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Clergy Abuse in the news

  • Grand jury declines to indict monsignor in consent case. Catholic official had sexual relationship with parishioner as he was counseling her and her husband. Under Texas law, it’s not a consensual relationship if a clergyman exploits the victim’s emotional dependency on him as a spiritual adviser.[1]
  • List: Every abusive Catholic church priest, clergy member named in every state in past year[2]
  • Male Escort Exposes 36 Gay Priests in File Sent to Vatican Containing Explicit WhatsApp Chats and Erotic Photos[3]
  • Vatican’s Third-Most Powerful Official Cardinal George Pell Convicted on All Charges He Sexually Abused Choir Boys in the 1990s[4]
  • More Than 300 'Predator Priests' Molested at Least 1,000 Children, Pennsylvania Grand Jury Finds[5]
  • Diocese knew priest arrested for child sex crimes was abusing boys, authorities say. The Diocese of Erie knew since at least May 2010 of the abuse, but this priest was still in active ministry as recently as 2 months ago. The Catholic Church knowingly allows pedophiles to have access to children.[6]
  • The Rev. William Thomas Faucher, accused of child porn and drug crimes, was role playing with a fellow author in some of the chatroom conversations in which he’s alleged to have said he wanted to rape and kill children, his attorney said in court Friday.[7]
  • A 1,200-page dossier containing the names of 34 ‘actively gay’ priests and six seminarians in Italy has been sent to the Vatican by the archdiocese of Naples.The allegations were compiled by Francesco Mangiacapra, a gay male escort who told local media he couldn’t put up with the priests’ "hypocrisy" any longer.[8]
  • * Shattered faith: Nearly 100 sex abuse suits against Catholic priests rock island of Guam.[9]
  • More than 500 people in the Northwest filed claims against the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus in advance of a November deadline, alleging members of the Catholic order sexually abused them as children.[10]
  • 2009/09/30:
    Ottawa police have issued an arrest warrant for a Roman Catholic bishop from Nova Scotia facing child pornography charges. [1]
  • 2088/04/26:
    A former altar boy has sued the Catholic Diocese of Orlando, alleging that church leaders knowingly concealed a sexually abusive priest who molested him. [2]
  • 2007/10/10:
    A Roman Catholic priest who compared himself to Jesus Christ was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for collaborating in murders, kidnappings and torture during Argentina's 1976-1983 military dictatorship.[3]
  • 2007/10/08:
    Bishop Tod D. Brown was lauded three years ago for quickly handling Orange County's share of the nationwide church abuse scandal, reaching settlements totaling $100 million for some 90 victims.[4]
  • 2007/10/08:
    The statewide Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington must pay more than $112,000 in legal fees for causing a mistrial in a priest-sex-abuse lawsuit this summer.[5]
  • 2007/10/05:
    A Roman Catholic priest who worked as a state prison chaplain was ordered to stand trial on charges he had sexual contact with an inmate, while the inmate will stand trial on charges he extorted $7,600 in hush money from the priest.[6]
  • 2007/10/05:
    Timothy Dane Tillmar, the former pastor of the Revival Center in Vincent, is charged with murder in the October 2005 shooting death of his wife.[7]
  • 2007/10/04:
    Prosecutors have decided not to press charges against a Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing a girl in Portland.
