And here are 20 more disgusting, degenerate pedophile perverts of the Southern Baptist Conference of churches.
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Jude Dayton Hughes Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Avery County, 2016
Outcome: Registered sex offender in North Carolina for 2016 conviction of taking indecent liberties with a student, aged 17. Sentenced to 12-months probation.
A local pastor is accused of committing a sex crime against a teenager in Avery County Wednesday.
Investigators said Jude Hughes, the pastor at Jonas Ridge Baptist Church, sent two naked photos of himself prior to his arrest.
Outside the church Wednesday, Hughes’ name was still displayed as the pastor.
Hughes was a full-time custodian at Avery County High School and deputies said he violated school district policy trying to become friends on Facebook with a female student.
With the student’s and parents’ permission deputies took over her social media accounts, deputies said.
“During the night, he sent two explicit photographs, pornographic in nature of himself, to who he thought was the girl,” Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye said.
What Hughes didn’t know was deputies had taken over the student’s Facebook account.
The photos were never seen by the teenager, but ended up in the hands of deputies.
Investigators said Hughes then set up a meeting with the teenager bringing beer with him only to find deputies waiting.
News Story https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/avery-county-pastor-accused-of-sex-crime-deputies-say/187881384/
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5776109-NC-Hughes-JudeDayton.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5776108-NC-Hughes-JudeDaytonparole.html
Timothy Lynn Brumit Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Federal, 2008
Outcome: Pleaded guilty and was convicted of charges of coercion and enticement of a minor and transportation of child pornography. Contacted a police officer via the internet who was posing as a 13-year-old boy and then distributed child porn, mainly of boys 5 to 15 engaging in sex acts with adults – both photos and videos, court records show. He then offered to come to Virginia and pick up the child. Sentenced to 300 months in federal prison in 2008. Incarcerated.
A 48-year-old former Aiken teacher was sentenced to 25 years in prison for attempting to entice a person he believed to be a 13-year-old boy to engage in illicit sexual conduct and for transporting child porn through the Internet.
Upon completion of his prison sentence, Timothy Lynn Brumit will remain under court supervision for the rest of his life. He also will be required to register as a sex offender in any jurisdiction in which he lives, works, or goes to school.
According to court documents and proceedings, between January 2 and January 23, Brumit used “Hello.com,” a website operated by Google, Inc., to communicate with a person whom he believed to be a 13-year-old boy located in Stafford, Virginia.
Brumit, who used the screen name “charmingtim75” online, actually was communicating with an undercover detective from the Dumfries Police Department.
The Google Hello online service enables users to trade and view digital pictures and videos while chatting in real time about the images.
During the course of more than 15 online chats, Brumit distributed more than 600 files containing graphic images and movies of child pornography to the undercover detective. The images included depictions of boys under the age of 12 engaged in sexual acts with other minor boys or with adult males. Some of the images that Brumit distributed to the undercover detective depict violence and sadistic and masochistic abuse of young boys.
Brumit instructed the undercover detective to engage in sexual acts and encouraged him to obtain a webcam. Brumit also discussed traveling from his South Carolina home to Stafford, where he would meet the fictitious boy, take him to a motel room and engage in sexual activity with him. Brumit also wanted the fictitious boy to leave his family and live with Brumit in his South Carolina home.
In one of the last Google Hello chats prior to his January 24 arrest in South Carolina, Brumit instructed the fictitious boy to bring his original birth certificate and social security card when Brumit met him in Virginia.
Brumit also instructed the fictitious boy to bring the laptop that he had been using to communicate with Brumit, which Brumit planned to destroy to conceal his connection to the fictitious child.
A forensic examination of Brumit”s computer revealed that he had used the Google “Hello” program to trade over 44,000 images of extremely graphic child pornography with 110 different individuals located in 31 states and 7 foreign countries.
At the time of his January 24, 2008 arrest, Brumit was employed as a high school English teacher at Batesburg-Leesville High School, in South Carolina. He also had served as a minister in various churches in South Carolina.
News Story https://www.wistv.com/story/8520140/midlands-teacher-sentenced-to-25-years-for-child-porn/
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4936914-SC-Brumit-TimothyLynnbop.html
Mark Allen Green Church Position: Youth Pastor
Court of Conviction: Navarro County, 2013
Outcome: Sentenced to 50 years for continuous sexual abuse of a child after a trial by jury. His victim was reported to be a 13-year-old girl. Texas prison record shows he’d been previously sentenced to prison at least four times for burglary or theft before his latest 2013 conviction. Incarcerated in Texas.
