Sample protestant sex scandals that the main newspaper publications do not publish in the headline news. The media is so bias
against the Catholic Church because they don't publish protestant sex scandals in the front page. If you find one you will
read it in the back page and with few description.
WARNING: THIS ARTICLE IS ABOUT AN OFFENSIVE SITUATION
AND THEREFORE CONTAINS OFFENSIVE MATERIAL. PARENTAL
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He was held on $300,000 bond on two counts of possessing child pornography and one charge of promoting child pornography.
Smith was fired from Exel, a Fort Worth-based computer logistics company. He also resigned Wednesday as pastor of Landmark
Baptist Church, where he had served for 31/2 years. His wife of 13 years, Julie Smith, said the allegations stunned her.
"He's never hurt our children. As far as I know he's never hurt anyone's children," she said.
PASTOR BOOKED FOR MOLESTING SCHOOLGIRL. A girl, 15, was molested at a church-run school in Birmingham by Rev. James E.
Johnson, of Ensley, according to police. He was charged with 2nd degree sexual assault, a misdemeanor.
Source: _Birmingham News_ 11/21/92.
BAPTIST VOLUNTEER PREYED ON GIRLS? Thomas Road Baptist Church in Phoenix failed to screen churchvolunteer John Herman Kuiper
for a criminal record when it permitted him to drive a church bus & volunteer at youth events. Kuiper, who had been convicted
in 1991 of a felony charge of 3rd degree sexual assault, was arrested in Phoenix for molesting 5 girls. As a church bus
driver in Fort Collins, Colorado, he had received a deferred sentence for molesting a little girl, 5. Rev. Ken Adrian, church
pastor, complained to media that the publicity was not good for his Phoenix church.
Source: _Arizona Republic_ 11/4/92.
LUTHERAN COUNSELOR NABBED. St. Paul Lutheran Church youth counselor John Wayne Nase, 40, Phoenix, was accused of multiple
counts of child molesting, sexual conduct with a minor & kidnapping. Police say he ordered a boy, 12, into the choir loft &
performed sex acts on him after Nase's Sunday confirmation classes.
Source: _Arizona Republic_ 7/21/92.
REDEEMER CHURCH SETTLES SUIT. Redeemer Lutheran Church, Redwood City, made a secret settlement to a victim of youth counselor
James A. Weller, who had sought $25,000. The victim said the pastor and other church officials interrupted Weller when he was
molesting the victim, then 13, but failed to report it. Weller had been dishonorably discharged from the Navy for sexual
molestation and had a record when he was hired by the church. He was convicted in 1990 of 27 counts of sex crimes against 4
boys and a girl, including oral sex, rape and pornography. He is serving a 4-year prison sentence.
Source: _Redwood City Tribune_ 5/19/92.
PROMINENT EVANGELICAL RESIGNS; NO CHARGES? Prominent Sunday-school teacher/leader James C. Truxton, 77 resigned his
positions at the 5,000-member First Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton. The founding president of Mission Aviation
Fellowship admitted he was stepping down because of "molestation perpetrated by me in the past upon young girls within &
outside this congregation". Truxton & his wife's memberships were revoked They were told not to set foot on church property
again. Both had been teaching second-graders; the wife was called "culpable". At least 7 church members in their 20s & 30s
said they were molested by Truxton as children. The statute of limitations has expired; no criminal charges were filed. 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.
Source: _National & International Religion Report_ 10/19/92.
PASTOR OUSTED FROM 4,500-MEMBER CHURCH. Pastor David Hocking of Calvary Church in Santa Ana was forced to resign after
confessing to an affair with a married woman. Hocking, 51, is married with grown children.
Source: _National & International Religion Report_ 10/19/92.
PASTOR GETS 13 YEARS FOR INCEST. Springfield Baptist Church pastor Jon L. Walker, 43, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for
molesting a relative for 2-1/2 years, beginning when she was 13. Twenty persons pleaded for leniency, including the local
NAACP president. Walter's defense was to accuse his wife of concocting the charges to get even with him because he had an
affair with a young church member! Deputy DA Karen Gray said the letters of support were "a sad testimony to the fact that
Mr. Walter's life has been a fraud".
Source: _San Luis Obispo Telegram Tribune_ 8/5/92.
VICTIM SUES CONVICTED MINISTER. Rancho Cucamonga pastor John Marshall, convicted of sexually battering an ill man, 25, is
being sued for $1 million by victim Kirk Judy, along with his church, the American Baptist Churches of USA & of the Pacific
Southwest. The 6'2", 200-lb pastor overpowered the 5'6", 140-lb victim at a bedside counseling visit. He got only 2 years of
probation. The suit alleges that Marshall had committed other crimes, & that the 2 Baptist groups should have known about
Source: _Ontario Daily Bulletin_ 7/29/92.