    The Rev. Joseph V. Hoang, 40, will remain on administrative leave while the Portland Archdiocese conducts an internal review, said Bud Bunce, a church spokesman. [8]
  • 2007/10/04:
    The priest sex-abuse scandal claims some new, elderly victims.[9]
  • 2007/10/02:
    Riverside County authorities are looking for a former Roman Catholic priest charged with child molestation for allegedly sexually assaulting at least two altar boys at St. James church in Perris in the late 1980s, authorities said Tuesday.[10]
  • 2007/09/26:
    The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph this week agreed to pay an Independence man $225,000, its biggest settlement ever in a case of alleged priest sexual abuse.[11]
  • 2007/09/24:
    A former altar boy from Windham who said he was sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest in the mid-1980s has filed suit against the priest and Bishop Richard Malone.[12]
  • 2007/09/21:
    A Roman Catholic priest pleaded guilty to felony battery with a deadly weapon in an attack on a church soloist at his Las Vegas parish office early this year.[13]
  • 2007/09/20:
    The pastor of the Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church in Arlington has been removed from office Thursday by Bishop Kevin Vann after an investigation of allegations of past sexual harassment of two women while the priest served a parish in another state.[14]
  • 2007/09/19:
    Michael Porter, 38, of Okehampton Close, north London, got a three-year community rehabilitation order for abusing young boys. He reportedly used his position as a Jehovah's Witness to act on his pedophile tendencies.[15]
  • 2007/09/18:
    A RETIRED Catholic priest who committed buggery with a 13-year-old boy at a seminary and indecently assaulted two other teenage boys has been sentenced to seven years and three months' jail.[16]
  • 2007/09/14:
    A Roman Catholic priest was arrested and will face trial on charges of raping a 9-year-old girl' in 2004 and sexually abusing as many as a dozen others.[17]
  • 2006/09/13:
    The Reverend John Bonine is accused of molesting two girls. John Bonine's public defender says the Pastor of Sierra Heights Baptist Church could be facing life in prison if convicted because there are two children involved. Bonine faces more than 100 criminal charges of child molestation.[18]
  • 2007/09/11:
    Nuns to be evicted from convent because church must pay $660 million in sexual abuse cases.[19]
  • 2007/09/07:
    The Roman Catholic Church in San Diego, in the US state of California, has agreed to pay $198m (£97m) to settle 144 claims of sexual abuse by clergy.[20]
  • 2007/09/04:
    A high-profile pastor from Kanawha County says he's one of the sexual assault victims of another pastor -- and he's written a letter to the public.[21]
  • 2007/08/30:
    A fundamentalist church pastor had sex with two of his teenage daughters to educate them on how to be good wives, a South Australian court has heard. The 54-year-old man, who cannot be named, was today sentenced in the SA District Court to eight and a half years jail after pleading guilty to seven counts each of incest and unlawful sexual intercourse. The court heard that the man had sex with his daughters for nearly a decade from 1991 when they were aged 13 and 15 at the family property.[11]
  • 2007/08/24:
    Television Evangelist Juanita Bynum, the hair stylist turned preacher, known for her inspiring and candid sermons about sexuality and marital responsibility, is recovering after allegedly being attacked by her estranged husband. Atlanta Police say Bishop Thomas Weeks III, founder of Global Destiny churches, will be charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threats. [12]
  • 2007/08/23:
    A Webb City preacher, Roy Curtis Huling, has been charged with three counts of child molestation with a female who was under the age of 12. [13]
  • 2007/08/20:
    A southwest suburban Southern Baptist congregation allowed a convicted child sex offender to preach for the last few years -- despite his past, and a warning from his previous church that he might still be dangerous, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. In 1996, Jeff Hannah was sentenced to nine years in prison for having sexual relations with four underage girls -- ages 15 to 17 -- while a married youth minister at Crossroads Church in Libertyville. [14]