A former Southern Baptist “cowboy church” pastor was sentenced to 50 years in prison without the possibility of parole after a Texas jury found him guilty April 5 of continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Green was arrested May 31, 2012, on charges of sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in Waxahachie, Texas. The news disrupted the Cowboy Church of Marshall County, Ala., which fired him after only a couple of months as pastor.
n September, a grand jury in Ellis County, Texas, returned a “no bill,” or refusal to indict. Another grand jury in neighboring Navarro County, however, handed down an indictment in July.
According to the local newspaper report, a Navarro County jury of six men and six women returned a guilty verdict after one hour and 15 minutes. Deliberations over the sentence took 30 minutes. In addition to time in prison, he was fined $10,000.
The newspaper identified Green as the former youth minister of the JBarC Cowboy Church in Palmer, Texas, but said he currently works for a company that installs flooring.
Green reportedly got the girl to retract her allegations, leading to the dropped charges in Ellis County, but after her parents and Green had a falling out, she renewed them, leading to his conviction in Navarro County.
News Story https://baptistnews.com/article/former-cowboy-pastor-sentenced/#.XEpHAFVKjIU
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5776086-TX-Green-MarkAllen.html
Timothy Lee Reddin Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Federal, 2018
Outcome: Convicted of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. Sentenced in federal court to 120 months imprisonment and 25 years supervised release. In prison.
A former Springdale pastor was sentenced to federal prison Wednesday for trying to entice a person he thought was a teenage boy into a sexual relationship.
Timothy Lee Reddin, 68, of Fayetteville was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without the possibility of parole followed by 25 years of supervised release on one count of attempted online enticement of a minor.
An agent with Homeland Security Investigations in July was investigating online enticement of minors to engage in sexual activity in Northwest Arkansas, according to court records.
The agent posed as a 14-year-old boy and logged into a social media account. An individual, later identified as Reddin, contacted him a short time later. Reddin began inquiring about the purported minor’s sexual experience, according to prosecutors. Reddin then expressed a willingness to engage in sexual activity with him.
Reddin planned to meet the purported boy in Fayetteville in early August for sex. Police went the meeting location and arrested Reddin when he arrived.
Reddin was listed as a pastor at Turner Street Baptist Church in Springdale at the time of his arrest. He also worked as a part-time history instructor at Ecclesia College in Springdale, according to a faculty directory.
A federal grand jury indicted Reddin in September, and he pleaded guilty in October. During sentencing, prosecutors presented the judge with evidence Reddin was a convicted sex offender at the time of his arrest. Reddin faces a charge of failure to register as a sex offender in Washington County Circuit Court.
U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing.
Records show Reddin was arrested and convicted in federal court in 2000 for possession of child pornography. Reddin pleaded guilty Sept. 8, 2000, to having 10 or more items depicting child porn on his computer, including at least one that involved a child younger than 12, according to court records.
In December of that year, he was sentenced to two years and three months in prison and required to register as a sex offender.
Reddin spent 16 years as a pastor in Hot Springs Village and taught high school for three years in Heber Springs and McCrory, according to records. He resigned in 1998 as director of missions for the Central Baptist Association in Benton after being confronted about child pornography on a computer, according to court records.
News Story https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2019/feb/09/former-springdale-pastor-sentenced-for-/
Dan William Haby Jr. Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Tarrant County, 2016
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Texas who pleaded guilty to indecency with a child by sexual contact in 2016 in exchange for seven years probation and deferred adjudication. Victims were teenage boys.
Days into his trial on charges that he molested a teenage church member more than a decade ago, the former pastor of Cowboy Way Church in Alvarado pleaded guilty Monday to indecency with a child in exchange for seven years’ deferred adjudication probation.
Under the sentence, if Dan William Haby Jr. abides by the terms of his probation, the case will be dismissed with no conviction on his record.
If he violates probation, he can be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison. Either way, Haby is now required to register as a sex offender for life.
News Story https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/fort-worth/article57815033.html
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5776088-Haby-DanWilliamJrsof.html
Joseph Monroe Leal Church Position: Pastor
Court of Conviction: Tulsa County, 2012
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Oklahoma. Court records show he pleaded guilty to two counts of using technology to engage in sexual communication with a minor, Oklahoma court records show. Sentenced to six years in prison with three years suspended.
