaby, since getting divorced, has been bouncing back and forth from Orange County to the small city of Tracy. Tracy city is home to 78,000 people and 60 miles east of San Francisco. Huckaby is the main suspect in a brutal murder, rape case involving a Sandra Cantu, who was an 8-year-old neighbor girl. Sandra disappeared March 27, 09 and was found April 6, 09 in a suitcase which is confirmed to be Huckaby's. Her prior involvement with the law was back in 2006 for a property theft conviction, for which she spent time in the Los Angeles county jail. Melissa Huckaby was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and killing Sandra Cantu. She is the only suspect and faces a total charge of murder, rape with a foreign object, lewd or lascivious conduct with a child younger than 14, and murder in the course of kidnapping. She is being held at San Joaquin County Jail without bail.
Ex-Mobile Pastor Marshall Seymour pleads guilty in Florida molestation case
Marshall Seymour, a youth Pastor at Parkway Assembly of God church in Mobile, is facing up to 65 years in prison. This isn't the first time Seymour has found himself facing child molestation charges. Seymour is being charged with five felony charges that were brought against him in a Florida child molestation case, which involved a Baptist church in Lakeland. Seymour is being accused of molesting a boy back in 2002, at Rain High School. The boy claims that Seymour molested him nine times. A Biloxi pastor has come forward with claims that Seymour quit his job as a youth minister in Biloxi after being caught giving a teenage boy a massage. Seymour had been engaged with the boy sexually in the church parking lot and at the ministers home. These are only a few cases against Marshall Seymour.
Idaho,Bannock County 2/21/2008
Boy scout leader and Mormon youth group leader accused of abusing a boy in Idaho and Oregon.
This suit was filed in Malheur County. The boy scouts of America and the Mormon church are being sued for $ 5 million. The charges are being brought forth against Larren Arnold, who is a boy scout leader and Mormon youth group leader. He is accused of abusing a boy in Idaho and Oregon between 1967 & 1970. Arnold was convicted in Bannock County, Idaho in 1985 of felony child abuse, which is not related to the current charges. There are at least six more, who are seeking $28 million. A group of brothers have come forth and are targeting the Mormon church as well.
CA, San Diego - 4/15/2005 Convicted child molestor challenges prison's child-visitation rule - Update of 10/1/2002 article
A former Solana Beach pastor serving 29 years in prison for child molestation is challenging a state prison rule that he alleges prevents his daughter and granddaughter from visiting him.
A lawsuit filed April 1 on behalf of Michael Loren Skoor asks a Superior Court judge either to declare that a California Department of Corrections regulation does not apply to Skoor or that the regulation is unconstitutional and void.
Skoor pleaded guilty in August 2002 to 20 charges of committing lewd acts on a child under the age of 14 and four counts of attempted lewd acts. The charges involved an 11-year-old boy who was molested during counseling sessions with Skoor, and attempts by Skoor to molest the boy's younger brother.
Skoor, 55 at the time and the former pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Solana Beach, was sentenced in October 2002 to 29 years in prison.
The lawsuit alleges that since a new prison regulation took effect on March 20, 2003, Skoor has been prohibited from having any visits with his daughter and granddaughter.
The regulation in dispute prohibits inmates who have been convicted of specified crimes, including child molestation, from having visits from any children.
The regulation provides an exception, however, based on sections of state law that allow child victims to visit an adult in prison who committed a crime against them if the child victims or their guardians request it.
State law requires judges to order that adults sentenced to prison for child molestation and other specified crimes have no contact with their child victims unless the victims or their guardians object to that and ask for a hearing on the issue.
Skoor's lawsuit alleges that the regulation preventing him from having visits with his family members is invalid and unenforceable "because it prohibits non-victim children from visiting with their parents or other family members, while allowing the actual children who were the victims of certain inmates to visit with those who victimized them."
California, Pt. Loma - 3/11/2005
Ex-Pt. Loma Pastor in child porn case
is given probation
Rev. Gary Holtey, 59, former pastor of St. Charles
Borromeo Catholic Church and Academy, was granted
probation yesterday after pleading guilty in February
to 10 misdemeanor counts of possession of child
pornography. One of the conditions of his probation
requires that he complete a year-long offender program.
He went on leave from St. Charles shortly after federal
agents and San Diego police raided his parish office
May 6. A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese
of San Diego said Holtey has been permanently removed
from the ministry. Holtey is one of more than 100 people
in San Diego and Imperial counties linked to child-porn
sites through credit card transactions in an international
investigation. Another condition of his probation required
him to register as a sex offender wherever he lives.
Sex abuse by priests found to be rampant
The sex-abuse crisis that engulfed the Roman CatholicChurch during the past 12 months has spread to nearly every American diocese and involves more than 1,200 priests. These priests are known to have abused more than 4,000 minors over the past six decades. According to the extensive New York Times survey, it counted 4,268 people who claim publicly or in lawsuits to have been abused by priests. Every region was seriously affected with, 206 accused priest's in the West, 246 inthe South, 335 in the Midwest and 434 in the Northeast. ( Some priests were counted more than once if they abused in more than one region.) The survey also showed that 1.8 percent of all priests ordained from 1950 to 2001 had been accused of abuse, Research indicates that the extent of the problem remains hidden.