  • 2007/08/17:
    A longtime Round Rock pastor was arrested after telling authorities he embezzled at least $500,000 from his church, according to court records. Donald "Roddy" Clyde, 48, turned himself in to authorities Wednesday and was charged with felony theft of more than $200,000 from the Fellowship at Forest Creek Church. Clyde's bail was set at $400,000, and he could face 99 years in prison if convicted. [15]
  • 2007/08/17:
    Pastor Leroy Cruz was arrested during a sex sting operation where a Denton police detective posed as a 15-year-old girl arranging to meet the man for sex. [16]
  • 2007/08/14:
    The Rev. Jerry Sutton, a prominent Southern Baptist pastor who lost a bid to become president of the denomination, is now facing an upheaval in the megachurch he leads, including complaints that he spent church money on his daughter's wedding. [17]
  • 2007/08/11:
    Pastor Dong Wan Park has been sentenced to spend 4 1/2 years in prison for filing fake visa applications. [18]
  • 2007/08/10:
    A San Antonio pastor and an employee of his Christian boot camp were arrested today on aggravated assault charges, accusing them of dragging a girl behind a van after failing to keep up with others during a running exercise. [19]
  • 2007/08/10:
    Arrest warrants have been issued for two officials at a Christian boot camp accused of dragging a 15-year-old girl behind a van after she fell behind the group during a morning run, authorities said. Charles Eugene Flowers and Stephanie Bassitt of San Antonio-based Love Demonstrated Ministries, a 32-day boot camp, are facing aggravated assault charges. [20]
  • 2007/08/09:
    A Catholic priest Dagoberto Valle Arriaga killed his son so the Church would not know he had broken vows of celibacy has been jailed for 55 years in Mexico City. [21]
  • 2007/08/08:
    Rev. Acen Phillips has been charged with 12 felonies in Arapahoe County District Court; there are seven counts of theft and five counts of forgery related to insurance fraud. [22]
  • 2007/08/08:
    The Rev. Robert Whipkey faces an indecent exposure charge after police said he went jogging in the nude about an hour before sunrise. [23]
  • 2007/08/07:
    The Rev. Randy L. Rugh of New Alexandria, Westmoreland County, was charged with theft and receiving stolen property after he allegedly cashed a CD worth $23,540 without authorization. [24]
  • 2007/08/03:
    Mark Comford, a janitor at Purdue University North Central and a youth leader at Faith Baptist Church in LaPorte, was arrested and then charged with seven counts of child molesting and two counts of criminal deviate conduct. Four boys, ages 9 to 13, were listed as victims in the charging information outlined in all of the counts. [25] [26]
  • 2007/07/30:
    Pastor Tommy Tester was arrested charges of indecent exposure and public drunkenness. Police say the preacher was driving drunk when he stopped at a car wash and urinated with children present. Investigators say prior to his arrest, Tester, who was wearing a skirt at the time, made sexual advances to them. [27]
  • 2007/07/22:
    Catholic priest Monsignor Alan J. Placa is accused of sexually molesting boys. [28]
  • 2007/07/20:
    Rev. Geronimo Enrique Cuevas, an assistant pastor at a Catholic church was arrested for investigation of sexual battery after he allegedly groped an undercover sheriff's deputy near a private beach. [29]
  • 2007/07/20:
    Troy Deal, 34, director of youth ministries at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, was arrested on charges of using a computer to solicit a child for sex. [30]
  • 2007/07/20:
    Wendel Nix, a part-time youth pastor from Aztec Bible Baptist Church, was arrested on charges that he had sex with a 14-year-old girl from his congregation. [31]
  • 2007/07/19:
    Rev. Coy Privette, the president of the Christian Action League, a North Carolina ultraconservative Christian political organization based in Raleigh, has been arrested for soliciting prostitution from a female [32] and stealing nearly $200,000 from St. Margaret Mary parish on the North Side to give cars, plane tickets and thousands of dollars in cash to a male stripper [33].