CHARGES AGAINST JUBILEE CHRISTIAN CENTER. Two assistant pastors at Jubilee Christian Center, San Jose, were charged with 4
felony counts of lewd & lascivious conduct with children, stemming from assaults on 4 boys, ages 10-15, at the church between
September 1988 & February 1992. Charged are Pablo Geraldo Boas, 28, & David Ernest Brimmer, 39.
Sources: _L.A. Times_ 12/19/92, _San Francisco Examiner_ 1/10/93.
MORMON TEACHER GETS 30 YEARS. 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. A parent testified Midgett turned
her cheerful, trusting daughter into a frightened, scarred recluse. He was also ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution
Source: _San Diego Times Union_ 1992, _Los Angeles Times_ 9/12/92.
CANCER VICTIM ALLEGES MISCONDUCT. Carolyn Kruse, Aurora, filed suit against her minister and church, saying he coerced her
into a sexual relationship when she went for counseling while ill with Hodgkin's disease. Sued is John R. Leonard, pastor of
Harvest Christian Center, who told the congregation Kruse was possessed by a demon.
Source: _Rocky Mountain News_1/1/92.
EPISCOPAL PRIEST SETTLES. Episcopal Rev. 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.
Source: _Reuters/Boston Globe_ 8/92.
COUNSELING VICTIM GETS $300,000. The Bear Valley Church of Christ & its former minister Homer Wolfe agreed to pay $300,000 to
a man whom Wolfe sexually assaulted during family counseling sessions. Earlier, a boy, now 17, was awarded $450,000 by a jury
for similar charges. Wolfe, 59, has not been criminally charged. He told parishioners to undress & massage themselves, &
masturbated during counseling sessions, also touching parishioners. The fundamentalist Church of Christ teaches that
nonchurch members will go to hell. Wolfe now lives in Texas.
Source: _Rocky Mountain News_ 8/2,29/92.
FUGITIVE RELIGIOUS LEADER NABBED. Fugitive religious leader James Randazzo, convicted in 1989 of sex crimes, had skipped the
country in 1990 & was nabbed in Hungary after a manhunt. He will now be sentenced on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of
children & drug use. Randazzo founded Spiral of Friends Church in Molina.
Source: _Pueblo Chieftain_ 10/29/92.
CONGREGATIONAL MINISTER RENEGES CONFESSION. Facing 11 felony counts stemming from molestations of 2 young brothers since
1987, Rev. Boardman Kathan says a damaging statement he gave police in July was coerced. Former chair of the Region 16 Board
of Education, Kathan retired last summer as associate minister of the First Congregational Church of Cheshire in Waterbury.
Police say their investigation shows he molested a boy, 17, numerous times over the past 5 years, & once molested his
brother, now 12.
Source:(Waterbury) _Republican American_ 1/23/93.
Holy Way leader Clarence "Brother Will" Williams was arrested after a 19-year-old woman said he brainwashed her into having
sex starting when she was 15. 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. Terms of probation prohibited practicing aspects of his religion such
as nudity, fondling children, and having non-related children spend the night. 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. 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
Source: _Palm Beach Post_ 2/26/92.
ACCUSED PASTORAL COUNSELOR A PHONY. 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.
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. Clerico maintains his position as "pastoral counselor"
exempts him under state law from charges. Police miked the victim & recorded Clerico making sexual advances, soliciting her
comment on his graphic fantasies & telling her to perform oral sex. He was arrested after the 75-minute "counseling session".
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.
Source: _Sarasota Herald-Tribune_ 8/4/92.
MINISTER GUILTY. Murrayville minister L.G. Gilsrap pleaded guilty to 2 counts of child molestation after the state high court
in 1991 overturned a 1989 conviction for molesting young boys at church.
Source:_USA Today_ 3/6/92.
"WOUNDED SOLDIER" LEAVES CHURCH. 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. Charismatic Rev. Don Paulk, 53,
sermonized, "I am not here today as a martyr or hero, but as a fallen, wounded soldier ... My family's forgiveness was second
only to the forgiveness of God." His brother, Bishop Earl Paulk, berated the media for exposing the "weaknesses" of others,
an blamed "Satan", promising Don would return.
Source _Atlanta Constitution_ 5/11/92.
DEKALB CHURCH BLESSES COVER-UP. A sex scandal, now encompassing 4 ministers from one family, has been uncovered at the
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in DeKalb, Georgia, praised by former President Bush as one of his "1,000 Points of Light". The
$12 million racially diverse 7,700-seat church with a TV program, social services, lost half of its 12,000 members following
revelations that its minister, Bishop Ear Paulk, had an adulterous affair. Other church employees or members have stepped
forward to say they had affairs with the bishop's brother, Rev. Don Paulk, & his nephews Rev. Duane Swilley & Rev. Alan
Mushegan. 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 DeKalb judge forbidding them to
discuss thei allegations of sexual misconduct. It promotes a doctrine of "covering", blessing cover-ups of sexual misconduct
& requiring submission to authority. Don Paulk accuses former church schoolteacher Rebecca Moses of seducing him, saying "I
know now what it was like for Samson to place his head in the lap o Delilah." Six victims have not filed suit, but are asking
for legislation making it a felony in Georgi for clergy to have sex with members of their congregations.