A 36-year-old Henryetta minister has been arrested on complaints of sexting a minor girl after the two attended a church camp.
Joseph Monroe Leal, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church of Henryetta, was booked into Tulsa County Jail on two complaints of using technology to engage in sexual communication with a minor. He has been released on bond.
According to an affidavit filed in Tulsa County Court, Leal started texting the then 14-year-old girl after she attended the Summit Church Camp in 2009. Initially, the messages related to “spiritual subjects,” the affidavit states.
In the summer of 2010, when the minor was 15, the texts became sexually explicit, according to the affidavit. The girl began saving the texts this spring.
According to the church web site, Leal has served as pastor at Immanuel Baptist since 2006. He is originally from Moore and has also served at churches in Shawnee and Wellston.
News Record https://www.newson6.com/story/15036378/henryetta-pastor-arrested-for-sexting-teenage-girl
Police/Court Records https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5985551-OK-Leal-JosephMonroesof.html
Johnny McCullough Church Position: Pastor, Radio evangelist
Court of Conviction: Union County, 2009
Outcome: Serving a 15-year sentence in Mississippi state prison after being convicted by a jury on two counts of gratification of lust/unlawful touching of a child. Sentenced on 9/22/2009. Acquitted of five other charges by the jury. One victim said he touched her while purporting to “pray for her,” according to appellate court record.
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5985555-MS-McCullough-Johnny-Doc.html
Joshua M. McCready Church Position: Youth pastor
Court of Conviction: Howard County, 2000
Outcome: Pleaded guilty to nine counts of child abuse in 2000 for abusing John Doe, 12 at the time, and served 18 months in jail, according to the Baltimore Sun and Maryland court records.
An unnamed youth and his mother are suing a Berlin church and its officials, as well as the Columbia-based Baptist Convention of Maryland/Del- aware, alleging that the congregation’s youth pastor repeatedly sexually abused the youth and that church officials failed to protect the boy.
The boy, referred to in the lawsuit as “John Doe,” was 12 when the abuse by the First Baptist Church of Berlin youth pastor, Joshua M. McCready, began in 1997, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in Howard Circuit Court late last month.
McCready was convicted of child abuse in June 2000 for the abuse against John Doe, who is now 17, and was sentenced in a Worcester County court to an 18-month jail term, according to papers filed with the lawsuit.
The multimillion-dollar lawsuit names the church, its board of deacons, McCready, his parents – his father, The Rev. Francis McCready, is pastor of the church – and regional and national Baptist organizations.
According to the lawsuit, the abuse took place at the Berlin church, at the home of Joshua McCready’s parents, and at a church-sponsored camp in North Carolina. The lawsuit, which alleges battery and negligence, says the abuse ended in January 2000 after a roommate of the youth pastor talked to the boy.
A woman who answered the phone at Francis McCready’s home declined to comment this week, and a message left for the pastor at the church was not returned. The lawsuit alleges that he and his wife, Maxine, knew that their son slept in the same bed as the boy, and the lawsuit says the pastor tried to head off accusations against his son by assuring the youth’s mother that they were “rumors.”
Bob Simpson, a spokesman for the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, said this week, “We certainly oppose child abuse of any kind” and encourage individual churches to deal swiftly with abusers. Nevertheless, the official said, the convention is not part of a hierarchical structure and has no say in a church’s business – including its hiring of pastors.
The convention, which acts as a “service” organization, has been dropped from lawsuits against churches because of the independent nature of the individual churches, Simpson said.
News Story https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/bs-xpm-2002-05-16-0205160121-story.html
Daniel M Acker Jr. Church Position: Youth minister
Court of Conviction: Shelby County, 2012
Outcome: Convicted of eight counts of sexual abuse involving children. Serving a 17-year sentence in Alabama.
Within 90 days, retired fourth-grade teacher Daniel M. Acker Jr. will be in an Alabama state prison after pleading guilty Thursday to eight counts of child sexual abuse.
Acker received 17-year sentences on each of six counts of sexual abuse first degree of a child less than 12 and 10-year sentences on each of two counts of sexual abuse first degree. The sentences will run concurrently and will include the time already spent in the Shelby County Jail.
After serving the 17 years, Acker must wear an electronic monitor for 10 years. He also must register as an adult sex offender.
“This is a very tough sentence,” said Richard Minor, the special prosecutor for the case. “In Alabama, anyone sentenced to a life sentence may be released after 12 years. We are striving to reach truth in sentencing; in this case 17 years means 17 years.”