CA, Solana Beach - 10/1/2002 Former Pastor Convicted of Child Molestation - Update of 6/16/2001 Article
A former Solana Beach Lutheran church pastor who molested an 11-year-old boy during counseling and tried to molest the child's younger brother was sentenced to 29 years in prison.
After an emotional, four-hour hearing, Superior Court Judge Kenneth So sentenced Michael Skoor, after saying his actions amounted to a "significant betrayal of trust”. “What happened was not an isolated incident. It was not spur of the moment," So said. In many instances, Skoor's actions were premeditated, the judge said.
On Aug. 12, the former Boy Scout troop leader and police officer pleaded guilty to 20 counts of committing a lewd act on a child under 14 and four counts of attempted lewd acts.
The ex-senior pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church could have faced well over 100 years to life in prison if he had gone to trial and lost, prosecutor Jill Schall said.
The plea bargain saved the boys -- now 10 and 13 -- from having to testify against their former mentor, who had been at the church for 12 years.
Skoor helped the older boy with counseling when his parents divorced.
The defendant admitted molesting "Peter" repeatedly between October 2000 and April 2001 in his home, a church office, the boy's bedroom, in Skoor's car and on a camping trip.
Defense attorney William Nimmo said the minimum sentence was "monstrous," considering all the good Skoor had done during his lifetime.
"He's not a predator," Nimmo said. "He was a pastor who fell by the wayside. Twenty years is a monstrous sentence for this man."
Massachusetts, Boston - 5/19/2002
Priest depicted as protector was a predator
The Rev. Paul R. Shanley made his reputation as a
Boston "street priest" in the 1960's and 70's, a crusader
for runaways and drifters, drug addicts, and teenagers
struggling with questions about their sexual identity.
Shanley didn't just have sex with children; he publicly
endorsed the concept. Over the years he had been accused
of numerous sexual allegations, and church officials, aware
of this, rather than report him to police or defrock him, reassigned
him to various dioceses. In May 2002, Shanley was arrested
in San Diego, where he had been living, and returned to
Massachusetts to face 10 counts of child rape and six counts
of indecent assault and battery. He was removed as a priest
by Pope John Paul II and served jail time. More than 40 alleged
victims have now claimed abuse.
In 2005 he was found guilty of the aforementioned charges
and sentenced to 12-15 years in jail.
California, Imperial County - 3/3/2002
Calipatria church told of alleged priest abuse
Parishioners of St. Patrick's Catholic Church were
told that a deceased priest molested several minors
during his 27-year tenure. In a letter distributed during
services, San Diego Bishop Robert Brom, said his
investigation found that the Rev. Robert S. Koerner
"sexually abused children throughout the years of
his pastorate at St. Patrick's, from 1963 to 1990".
An associate pastor molesting a young girl and possibly fathering her child
An associate pastor is behind bars, accused of molesting a young girl and possibly fathering her child. Police say that Rev. Lyndon Howell, who served at the CommunityMissionary Baptist Church, befriended the victim's family when she was 11 years old. For the next four years, police believe that howell had sex with her. He faces several charges and is being held without bond at the County Jail.
California-Solana Beach- 6/16/2001
Ex-pastor in Solana Beach suspected of molesting 2 boys
Micheal Skoor, 54, formerly the senior pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church is suspected of molesting a 12-year-old boy he was counseling over the course of several months. He also is suspected of molesting the boys 9-year-old brother.
California - Los Angeles - 3/15/2001 Volunteer church youth choir assistant charged with 9 felony counts child molestation.
Ray Love 35, has been charged with 9 felony counts of child molestation. Love molested 3 children he met while volunteering as a church youth choir assistant. Love has been a registered sex offender since 1998. He was convicted for having child porn. In addition to his volunteering with the church, he was a band leader, hockey coach, and involved in working with youth in the L.A. area. Love targeted boys around 12 through 16. He would gain there trust, and have them over to his house. Times
California - Oakland - 2/15/2001 Church deacon gives Bible class student pain medicine, then molests
Jeffrey Todd Fines 39, was a deacon atEAST OAKLANDCHURCH. He was charged with molesting a 15 – year – old Bible class student. Investigators suspect additional victims. Fines gave the boy a prescription pain medication that made him groggy. Fines then touched the boy and had the boy fondle him. Connecticut Post
Scripps Ranch pastor denies charges
of molesting boy
Richard Elliott, 31, a music pastor and associate pastor at Community Bible church in Scripps Ranch, is charged with molesting a boy. Elliott has been charged with molesting a boy on three different occasions. Elliott has pleaded guilty to three counts of molesting a child under the age of 14 and faces a 12-year prison sentence.