Sources: AP/_Atlanta Journal/Constitution_ 11/14/92; _USA Today_ 12/18/92; _Boston Globe_ 1/9/93.
DAVIS FACES MORE CHARGES. Rev. L.R. Davis, charged in Illinois with criminal sexual misconduct, child pornography, and
perjury, was also charged with assaulting a teenage boy in San Diego. Davis, 57, is a prominent Waukegan minister with
Christian Fellowship, Inc. Two fellow ministers, Michael Camer, 30, and David Annstrong, 33, are indicted on lesser charges
Young boys may have been brought from Tijuana, Mexico to Davis' San Diego church for molestation. AIR FORCE CHAPLAIN
COURT-MARTIALED. Capt. Perry W. Bell, 37, pleaded guilty to adultery with 6 women, conduct unbecoming an officer, and
bringing discredit upon the armed forces. He was also convicted o attempted seduction of a 19-year-old Air Force cadet who
fought off advances in his chapel office. The Scott Air Force Base chaplain was court-martialed and given 3 months in jail.
He could have been sentenced for up to 12 years. In exchange for guilty pleas, the Air Force agreed to a brief sentence and
dropped other charges of indecent advances, possession of a pornographic videotape while in the United Arab
Emigrates during the war against Iran, ordering an enlisted man to obtain a pornographic tape, and dereliction of duty. Three
of the victims were Air Force Officers, others were a sergeant, a sergeant's wife seeking counseling, and an enlisted woman.
The senior Protestant chaplain sought out vulnerable women seeking help for emotional upsets.
Source: _Edwardsville Intelligencer_ 2/19/92.
DAVIS GETS 31 YEARS, CLEMENCY ASKED. The founder of the notorious First Christian Fellowship Church of Waukegan, Rev. Lloyd
Davis, 57, flanked by many supporters, was sentenced to 31 years in prison for criminal sexual assault, child pornography &
sexual abuse. He imported teenaged boys from Mexico for sex. Lake Co. Judge Christopher C. Starck said: "The burning question
in this case is whether this man is a minister or a monster, a pastor or a pedophile." Starck said he is all of those things.
Davis is believed to have molested children since the 1960s. 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. About 374 persons wrote letters to the judge asking for mercy. "He is the greatest person there
is," insisted Martha Allsopp, a Kenosha church member. He faces more charges in California. Two other ministers from his
Waukegan church, David Lee Armstrong & Michael Carner, go on trial in March. In January, 200 supporters led by Rev. Peter
Paine of the Christian Fellowship Church presented a request for clemency for Davis to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. "I
believe L.R. Davis may be the most sexually dangerous man to have ever walked the streets of Lake Co.," maintains Assistant
State's Attorney Jeff Pavletic.
Sources: _Chicago Tribune_ 8/15/92, AP/
_Quad-City Times_ 8/15/92, _News-Sun_ (Lake Co.) 1/15/93.
LUTHERAN PASTOR CONFESSES TO 13 YEARS OF CRIMES. The 500 members of Christ Lutheran church in Palatine were sent a letter
informing them that Rev. Wayne Tellekson has confessed to sexual misconduct while he was pastor from 1975 to 1988. He was
removed from his current St. Paul, Minn. church when a former victim confronted Tellekson.
Source: _Chicago Sun-Times_ 1/15/93.
LAWSUIT ALLEGES CLERGY MALPRACTICE. David S. Guppy filed a civil suit for clergy malpractice, misrepresentation, fraud &
other counts against Rev. F. Scott Luthy, resigned pastor of St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rockford. 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: _Jackson Citizen Patriot_ 7/31/92.
2,000 SUPPORT MINISTER MOLESTER. 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. He had been free on
appeal since then. His 4-year sentence began in January. The Illinois Appellate Court, which denied him a rehearing, received
more than 2,000 letters in his behalf.
Source: _Chicago Sun-Times_ 9/3/92, 1/8/93.
LUTHERAN PASTOR NABBED. Dirk van der Linde, 43, pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Waterloo, was charged with intent to
commit sexual abuse of a boy, 14. He is affiliated with the Missouri Synod. Relatives complained about a 2 month delay in
arresting him. An aunt said she believed the delay stemmed from racism, because the victim is black & the minister white. "It
would not be this way if it had been a black minister molesting a white child," she said.
Source: _Waterloo Courier_ 9/23/92, _Des Moines Register_ 9/24/92.
"SOUND DOCTRINE" PASTOR QUITS. After nearly 20 years as pastor, Rev. Wendell Beets, of Sound Doctrine Church, resigned
following a claim of sexual impropriety with a female church member, 19. 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. Louise & Clarence Ellis of Cedar Rapids say others have criticized them for speaking
out against Beets.