“You are not eligible for probation or parole,” Judge James Hill Jr. told Acker during the hearing. “You get no trial; you get no appeal.
“This guilty plea means you admit to being a sexually violent predator,” Hill said.
Six of Acker’s victims and their families sat in Courtroom 6 in the Shelby County Courthouse, watching as their former teacher shuffled to the table where his lawyers sat. Shackled and wearing a standard-issue orange jumpsuit and white canvas slippers, Acker looked down and avoided eye contact with anyone in the audience.
His parents were his only relatives present.
Acker marked his 50th birthday last month behind bars in the county jail. He will be released from jail on Jan. 4, 2029, at age 67. He will be 77 when the electronic monitoring part of his sentence is completed.
During the hearing, Minor summarized the eight counts that included touching breasts, vaginas and buttocks of 10- and 11-year-old girls while in the classroom and on the school bus. Other counts related incidents of Acker placing a child’s hand on his penis and pushing his penis into the back of a student while she was working a problem on the board at the front of the class.
In each case, Minor said Acker had told investigators that while he couldn’t name all of the students, he had committed such acts.
“I never touched a vagina,” Acker told the judge.
“Either you plead guilty because you’re guilty, or you are not going to plead at all,” Hill said.
Acker chose to plead guilty.
“Teachers are in a position of trust and authority over our children, and violation of that trust can have devastating effects on the student, their families and the community as a whole,” Minor said. “Parents and the community have a right to assume and demand that they will not be abused.”
Among the victims in the courtroom was Kristin Lopez Hurt, who accused Acker of touching her inappropriately in 1991, when she was 11. Acker was not only her teacher but also a neighbor. She said he molested her several times in the classroom as well as in her home.
Acker denied the charges then, but he was suspended with pay, and after a grand jury declined to indict him, the school board voted unanimously to reinstate him after a hearing that lasted eight hours.
Norma Rogers, Shelby County school superintendent at the time, pushed for Acker’s dismissal. “I’m just sad really,” Rogers said regarding the guilty pleas. “He hurt so many for so long, and when I think that we had a chance to stop him, at least stop him in Shelby County schools all those years ago and the board did not, I’m sad.
“I feel sorry for the young girls he hurt, and I feel sorry for Acker’s family, too,” Rogers said. “At least now, justice has been done.”
Hurt expressed relief. “I finally feel vindicated, not just for myself but for all the girls,” Hurt said after the Thursday hearing. “They’re younger, and this is harder on them.”
Hurt, the ’91 victim, is married and has a 6-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old stepson.
“For more than one year, I waited on the day that justice would be served,” Hurt said in a statement issued shortly after Acker’s arrest in January. She refiled her charges, and this time, Acker told Alabaster police that he had touched her when she was a child.
She said Acker had continued to follow her through the years, showing up at several Publix stores where she worked.
The conditions of his agreement require that he have no contact with any of his victims.
“I’m hoping I can relax some now,” she said.
News Story https://www.al.com/spotnews/2012/05/daniel_ackers_date_with_prison.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4883609-AL-Acker-DAnielMontague.html
James Robert Griffin Church Position: Associate Pastor
Court of Conviction: St. Tammany Parish, 2009
Outcome: Convicted of aggravated incest and pornography involving juveniles in 2009. Registered sex offender in Louisiana but listed as non-complaint for moving without notification.
News Story http://blog.nola.com/times-picayune/2007/07/associate_pastor_in_slidell_bo.html
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4918354-LA-Griffin-JamesR-Sor.html
Jordan Lee Roseboom Church Position: Volunteer youth minister
Court of Conviction: Montgomery County, 2013
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Indiana for six 2013 child molestation convictions (following guilty pleas). Sentenced to three years on four charges and three years probation on two charges; released from prison on probation in 2017.
A former youth minister will spend 12 years in prison for molesting boys.
Jordan Roseboom was also sentenced to six years of probation Wednesday.
Roseboom volunteered at Rock Point Baptist Church in Crawfordsville.
Last October, he pleaded guilty to fondling or touching 10 boys. None of the acts took place at the church or at church-sanctioned events.