  • 2007/07/16:
    A California judge approved the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles's agreement to pay $660 million to people who claim they were abused by priests, in the biggest clergy-abuse settlement ever. [34]
  • 2007/07/16:
    74-Year-Old Colorado Episcopal Priest Sentenced To 210 Years For Sex Assault. Donald Shissler was found guilty of 15 counts, including assault on a child and sexual exploitation of a child. He met the victims *after he retired from the clergy and after his foster parent license was revoked. [35]
  • 2007/07/09:
    A Nixa pastor has been charged with child abuse for allegedly striking a 16-year-old female relative. [36]
  • 2007/07/05:
    An associate pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church of Slidell was arrested Monday and booked Tuesday on two counts of aggravated sex crimes and 47 counts of possession of child pornography. [37]
  • 2007/07/05:
    The mother of a Lake County boy who was sexually abused by Rev. Douglas W. Myers has sued the clergyman, two area churches and two Baptist groups, maintaining they should have protected her son. [38]
  • 2007/07/07:
    A 32-yr-old married pastor at the most popular church in Akron is accused of grabbing two women at Chapel Hill mall. [39]
  • 2007/06/30:
    Christopher Bennett, 30, of Apt. Z6, 200 Franklin Road NE, Atlanta, was arrested Wednesday in the Atlanta area and charged with second-degree sodomy. [40]
  • 2007/06/29:
    Federal investigators are cracking-down on a bankrupt CEO who is also a pastor. He's charged with defrauding investors of more than a half million dollars. [41]
  • 2007/06/28:
    Joshua Robinson is charged with two counts of lewd conduct with a minor and one count of sexually abusing a minor. [42]
  • 2007/06/24:
    A Baptist minister from Cleveland Heights admitted Thursday that he molested two children, including one of his wife's relatives and an unrelated member of his church's flock who was 12 years old and deaf. [43]
  • 2007/06/20:
    Suffolk pastor says disgruntled worker is behind his misdemeanor assault charge. [44]
  • 2007/06/12:
    Stephen D. Shorey, 40, was arrested in April on a complaint of child sexual abuse. [45]
  • 2007/06/09:
    The pastor of Emmanuel Apostolic Church was convicted yesterday of several sexual-offense charges involving a teenage girl who was a member of his church. He was sentenced in Forsyth Superior Court to at least 20 years in prison. [46]
  • 2007/06/06:
    A former pastor was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for receiving child pornography videos he bought over the Internet. [47]
  • 2007/06/01:
    Gerald Klever, then a pastor at First Presbyterian Church, allegedly forced a teenage girl to perform oral sex on him in his church office. [48]
  • 2007/05/31:
    Pastor accused of diverting church money for personal use. [49]
  • 2007/05/31:
    Priest Busted for Alleged Online Child Porn Possession. [50]
  • 2007/05/26:
    Youth pastor guilty of having child porn. [51]
  • 2007/05/23:
    Angela Hurt, 32, who was a part-time youth leader at Cornerstone Church in Springfield, was charged in November in Greene County Circuit Court with second-degree statutory rape and second-degree statutory sodomy for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with the boy from January to March 2005. [52]
  • 2007/05/19:
    Former youth minister David Baird, 45, of Penn Hills, was charged with statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviant intercourse, sexual assault, two counts of indecent assault, indecent exposure, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor. [53]
  • 2007/05/04:
    Corey Pritchett, 44, was arrested at the Sandy Public Library. Police charged him with several counts of theft and securities fraud in connection with multiple real estate transactions. [54]
  • 2007/05/10:
    Chattanooga police arrested nine men Friday in a prostitution sting, including the pastor of Ringgold United Methodist Church. [55]
  • 2007/04/20:
    A former Hebron minister, who is spending seven years in prison on sex-abuse convictions, is being sued by the two teenage sisters he victimized. [56]
  • 2007/04/01:
    A former Rice Lake pastor is charged with raping a 17-year-old boy 20 years ago. [57]
  • 2007/03/19:
    U.S. authorities seized $56,467 that Pentacostal leaders Estevam and Sônia Hernandes and other family members had hidden on their bodies and in luggage, according to the U.S. indictment. [58]
  • 2007/03/12:
    Pastor Frederick Dew was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of lewd acts with a child. [59]
