Hundreds of thousands of Christian priests, pastors, ministers, lay people, school teachers, politicians, movie and music stars, etc have been busted for raping kids. Most of these scumbags are lucky if they do one fucking day in jail.
I have shared reports where these fucking shitstains on the underwear of humanity have gotten as little as six fucking months for raping a child. Some of these fucking scumbags have raped dozens, and even hundreds of children.
They have raped deaf/mute children, down’s syndrome children, infants as young as six months. And? No one is able to stop these fuckers.
They are protected by their leaders and pew polishers of their cult churches of pedophilia. The parents offer up their children on the altar of rape by these Christian scumbags and then slam their child when they get raped.
It is time, far past time, to stop this shit. The only way to do so is to start getting fucking serious and start fucking executing all of these Christian pedophiles. Execute them in fucking gruesome, brutal ways and maybe they will get the hint and stop raping kids?
One of my favorite ideas for putting these fuckers to death is the good old Rat Torture. We strip these fuckers and bind them to a table. We put a fucking rat on their crotch, a cage over the rat and a bowl of coals on top of the cage, just like the Roman Catholic and Protestant torturers used to do to others during their Inquisitions. And we let the rat eat their junk.
Should these scumbags survive this? Then the next step would be to put these mother fucking child rapist pigs in the Judas Chair. How appropriate for these Judases. And all their Pedophile Pimp Leaders, no matter what the denomination? All deserve the Judas Chair Treatment.
It is time to hunt down each and every one of these Christian pedophiles, drag them out of their fucking places they are hiding at, and fucking execute them in public. No more kid gloves with these fuckers.
Since 1950 alone? To the present? Over one hundred thousand Christian priests and pastors have been busted for pedophile crimes. Some of these diseased scum have victim counts in the hundreds. Some have raped infants as young as six months.
Even with this being fully exposed? These disgusting Christians? Just will NOT STOP raping kids. And? If they do get caught? They might get lucky to face charges if they do not hide behind the statutes of limitations. But? Typically? If they do get any prison time? It is barely a slap on the wrist.
And these? Are just the Christian priests and pastors being busted for pedophile crimes. This does not include all the Christian school teachers, gym coaches, politicians, police officers, etc who also been busted for raping children. Even Christian parents have been busted for raping their own children.
This is so rampant in the Christian religion, and despite all the warnings, all the exposure, all the crap that has been reported about this?
Each and every day? We have new reports, not historical ones of 20 years or more ago, of these degenerate, disgusting pedo priests and pastors are being busted and exposed each day. We cannot go one week without reporting on at least a dozen new cases of these perverted Christians raping kids.
Time to put to death Christian pedophiles
If you go around as a group and rape kids and then? Get practically no punishment? Then there is absolutely no incentive to stop your actions of your group. If your group has been exposed for protecting child rapists and scumbag child porn producers? And attacking the victims? Then we know? YOU do not care, as a group, the harm that your scumbag pedophiles are doing to children and it will always be business as usual.
So? We truly have to incentivize these scumbag shitstains on the underwear of humanity Christians.
If they can demand brutal death penalty punishments for lgbts, or we atheists? Then we? Should be able to demand a brutal, death penalty punishment for all their disgusting pedophiles and pedophile pimps.
So? I am taking the twisted troglodyte Matthew McLaughlin’s Sodomite Suppression Act ballot initiative he filed in California where he wanted Christians to have the right to walk up to anyone they deemed as lgbt and pull out a gun and blow their heads off or kill them by any means convienent to save us all from the wrath of their sky daddy.
The Christian Pedophile Suppression Act
Children are our most precious of all humans. They are innocent. They cannot protect themselves from adults and the harm adults do to them. This is why Children must be especially protected against harm caused to them by adults. Especially? Those Christian adults.
Far too many Christian priests and pastors and others? Have proven? They cannot be trusted around our children. Far too many of these Christian priests and pastors have raped children, some with victim counts in the hundreds. This has gone on far too long.
Far too many leaders of these Christian denominations have been proven that they will protect their pedophiles, to protect the reputation of their churches, over the protection of the children their pedophiles rape and torture.
Far too many Christians in the pulpits? Seem to willingly sacrifice their children on the altar of pedophile rape in these churches. They also love to stand up and defend their cults of pedophiles, just like we have constantly seen in the Roman Catholic Church. They defend and protect their Pedophile Pimp leaders and sing praises of how these are actually? Holy men of god and we have no right to call them out, demand they be defrocked, be ex-communicated, be arrested and prosecuted for their crimes of being scum who protected their pedophiles.
Far too many Christians? Do not give a damn about the victims and survivors of their pedophile priests and pastors. They do not care that thousands of victims have committed suicide, due to what happened to them and their coming under viscious, vile attacks by Christians when they do speak out about what happened to them. I know. I have faced this many times. I have had Roman Catholics tell me? I deserve to be raped again, or that I deserve to be beaten to death for “lying” about their church. I have had Bob Jones University pedophile defenders vilely attack me for defending and helping their pedo victims. I have had Southern Baptist punks threatening me, for exposing their Southern Baptist pedophile pukes.
Far too many victims and survivors? Go through this on a daily basis by Christians attacking them? For their having the courage and guts to speak about the horrors and evil perpetrated upon them by the Christian priest or pastor who raped them and their pew polishing congregants standing up and defending their pedophile scum over the victim of that pedophile scum.
Time for a Christian Pedophile Suppression Act
Children should in fact? Be protected above all others. Children cannot fight back against an adult raping them. Especially a Christian pedophile cause they are now at two levels, they had to fight off their pedophile and the sick and twisted theolgical shit that Christian pedophile uses to control their victims.
NO Christian should receive a slap on the wrist for raping a child. No Christian should receive a slap on the wrist or no punishment for their protecting their pedophiles.
ALL CHRISTIAN PEDOPHILES EXPOSED? ALL CHRISTIAN PEDOPHILE PIMPS EXPOSED? DESERVE A DEATH PENALTY PUNISHMENT. OF THE WORST POSSIBLE KIND
IF A CHRISTIAN PRIEST OR PASTOR IS EXPOSED AS BEING A DISGUSTING PEDOPHILE? IF A CHRISTIAN LEADER IS EXPOSED FOR BEING A PEDOPHILE PIMP? THEY SHOULD BE PUT TO DEATH IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER, USING THE CHRISTIAN TORTURE TOOLS OF THEIR INQUISITIONAL PERIOD.
First up? The Rat Torture
We strip these motherfuckers. We bind them to a table. We place a starving rat on their junk, we place a cage over the rat and a bowl of hot coals on top of the cage. Then? We let the rat eat their junk. The very instrument they raped a child with? Should be torn off of them.
Next up? The Judas Chair
What could be more appropriate? The Judas Chair. Covered in spikes designed to penetrate the skin, but close over the wound so the pedophile does not bleed out while they are in the chair. We leave them in it for a while to think of how much a bunch of Judas’s they were to the innocent children they raped and brutalized. Then? We do how Christians used to do it, place a large bucket of coal under the seat. As it heats up? The Christian pedophile attempts to escape it, ripping off huge chunks of their vile flesh as they do. I mean if this was good enough for Christians to do to those they tortured during their Inquisitions? It is good enough to use on their Christian pedophiles.
Drawing and Quartering
We then? Draw and quarter these Christian pedophile scumbags and their Christian pedophile pimp scumbags. We then? Put their damn heads on pikes before their churches with the following warnings.
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO ANY CHRISTIAN PRIEST, PASTOR WHO RAPES A CHILD OR ANY LEADER WHO PROTECTS ONE OF THEIR PEDOPHILES.
These Christian pedophiles and their Christian pedophile pimps? Gave no mercy to their victims. They even denied a whole lot of them? Justice. And far too many of them? Have gotten away with their Crimes Against Humanity and their Crimes Against the Children of the World.
And again? Far too many of their victims? Have committed suicide and? These scumbags should be charged with First Degree Murder for their victims who committed suicide.
These Christian pedophiles and their Pedophile Pimps? All deserve to be put to brutal deaths. They have harmed far too many children in the last 70 years alone. MILLIONS of children. And? They truly refuse to stop. Or do any true and contructive ways of making it stop. They also continue to fight against any changes to statutes of limitations that allow victims and survivors to receive justice. They hide their Pedophile Pimp leaders behind sovereign immunity laws to get away with their crimes.
TIME FOR ALL THIS TO TRULY STOP.
Children deserve to be protected AT ALL COSTS. A Christian priest or pastor? Should NEVER be allowed to get away with their crimes against children and suffer the ultimate penalty if they do.
There should ne NO statutes of limitations against child rape or child abuse. There should be NO sovereign immunity laws for these pedophile pimp leaders to hide behind. This is pure evil and wrong.
So? It is far past time? To demand brutal, death penalty punishments for Christian pedophiles and their pedophile pimps. Maybe if we do so? If we put a few thousand of their disgusting, degenerate pedophiles and pedophile pimps to brutal deaths? Then? They will get the hint to stop raping our children. Cause they sure seemed to have not learned any other way.
This is a long report of 13 pages. I am going to take some sections of it to post, but if you wish to read the whole report? Please download it.
Abstract: Utilizing data from 326 cases of alleged child sexual abuse that occurred at or through activities provided by Protestant Christian congregations, this study examines demographic and contextual characteristics of alleged child sexual abuse that took place within the most prevalent religious environment in the United States. Research questions are addressed in this study. First, what type of child sexual abuse most commonly occurs at or through activities provided by Protestant Christian congregations? Second, where do such offenses physically take place? Third, who are the offenders and what role(s) do they assume in the congregations? We find that the overwhelming majority of offenses were contact offenses that occurred on church premises or at the offender’s home, and that most offenders were white male pastors or youth ministers who were approximately 40 years in age. We conclude with policy implications and recommendations for future research.