News Story https://fox59.com/news/former-youth-minister-sentenced-for-molesting-10-boys/
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5674020-In-Rosebloom-SOF2pgs.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5002626-In-Roseboom-Jordan-Lee.html
Brian Kelly Burchfield Church Position: Youth pastor
Court of Conviction: Pottawatomie County, 2016
Outcome: Sex offender registry indicates 2016 conviction of soliciting a minor by using technology. Sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years probation. Registered sex offender in Oklahoma.
They trusted him completely
A former youth pastor was arraigned in Pottawatomie County on Thursday morning after being accused of sex crimes.
We’re told Burchfield was the youth pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church for several years and gained the trust of some teenage boys in the youth group.
Police tell us they’ve talked to four of those boys in the past week who told them their text conversations with Burchfield were starting to make them uncomfortable.
Police tell us Burchfield would ask the boys for pictures of themselves and talk to them about pornography.
Burchfield was arraigned Thursday, accused of crimes that have shocked families from Shawnee to Edmond.
Investigators say Burchfield had been inappropriately texting four former youth group members, all boys between the ages 14 and 17.
“They looked at him almost like a second father figure. They trusted him completely in the status he was in, his role in their lives,” Detective Ethan Rieves said.
Court documents show when the alleged victims were interviewed by police, they said Burchfield “invited the juveniles to attend a ‘Man Journey Retreat’ with him” where “he took the juveniles to his in-laws’ lake house in Eufaula, Oklahoma.”
That was in July of last year.
The teens told police, “Burchfield came up with the idea that he and the juveniles go skinny dipping on two separate occasions.”
Police brought Burchfield in to talk on Wednesday, and we’re told he confessed.
Court documents show Burchfield told police, he’d “just change into the mindset of a juvenile kid when he was around them and would do stupid stuff.”
A concerned parent got the investigation going, police say, when they took extra precautions to look out for their son.
“The parent did everything right. The parent set up their devices to when their child was receiving text messages or instant messages through their device, it would automatically go to the parent’s device as well,” Det. Rieves said.
Burchfield has been fired from his latest college pastor position, and formal charges against him are pending.
Immanuel Baptist Church released the following statement:
“We are very saddened to hear of the allegations regarding Brian Burchfield, a former minister at our church. We have no indications whatsoever that any inappropriate conduct occurred while Brian was an employee at Immanuel. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement officials and have provided them all of the information we have. We are praying for any people affected and trusting God to provide His presence and peace at this difficult time.”
News Story https://kfor.com/news/former-shawnee-youth-pastor-accused-of-sex-crimes-arraigned-thursday/
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4936927-OK-Burchfield-Briansof.html
John Orin Langworthy Church Position: Music minister
Court of Conviction: Hinds County, 2013
Outcome: Registered sex offender in Mississippi for 2013 convictions of two counts of sexually touching a disabled child. Was not previously charged but was fired in 1989 from his position as music minister at a megachurch in the Dallas metro area after the executive pastor confirmed the church “received an allegation that John Langworthy had acted inappropriately with a teenaged student. Based on this allegation, he was dismissed from that post.”
Burleson’s comments stem from a recent controversy involving a ministry leader at Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton, Miss. The Clarion Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Miss., reported Aug. 9 that Morrison Heights music minister John Langworthy had confessed to inappropriate behavior with young males at a church where he formerly worked, Prestonwood Baptist, a prominent church in Plano, Texas.
“These decisions were ungodly,” Langworthy told the Morrison Heights congregation in a video of his confession that is posted on the Clarion Ledger’s website.
Burleson said Langworthy kept his past a secret until a former staff member at Prestonwood, Amy Smith, recently contacted Morrison Heights about the man’s previous behavior, which she said started at Prestonwood with an allegation involving a teen.
WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, reported that Prestonwood’s executive pastor, Mike Buster, recently presented a brief statement about Langworthy:
“In the summer of 1989, the church received an allegation that John Langworthy had acted inappropriately with a teenage student. Based on this allegation, he was dismissed immediately, removing him from all responsibilities with the church. In no way did officials of the church seek to cover up the actions of Mr. Langworthy or silence his accuser. The elected officers dealt with the matter firmly and forthrightly.”
Burleson said he preached at the Mississippi church when he was president of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and he considers the people there his friends.
He said the turmoil resulting from the Langworthy confession could have been avoided with the implementation of a database listing sexually abusive clergy.
“Unless you have a database for these types of issues, what happened at Prestonwood and Morrison (Heights) will happen again,” Burleson said.
News Story https://oklahoman.com/article/3595760/enid-pastor-renews-call-for-clergy-sex-abuse-database?