Catholic youth worker, summer camp counselor and boy scout volunteer charged with raping 3 boys
Christopher Reardon, 28, served as a Catholic youthworker, summer camp counselor and boy scout volunteer. Reardon was originally charged with raping 3 boy’s, but after authorities looked into his computer they found a list of 250 boys. They found additional tapes and a hidden camera in the church where Reardon was a youth coordinator. CNN
A minister molested third graders at his church school
A minister who molested third – graders at his church school couldn't promise that he wouldn't molest again. He received 7 years in prison, and 10 years of probation. David Joe Rich, 55, was the former pastor of Springs CommunityBaptist Church. Rich had also plead guilty to molesting 2 girls and trying to molest a third during the 1995 – 96 school year. He fondled the girls, ages 8 and 9 at his desk while other students were in the classroom. A/P
Louisiana,Baton Rouge 10/28/1999
Rev. Alfred Prellop, 61, was arrested after allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover sheriff deputy
Rev. Alfred Prellop, 61, was arrested after allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover sheriff deputy. Prellop was a minister at Trinity Lutheran Church for 28 years.
Texas - Johnson City - 10/27/1999 Two, a monk and a spiritual leader, charged with indecency with children.
Jonathan I. Hitt 38, known as Fr. Jeremiah, was convicted on 8 counts of indecency with a child. Hitt was a monk in east Texas. CHRIST OF THE HILLS MONASTERY. Sam A. Greene Jr., a spiritual leader at the monastery has also been charged with indecency with a child. Hitt faces up to 20 years in prison, and a fine of $10,000 Greene has yet to go to trial. A/P
Florida - Tampa - 10/23/1999 Pastor’s daughter turns him in to authorities after finding sex tape showing child being molested.
Lawrence Kilbourn, 43, was arrested four days after resigning from a pastors position at FOREST HILLS UNITEDMETHODIST CHURCH. Kilbourn had resigned due to a "sexual addiction". Kilbourns 17 – year – old daughter turned her father into authorities, after finding a sex tape. The tape was homemade and showed a child being molested. More than 200 videotapes and 15,000 computer files were seized from Kilbourns church owned home. A/P
New Jersey - Bergen - 8/14/1999
Salvation Army minister required to register as a sex offender
Philip Bently 33, was convicted by a jury on counts of child endangerment, criminal sexual contact and lewdness for masturbating in front of 3 young boys. Bently was a minister forthe Salvation Army. He spent 180 days in county jail, got 5 years probation and is required to register as a sex offender. Bergen Record
Missouri, Kansas City 10/28/1998
Rev. Gregory Robertson, 40, has been charged with rape and other sexual offenses involving 3 teenage girls.
Rev. Gregory Robertson, 40, has been charged with rape and other sexual offenses involving 3 teenage girls. He was participating in a school program to counsel troubled youth. Robertson had convinced parents to allow there children to move into his home temporarily to "give them guidance" he said. Robertson has pleaded innocent to charges of, statutory rape, 2 counts of statutory sodomy, attempted statutory sodomy and 4 counts of sexual misconduct. A/P
Six Year Term Given in Child Molestation
Richard T. Quinn, 25, was the roommate and friend of Mark E. Davis, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Both men were found guilty for molesting children they had been baby sitting. Quinn was found guilty and is serving a 6 year prison term. Quinn and Davis were baby sitters for their local Baptist Church in Fallbrook.
Mark Ethan Davis, 30, a baby sitter at a local Baptist Church has been arrested and charged with 17 counts of child molestation. The victims two boys and three girls range in age from 2 to 12. If convicted on all 17 counts Davis will face a 136 year prison sentence.
Utah-Salt Lake City -11/26/1996
Mormon spokesman guilty of molesting girl
Lloyed Gerald Pond, 51, a spokesman for the MormonChurch has pleaded guilty to molesting a 14-year-old girl. Pond is facing up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Pond has been charged with two counts of forcible sodomy.
Mormon Sex Scandals
The Mormon Church in Salt Lake City, Utah has again covered up for there own. A lawsuit of $750 million has been brought forth against the Mormon church leaders. James Adams had told at least three leaders in 1989 that he abused his daughter, then 4 and son, then 8. The Mormon church did not contact authorities, which led to 5 more years of frequent and sadistic abuse. If the authorities had been contacted, these children could have spared five years of abuse. Adams continued to abuse children until police found a 55-minute video made of his molestations. Adams pleaded guilty to 37 counts of child sexual abuse and was sentenced to 75 years in prison.
Florida-Miami 2/5/1996 WAYSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH was hit with a $4.2 million judgment for negligence in hiring a youth minister who sexually molested nearly a dozen teenage boys.
WAYSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH was hit with a $4.2 million judgment for negligence in hiring a youth minister who sexually molested nearly a dozen teenage boys. Keith Geren, 32, confessed in 1989 to molesting about 10 boys at the church, pled guilty to 8 counts of lewd assault and 1 count of sexual battery and is serving a 15 – year sentence in state prison. Only one of the victims would bring charges against Geren and also go after Wayside church and pastor. Daniel Artis is suing for negligently hiring and supervising Geren, since Geren admitted to urges of molesting boys to another Baptist church youth minister before being hired by Wayside. Before hiring Geren, there was no formal application process, no background check and no reference checks. Geren would have sleep-overs, where he would abuse several of the youth.
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