Specifically, three faith-based insurance companies that provide coverage for 165,500 churches—mostly Protestant Christian churches and 5500 other religious-oriented organizations—reported 7095 claims of alleged sexual abuse by clergy, church staff, congregation members, or volunteers between 1987 and 2007 (Seattle Post-Intelligencer 2007). This is an average of 260 claims of alleged sexual abuse per year, which resulted in $87.8 million in total claims being paid (Seattle Post-Intelligencer 2007). Although information on the extent and context of abuse is preliminary and limited, these previous statistics suggest to us the need for systematic research on child sexual abuse within US Protestant congregations. This study will provide a more comprehensive understanding of alleged child sexual abuse that occurs with Protestant Christian congregations, while also serving as a strong foundation for future research on this understudied topic.
The overwhelming majority of studies that have been published on this topic have focused on either individual cases of abuse, how to stop abuse from occurring, how to recover from such instances of sexual abuse, or some combination of those (see Capps 1993; Flynn 2003; Horst 2000;Muse 1992; Poling 1999).
Even though the above issues are crucial for study, there is even less information about what offenses occur at a national level, where they physically take place, and who offends. This information is especially crucial when considering Capps’ (1993) three key reasons why religious leaders have the strong potential to engage in sexual abuse. These reasons are the (1) power of access throughout the church and victim accessibility; (2) power from not being under the surveillance of others; and (3) power over congregants by being privy to personal knowledge (e.g., marital issues and addictions).
Garland and Argueta (2010) later identified factors that may be related to sexual abuse committed by religious leaders. These factors are (1) family members, friends, and victims ignored warning signs; (2) the niceness culture (i.e., discounting sexual flirting for being friendly); (3) ease of private communication; (4) no oversight; (5) multiple roles (e.g., pastor, marital counselor, etc.); and (6) inherent trust in the sanctuary.
With the lack of specific research on sexual abuse within these environments, it is pertinent to briefly examine the sexual misconduct literature within these environments for contextual purposes.
1.1.1. Clergy Offender Characteristics
One universal trait that has been found in prior studies pertaining to both sexual misconduct and abuse is that the overwhelming majority of known offenders are male (Francis and Baldo 1998; Friberg and Laaser 1998; Garland and Argueta 2010; Thoburn and Whitman 2004). This characteristic should not come as a surprise since most Christian denominations (88%) only allow males to assume leadership positions within the church (Cooperative Congregations Studies Partnership 2010).
A second key characteristic found regarding clergy that do engage in sexual abuse is that only a small percentage are believed to have some form of paraphilia, which is an extreme fixation on a certain individual, object, or situation that results in intense sexual arousal (American Psychiatric Association 2013). Specifically, 2% are believed to be potentially diagnosable as a pedophile (i.e., sexual focus on prepubescent children), while 4% could be diagnosable as an ephebophile (i.e., sexual fixation on those between the ages of 15 and 19 years of age) (Sipe 1990, 1995).
Other psychological issues that have been attributed to priests that have been known to engage in child sexual abuse include addiction, depression, and even cognitive dysfunction (Blanchard 1991; Plante and Aldridge 2005).
A third key characteristic found regarding clergy who have reported to have engaged in sexual misconduct have had higher-than-normal levels of narcissism when using Raskin and Hall’s (1979) Narcissistic Personality Inventory (see Brock and Lukens 1989; Francis and Baldo 1998; Hands 1992; Muse 1992; Muse and Chase 1993; Seat et al. 1993). Narcissism is seen as a key trait that can amplify instances of sexual abuse for individuals in positions of power.
1.1.3. Offense Locations
For instances of sexual misconduct and abuse that occurred within Protestant Christian churches, Chaves and Garland (2009) found that most (92%) sexual misconduct occurred in a private setting. Garland and Argueta (2010) found that most sexual misconduct/abuse occurred inside the offender’s church office while conducting a counselling session. Since Protestant Christian clergy generally live off the church campus, this may restrict their attempts to commit sexual abuse due to less absolute privacy (Bohm et al. 2014; Fegert et al. 2011).
Despite research that has examined sexual misconduct and abuse within religious settings, there still exists a need for research pertaining to offenses that occur at or through activities provided by Protestant Christian churches. Such information is crucial with an estimated 314,000 churches in the US, with a substantial portion of that population being occupied by the ages with the highest known sexual victimization rates (Grammich et al. 2012; Pew Research Center 2007). Any environment that may be conducive for instances of sexual abuse is essential to study because of long-lasting side effects, such as depression, increased substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts/attempts/completions (see Beitchman et al. 1992; Dube et al. 2005; Najdowski and Ullman 2009; Rossow and Lauritzen 2001; Simpson and Miller 2002). As such, the expansion of research into specific and contextual information regarding child sexual abuse that occur at or through activities provided by Protestant Christian churches is imperative.
1.2. Clergy Sexual Misconduct
Sexual misconduct refers to clergy that have engaged in legal, sexual relations, adultery, or some other related sexual action with a congregant that is deemed unethical or improper within these environments. Several studies have attempted to understand the prevalence of clergy sexual misconduct among Protestant Christian clergy (see Cooper 2002; Francis and Stacks 2003; Meek et al. 2004; Seat et al. 1993; Thoburn and Whitman 2004). Studies 1% to as many as 38.5% of all clergy, across a wide range of Christian denominations, have engaged in sexual misconduct of some form (Francis and Stacks 2003; Meek et al. 2004; Seat et al. 1993; Thoburn and Whitman 2004).
The Present Study
There are three foci for the present study. First, we examine the types of child sexual abuse alleged to occur within Protestant Christian congregations. Second, we provide information on where these offenses are alleged to occur. Third, we examine who commits alleged offenses within these environments and which role(s) they assume within their congregations. It is important to understand these core contextual characteristics, to provide a framework for additional research on this topic, and to provide law enforcement officers and faith leaders with information that could be useful in preventing and controlling child sexual abuse in faith environments.
4.1. Offense Type
Across all 326 cases that resulted in an arrest, a total of 454 individual offenses were alleged to have occurred. Since the 326 cases occurred in 41 total states, numerous local and state jurisdictions were crossed. As such, the name for a particular offense in one jurisdiction may be entirely different in the legal definition, severity, and overall scope than an offense with the same/similar name in another jurisdiction. As such, sexual offenses were organized into the two categories of (1) contact offenses and (2) non-contact offenses.
A similar categorization strategy has been employed in prior studies examining sexual offenses (see Babchishin et al. 2015; MacPherson 2010). Contact offenses are criminal actions that involved the offender making some form of direct physical contact with the victim’s body, whereas non-contact offenses are still sexual in nature, yet do not involve the offender making direct physical contact with the victim.
A third category of property offenses was also developed to include the property offenses (e.g., possession of criminal tools, and burglary) that were alleged to have occurred during the commission of the alleged sexual abuse.
4.1.1. Contact Offenses
Contact offenses refer to alleged offenses that involved some direct physical sexual contact between the offender and the victim(s) (Mair and Stevens 1994). Notable examples of contact offenses include, but are not limited to, sexual assault, rape, and groping. In total, contact offenses represented fully 80% (n = 363) of the 454 total offenses. Therefore, the overwhelming majority of all offenses included direct physical sexual contact between the offender and the victim(s). The total number of victims per case ranged from one to as many as 20 individuals. However, the vast majority of cases involved only one known victim at 61.7%. We must note here that cases involving child pornography were not included in this part of the analysis. Therefore, the number of cases is 321.
4.1.2. Non-Contact Offenses
Non-contact sex offenses refer to those where the offender did not have physical sexual contact with any victim(s) (Mair and Stevens 1994). Some examples of non-contact sex offenses include stalking, sexual harassment, and possession of child pornography. Across all 326 cases, non-contact offenses represented 18.9% (n = 89) of the 454 separate offenses. Although this is a sizeable minority, it is important to consider that 79.1% (n = 258) of cases involved the offender being charged with both contact and non-contact sex offenses when arrested, and only 7.4% (n = 24) were charged with solely a non-contact sexual offense.
4.1.3. Property Offenses
Some individuals within the present study were also charged with a property offense at the point of arrest in conjunction with a sex offense (i.e., contact and/or non-contact). In total, a mere 1.1% (n = 5) of all offenses at the point of arrest were for a property crime (e.g., burglary and theft of a victim’s clothing).
4.2. Offense Locations
A total of 41 states were represented in the present study. The top five states that had the most reported instances of alleged sexual abuse were as follows: Florida (9.6%; n = 32), Texas (8.4%; n = 28), California (7.5%; n = 25), Illinois (5.1%; n = 17), and Tennessee and Alabama, respectively, at 4.2% (n = 14). Across the 326 cases, the specific offense location was available in 70.9% (n = 231) of the cases. Fully 29.1% (n = 95) cases did not have a specific location reported. Findings were divided into two primary subsections, being (1) general offense locations and (2) specific offense locations.
4.2.1. General Offense Locations
General offense location was divided into three distinct categories. These three categories were if the offense(s) occurred either exclusively (1) on church grounds; (2) off church grounds; or (3) both on and off church grounds. Among cases with a reported location (n = 231), 45.5% (n = 105) occurred exclusively off-site. Specifically, most cases with a reported offense location occurred within the offender’s home, victim’s home, or some other off-site location (e.g., hotel/motel room). In contrast, fully 35.5% (n = 82) of cases with a known location occurred exclusively on church grounds. Examples of such locations on church grounds included church offices, the parking lot, and the sanctuary. A sizeable minority of all offenses with a reported offense location took place both on and off the church grounds at 19.0% (n = 44).
4.2.2. Specific Offense Locations
Across all 326 cases, there were a total of 311 reported offense locations. Five unique offense locations were reported across the 311 offense locations. Table 1 presents the findings for the specific offense locations, percentages, and the total numbers.