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5565115-TXMS-Langworthy-JohnOrinSOF.html
Christopher Scott Decaire Church Position: Youth minister
Court of Conviction: Pima County, 2009
Outcome: Convicted on molestation and sexual misconduct charges and sentenced to 79 years in 2009 in Pima County, Ariz. Incarcerated in Arizona.
A 51-year-old former youth minister convicted of repeatedly molesting a 13-year-old girl told his sentencing judge Friday that the judge only heard the worst things about him during his trial.
The truth is that he “loved and respected” every one of his church’s youths, taught them God’s word and preached that they should treat others as they would want to be treated, Christopher Scott Decaire said.
Decaire was convicted last month on six of the eight molestation and sexual-conduct charges he originally faced.
Decaire’s victim, now 15, testified Decaire molested her and forced her to perform oral sex between January 2007 and January 2008.
During the trial, DNA tests proved semen found on the girl’s jacket was Decaire’s. They also listened to a damning telephone conversation between the girl and Decaire that had been secretly recorded by police.
The two met through his position as youth minister at the East Tucson Baptist Church.
News Story https://tucson.com/news/local/crime/ex-youth-minister-gets–year-term/article_b1287246-20c0-5a39-bb2d-b0ced2843fb1.html
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4910834-AZ-Decaire-Christopherstateprisonrecord.html
David Wayne Farren Church Position: Youth pastor
Court of Conviction: Bowie County, 2017
Outcome: Pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual assault; sentenced to 180 months in 2017 in negotiated plea agreement. In Arkansas state prison.
A Texarkana pastor was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday morning for sexually abusing two teen girls who were members of youth ministry groups he led at several local churches.
David Wayne Farren, 42, appeared with Texarkana attorney Jason Horton for a plea and sentencing hearing before Miller County Circuit Judge Carlton Jones. Farren pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree sexual assault, one count of second-degree sexual abuse and a misdemeanor count of violating mandatory reporting requirements. Farren pleaded no-contest to one count of second-degree sexual assault as well.
As part of a plea bargain, Jones sentenced Farren to 15 years for each of the nine felony counts of sexual abuse, to run concurrently, and to four days in the county jail with credit for four days served on the misdemeanor. At the end of the hearing, Farren was led from the courtroom to the jail.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Connie Mitchell said Farren confessed to eight of the nine felonies during an interview with Texarkana, Ark., Police Dept. investigators last year. According to a probable cause affidavit, the victim listed in eight of the felony counts first met with TAPD detectives in July 2016 when she was 20. That victim told investigators she was motivated to come forward because she worried Farren was grooming another girl. At the time of his arrest, Farren was serving as lead pastor of Anchor Church in Texarkana.
The victim told investigators she first met Farren while in middle school at Trinity Christian School and while Farren was youth minister at Trinity Church and later youth minister at Heritage Baptist Church in Texarkana. The girl said she confided in Farren in 2013 that she had been sexually abused by someone else in her past. Members of the clergy, teachers and medical personnel are required by law to report allegations of child physical or sexual abuse to a national child abuse hotline, but Farren did not.
The girl said she was babysitting Farren’s children the first time he touched her sexually as she was lying on a couch under a blanket, and that he had intercourse with her on her 17th birthday in 2013. She said she and Farren had sex in his home in Texarkana, Ark., more than 20 times and that he would have sex with her in his garage if his wife was at home. She said Farren claimed he did not divorce his wife because it would be a sin. The victim reported that the abuse stopped in August 2013. The victim mentioned that when Farren began taking an intense interest in her, another girl with whom he had been “close” had left for college.
The other girl was interviewed by TAPD detectives in August 2016 after Farren’s first arrest. She told detectives Farren began touching her sexually after her father died when she was about 15 and Farren was her youth minister at Faith Baptist Church in Texarkana. The second victim to be interviewed by police is named in one of the second-degree sexual assault counts. She said she cut off contact with Farren after he made a phone call to her while she was in her college dorm room. The girl said Farren’s sexual conversation with her led her to “realize how he had control over her.”
Farren will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison and will be required to pay a fee for the registration as well as a fee for having his DNA included in state and national databases.
News Story https://txktoday.com/arkansas-news/pastor-sentenced-15-years-sexual-abuse-teen-girls/
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4910816-AR-Farren-DavidW-Stateprisonrecord.html
Jason Roy Bolton Church Position: Youth Pastor
Court of Conviction: Prince William County, 2010
Outcome: Convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child as a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship. Sentenced to three years; released. Registered sex offender in Ohio.