Source: _Cedar Rapids Gazette_ 8/29/92.
BAPTIST YOUTH PASTOR NABBED. 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.
Source: _Kansas City Star_ 8/21/92.
JURY ACQUITS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. A Louisville jury of 6 men & 6 women found in favor of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in
a $5 million sexual-harassment suit brought by Janet Gellhaus. The employee claimed her superior Nagy Tawfik sexually
harassed her, pressuring her into a sexual relationship by threatening to fire her. Church attorney Michael Valenti,
apparently conceded the relationship when he said after the acquittal (shades of the U.S. Senate): "The lesson should be you
need to immediately tell people about it, you need to immediately investigate your rights, you need to use some common sense
& say 'no'."
Source: Presbyterian Outlook_ 9/7/92.
BAPTIST PASTOR GOES TO TRIAL. Indicted for 6 counts of aggravated sexual battery & 5 counts of sexual battery was Rev. George
Walker, 64, of New Tazewell, who has pastored a number of area Baptist churches. He is accused of victimizing a female piano
student instructed by his wife for 4 years.
Source: _The Daily News_ Middlesboro, 12/24/92.
PRESBYTERIAN REFORM URGED. The Presbyterian General Assembly, meeting in Baltimore in June, voted 446-78 to recommend
abolishing the statute of limitations for reporting sexual misconduct by clergy. The church, citing critical proportions, has
a 3-year time limit for reporting sexual misconduct by church officials. The vote must be ratified by 2/3 of the church's 171
regional presbyteries. 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". The adopted policy said there is evidence
that "10-23 percent of clergy nationwide have engaged in sexualized behavior or sexual contact with parishioners, clients,
employees, etc., within a professional relationship".
Source: AP 6/12/92.
UNITARIAN GUILTY ON 6 CHARGES. Northboro minister Mack W. 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. "I came her with a lot of wonderful dreams, and my dreams were shattered," said the victim, now 23. With the
conviction, "I can dream again and become a whole person again." Rape and assault-battery charges are still pending against
him by another Tibetan woman.
Source: _Worcester Telegram & Gazette_ 5/15/92.
RAPIST-MINISTER GETS 12 YEARS FOR INCEST. Suspended associate rector of a Tucson Episcopal church, Stephen P. Apthorp, 56,
pleaded guilty in Massachusetts to repeatedly raping his stepdaughter between her 10th and 16th birthday, an estimated 830
incidents of abuse. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Charges included indecent assault and battery, rape and
distribution of pornographic materials to a minor. The assaults began in 1980 when a Lincoln, Mass. congregation asked him to
leave because he was abusing alcohol, ignoring their problems, and "using the women of the parish like they were some kind of
fringe benefit", Apthorp said. He was suspended from the Tucson church. His contract as a counselor for Tucson General
Hospital's Westcenter was not renewed. He gave nationwide worships and lectures based on a book of advice for clergy with
alcohol and drug addictions. The 21-year-old victim, who publicly identified herself as Mimi Coleman, noted the betrayal made
her suicidal, gave her eating disorders and nightmares, shameful feelings over sex, continuing gynecological problems,
feelings of someone always watching her, feelings of panic whenever she sees a man in a clerical collar, and feelings that
she is a freak. "Never have I seen him practice what he preached, and I heard him preach a lot."
Source: _Arizona Daily Star_ 3/13/92; _Boston Herald_ 5/7/92; _LincolnJournal_ 5/14/92.
LUTHERAN MINISTER REMOVED. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America removed Rev. Wendell Henkenmeier of Marblehead from the
ministry after a panel found him guilty of sexual misconduct & destructive practices during counseling of 5 victims.
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER IMPRISONED. Groton Sunday School teacher Leslie Richard Danielson, 63, was sentenced to 5-10 years
after pleading guilty to sexually abusing 6 children under 14 years. He is already serving up to 10 years for a 1991
conviction involving 4 other children, but will be eligible for parole in 4 years.
Source: _Boston Herald_ 5/22/92.
BAPTIST CONVICTED OF RAPING BOY. A jury convicted Baptist minister Edward Quakenbush, of New Testament Baptist Church, town
of Wyoming, of raping & molesting a teenage boy in his church over a 4-year period, starting when he was 12. Members of his
church & family sobbed & shouted at jurors & a police detective who testified that the pastor had confessed to the
molestations. Quakenbush later denied confessing.
Source: AP/_Daily Telegram_, Adrian, Ml 9/12/92.
BRONSON MINISTER ARRAIGNED. First Congregational Church minister David Covert Moore was charged with 5 counts of criminal
sexual conduct of 4 children under the age of 15. In July he checked himself into Pine Rest Christian Counseling Services in
Source: _Jackson Citizen Patriot_ 8/29/92.