Table 1. Offense locations. Location Percentage at the church 38.9% (n = 121) offender’s home 31.2% (n = 97) off-site 12.9% (n = 40) off-site church-sponsored activity 10.6% (n = 33) victim’s home 6.4% (n = 20) n = 311.
The most frequent specific offense location reported was that it occurred someplace at the church (e.g., office, basement, bathroom, etc.). Altogether, 38.9% (n = 121) of all offenses allegedly took place on the church premises, with 15.4% (n = 48) occurring within the personal office of the alleged offender.
The second most frequent specific offense location was at the offender’s home (31.2%; n = 97), thus suggesting some degree of planning and/or grooming by the offender to isolate the victim inside a relatively controlled environment. The third most frequent offense location was at a sponsored off-site church-sponsored activity (e.g., mission trips, camping trips, etc.), accounting for 10.6% (n = 33) of all cases with a known location. The fourth most frequent offense location was at an off-site (e.g., offender’s car) location at 12.9% (n = 40). The fifth and final specific offense location was alleged to have occurred within the victim’s home at 6.4% (n = 20).
4.3. Offender Characteristics
To meet the third goal of this study, the offender characteristics are presented. Altogether, 332 offenders across the 326 identified cases were identified. The remainder of this section is divided into the four subsections of (1) offender sex; (2) offender race/ethnicity; (3) offender age; and (4) offender role.
4.3.1. Offender Gender
The overwhelming majority of identified offenders were male. Specifically, male offenders were represented by 98.8% (n = 328) with female offenders at only 1.2% (n = 4) of the offender sample.
4.3.2. Offender Race/Ethnicity
There were five total races/ethnicities represented among the offender sample being White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American. A total of 18.3% (n = 61) of the race/ethnicity of the offender was missing. The overwhelming majority of offenders were identified as White (73.1%; n = 198) with Black representing 18.8% (n = 51) of all offenders. The remaining three races/ethnicities of Hispanic, Asian, and Native American accounted for less-than 10% of all offenders.
4.3.3. Offender Age
In total, 56 distinct offender ages were represented in the sample. Specifically, offender ages at the time of the alleged sexual abuse ranged from 18 to 88 years of age. Altogether, only 2.7% (n = 7) of all offender ages were missing, yielding 325 total cases. The mean age was 40.4 years of age with a standard deviation of 13.7 years. For male offenders (n = 315; 7 missing), the mean age was 40.5 with a standard deviation of 13.7 years. For female offenders (n = 4), the mean age was considerably younger at 23.5 with a standard deviation of 12.8 years. One’s age is oftentimes associated with one’s role within a church, with many positions relying upon a seniority system. Thus, the offender’s role held within the church is an important characteristic for understanding who occupies the role and how such a role can potentially influence one’s opportunities for victim access.
4.3.4. Offender Role
The specific role that the offender held within the church was available in 92.2% (n = 306) of the cases with 7.8% (n = 26) having no reported role. Across all cases, 12 distinct offender roles were represented within the sample. The overwhelming majority (80.1%) of offenders were employed in an official capacity within their respective churches with a substantial minority (19.9%) being volunteers.
Table 2 presents the findings for both male and female offender roles. Table 2. Offender Role within the Church. Offender Role Percentage Male Offender Roles Pastor 34.9% (n = 110) Youth Minister 31.4% (n = 99) Youth Volunteer 8.3% (n = 26) Associate Pastor 5.4% (n = 17) Music Minister 4.8% (n = 15) Volunteer 3.2% (n = 10) Sunday School Teacher 2.9% (n = 9) Deacon 2.2% (n = 7) Church Member 2.2% (n = 7) Church CampWorker 0.6% (n = 2) n = 315 Female Offender Roles Youth Volunteer 50% (n = 2) Youth Minister 25% (n = 1) Pastor’s Wife 25% (n = 1) n = 4
Male Offender Roles
Of the 328 male offenders in the present sample, 94.7% (n = 305) of their roles were known with 4.0% (n = 13) missing. The most frequent male offender role was a Pastor at 34.9% (n = 110) of the sample, followed by Youth Ministers at 31.4% (n = 99). The third most frequent offender role of Youth Volunteers was a sharp contrast in frequency compared to the first two roles consisting of 8.3% (n = 26) of the sample. Youth Volunteers can range from someone that is an unpaid church member to a young adult who assists with the youth ministry. Combined, those who occupy roles that require the direct supervision and/or interaction with youth (generally under 18 years of age), comprised 38.8% of the total offender sample. The fourth most frequent offender role was that of Associate Pastor, followed by Music Ministers. Specifically, Associate Pastors represented 5.4% (n = 17) of the sample, whereas Music Ministers held 4.8% (n = 15) of the total sample. Even though all but one of the male offender roles at this point have been employees of the church, the remainder of offenders held some volunteer role. Volunteers, the sixth most represented male offender role, made up 3.2% (n = 10) of the total sample. Volunteers is a general category that includes a wide-range of individuals serving in various capacities, such as a sports coach or bus driver. Yet another form of volunteer that was also represented were Sunday School Teachers at 2.9% (n = 9). Typically, Sunday School Teachers are tasked with preparing and instructing individuals with religious materials on a weekly or more basis. The eighth most represented offender role, Deacons (2.2%), are also individuals that provide a wide-range of services to the church, such as collecting tithes and visiting church members in the hospital. The ninth most represented male offender role was a general Church Member at 2.2% (n = 7) of the offenders. Somewhat unique when compared to the other offender roles present, Church Members do not occupy a specific role within the church, nor do they hold an official title. The final two male offender roles were Church Camp Workers (0.6%; n = 2) and Choir Volunteers (0.6%; n = 2). Church Camp Workers are individuals that worked for a short-term summer camp or other camp operated by the respective church. Choir Volunteers are those that sing within the respective church’s choir. Although male offenders held 10 distinct roles, the female offenders occupied only three individual roles.
Female Offender Roles
Even though there were only four female offenders represented, these offenders also warrant discussion. The three female offender roles were a Youth Volunteer, Youth Minister, and the Pastor’s Wife. Youth Volunteers represented 50% (n = 2) of the female offender sample while Youth Minister and the Pastor’s Wife had one case (i.e., 25%), respectively.
In church after church around the world, reports have come to light about children being molested by someone in the place where they should feel safest. The Roman Catholic Church is reeling from staggering financial judgments in lawsuits filed by molestation victims. Most of these cases have come into the spotlight many years after the alleged sexual crimes occurred.
For decades, the Catholic Church quietly settled abuse cases out of court and shuffled pedophile priests to different parishes. Not until the early 1980s did the news media start digging into allegations that had surfaced in places such as New Orleans, Louisiana.1 In 1992, the Boston scandals began a nightmare of litigation for Roman Catholic diocese administrators in the United States. After more than a decade, the end of litigation is not yet in sight.
But the Roman Catholic Church is only the most visible defendant. Lawyers also have other church organizations in their sights. In some of the targeted churches, leaders have made the same mistakes that got the Roman Catholic bishops into so much trouble. Incidents were concealed. Law enforcement agencies were stonewalled. Safeguards were lacking. Misconduct was not subjected to church discipline.
Sexual misconduct toward children in the church is not new, but attitudes and perspectives about child molesters have changed and absolutely must change. Otherwise we will continue to cope with devastated lives, financial disaster, and member disillusionment. Church leaders had better take a long, hard look at this issue.
To begin with, let us look at some facts about these crimes:
1. The vast majority of child molesters are male. 2. Victims may be male or female. 3. Child molesters tend to work hard to win positions of trust. Authority, trust, and respect enable molesters to manipulate children, parents, and other leaders. 4. A child molester will create fear in the child, so that the child is afraid to tell anyone. 5. There are no “typical” child molesters. They may be of any age. 6. A child molester in the church looks for and tries to create opportunities to be alone with a child or children. 7. Prior to being caught, the typical child molester attacks thirteen children. 8. Child molesters often are married, may show evidence of a strong Christian witness, and may be in positions of responsibility. 9. Child molesters often do not recognize that any harm has come to their victims. Frequently, there is more remorse from being caught than for injuries inflicted by the crime. 10. A child molester is very likely to return to criminal sexual behavior after release from prison.
FAQ: Why should I expect a child molester to come into my congregation?
ANSWER: Churches provide one of the best sources for children to be found. An atmosphere of trust and acceptance makes the church one of the easiest places for predators to find opportunities to attack victims.
Child Abuse Statistics on the Rise
Since the 1970s, child abuse is far more likely to be reported than it was before. In California, for example, the number of reports investigated rose from about 119,000 in 1976 to about 475,000 in 1988.5 A similar statistical increase occurred throughout the United States and Canada. In 1976, fewer than 6,000 incidents of a sexual nature involving children were reported to law enforcement and child welfare workers.
Once sexual abuse became more widely recognized and reporting was encouraged, the number of reports increased to 130,000 in 1986. The number tripled between 1980 and 1986 alone. Today, more than 300,000 child sexual abuse reports are investigated annually in the United States.6
So, whereas the church might have been forgiven for being caught unawares by pedophiles in the 1970s, there is no excuse today. Ample warning has been given. The church is a natural magnet for children. Pedophiles hunt children. Thus, it would be foolish to think that pedophile child molesters wouldn’t regard the church as a hunting ground. However, in an interview with Christianity Today, attorney Richard Hammar, an author and expert in legal aspects of church life, said, “Our research indicates that 70 percent of churches are doing absolutely nothing to screen volunteer youth workers.”7
Molesters May Assault Many
There are no “absolute” statistics on the number of children molested every day in the United States, Canada, or any other country. Despite the increased awareness of the problem, and the likelihood that a sexual incident will be reported, many still go unreported. In some nations, molestation is not discussed as freely as it is in North America. We can only trace numbers of complaints, investigations, arrests, convictions, and releases.8 Research on adults who were sexually abused as children suggests that the large majority of victims do not report their abuse at the time it occurs. Children often keep their history of abuse a secret because they fear their parents’ rejection, punishment, and blame.9
In a typical church environment, guilt and the potential stigma associated with abuse, coupled with the understanding of how homosexual acts are viewed by the church, often will silence an abused child, particularly if he or she is in or near the teenage years. Younger children are often sworn to secrecy with threats of violence or some vague, undefined “doom” that will occur. The real tragedy is that, while their little lips are sealed, so are their hearts.