Prince William County police have arrested a former youth pastor on charges that he carried on a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl in his church group.
Jason Bolton, 32, of Dumfries, began a close friendship with the girl in September 2007, police said. By early 2010, the relationship had become romantic.
Bolton, a married man with two sons and a daughter, began as a youth pastor at Potomac Crest Baptist Church in 2007. He resigned in May after the sexual allegations came to light.
In a first person profile on the church’s Web site, Bolton says he was called by Jesus Christ to serve at the church after ministering to students at the University of Delaware, where he studied art in the late 1990s.
“I am not perfect and I make mistakes every day,” Bolton says in the profile that has since been removed. “My hope is that through my life I can help show youth that Jesus Loves them and that He wants them so much that He died for them.”
News Story http://voices.washingtonpost.com/local-breaking-news/virginia/va-pastor-charged-with-child-a.html
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5028978-VA-Bolton-JasonRay-sofinTN.html
Jeffery Dale Eddie Church Position: Children’s minister
Court of Conviction: Colbert County, 2014
Outcome: Pleaded guilty to 20 charges, including sodomy, sexual abuse of a child under 12 and possession of child pornography, according to federal civil court documents. Serving a 30-year sentence in Alabama state prison.
Children’s Minister Facing Sex Abuse Charges, Multiple Victims Confirmed
Muscle Shoals Police have released new details in the investigation of a children’s minister accused of multiple sexual abuse crimes.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Jeffery Dale Eddie, Highland Park Baptist Church children’s minister, was arrested and charged with two counts of child pornography, 31 counts of second-degree sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.
Court documents, released Wednesday morning, state that while being questioned on Sunday afternoon, Eddie “confessed to performing oral sex and other acts on several of the minor members of his church, numerous times.”
On Monday, investigators spoke with a minor and his family about acts Eddie told police he performed on the child over a three-year period. Documents indicate these incidents happened between the summer of 2010 and this past fall at the church.
During Wednesday morning’s news conference at the Muscle Shoals Police Department, Chief Robert Evans told WHNT News 19 the whole investigation started on Saturday after a parent contacted police and church officials about possible inappropriate behavior between Eddie and a child at church.
After finding child pornography on Eddie’s computer at the church, Evans said the investigation ballooned to include the sexual abuse charges that have now been handed down.
Investigators are still interviewing possible victims in this case. Evans confirmed there are multiple victims and is asking the public for prayers for those involved.
As of Monday, Eddie was listed as a children’s minister on the Highland Park Baptist Church website. His picture and information have since been removed from the site.
The church posted this statement on its website Wednesday, saying Eddie is no longer affiliated with the church. Highland Park Baptist’s Lead Pastor, Brett Pitman, also came to the police department’s news conference on Wednesday morning and read the statement aloud. It says:
“As a church, we are outraged, shocked and deeply saddened by the events that have unfolded over the last few days. First and foremost, we are striving to assist any children and families that have been affected by these events. The health and well being of these children is our number one priority at this time. For years, Highland Park Baptist Church has invested in the Shoals community and we are committed to helping our entire community cope with this situation. Anyone with any information about this case should immediately contact the Muscle Shoals Police Department. Any children or families in search of counseling may contact our church office for assistance. In closing, we want to personally thank every person that has come forward. They are heroes and should be treated as such.”
News Story https://whnt.com/news/shoals/muscle-shoals-childrens-minister-arrested-on-sex-abuse-charges/
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4896044-AL-Eddie-JeffreyDaleALinmate.html
Joel Mark Waltz Church Position: Youth Pastor
Court of Conviction: Story County, 2017
Outcome: Convicted of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist. Sentenced to a 10-year special sentence in 2017. Incarcerated in Iowa.
A former Boone youth pastor who pleaded guilty to having inappropriate contact with a now 20-year-old woman off-and-on since she was 16 was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday, according to Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds.
Joel Mark Waltz, 47, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in October, a week before he was set to go to trial.
Waltz was arrested in late March and originally charged with sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist, a Class D felony.
According to Ames Police Cmdr. Geoff Huff, the woman met Waltz when she was 11 years old, and met with him on a regular basis until she was 18. Huff said the woman described Waltz as a father figure before he confessed his love for her when she turned 16.
Huff said the two began a sexual relationship that occurred in several locations around Boone and Ames, where the woman lived.