CHURCH EVANGELIZERS PREYED ON LOW-INCOME KIDS. Menfrom a rural Baptist church known for its aggressive evangelizing of
children are suspected of molesting as many as 22 boys & girls. The associate pastor, volunteer bus driver & a third church
member are believed to have fondled some & raped others, ranging in age from 3 to 10, on church buses & property. Charges
involving 10 victims were brought against Associate Pastor Timothy Lee Leonard, 32, of North Sharon Baptist Church near Grass
Lake, & volunteer Sunday school bus driver, church deacon Mark Foeller. Three other church members are being investigated.
The suspects went to low-income housing projects or trailer parks in 4 counties, telling parents they would "take the
children to church & teach them about God", according to Det. Robert Fitzpatrick, Jackson Co. Men would walk up to children
in their yards, coaxing them with treats to come to weekend services or summer _Bible_ school. Leonard was relieved of church
duties involving children in August, after police started investigating him when a doctor reported suspected abuse in a child
with a sexual disease. He also worked as instructor & gym teacher in the North Sharon Christian School, enrolling about 65
students. 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. He & his wife Nadine had babysat for her 3 children 7 times since Oct.
1. About 2 dozen protesters carried signs saying "Clos It Down." "The church knew about the allegations of child molesting,
but nobody told me about it. This church should not be able to carry on business as usual," she said. "What a wonderful thing
it is to be part of a church where adversity happens," said Rev. Bill Wininger, senior pastor. In January, Leonard was
released after 72 days in jail after 10 charges were dropped over the objections of the DA by Washtenaw Co. Dist. Judge
Thomas Shea, saying victims were either too young to testify or could not pinpoint the time of their assaults. Leonard still
faces 2 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct charges. Although he resigned from the church, church funds are being used to help
support his family & pay his legal expenses. The pastor said if he is acquitted, "I'm sure he would be welcomed back with
Sources: _Ypsilanti Press_ 11/12/92, _Detroit Free Press_ 11/12/92,
_Toledo Blade_ 11/18/92, _Jackson Citizen Patriot_ 11/16/92, 2/1/93.
LUTHERAN LEADER ADMITS CHARGES. Lutheran pastor David L. Anderson admitted having sexual relations with a number of boys and
young men while pastor of a leading Lutheran congregation in Moorehead, Minn. He resigned from the clergy of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America and as vice president for college relations in St. Olaf College in April, admitting sexual
misconduct with minors, college students, and male parishioners from 1973-1985. He confessed only after a parishioner
approached a staff member at the 4,000 member church with allegations in March.
Source: _Star Tribune_ 4/20/92.
LUTHERAN PASTOR RESIGNS. For the third time Rev. Rod Broding has left a job after being accused of sexual improprieties. The
Lutheran pastor resigned from First Lutheran Church in Pine River following accusations he admitted to sexual misconduct
there, but denies earlier accusations. Bishop Roger Munson, who oversees the Northeastern Minnesota synod of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America, said, "The church will assist in providing counseling to work through this turmoil & pain so that
healing & wholeness can be experienced in their lives."
Source: _Star Tribune_ 10/22/92.
AIR FORCE CHAPLAIN RAIDED. Deputies raided the home of Veterans Administration chaplain Rev. Donald G. Phillips, of Butler
County, seizing 500 video tapes, movie equipment and restraints following a tip that he produced pornographic movies with
young girls. The Baptist minister recently received the highest recognition awarded a VA chaplain, "the Award for Excellence
in Chaplain Service".
Source: _St. Louis Post-Dispatch_ 2/19/92.
BAPTIST VOLUNTEER CONVICTED. Granite State Baptist Church volunteer David Kirsch, 39, of Salem, was convicted of sexually
assaulting 6 young girls through the church from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s.
Source: _USA Today_ 9/25/92.
CLERIC FACES INCEST, RAPE CHARGES. Rev. Eugenio Matos of Spanish Mennonite Church, Trenton, father of 12, was charged in
March with raping his daughter from the time she was 5 to 15 years. In April he was charged with endangering welfare of a
child and 2 counts of aggravated sexual assault when a 23-year-old woman told investigators he repeatedly raped her while she
was between the ages of 8 and 10.
Source: _Trenton Times_ 4/28/92.
MINISTER & GIRLFRIEND INDICTED. Trenton pastorFranklin Tucker, 37, Final Call Ministry, was indicted for molesting his
girlfriend's daughters, 9 & 15. His girlfriend was indicted for forcing her daughters to recant the allegations to police.
The abuse came to light when the 9-year-old told a school official, who contacted police.
Source: _Trenton Times_ 9/15/92.
NUDE MINISTER CONVICTED. Rev. Bruce Rentz, found guilty of indecent exposure after a state trooper saw him jogging naked and
chased him to his home, has resigned as minister from Greenbush Presbyterian Church. He was ordered to perform community
service, pay a $50 fine, and get counseling.
Source: _Union News_ 5/14/92.