Remember, the typical child molester does not wear a sign. And the victims are not clamoring to tell their stories of molestation. They are sitting in church with sad eyes, quiet, confused, and hurting.
The typical child molester has a string of prior victims and may or may not have been detected yet. He is calculating and cunning, waiting for opportunity. The only question is whether the particular church he has chosen (or that chose him) will afford him the opportunity he needs.
One attempt to estimate the number of victims in 1998 was published in the 2001 Annual Review of Sociology. For all kinds of violent crime in 1998, including sexual attacks, 87.9 of every thousand U.S. adolescents between the ages of twelve to fifteen became victims. A slightly higher rate of 96.2 of every thousand teens between the ages of sixteen and nineteen became victims.
For people in their twenties, the chance of becoming a victim of violent crime drops rapidly. At age sixty-five, only 4.4 of every thousand persons are victims. Ross Macmillan, who wrote the report, observed that the age variables apply to all the kinds of violent crime studied. Robberies and sexual assaults were ten times as likely among adolescents. Other assaults were twenty-three times more likely.10
Sixty-seven percent of all victims of sexual assault reported to law enforcement agencies were under the age of eighteen; 34 percent of all victims were under the age of twelve. One of every seven victims of sexual assault reported to law enforcement agencies was under the age of six.11
Population and Pornography Increase Sex Crimes
Several reasons might be suggested for actual increases in crime numbers, as opposed to increases due to better reporting and a greater willingness to talk about behavior that might be identified as sexual. Natural increases in population certainly play a part in crime statistics. Another factor that is increasingly being blamed is the easier availability of child and adult pornography on the Internet, which may come to the attention of people who have sexual proclivities that they might not have acted upon in the past. Assuming that Internet pornography will not become more controlled and less available, we can expect that the rate of sexual assaults, including child molestation, will continue to outpace population growth. This increases the chances that our communities and our churches have pedophiles or people with pedophiliac tendencies. In short, pedophiles are all around, and some are church members.
MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF PEOPLE? WATCH PORNO. AND THEY SURE THE HELL DO NOT TURN OUT TO BE PEDOPHILES. BLAMING PEOPLE WATCHING PORN FOR PEDOPHILIA? ESPECIALLY ADULT PORN? IS BULLSHIT.
FAQ: What does a child molester look like?
ANSWER: He looks like you, especially if you are a man.
• Pedophiliac child molesters are invariably male. Although there are some female molesters, they are few and their victims are typically males in their teens. The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children reports: “In both clinical and nonclinical samples, the vast majority of offenders are male.”12 • A significant percentage of victims are males. A study undertaken by the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, of 457 male sex offenders who had committed crimes against children, found that about one-third of these sexual offenders targeted male victims.13 • Child molesters can be preteens or grandfathers. A U.S. Department of Justice report, titled “Criminal Offender Statistics,” found that criminal offenders who had victimized a child were on average five years older than violent offenders who had committed crimes against adults. Nearly 25 percent of child victimizers were age forty or older.14 Forty percent of the offenders who victimized children under the age of six were juveniles under the age of eighteen—one reason to keep male teens out of the nursery.15
A Child Molester May Have Been a Victim
It is not uncommon for molesters to have been victimized in their own childhood. There is also evidence that the greater number of male child molesters are homosexual. Quoting Journal of Sex Research statistics, David Wagner, an associate law professor at Regent University School of Law, said that heterosexuals outnumber homosexuals by a ratio of at least twenty to one (in other words, homosexuals comprise about 5 percent of the population), yet homosexual pedophiles commit about one-third of all child sex offenses.16
FAQ: Christ forgives sinners. So if a repentant child molester comes into my church, shouldn’t I treat him just as I would any other sinner?
ANSWER: No! If you do that, you may one day be called to account for your failure to recognize the danger posed by such an individual. Ignorance may not be a valid defense.
Christian Sympathy for Pedophiles is an Actual Problem There is nothing biblical or holy about enabling predators. It is disgusting that christians use the bible to vilify victims of physical and sexual abuse and enable abusers. They care more about virtue signaling and looking “forgiving and spiritual” to strangers than they do protecting their own children. This is truly satanic
A megachurch pastor in Tennessee who believes in conversion therapy and preaches that homosexuality as a sin just admitted to a forced “sexual incident” with a 17-year-old girl… and the crowd went wild.
42-year-old Andy Savage preaches at Highpoint Church in Memphis. Last Friday, a woman named Jules Woodson came forward to accuse him of sexual assault.
The alleged incident happened back in 1998 when Woodson was in high school and Savage was working at a Baptist church in Houston. One evening after church, he offered her a ride home.
“As he was driving me towards my home, he passed the turn he should have made to go to my house,” she writes in a blog post. “I asked him where he was going. I don’t remember his exact response [but it was] something along the lines of ‘you’ll see,’ or ‘it’s a surprise.’”
Savage turned down a dirt road. At a dead end, he parked the truck and turned off the headlights.
Andy unzipped his jeans and pulled out his penis. He asked me to suck it. I was scared and embarrassed, but I did it. I remember feeling that this must mean that Andy loved me. He then asked me to unbutton my shirt. I did. He started touching me over my bra and then lifted my bra up and began touching my breasts.
After the assault, Savage told her not to tell anyone about it. Woodson says she became consumed with “fear, shame, anger and hurt.” When she approached church leaders, they told her to not to say anything and that it would be handled internally
Nothing was ever done.
After the blog post went viral, Savage took a moment to address the allegations with his congregation last Sunday.
“Until now, I did not know there was unfinished business with Jules,” he said during the service. “Jules, I am deeply sorry for my actions 20 years ago. I remain committed to cooperate with you toward forgiveness and healing.”
His remarks were met with a standing ovation from churchgoers, followed by a prayer led by another pastor.
Savage followed the remarks up with a formal written statement published on the church’s website. In it, he admitted to what he called a “sexual incident” with Woodson and insisted he had already taken “full responsibility” for his predatory actions.
“I was and remain very remorseful for the incident and deeply regret the pain I caused her and her family,” he declared, “as well as the pain I caused the church and God’s Kingdom.”
He went on to say that even though he kinda sorta raped a teenage girl one time, he’s never done it again since then, nor does he ever plan to again. So everything’s cool, right? Right?!
“There has never been another situation remotely similar in my life before or after that occurrence,” he said.
In addition to being pro-conversion therapy and anti-all-things-gay, Savage appears in a video series called “Sex Nation” that bashes homosexuality, pornography, divorce, and “sexual atheism.” He’s also been a vocal critic of other guys accused of sexual misconduct:
Woodson filed a report against Savage with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children last week. Unfortunately, because of the the statute of limitations, authorities say they are limited as to what they can do; however, Capt. Dan Zientek of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says “some possible options” may be available.
In the meantime, Highpoint Church says it stands by Savage and has no plans on removing him from his post.
72-year-old Garry Evans is, er, was the pastor of the Rushville Baptist Temple in Rushville, Indiana where he regularly preached about the evils of homosexuality for nearly three decades.
Last October, he was arrested after several girls from his church, all under the age of 10, told their parents he had lured them into his office with candy then touched them inappropriately. Evans made bond as was released from custody.
Well, now, he’s back in jail. This time for trespassing and resisting law enforcement.
Earlier this week, Evans and his wife Gay stormed their son’s property. Apparently he and his parents had a falling out after the sex scandal broke last October.
The Evans circled their son’s yard then banged on the door. When their daughter-in-law told them they “weren’t welcome there,” they refused to leave and remained screaming and yelling on the front porch until the daughter-in-law chased them off with a baseball bat.
Police were called. According to reports, when they intervened, Evans and his wife became “verbally abusive and physically resisted officers.” They were arrested. Gay eventually posted bond and was released, but Garry remains in custody.
But the drama doesn’t stop there.
After getting home, Gay allegedly left her estranged son several threatening voicemails, which her daughter-in-law then shared on Facebook.
“I just got out of jail,” she said in one of the messages. “I hope you’re a very happy, son. Your daddy is in there and he’s probably going to be staying in there. What is wrong with you? You are sick!”
Other family members also joined in on the attacks.
“This is insane,” another voicemail from a different family member said. “What the f*ck is wrong with you, you stupid idiot?”
“You’re fine with them arresting your 72-year-old father and 70-year-old mother? Really? Really? Are you that big of a piece of scum?” said a third person in a third voicemail.
A jury trial in the molestation case is scheduled for March 20, 2018.
Sanctuaries are designed to make us feel safe. They provide us peace and a place to pray. Bells call the good to worship and warn the evil to stay away.
This is the kind of American church that a young Christa Brown was drawn to. As a teenager in the 1960s, Brown learned to love music and her God. She grew up in the church, sang in the choir and played the piano.
But as Brown would find out, churches don’t always protect the innocent. Sometimes these sanctuaries shield the guilty and even lure predators to a place where young people gather.
The Catholic Church has been widely criticized for how it handled instances of priests sexually abusing young people. And a six-month investigation by “20/20” found Protestant ministers, supposed men of God from every denomination, sexually abusing the children who trusted them. The investigation uncovered “preacher predators” in every corner of the country.
‘Nobody Saw It Coming’
The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant organization in the United States. And the organization is structured in a way that makes it difficult to police these preacher predators. The convention has 16.3 million members and 43,000 independent churches.