  • 2007/03/12:
    CNN anchor Thomas Roberts became a victim of sexual abuse at the age of 14; the abuse lasted three years. It took him nearly 20 years to gather the strength to help put my abuser behind bars. "My abuser was Father Jeff Toohey, a trusted man of God. He was the equivalent of a religious celebrity in my private all-boys Catholic school in Baltimore, Maryland. Father Jeff was every boy's friend and mentor. I considered him my mentor as well." [60]
  • 2007/02/09:
    Pastor Ronald Hernandez Tovar of a Stanton church is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old female parishioner. [61]
  • 2007/02/08:
    Rediger, a former youth pastor of Liberty Baptist Church, was sentenced to two terms of two years in prison to be served concurrently with no time off for good behavior. He will also be placed on five years of post-release control. [62]
  • 2007/02/02:
    A Bexar County jury this morning convicted a former youth minister of capital murder in the deaths of his 17-year-old pregnant girlfriend and their unborn child. [63]
  • 2007/1/18:
    Shawn Davies, a 33-year-old former music and youth minister, was sentenced Jan. 12 to 20 years in prison for molesting children at First Baptist Church of Greenwood, Mo. [64]
  • 2007/1/12:
    The pastor of an Atlantic Beach church was arrested Wednesday as part of a prostitution sting. [65]
  • 2007/1/12:
    The Rev. Kenneth Payne was found guilty of molesting and sodomizing a teenage boy he was formerly tutoring. [66]
  • 2007/1/08:
    A youth pastor in Craig was arrested in connection with the alleged sexual assault of two teen girls he had worked with at First Christian Church. [67]
  • 2007/1/05:
    Scott Hoppe, former youth minister and assistant pastor at Grace Church in Burlington, had sex with a girl many times when she was between 15 and 17 years old. [68]
  • 2006/12/08:
    Rev. Brent Dugan commits suicide after sex scandal. [69]
  • 2006/11/30:
    A 28-year-old self-styled pastor, Yaw Dadzie, who claim to have divine powers to heal the sick, especially lunatics, has been arrested by the police for his violent behaviour towards his patients. [70]
  • 2006/10/29:
    A former Hickman Community Church pastor has been arrested on a murder warrant linked to the death of an 85-year-old Hickman man in 2004. [71]
  • 2006/10/21:
    Riverside police arrested Pastor Dennis Bowling early Tuesday after a group of women associated with the Kingdom Harvest Church at 2360 Valley Pike told police Bowling had sexually assaulted female members of the congregation over a 10-year period. [72]
  • 2006/10/16:
    Donald Richard Ryan, a high school pastor at Greenwood Community Church, admitted to being sexually involved with a 16-year-old girl. [73]
  • 2006/10/04:
    Kent Hovind, founder of Creation Science Evangelism and Dinosaur Adventure Land in Pensacola, was found guilty of 58 counts, including failure to pay $845,000 in employee-related taxes. He faces a maximum of 288 years in prison. [74]
  • 2006/10/02:
    A male prostitute alleges that he had a three-year relationship with prominent right-wing evangelical leader Ted Haggard, who has said that homosexuality is a “sin” and “devastating for the children of our nation and for the future of Western civilization.” [75]
  • 2006/09/21:
    The 44-year-old Reverend Terry Hornbuckle has been convicted of drugging and raping three women, two of them former members of his Arlington megachurch. [76]
  • 2006/09/18:
    Pastor Joseph Gary Torres was charged Monday with multiple counts of sexually abusing two girls who attended his church in the San Fernando Valley. [77]
  • 2006/09/15:
    The Rev. Maurice L. Jackson, pastor of New Generation Church was found guilty of three sex charges with children in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. [78]
  • 2006/09/12:
    The pastor Gregory Michael Butler has been indicted by a Burke County grand jury on charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year old girl. [79]
  • 2006/09/05:
    The Rev. Charles F. Mc-Keller faces civil suits by an estranged couple who claim that instead of counseling them to repair their marriage he drove them further apart by engaging in a sexual relationship with the wife. [80]
  • 2006/08/31:
    Pastor Helge Fossmo has admitted involvement in the murder of his wife in their home in 2004. [81]
  • 2006/08/23:
    Pastor Robert Holmes is being arrested for not reporting the abuse that a 12-year-old boy was suffering. [82]

Additional Resources


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