TOP EPISCOPAL PRIEST RESIGNS AMID SEX SCANDAL. The highest-ranking U.S. Episcopal priest, who ironically headed a national
committee examining the church's position on sexuality, resigned in October following charges he sexually abused young men in
his congregation. Rev. Wallace A. Frey, rector of St. David's Church in DeWitt, is married with 2 grown children. A church
official said he had been involved in "sexual misconduct over a lengthy period with some male, young adults & a teenager
under his pastoral care". The official said the number of victims appears to be "less than 10".
Source: NYT News Service/_Chicago Tribune_ 10/7/92.
CIVIL SUIT: 11-YEAR-OLD MOLESTED. A family in Dare County, North Carouna is suing Methodist minister Carl M. Eller for
abusing their daughter, 11, as well as the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, a bishop and a reverend
for knowing of his history of sexual misconduct but doing nothing about it. The family says she was molested when her father,
a carpenter, was installing cabinets in the parsonage. Eller pleaded no contest to a charge of criminal assault on a female.
However, the family said that in 1987 Eller had molested or made lewd comments to 4 women at his church, and forcibly kissed
and touched 2 girls age 13. Three women had lodged formal complaints with the church, but the only action was to transfer him
from Aurora to Hamlet.
Source: _News & Observer_ 1/15/92.
SUPPORTERS GATHER FOR CONVICTED "FRIEND". Pastor Roy McKinley, 45, who stepped down from Milan Friends Church after being
charged with molesting a teenage girl, pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition and related charges. Supporters, including a
minister, crowded the courtroom where McKinley pleaded for mercy.
Source: _Toledo Blade_ 5/25/92.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT SUIT HITS CHURCH. A female employee at World Harvest Church in Columbus has filed a lawsuit saying the
father of the pastor sexually harassed her, also naming the church & its pastor as defendants. Naomi Endicott, 48, said Rev.
Rodney L. Parsley knew about the harassment but did nothing to stop it. James G. Parsley, his father, was her supervisor &
made unwanted sexual advances, even offering money for sex, she said.
Source: _Columbus Dispatch_ 10/17/92.
WOMAN SUES EPISCOPAL PRIEST. A Fostoria woman is suing Rev. Douglas Hodges, of Trinity Episcopal Church, Bishop James Moodey
& the owner of a counseling center, alleging the priest forced her to have sex as "treatment". The abuse occurred at a
counseling center & the church. Shelley & Daniel Lebay seek more than $700,000 in damages.
Source: _Columbus Dispatch_ 10/9/92.
CHURCH SUED FOR NEGLIGENCE. One of several girls who said Alva minister Rev. Robert Bruce Brigden molested her is suing the
First Presbyterian Church for failingto check his background before hiring him. Allegationsof sexual crimes were made at his
former position in Kansas. Charges allege that he molested Alva church girls, ages 4 to 14. The church posted his bond.
Source: _Tulsa Tribune
PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER GETS 40 YEARS. Rev. Robert Bruce Brigden was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting young girls
in his congregation, convicted on 8 counts of lewd molestation & 1 count of rape by instrumentation involving a girl, 7.
Bridgen, 57, was accused of molesting 11 girls, aged 4 to 14, during the 4 years he was at the Alva church. His congregation
put the church up as bond, insisting he was innocent. He was placed in protected custody. Brigden blamed his arrest on a
girl, 4, whose parents were the first to take the children's allegations seriously. "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,"
Brigden wrote his wife about the 4-year-old, whom he described as "4 going on 400 years old", saying she invited him to spend
the night in her bed, & was mad that he declined.
Source: _Tulsa Tribune_ 8/92, _Tulsa
World_ 9/3/92, _Daily Oklahoman_ 6/14/92.
MINISTER MOLESTER OF 400 SENTENCED. Eugene Church for the Deaf minister Joseph Bernard Ponder, 47, was sentenced to 2 years
for violating probation in 2 felony convictions of 1st degree sexual abuse of boys. He had received a year in jail for 2nd
degree sexual abuse of a boy, 14, in 1988. Officials believe an estimate that he molested 400 boys may be low. "Thismay be
the most prolific abuser of young boys who has ever stood in this court," said prosecutor Kent Mortimore. "His whole life has
revolved around this his ministry, his choice of careers to put himself in contact with potential victims." Ponder denies
abusing the boy during a swimming incident, and failed to complete court-ordered sex offender treatment. Source:
CHURCH VOLUNTEER CHARGED WITH CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. Church volunteer Seven Jon Long, 41, was arrested for sodomy and taking
pornographic pictures of young girls under 12 from Assembly of God Church in Rogue River, where he was a youth volunteer. He
told detectives his pictures were art.
Source: _Daily Courier_, Grants Pass, 4/17/92.