Shawn Davies was a youth minister at one of those Baptist churches in the suburbs of Kansas City, Mo. Davies was close to his teen followers, and the members of his church soon found out that he was a little too close. In January of this year, Davies began a 20-year sentence for multiple counts of sexual abuse in Missouri and Kentucky.
One member of the Missouri church, Lee Orth, said that “Nobody saw it coming. I think we felt betrayed, blindsided. You know, Shawn was a very charismatic person.”
Davies seduced teenage boys by acting like one of the gang. He talked about girls and sex with the teenagers. He took them on trips, invited them into his office, and showed them pornography. And he took them downstairs or behind the sanctuary to sexually assault them.
Church deacon Greg Arbuckle said, “The viewing of pornography happened before Shawn would come out and lead the choir. Immediately after worship he would go do that, and that to me, taints the entire service.”
Eight boys were sexually abused at the Missouri church by Davies. What bothers people most about what happened is that Davies could have been stopped before he reached their church.
A History of Abuse
A young man in Kentucky was one of Davies’ victims years before he went to Missouri. For four years, the young man, who asked that we not use his name to protect his privacy, lived with his secret. He said that it nearly destroyed him. “It started with watching movies, and he would ask to masturbate,” the man said. “He said it was normal for guys to do it. … One day he just grabbed me while we were watching one of the movies and he just kinda did what he wanted.”
After four years, the man finally told his father, who then went to the police. Kentucky authorities opened an investigation and alerted the victim’s church. By then, Davies had moved on to other churches.
The family is now suing the Kentucky church for failing to supervise Davies. When “20/20” asked to talk to church leaders, their attorney declined our interview requests.
Davies ended up in Missouri in 2003; church leaders there wish the Kentucky church had tracked them down, especially after an indictment was filed.
Church leaders worry that there is no system in place within the Southern Baptist Convention to stop people like Davies. Each church is, for the most part, autonomous, so there is no tight connection with the other churches.
Brown, abused herself when she was 16, went on to form an organization called Stop Baptist Predators, because in her search for justice, she found that the Southern Baptist Convention had no central office, no readily available list of preachers under investigation or even convicted, and no one to help investigate allegations like hers.
Brown said this system allows preacher predators to move from church to church, seduce the devout and the young, and often get away with it.
Ken Ward is a Southern Baptist pastor and teacher in East Texas, who has admitted to molesting more than 40 boys. He said that being a teacher and minister is the perfect job for a child molester, because it puts the molester in direct contact with young people. “I [was] attracted to a certain child, and in my case, it was primarily prepubescent boys,” he said.
Ward is now under house arrest, after serving five years in state prison. He wears a GPS monitor so that he can be tracked by the sheriff’s department, and he cannot be around children anywhere, even in public.
Ward agreed to talk to “20/20” to give insight to parents on how to spot a predator. He said that parents aren’t worrying about the right things. “The idea of a guy in the park with a trench coat on or driving by slowly trying to get a child … I’ve never even dreamed of doing that. … I’ve never touched a stranger,” he said.
‘It’s God’s Little Secret’
Ward preyed on children for decades. One of his victims, Tommy Lee Burt, came forward about the abuse as an adult. He believes that Ward damaged him for life, and used his God to abuse him. “You’re struggling as a kid and you want to get up and he is telling you, ‘No.’ When I would try to leave, he would tell me it’s God’s little secret,” Burt said.
Burt added that he never really recovered, and last year he, himself, was arrested for solicitation of a minor and pleaded guilty to sending obscene material to a police officer posing as a 14-year-old.
There is no way of knowing how many Ken Wards are out there. The Southern Baptist Convention does not keep records, and local churches often seem to be in denial — such as one church in Denton, Texas, where the minister publicly confessed to “making a terrible mistake” last November after a woman sued, claiming she’d been raped as a teen.
Church members responded by throwing the minister a retirement party and raised $50,000 as a “love offering.” To this day, he has a church building named after him.
The Southern Baptist Convention said the problem is neither widespread nor systemic, despite a recent rash of cases. But just last week, a pastor of a Florida church — Lyle Whittaker — committed suicide after he was charged with sexually abusing an 11-year-old-girl.
The Local Level
Frank Page is president of the Southern Baptist Convention and a minister himself. He told “20/20” that independent congregations present a challenge when it comes to tracking preacher predators. The organization has yet to create a national database of preacher predators. “We have no such database and again, we encourage churches to investigate. … They have to do background checks,” he said.
But this approach puts a lot of pressure on the individual church, and a lot of faith in the ministers who were predators to come forward and tell the truth about their past.
And the autonomy of each Baptist church does not stop them from creating other kinds of databases, from Baptism lists to lists of ordained ministers.
Some Baptist church leaders are concerned that even if a Baptist preacher is convicted of sex crimes, the national organization has no authority to act.
The Southern Baptist Convention said the biblical and best way to handle these terrible cases is by the local church, which should call the police. But former minister and sex offender Ken Ward stayed under the local radar and moved from church to church for years, and he said the church can’t do it alone.
“Anybody could have talked to the churches I was with, and they would have praised me. They would not have said, ‘Don’t hire this guy, he likes kids.’ Never, never, and I suspect that has not changed.”
So? Here are 20 more disgusting, degenerate pedophile Christian perverts of the Southern Baptist Convention of Pedophile Pervert Churches.
1 Marshal A. Seymour Church Position: Volunteer youth minister Court of Conviction: Polk County, 2009 Outcome: Registered sex offender in Florida. As part of a plea agreement, convicted of three counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and one charge of directing sexual performance of a child. Sentenced to maximum of 10 years on each count. Released in 2016. A prominent Southern Baptist church in Florida once picketed by homosexual groups for its opposition to gay marriage is now in headlines for the arrest of a volunteer youth minister accused of sexually abusing teenage boys he met through the church. Pastor Jay Dennis called the arrest of 40-year-old Marshal Seymour a “Category 5 storm” for First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Fla., the Lakeland Ledger reported. According to his arrest report, Seymour is accused of sexually abusing three boys ages 15-17 at the time of the alleged acts. The arrest followed a two-week investigation that began when the oldest of the three, who is now over 18, came to police saying he didn’t want any more youth to be victimized. Church officials said they ran two background checks on Seymour before allowing him to volunteer for the church’s student ministry in 1999, but they came back clean. But Seymour in fact had a criminal record. Police in Mobile, Ala., arrested him July 1, 1999, on charges of second-degree sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy, while working as a youth minister at Parkway Assembly of God. The sodomy charge was dropped, and Seymour pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in lieu of the sexual-abuse charge. His one-year jail sentence was suspended and he was put on probation for a year. “He did exactly what he did here in Mobile, Alabama,” Sgt. Gary Gross of the Lakeland Police Department told the Lakeland Ledger. “Sexual predators tend to be wanderers. They move from one location to another.” In 1999, Seymour moved to Lakeland and began volunteering at the First Baptist Church at the Mall, an 8,000-member church that sits on 32 acres at a 400,000 square-foot former shopping mall that it purchased in 1998 for $8.6 million. Seymour turned himself in to police late Friday night. Police allege he met victims through First Baptist Church at the Mall and often paid them money in exchange for sexual favors or to keep quiet about sexual encounters after they occurred. Seymour faces charges of unlawful sexual activity and three counts of using a child in sexual performance. He was also charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence for allegedly trying to bribe a clerk at a hotel where one of the incidents is believed to have occurred to remove his name from a computer register. The church’s pastor told media Seymour, who is married, was a popular church member and no one had any reason to suspect him of inappropriate behavior. Dennis said his own son worked at Seymour’s company that services fire-safety equipment. On Sunday Dennis told church members: “The church has also been harmed by this situation. This is a Category 5 storm for us. Our church is a great church, but today we mourn the fact that innocent people have been profoundly wounded.”First Baptist Church at the Mall is one of the highest-profile Southern Baptist churches hit in recent months with scandals over alleged sexual abuse by ministers.
2 John Wayne Diehl Church Position: Associate Pastor Court of Conviction: Kenton County, 2010 Outcome: Convicted of four sodomy charges in 2010 for offenses involving 17- and 15-year-old victims, according to a West Virginia sex offender registry. Served approximately eight years. Paroled. A former minister in Northern Kentucky has been charged with incest. John Wayne Diehl was the Associate Pastor of Administration at Piner Baptist Church in Morningview from 2004 until a week and a half ago.
A former associate pastor at a Kenton County church is in jail on a child sex charge. Diehl had been on staff at Piner Baptist Church in Morning View since October 2004, most recently as Associate Pastor of Administration. Apparently, a church member told a youth minister about the alleged sex abuse. Residents said they find it hard to believe an associate pastor is charged with sex crimes against a minor, especially since they say he’d also cared for youth at a children’s home. On a cached copy of the church’s Web site, Diehl is described as being married with three children and has made mission trips to Africa in the past.
3 Joseph Niemeyer Church Position: Youth pastor Court of Conviction: Kenton County, 2018 Outcome: Convicted of sodomy and sexual abuse, involving a victim 12 or under. Serving a 20-year sentence in Kentucky. A former northern Kentucky pastor will spend the next 20 years behind bars after prosecutors say he raped a child he was caring for. Joseph Niemeyer, 56, appeared in court Tuesday for sentencing on three counts of felony sexual abuse, rape, and sodomy. “When she went into the defendants custody. She went into his custody because she was looking for a safe home to live in. In the 4 years she was in his custody. He sodomized her, raped her and sexual abused her. This was a child that was 5-years-old.” said Lawrence Hilton, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney. Niemeyer pleaded guilty on Nov. 20 to four counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count first-degree sodomy against the girl. Under the plea agreement, Niemeyer will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and must serve 17 years before being parole eligible, according to Kenton County Prosecutor Rob Sanders. Niemeyer worked with youth at the Banklick Baptist Church in Walton until he was arrested in February 2016. He also volunteered at Twenhofel Middle School. Police say they were alerted to the abuse after Niemeyer came forward last year and reported himself to officers.
