Terms of probation prohibited practicing aspects of his religion such as nudity, fondling children, and having non-related children spend the night. Dirk van der Linde, 43, pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Waterloo, was charged with intent to commit sexual abuse of a boy, 14. Relatives complained about a 2 month delay in arresting him.
In 1986 prosecutors interviewed about a dozen girls and their mothers who described a religious ritual in which they would strip and fondle each other at Williams’ command. The Illinois Appellate Court, which denied him a rehearing, received more than 2,000 letters in his behalf. An aunt said she believed the delay stemmed from racism, because the victim is black & the minister white.
Sample protestant sex scandals that the main newspaper publications do not publish in the headline news.
Church members were not informed, even after the arrests.
In November, Gail Ganger, who lives 5 houses from the church, organized a Sunday morning picket after learning that the church secretary knew about the allegations, yet still recommended Leonard as a babysitter for her children.
His wife of 13 years, Julie Smith, said the allegations stunned her. As far as I know he’s never hurt anyone’s children,” she said. The statute of limitations has expired; no criminal charges were filed. Sobbing Mormon Sunday School teacher John Allen Midgett asked for God’s forgiveness before being sentenced to 30 years in state prison for molesting & terrorizing 8 girls, ages 5-10. Paul Robinson agreed to pay $575,000 in damages to Mary Tenantry, mother of 5, for luring her into an extramarital affair while counseling her. Earlier, a boy, now 17, was awarded $450,000 by a jury for similar charges. He told parishioners to undress & massage themselves, & masturbated during counseling sessions, also touching parishioners. He will now be sentenced on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of children & drug use. Facing 11 felony counts stemming from molestations of 2 young brothers since 1987, Rev.
When parents 20 years ago complained to Mission Aviation Fellowship officials about Truxton, they were told a psychologist at Fuller Seminary evaluated him, concluding he was in no need of help. Walker, 43, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for molesting a relative for 2-1/2 years, beginning when she was 13. A parent testified Midgett turned her cheerful, trusting daughter into a frightened, scarred recluse. The fundamentalist Church of Christ teaches that nonchurch members will go to hell. Randazzo founded Spiral of Friends Church in Molina. Boardman Kathan says a damaging statement he gave police in July was coerced.
Deputy DA Karen Gray said the letters of support were “a sad testimony to the fact that Mr. The member of the sect said he forced sex upon her and other women more than 40 times between 1987-1990.
Williams, who pleaded guilty 5 years ago to “cleansing” underage members by ordering them to bare their breasts, was 2 months short of completing his 5-year probation.Williams claimed thiswas _Bible_-based: “Our belief is that biblically if you have a problem within yourself, it is because of sin or weakness, and about the only thing that’s goingto cleanse you of that is if you expose it before the Lord.” Source: _Palm Beach Post_ 2/26/92. Port Charlotte church school principal Albert Joseph Clerico Jr., 47,charged with sexual misconduct by a psychotherapist by means of therapeutic deception, claims to be licensed by a nonexistent “scripturally based” group, National Christian Counselors Association & to have attended the nonexistent Carolina University of Theology. About 75 supporters from the Christ Universal Church picketed before the Criminal Courts Building in Chicago in support of Rev Paul Hall, 47, convicted of sexually abusing a boy, 13, in 1989. “It would not be this way if it had been a black minister molesting a white child,” she said. Wendell Beets, of Sound Doctrine Church, resigned following a claim of sexual impropriety with a female church member, 19. A Louisville jury of 6 men & 6 women found in favor of the Presbyterian Church (U. A.) in a million sexual-harassment suit brought by Janet Gellhaus.State investigator Robert Ford charged that Clerico “did cloak himself in the guise of Christianity & did represent to the female defendant that sexual contact” was part of the treatment. Senior pastor of Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, with 12,000 members oneof Atlanta’s largest churches Q stepped down, admitting an “improper” relationship with a female church employee. Don Paulk, 53, sermonized, “I am not here today as a martyr or hero, but as a fallen, wounded soldier … A sex scandal, now encompassing 4 ministers from one family, has been uncovered at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in De Kalb, Georgia, praised by former President Bush as one of his “1,000 Points of Light”. Women charge the ministers coerced them into having sex in order to “serve God.” The church filed, then dropped a slander/libel suit against several former members & staffers, resulting in a gag order by a De Kalb judge forbidding them to discuss thei allegations of sexual misconduct. Davis, charged in Illinois with criminal sexual misconduct, child pornography, and perjury, was also charged with assaulting a teenage boy in San Diego. Bell, 37, pleaded guilty to adultery with 6 women, conduct unbecoming an officer, and bringing discredit upon the armed forces. Guppy says the minister seduced his wife, a parishioner, than misused his counseling relationship with Guppy to conceal the affair, urging him to have an affair of his own. Source: _Waterloo Courier_ 9/23/92, _Des Moines Register_ 9/24/92. A married couple who were also ministers at the church expressed indignation that “he would attack a 19-year-old girl”, & concern that Beets will tart a new church & continue preying on the congregation. Youth minister-Sunday School teacher William Speaker, 21, of First Baptist Church in Excelsior Springs, was charged with a felony for sexually molesting a boy, 14, while chauffeuring him to church activities. The employee claimed her superior Nagy Tawfik sexually harassed her, pressuring her into a sexual relationship by threatening to fire her.He was arrested after the 75-minute “counseling session”. Sources: AP/_Atlanta Journal/Constitution_ 11/14/92; _USA Today_ 12/18/92; _Boston Globe_ 1/9/93. Three of the victims were Air Force Officers, others were a sergeant, a sergeant’s wife seeking counseling, and an enlisted woman. The founder of the notorious First Christian Fellowship Church of Waukegan, Rev. Davis is believed to have molested children since the 1960s. He is accused of victimizing a female piano student instructed by his wife for 4 years. The church, citing critical proportions, has a 3-year time limit for reporting sexual misconduct by church officials.He has been suspended as principal of Community Christian School of First Baptist Church in Port Charlotte, & as minister of First Baptist Church, which operates the school. The senior Protestant chaplain sought out vulnerable women seeking help for emotional upsets. Lloyd Davis, 57, flanked by many supporters, was sentenced to 31 years in prison for criminal sexual assault, child pornography & sexual abuse. Former church members accuse him of running a cult making sexual demands on supporters & locating all churches near Naval bases, where he is known for trying to lure young sailors into his churches for sexual purposes. The vote must be ratified by 2/3 of the church’s 171 regional presbyteries. Mitchell, 56, was convicted on 6 of 23 charges of sexual assault involving a Tibetan woman who testified he sexually abused her as a teenager after offering to sponsor her education in this country.About 374 persons wrote letters to the judge asking for mercy. Davis may be the most sexually dangerous man to have ever walked the streets of Lake Co.,” maintains Assistant State’s Attorney Jeff Pavletic. It also voted 491-26 to establish a policy on sexual misconduct, advising local churches to set up “sexual misconduct response teams” & notify secular authorities “when appropriate”. “I came her with a lot of wonderful dreams, and my dreams were shattered,” said the victim, now 23. Suspended associate rector of a Tucson Episcopal church, Stephen P.