Waltz resigned from his position at Grace Community Church in March 2016, shortly after the allegations were brought against him.
Reynolds said that in addition to the prison sentence, Waltz will also be forced to pay fines and court costs, as well as complete a psychosexual evaluation, be on the sex offender registry for no longer than 10 years and have no contact with the victim or her family for five years.
News Story https://www.amestrib.com/news/20171206/former-boone-pastor-sentenced-to-4-years-in-prison-for-sexual-relationship-with-minor
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5633236-IA-Waltz-JoelMarknewdocdocument.html
Walter Harrison Yocum Church Position: Youth minister
Court of Conviction: Harford County and Cecil County, 2013
Outcome: A registered sex offender in Maryland with a 2013 conviction for sexual abuse of a minor. Received a five-year suspended sentence, according to Maryland court records.
A former youth minister at a Southern Baptist church in Maryland pleaded guilty March 20 to sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl attending the congregation’s vacation Bible school.
Walter Harrison Yocum, 35, pleaded guilty to a single count of sexual offense in the third degree, according to the Baltimore Sun. At the time of his arrest last August, he was youth minister and contemporary worship musician at Calvary Baptist Church in Bel Air, Md. He will be sentenced May 30 and faces up to 10 years in prison.
Yocum was charged Aug. 23 with third- and fourth-degree sexual offense, sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree assault. According to a letter on the Calvary Baptist Church website, Yocum was suspended with pay when he confessed to his pastor about “having an inappropriate relationship with someone other than his wife.” After evidence pointed to “ongoing misconduct with a minor beyond what was initially confessed,” he was fired.
Founded in 1949, Calvary Baptist Church reports an average weekly attendance of 370 in its entry in the Southern Baptist Convention’s church search database. The congregation has long been active in the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware.
News Story https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/harford/aegis/ph-ag-yocum-plea-0327-20130322-story.html
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4918347-MD-Yocum-Walter-Sof.html
Gregory Stanley Dempsey Church Position: Music minister
Court of Conviction: Hamilton County, 2007
Outcome: Convicted of a Sept. 1, 2003, sexual battery by an authority figure, according to his Tennessee sex offender registry.
The former pastor of Middle Valley Methodist Church was taken into custody on Monday to begin serving an 11 month and 29 day sentence at the county workhouse for statutory rape.
After a lengthy and emotional sentencing hearing, Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern gave Gregory Stanley Dempsey three years for statutory rape and a consecutive year for sexual battery by an authority figure.
He will be on intensive probation after he is released and must continue in a treatment program. He also cannot be around young children except for his 12-year-old daughter, the judge said.
Dempsey told the jury he “accepts full responsiblity” for a two-year homosexual relationship with a young church member, but he asked for “mercy” and for “probation.”
He said he wanted to apologize to the victim, to the victim’s family, as well as his own wife and daughter and former church members.
He said the incident has cost him to lose his home and life savings and he is having difficulty finding anyone who will hire him.
Police said the incidents started when Dempsey was minister of music at the Oak Street Baptist Church. He had taken that position in early 2002.
The youth testified at the sentencing hearing, saying he has gone away to college in another state and is trying to put the incidents behind him. He told the defendant, “I won’t let you stop my life anymore. I’m ready to do something good with my life.”
The victim’s father said his son had been a musical prodigy, but the incidents had taken away much of his love for music. He said while the abuse was going on, the minister on Sundays “would come up and hug my neck and thank me for letting (the son) be a part of his life.”
Dempsey said he is attending weekly therapy sessions with other sex offenders.
He said he got a job selling insurance out of town, but could not make a living at it. He said he became a team leader at Convergys, but was fired when news of his arrest came out.
He said he and his wife and daughter attended one church for three months, then were told they needed to leave the church. But he said the First Baptist Church of Soddy-Daisy has welcomed them with open arms.
He said he and his wife and daughter have had to move in with his mother-in-law, Jane Cook.
Dempsey’s wife, Julia, testified in his behalf, calling him a good father and husband.
She acknowledged she was shocked when she found out about the incidents, but she said she is standing with her husband of 13 years.
News Story https://www.chattanoogan.com/2007/3/5/102994/Former-Pastor-Must-Serve-1129-For.aspx
Sex Offender Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4936944-TN-Dempsey-GregoryStanleysof.html
Police/Court Record https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4936911-TN-Dempsey-GregoryStanley.html