4 Brandon James Carter Church Position: Youth pastor Court of Conviction: Lincoln County, 2013 Outcome: Registered sex offender in North Carolina who was convicted of kidnapping against a minor and sentenced to three years. A man who once served as a youth pastor and worked as a teacher pleaded guilty to a sex offense against a child. Brandon James Carter accepted a plea arrangement Wednesday, admitting to taking indecent liberties with a child and kidnapping. Carter was arrested in March 2012. At the time he was serving as youth and music minister at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Cherryville. The allegations against Carter were separate from the church, but he was asked to resign after his arrest. The offense happened at a Lincoln County residence on Aug. 2, 2004. The girl was 13 at the time. According to the teen, she was asleep on the couch and woke up to Carter fondling her. When Carter realized the girl was awake and in pain, he stopped and walked out of the room, Assistant District Attorney Mica Sanderson told the court. The girl documented the incident in her journal and left it out for her mother to see. The family attempted to deal with the problem without reporting Carter to the police. Now married and 21-years-old, the woman said she had to come forward. She tearfully told Superior Court Judge Forrest Bridges that she wanted to protect other teens. “He’s not got help, truly. He still puts himself in situations like music director and youth director,” she said tearfully. “I just want him to get help.” Carter was originally charged with statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a child. He was offered a plea agreement that dismissed the statutory rape offense but added kidnapping. According to Sanderson, if a child is held against her will even for a brief time, it constitutes kidnapping when a parent has not given consent. He was sentenced to less than two years in prison. Once released, Carver will be on probation for nearly three years and be added to the Sex Offender Registry for 30 years.
5 Jacob Allen Conder Church Position: Youth minister Court of Conviction: Daviess County, 2017 Outcome: Convicted of distribution and possession of material portraying sexual performance by a minor. Serving a nine-year sentence. Registered sex offender. A former youth minister already convicted of sex abuse has pleaded guilty to four more counts. Jacob Allen Conder was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday in Daviess Circuit Court on the four felony charges, but the Messenger-Inquirer reports that he entered a guilty plea Friday. Under terms of the plea, he would serve three years concurrently with a one-year sentence he received in December for a similar charge in Letcher County. Conder was a deputy constable and a youth director at Wing Avenue Baptist Church in Owensboro when the allegations were made. The Daviess charges stem from a sleep-over at the church. A 15-year-old girl accused Conder of touching her inappropriately, which led to two other girls coming forward with similar charges. The previous charges stem from allegations during a mission trip to Letcher County.
6 Billy Ray Smith Church Position: Volunteer youth worker Court of Conviction: Bryan County, 2010 Outcome: Convicted of forcible sodomy in 2010. Serving a 15-year-sentence in Oklahoma state prison. A local church is reacting to allegations of sexual abuse against one of their parishioners. Deeda Payton reports. OSBI agents arrested Billy Ray Smith last Wednesday on charges of second degree rape and two counts of sodomy. In December, Durant Police arrested Smith on multiple counts of forcible sodomy from incidents that allegedly happened between Smith and a minor child in Durant. In addition to his teaching duties, Smith also served as a youth worker at the Calvary Baptist Church in Durant for several decades. The pastor wants to clarify that although Smith has been a member for about thirty years, that he was never a paid youth minister. He was just a volunteer, what they call a youth worker. He says the church is praying for Smith, and the family that reported the alleged incident. The pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Durant, Darel Bunch, says he has received several calls from concerned parishioners since Billy Smith’s arrest. Pastor Bunch wants to make it clear that Smith was never a paid employee of the church or a youth minister. He says Smith was a volunteer, and he acted as a youth worker at the church right up until his arrest, but pastor bunch says they never suspected him for sexual abuse. “Bill had been a member here for 30 years. We’d never had any indication of any wrongdoing before and again these allegations were a shock to us,” said Bunch. Pastor Bunch says thirty years ago when Smith volunteered to help with the youth activities, the church was happy to have the help. He says Smith’s relationship with the children and teens seemed to be good, but now Calvary Baptist is in the process of implementing background checks of volunteers and staff members.
7 Dustin Ray Werneburg Church Position: Youth pastor Court of Conviction: Coal County, 2012 Outcome: Convicted of rape and two counts of lewd and indecent acts or propositions to a child in 2012. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, plus a 30-year suspended sentence. Incarcerated in Oklahoma. A former Coalgate youth pastor will spend the next 10 years in prison for sex crimes against a young girl. 28-year-old Dustin Werneburg pleaded guilty Thursday to two of the eight charges against him in a plea deal with prosecutors. Police arrested Werneburg last November in Blanchard, Oklahoma, where he was working as a teacher’s aide. He resigned last August as the youth pastor at First Baptist Church in Coalgate when a parent came forward, and police began looking into inappropriate text messages he had exchanged with a female youth group member. Werneburg also received a 30 year suspended sentence if he violates parole when he is released.
8 Alexander Lawrence Edwards Church Position: Volunteer Youth minister Court of Conviction: Lee County, 2017 Outcome: Convicted of two counts of sexual battery against a child under 16 in 2017 in Cobb County. Ordered to serve three years in prison with credit for time served on Aug. 18, 2017. Registered sex offender in Georgia The lead pastor at Eastside Baptist Church said he and other church leaders are re-examining its hiring practices after a man who volunteered as a youth minister for most of 2015 was arrested and charged with child molestation last month. John Hull, who took over as lead pastor Jan.1, said he is familiar with the case of Alexander Edwards, who was arrested in his home in Lee County near Albany on April 14. However, Hull said he did not know Edwards, who police say volunteered with the church from January to November 2015. Hull said he has asked the church’s personnel committee and other leaders to find out how Edwards was allowed to work at the church. “We need to find out what happened, we need to find out how Alexander was brought into the organization. We need to then ensure and make sure that parents of our church and school and community understand that Eastside is doing everything it can to make sure it never happens again,” Hull said. Hull said the church has also reached out to the family of the child Edwards is alleged to have molested. According to a warrant for his arrest filed April 13, Edwards went into an 11-year-old boy’s Marietta bedroom several times over a one- to two-month period earlier this year while the child’s parents were asleep, where the alleged molestation occurred.
Questions are being raised in Marietta, Georgia, as to how a man charged with sexually abusing a child when he worked as a youth pastor in 2013 could be hired as a youth pastor this year, in a position where he is again accused of sexual abuse, 11Alive reports.
Alexander Edwards has been charged in two cases, one from 2013 and one from this year. He worked as a youth pastor at Providence Baptist Church in downstate Leesburg, where he was charged with two felony counts for making sexual advances on a 13-year-old boy in 2013. Yet the case wasn’t prosecuted at the time, and Edwards was hired by another church as a youth pastor, this time at Cobb County’s Eastside Baptist Church, 11Alive reports. This despite a $5,000 bond with limitations requiring that he not have any contact with children under 18 years old. He was arrested in April on suspicion of molesting an 11 year old in Cobb County. His charges remained pending for three years, allowing him to remain free on bond. But prosecutors in both counties are now moving forward with charges against Edwards. He is again free on bond, awaiting trial, but now wears an ankle monitor and is on house arrest.
9 Jonathan Bailey Church Position: Youth minister Court of Conviction: Orleans Parish, 2016 Outcome: Convicted of 12 felonies, including molestation of a juvenile, indecent behavior with a juvenile and obstruction. Serving a 10-year sentence in Louisiana state prison, according to a prison spokesman. Bailey pleaded guilty to six counts of molestation, five counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and one count of obstruction of justice. Though he was sentenced to 27 years total, the plea agreement allows him to serve the sentences at the same time, meaning he will serve a total of 10 years in prison. He must also register as a sex offender, Orleans Criminal District Court Judge Robin Pittman noted. Bailey’s indictment says the sexual abuse occurred between July 1, 2014, and Feb. 8, 2015, at locations including the Lakeview church at 5290 Canal Blvd. A police report says the abuse also occurred during a retreat in Mississippi. The victim’s father said Bailey is facing additional charges in Mississippi, which contributed to their eagerness to resolve the case in Louisiana. The allegations surfaced a month after the victim’s 14th birthday when church officials said they saw surveillance video showing the girl and the youth minister slipping into a closet together during a Feb. 8 church function. Senior pastor David Crosby said he notified the girl’s parents and New Orleans police and fired Bailey the next day. The report says Bailey, who was married at the time of the abuse, communicated with the girl via text messages and directed her to erase them. The victim said in her statement she missed school, lost a best friend in the fallout of the abuse. She said the ordeal has put her family under stress and impacted all of the youth at her church. She said in the statement that Bailey chose scripture and skewed its meaning to justify his actions, and “led me to believe it was OK to cross boundaries I had grown up learning” were wrong to cross. During the investigation, the victim told officials Bailey lavished the child with attention, gifts and promises of a future together. According to reports, much of the abuse occurred at the church in New Orleans in 2015 until Bailey took a youth group on a retreat to the Seashore United Methodist Retreat Center here in Biloxi. Prior to this trip, Bailey told the victim to come to his room after everyone else was asleep. Officials say Bailey later confessed his actions in a recorded interview. “Time after time during the course of this abuse, the defendant made intentional and unconscionable choices to manipulate and groom his relationship with the child to ultimately lead to the crimes for which he has been convicted,” said DA Joel Smith. “His repeated abuse of the trust that was given to him by the family, his church and the community will leave lasting scars. However, the strength and courage demonstrated by the victim throughout the process and especially today are a shining example of hope to those who may be victimized in the future.” In March 2015, Bailey was arrested and prosecuted by Louisiana with a hold to be transferred to Mississippi once the prosecution was complete. Bailey was sentenced to serve 10 years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Following his conviction in Louisiana, the Harrison County DA’s Office applied for Bailey to be transferred to Harrison County to face prosecution here. He was transferred in late 2018. After accepting Bailey’s guilty plea on 2 counts of sexual battery, Judge Clark heard from the victim, members of the victim’s family and from Bailey and his family. Judge Clark expressed to Bailey that “through his actions, he had broken the trust of the victim, the church and his own family, and now he would have to face the consequences of his actions”. Bailey was sentenced to 50 years with 27 years suspended, leaving him to serve 23 years without the possibility of parole or early release. Following his release, he must complete 5 years of post-release supervision, register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and have no contact with the victim. He will now be returned to Louisiana to complete his sentence there. Upon completion of his Louisiana sentence, will be transferred to the Mississippi Department of Corrections for the duration of his sentence.