CONVICTED PASTOR "RIGHT WITH LORD". Rev. Virgil Carpenter, 48, pastor of Bible Missionary Church in Ontario, was convicted of
sodomy & sexual abuse of a girl, 9, over a 1-1/2 year period. A jury convicted Carpenter of 2 felony counts of sodomy & 4
felony counts of sexual abuse. He faces 5 additional felony charges in 2 upcoming trials. "I'm really not worried," he told
supporters who had gathered in the
courtroom before the verdict. "I'm right with the Lord."
Source: _Corvallis Gazette-Times_ 10/11/92.
LAY PREACHER WITH AIDS TRIED TO INFECT KIDS? Lay preacher Adam Brown, of Roseburg, Oregon, infected with HIV, was indicted
Nov. 13 for sexually abusing children to infect them with AIDS, including 5 counts of attempted murder, 9 counts of sodomy, 4
counts of rape, 5 counts of reckless endangerment, & 3 counts of sexual penetration with a foreign object. Boys & girls
told police he molested them repeatedly, threatening them with knives, scissors & matches. One boy said Brown rubbed semen
into a scratch on his arm. Another said Brown burned a _Bible_, warning that Satan would come unless the child stopped
resisting. Alleged victims include a 3-year-old girl, 7-year-old girl & 8-year-old boy. AIDS tests so far for the children
have been negative.
Source: AP/_Boston Globe_11/29/92.
YOUTH PASTOR JAILED FOR ABUSING GIRL. Sentenced to 60 days in jail for molesting a young girl was Michael Wayne Cross, 32,
youth pastor of Oregon City Evangelical Church. He must undergo a sex offender treatment & register with the state for life
as convicted sex offender. The girl, now 17, said he sodomized her numerous times over a year. An officer said the crimes
occurred at the church or at church functions.
Source: _Oregonian_ 10/29/92.
PROMINENT METHODIST PASTOR WITH AIDS EXPLOITED PARISH? Following the death on July 4 of Rev. William O. Walker, a prominent
Eugene pastor at First United Methodist Church, it was discovered he not only died of AIDS but had used his ministerial
position to make sexual advances to at least 12 men, including 6 ministers. Walker infected his wife Carol with AIDS; she
died in 1990. In November a church superintendent told parishioners that Walker had been accused of making sexual advances to
2 male teenagers at a Methodist church camp 17 years earlier.
CHURCH COUNSELING TURNED ABUSIVE. A Fairless Hills couple filed suit against a church counselor and Calvary Full Gospel
Church, alleging the pastor referred them to abusive Aldo Maselli. The depressed woman said he told her he "had prayed about
it and that God told him that it was OK for him to express his feelings of love", initiating a 2-year sexual relationship.
The suit by Rebecca and Steven Hicks charges negligent, reckless practices contrary to accepted counseling standards, and
battery and sexual abuse.
Source: _Bucks County Courier Times_ 5/20/92.
DEACON ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING 8 GIRLS. Victory Baptist Church deacon Daniel Eaves, 34, was arrested for sexually assaulting 8
girls, ages 3 to 14, at his Springfield home and during youth groups last year.
Source: _Philadelphia Inquirer_ 4/25/ 92.
PRESBYTERY REMOVES PASTOR. The Pittsburgh Presbyteryremoved the associate pastor of the prominent East Liberty Presbyterian
Church on charges of sexual misconduct. Rev. Howard Eybers, 43, is accused by 3 women of making sexual overtures.
Source: _Pittsburgh Post- Gazette_ 3/7/92.
SEXTON GETS 35 YEARS. A sexton at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Whitehall Township was sentenced to 35-70 years in jail
for molesting boys. Adam Tannous, 61, of Allentown, agreed to plead guilty to 7 merged charges of involuntary deviate sexual
intercourse, after originally being charged with more than 4,000 crimes. One victim said Tannous bragged of having sex with
400 boys over the past 40 years. He was removed as pastor of St. George's Episcopal Church in Hellertown in 1970 because of
similar allegations. In 1972, he was arrested on a morals charge in Emmaus. He was "treated", not jailed, then expelled from
the ministry. Despite this record, St. Stephen's hired him in 1976 to be custodian, saying he was rehabilitated. Many victims
say Tannous caused them alcohol problems by plying them with liquor.
Source: _Express-Times_ 12/17/92.
CULT PASTOR NOT PROSECUTED. Officials in Clearfield & Delaware counties won't prosecute doomsday pastor Anthony Marcolongo of
Johnstown, despite allegations by 6 women followers of sexual assault. "We thought this wasn't the type of case that tax
dollars should be spent on," said Assistant DA Sheldon Kovach. The women said the minister broke them physically, making them
work 18-hour days, & filled them with fear of doom in Hell if they did not have sex with him.
Source: _Clearfield Progress_ 9/1/92.