10 Mark Kit Lucas Church Position: Youth minister Court of Conviction: Chatham County, 2011 Outcome: Registered sex offender in Georgia for a 2011 child molestation conviction. Police in Pooler have arrested a local teacher and youth minister on allegations he molested a 13-year-old boy six years ago. Mark Kit Lucas, 47, was booked Friday into the Chatham County jail on a felony charge of aggravated sexual battery in an assault reported to police earlier this month. Lucas stands accused of engaging in a sexual act with the youth at Lucas’ Pooler residence, according to a police report. At Woodlawn Baptist Church in Garden City, Lucas was recognized in 2004 for going beyond his duties as youth and education director, according to Savannah Morning News archives. On the Woodlawn Baptist Church Web site, Lucas is listed as having been recognized in 2006 for 25 years of service as an organist. The church’s Web site lists him becoming a part-time youth minister in 1997.
11 Timothy Neal Byars Church Position: Youth minister Court of Conviction: Knox County, 2008 Outcome: Registered sex offender in Tennessee for rape and for an attempt to commit sexual battery – crimes that were reported in two different cities on two consecutive nights in November 2006. Served two years in prison. The pastor at Tim Byars’ church tells Action News 5 that the youth minister resigned Sunday morning, following charges he raped a teenage girl competing in a state track meet in Knoxville. Officials say Byars raped a 14-year-old girl while she slept Friday night. The victim alerted her parents by text-messaging them. They flew to Knoxville to press charges. Byars is a youth and music minister at a Dyersburg church in addition to coaching the track team. Knoxville Police are also working with Nashville Police regarding a sexual assault claim made by a second girl during the same night. Investigtors say Byars, a non-faculty cross country coach, took the teen, the girl’s sister, and two of his daughters to a private track meet in Knoxville this weekend. The group planned to sleep in an SUV at Knoxville’s Ashe Park until the meet began. That’s when the 14-year-old claims Byars raped her. Now, the Nashville Police Department is investigating claims by a 19-year-old woman alledging that Byars inappropriately touched her while driving to that same track meet. In addition to serving as Dyersburg High School track coach, Byars also worked as a minister at Springhill Baptist Church in Dyersburg.
12 David Matthew Thorne Church Position: Youth Pastor, Music Minister Court of Conviction: Hancock County, 2017 Outcome: Sentenced to 25 years for sexual battery and unlawful touching of a child in 2017. Incarcerated in Mississippi. A former pastor at a Pearl River County church is facing jail time after pleading guilty to two sex crime charges in Hancock County. David Matthew Thorne, 35, of Picayune, on Monday pleaded guilty in Hancock County Circuit Court to one count of sexual battery and one count of touching a child for lustful purposes. He will be sentenced Sept. 25. Thorne was arrested in March 2016 for molesting a 15-year-old girl in a church van while he was the youth pastor at Goodyear Baptist Church in Picayune. He was also arrested on a charge of sexual battery, his third sex crime charge, in Pearl River County less than 24 hours after his arrest in Hancock County. The alleged crimes came under investigation after the child’s parents notified law enforcement officials.
13 Samuel A. Sutter Church Position: Youth pastor Court of Conviction: Hillsborough County, 2017 Outcome: Pleaded guilty to lewd and lascivious battery, unlawful sexual activity with a minor and use of a computer to solicit illegal acts. Sentenced to 10 years in 2017. Incarcerated in Florida and ordered to register as a sex offender, records show. The former pastor had already admitted to sexually abusing one of his teenage congregants. He had agreed to serve 10 years in prison. He said nothing as he waited Thursday for a judge to pronounce the sentence. But the girl’s mother couldn’t stay silent. “He used God as a weapon,” she told the judge. “Fear as a weapon. Her own beliefs as a weapon.” When the sexual encounters started, Samuel Sutter was a 25-year-old married pastor at Openwater Church in Odessa. The girl was 15. Sutter’s responsibilities included ministering to the church members in middle school, high school and college, and that was how the two met. They had chatted on the phone and on Twitter. Over time, they started getting together outside church, at coffee shops and malls. The sex began in the fall of 2015. “He shoved her face into bare, sweaty mattresses, so the evidence wouldn’t be on the sheets when his wife came home,” the mother said in court. “He obsessively reviewed every social media account she had, every text on her phone, every email, every photo …” The mother spoke of Sutter overpowering the girl, putting his hands on her neck. She spoke of him forcing her to take morning-after pills to prevent her from becoming pregnant. She spoke of him threatening to leave her, if she didn’t do what he wanted, to pursue one of her friends. In the spring of 2016, the mother noticed her daughter was acting anxious, more stressed than usual. She managed to get into her daughter’s phone, where she found text messages which indicated the two were sexually involved. Hillsborough sheriff’s detectives investigated and later arrested Sutter. They said most of the sex acts happened at Sutter’s home, but some occurred in the women’s bathroom at the church on Race Track Road in northwest Hillsborough County. “He chipped away her self worth, her self-esteem, her sense of balance, her trust, her faith in her family, her God and her self,” the mother said. “He continued to take, until all that was left was a shell of a girl who was so fearful and anxious and full of self-loathing that she felt the only way out may be to take her own life.” Since the abuse ended, the mother said her daughter can’t eat certain foods or listen to the Christian music she once enjoyed. She has nightmares and panic attacks. She fears becoming close to anyone. “Her precious gift of first love should have nothing to do with an adult, married youth minister …” she said. “This man hurt a child. He’s a dangerous predator, and unforgivable.” He pleaded guilty to three charges: lewd and lascivious battery, unlawful sexual activity with a minor, and use of a computer or device to solicit illegal acts. In addition to prison, Sutter was sentenced to 25 years of probation. He will have to register as a sex offender for life.
14 Brian Siegfried Brijbag Church Position: Youth pastor Court of Conviction: Hernando County, 2012 Outcome: Received deferred adjudication in 2012 on a charge of child abuse. Motion to terminate probation granted in 2014. Youth pastor Brian Brijbag was arrested for an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and – and another 18-year-old teen girl. Yep – pastor Brijbag had a threesome in his office at church. Brijbag is 35, married and the father of three children. Former Baptist youth pastor Brian Brijbag, entered a no contest plea to a lessor charge child abuse, ending his trail for having sexual relations with a 17-year old female congregant. Brijbag is also alleged to have engaged in a sexual relationship with an 18-year old girl. Brijbag was the youth pastor at First Baptist Church of Booksville. He is married with three children. The plea deal allows him to avoid prison and the sex offender registry. Former Baptist youth pastor Brian Brijbag, profiled here, entered a no contest plea to a lessor charge child abuse, ending his trail for having sexual relations with a 17-year old female congregant. Brijbag is also alleged to have engaged in a sexual relationship with an 18-year old girl. As part of his plea agreement, Brian Brijbag, 36, will serve three years probation, undergo sex offender counseling, pay a $964 fine and have no contact with his accuser.
15 Scott Dewayne Wright Church Position: Youth pastor Court of Conviction: Pinellas County, 2009 Outcome: Convicted of two counts of sex with a 16- or 17-year old; sentenced to four years in prison. Released. Required to register as a sex offender. A youth pastor was arrested this week, accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl in a Palm Harbor home. Scott Dewayne Wright, 35, who lives in New Port Richey, turned himself into Pinellas authorities Monday. He was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Detectives say Wright met the teen in September 2006 when he was a youth pastor at Calvary Chapel in New Port Richey. The next year, according to authorities, Wright befriended the teen, and at least twice between September and November 2007, he engaged in sexual activity with her. A year later, detectives began investigating the case after the teen’s parents contacted authorities. The parents reportedly learned of the incidents from their daughter’s counselor. Wright later worked for the Crossing Church in Tampa for a period of time, according to the church’s Web site. Tuesday evening, a church pastor there said Wright no longer works there. According to his biography on the Web site, Wright is married with four children. The site, which referred to Wright as “Pastor Scott” said he began working at that church as student director in 2007. It also said that he “has a great drive to take youth on overseas missions trips every year.”
16 James Louis Kubicek III Church Position: Youth minister Court of Conviction: Lowndes County, 2012 Outcome: Convicted of child molestation, sexual exploitation of a child and enticing a child for indecent purposes. Sentenced to 20 years on the first charge, five years on the second charge and 10 years on the third charge. Incarcerated in Georgia. A Valdosta youth minister remains in jail Tuesday on Child Molestation charges. The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office began investigating last week after they got a tip he was sexually involved with an underaged member of his church. Folks in Valdosta were shocked to hear of the suspected child molestation by a pastor from First Baptist Church. “It’s a well known church in this area, a large congregation, and I’m just so sorry they had to be faced with this,” said Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Pine. 29-year old James Kubicek III was a youth minister at the church. Lowndes County deputies arrested Kubicek when he returned from a church mission trip around 3 o’clock Monday morning. “Anybody in that position, in such regards, should also realize that according to the bible you’re held to a higher standard,” said Valdosta Resident Reginald Benjamin. Investigators tell us Kubicek confessed to the crimes against a 15-year old girl. The church fired Kubicek as soon as they heard about the misconduct. “They have been very cooperative in our efforts to investigate this crime,” said Pine. Many folks told us off camera that it is the responsibility of the parents to monitor their children’s behavior. Others said it’s disgusting this can even happen.
17 John Holland Brothers Jr Church Position: Youth minister Court of Conviction: Routt County, 2014 Outcome: Sentenced 20 years to life. Incarcerated in Colorado. John H. Brothers Jr. fits the pattern of child molesters who move from place to place in an effort to stay ahead of the law — and find more victims. A former teacher and youth pastor, Brothers was targeted with child abuse charges in Kentucky that prompted him to relocate to Louisiana — where he was busted for similar crimes previously committed in Colorado. Get the disturbing details below. Between 2006 and 2008, as the Craig Daily Press reported in April 2012, around the time he was charged for crimes in Colorado, Brothers worked as a youth pastor at First Baptist Church in Yampa and a teacher at Steamboat Springs’ Heritage Christian School. Brothers was so well-regarded at Heritage Christian, where he taught science, math and a Bible class, that he returned to the school in May 2009 to deliver the commencement address. By then, Brothers had moved on to Henderson, Kentucky, where he became a youth minister at Hyland Baptist Church — but he didn’t stay there over the long haul. According to The Gleaner, a newspaper in Henderson, he left Kentucky for West Monroe, Louisiana in October 2011 after church deacons at Hyland confronted him with sex-abuse allegations that had come from two members of the youth group he oversaw. The move didn’t keep him out of trouble. The Gleaner reports that he was arrested on two sex-abuse counts the following month, after he returned to his Henderson home to collect some of his belongings. A grand jury indictment followed the next February, with a trial set for that May — but these plans were put on hold when a reported Brothers victim in Colorado came forward that same year to say he’d been molested for more than two years, from April 1, 2006 to May 31, 2008. The accuser is described by 7News as having been twelve years of age when Brothers assaulted him. The gears of justice ground as slowly in this case as in many others, and as a result, Brothers’s trial on the Colorado charges didn’t end until Friday, when a jury found him guilty of sixteen counts: eight pertaining to sex assault on a child, with a like number specifying that he was a person in a position of trust.
18 Luke A. Cooke Church Position: Youth Minister Court of Conviction: Shelby County and federal, 2015 Outcome: Youth minister fled to China, Morocco and Albania after being indicted on sex crimes charges in Shelby County, Tenn., in 2007. In 2015, he was brought back from Albania by U.S. marshals and convicted in Tennessee of “coercion or enticement of a minor” for having transported a juvenile with the intent of engaging in illegal sexual activity and sentenced to 138 months. He is serving out his sentence in federal prison. A former youth minister charged with rape was extradited to Shelby County on Thursday. Luke Cooke was indicted on rape and aggravated sexual battery charges in 2007. Shelby County investigators said Cooke raped an 8-year-old and a 16-year-old. Cooke then left the country. He was found in China, but when U.S. Marshals prepared to deport him back to the United States, he ran again .In 2014, detectives learned that Cooke was in Morocco. A few weeks later in April 2014, Interpol contacted the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office to say they found Cooke in an airport in Albania with an expired passport. U.S Marshals obtained a federal arrest warrant for Cooke, charged him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, and began the extradition process. He was extradited from Albania in September 2015 after nine years on the run, which included stops in China, Morocco and Spain A man will serve 11-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to rape and aggravated sexual battery. Luke Cooke, 34, said he is guilty of sexually molesting an 8-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy between 2003 and 2006. He was the youth minister at the local church where the complaints were made, authorities said. The sentence was negotiated as part of a settlement approved by Criminal Court Judge W. Mark Ward. Cooke will serve it concurrently with a separate federal sentence of 11-and-a-half years, which was handed down last week in the U.S. District Court. He received the federal sentence after he pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity involving a child. Cooke will also be under supervision for life and will be placed on the sex offender registry.
19 Douglas Randall Pope Church Position: Youth pastor Court of Conviction: Bulloch County, 2012 Outcome: Registered sex offender in Georgia. Pleaded guilty to child molestation. The youth pastor at a Statesboro church has been arrested on enticing a child and child molestation charges. Douglas Randall Pope, 31, of Statesboro, was charges with three counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes and one count of child molestation. The Criminal Investigations Bureau of the Statesboro Police Department got a complaint May 20 that a 14-year-old girl was being molested by a 31-year-old man. The complainant told investigators that man was the youth pastor of Merrywood Baptist Church in Statesboro, according to Statesboro police. The victim said inappropriate behavior and touching happened over the past two years and also involved other girls. More interviews were conducted with other girls and more complaints were received. Detectives executed a search warrant Tuesday at Pope’s apartment at 315 S. Zetterower Ave. Computers, cameras and related digital media were seized from the apartment. Pope was home at the time and was later interviewed at the Statesboro Police Department about the complaints, according to police. The investigation continues and more charges are anticipated in this case. The Merrywood Baptist Church was alerted by police about Pope’s arrest. Let’s break this one down. Pope is a Baptist. He fat and unmarried. He attended some university courses but does not appear to have a degree. He’s only worked with children and young adults. His only qualifications are that he’s worked with kids. The victim is a 14-year-old girl (prime age for abuse). His church is of the small Baptist variety in Georgia with a very small staff. The church website has no information about the arrest and has made no statements. We don’t know if there was a background check performed or adequate safeguards in place. Conclusion – the situation does not look good for Pope. This scenario is typical for clergy sexual abuse among Baptists.
“The youth pastor at a Statesboro church has been arrested on enticing a child and child molestation charges. Douglas Randall Pope, 31, of Statesboro, was charged with three counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes and one count of child molestation. The Criminal Investigations Bureau of the Statesboro Police Department got a complaint May 20 that a 14-year-old girl was being molested by a 31-year-old man.
The complainant told investigators that man was the youth pastor of Merrywood Baptist Church in Statesboro, according to Statesboro police.”
“According to a press release, a 14-year-old girl alleges that Pope inappropriately touched her over the past two years. The victim told police other juvenile females were also involved.
Additional complaints were made against Pope when investigators conducted interviews with other juvenile females, the press release said. Following a search of the suspect’s residence, detectives seized “computers, cameras and related digital media.” The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected, the report said. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Criminal Investigative Bureau of the Statesboro Police Department.”
20 Joe David Nelms Church Position: Youth pastor; volunteer bible study leader Court of Conviction: Orange County, 2011 Outcome: Had already moved to Texas when he was arrested on California charges. Convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor (victim aged 13). Sentenced to one year in jail and five years probation in California and required to register as a sex offender for life. Registered sex offender in Texas. Prosecutors in California sought public help in identifying possible additional victims of a former youth pastor under arrest on a charge of sexual assault. Joe David Nelms, 47, was arrested March 18 in Lindale, Texas, on an Orange County warrant charging him with eight felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14. A press release from the California district attorney’s office said a woman now in her 30s came forward recently to allege that Nelms molested her over three years beginning when she was 14 years old in 1993. Prosecutors said Nelms committed the crimes while working as a youth pastor at Pacific Coast Church in San Clemente, Calif., originally named First Baptist Church of San Clemente, from 1990 to 2000. At the time of his arrest, Nelms was a volunteer Bible study teacher at First Baptist Church in Lindale, Texas, a church affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and the Baptist General Convention of Texas . He also worked as a counselor for high school-aged children at Sky Ranch, a Christian camp and ministry. Based on evidence obtained in the investigation, investigators said they believe that Nelms may have additional victims. Sky Ranch, a Christian camping ministry with locations in Van, Texas; Cave Springs, Okla., and Ute Trail, Colo., released a statement saying that based on an internal investigation there is no reason to believe that Helms harmed any children during his employment there.
Joe David Nelms has served his time in prison. In 2011, he was sentenced to one year in jail and five years of probation for molesting a young girl beginning when she was 14. He is now a registered sex offender in Texas and California.
Nelms served as the youth pastor at Pacific Coast Church (formerly known as First Baptist Church of San Clemente), between 1990 and 2000. He was arrested on an Orange County warrant after moving to Lindale, Texas, where he was volunteering as a Bible study teacher at First Baptist Church. He also worked as a counselor for high school-aged children at Sky Ranch, a Christian camp and ministry. He was ultimately convicted on charges of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor. The victim was 13 when the abuse started.
Prosecutors say Nelms was arrested after a woman, now in her 30s, came forward to claim that the youth pastor sexually molested her over the course of three years, beginning when she was 14 years old in 1993. Police sought public information to find additional victims, though no reports on additional victims were released at the time.
A 47-year-old former San Clemente youth pastor pleaded guilty today to molesting a parishioner beginning when she was 14 years old, according to court records. Joe David Nelms pleaded guilty to eight felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor and was sentenced to a year in jail and five years of formal probation, according to court records.
The former pastor of a local church was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in state prison and a lifetime designation as a sexual offender by Judge William F. Stone.
Larry Michael Thorne had been found guilty earlier this summer of lewd and lascivious battery on a victim between the ages of 12 and 18 and sexual battery on a victim in the same age range, according to a press release from the First Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office.
Thorne was arrested Nov. 14, 2014 after the victim reported that he’d had sexual contact with her on numerous occasions. The abuse started when she was 14 and ended when she was 17, according to news accounts.
The sexual molestation included sexual intercourse. These criminal acts occurred repeatedly in Thorne’s home in Fort Walton Beach.
The sexual abuse stopped only when the child disclosed it to a pastor at the church she began attending after she had been able to distance herself from the defendant.
The jury also heard evidence from two earlier victims who had been subject to the same pattern of conduct and sexual molestation when they were in their teens.
According to news accounts, Thorne was the youth pastor at Abundant Life Church on Hill Avenue beginning in 1985. In 2007, he took over as pastor after his father stepped down. In a news article about the transition, Thorne spoke about wanting the church to be a “lighthouse to our community.”
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation, with the assistance of the Department of Children and Families and Children’s Advocacy Center personnel, and made the arrest. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Christine Bosau.
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