METHODIST MINISTER PLEA BARGAINS. Rev. Wally Walton, Grace United Methodist, Pierre, pleaded no contest to felony charges of
incest & sexual contact with a minor, & was immediately jailed. Walton has agreed to provide details of "sex crimes & illicit
sexual activities" against latchkey kids, Girl Scouts & otherchildren. Additionally, Walton's wife Betty was charged with
sexual contact with a child, incest, & failure to report a felony. Also indicted are Walton's adopted twin daughters &
son-in-law, facing similar charges. Walton drove a bus for a local latchkey program. Mrs. Walton worked with the Girl Scouts.
Fellow minister Rev. J. Edwin Coates of the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell, accuses social workers of being
overzealous, & said the arrests were indicative of a "police state" & a witchhunt. Prosecutor Mark Moreno excused the delay
in charging Walton by saying: "If you charge a minister as I've done, you'd better be sure that you have some concrete
evidence, because it's going to totally annihilate his future." Walton voluntarily surrendered his ministerial credentials.
Methodists dropped a 2-year statute of limitations on disciplinary problems in May 1992, with no time limit on sex offenses.
Source:_Rapid City Journal_ 7/28,29,31/92, 8/1/92.
METHODIST COVER-UP ALLEGED. No charges were broughtwhen youngsters in Piedmont told police & social services they were
molested in 1983 by Rev. Wally Walton (see above) at Piedmont Grace United Methodist Church. After a 2-year sabbatical,
Walton became pastor at Grace United Methodist in Pierre, where he has been charged with sex offenses against children.
The Methodist hierarchy decided he was "not a danger to anyone", permitted him to give sermons during his 2-year break, &
"felt he should be given another chance", said Rev. Dick Fisher, formerly Westem Dist. superintendent of the Methodist Church
in Rapid City. "We had two concerns at the time: to protect the people & save a person for the ministry."
Source: _Rapid City Journal_ 7/29/92.
MOLESTING MINISTER-BROTHERS CONVICTED. Youth ministerDon McCary, 48, was sentenced to 72 years of prison for molesting 4 boys
at his Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn. His twin brother Ron McCary, a Christian comedian and pastor, is in prison after
committing aggravated rape on a boy, 6. Their older brother Richard McCary spent 2 years in the California prisons in the
1980s after conviction on 6 charges of child molestation. Explains sex offender therapist Deloris Roys, Don McCary "had a
perfect camouflage ... For the person who uses religion as a camouflage, it gives them the mantle of being an OK or holy
person. We all imbue religious people with the idea they wouldn't hurt us. They have instant authority, a power we don't
have, a mantle of respect." Don McCary had been youth/choir director for 15 years at Central Baptist Church of Hixson, Tenn.
He recorded lewd conversations with young boys and gave copies to his brother Ron in jail.
Source: _Birmingham News_ 5/9/92.
$10 MILLION SOUGHT FROM BAPTISTS. Five civil lawsuits asking for $10 million in damages were filed against the Southern
Baptist Convention for sexual assaults by convicted minister Donald McCary, of Chattanooga, sentenced in April to 72 years in
prison for assaulting 5 boys. James Guenther, general counselor for the SBC in Nashville, shrugged off the suits: "We've
probably had a dozen of these cases where a plaintiff has undertaken to show that SBC controls a minister." He says no SBC
agency beyond the level of the congregation has legal or disciplinary authority over pastors. McCary's twin brother is also
in prison for abusing children; their older brother is on parole for similar charges.
Source: _Birmingham News_8/21/92.
BAPTIST CHARGED WITH INDECENCY. Charged with indecency for fondling a preteen girl in 1991 was Norman "Buddy" Wilcoxen, 60,
former pastor of Calvary Baptist Churc in Bastrop.
Source: _Austin American-Statesman_ 10/17/92.
POLYGAMOUS HILLBILLY PREACHER CHARGED. The leader of the Evangelistic Tabernacle in Martinsville was charged with felonious
seduction & taking indecent liberties with a minor when he "married" a 16-year-old high school junior. Although already
married, he was not charged with polygamy since he did not legally marry the teenager. Rev. Elwood Gallimore, 42, was also
charged with performing marriage ceremonies without a license. His favorite topic for sermons is polygamy, citing such
polygamous biblical characters as David & Solomon. He said the _Bible_ will be his only defense during the trial. Gallimore,
whose dutiful 42-year-old wife was hospitalized for "nerves" after the second "marriage" was proposed, says he is being
prosecuted by "jealous" men. A magistrate ordered him to stay away from the teenager on Jan. 19.
Source: _Washington Post_ 1/21,27,28/92.
PROMINENT EPISCOPALIAN REMOVED. Nationally known Rev. W. Graham Pulkingham, now living in Virginia, wassuspended temporarily
from the Episcopalian priesthood after admitting he initiated a sexual relationship with a man he was counseling, destroying
the man's marriage. Church officials asked everybody to pray.
Source: _Denver Post_ 8/92.
METHODIST LEADER ADMITS IMPROPER RELATIONS. Newly retired Rev. Edward W. Bauman, once named one of the country's top
preachers by _Time_ Magazine, admitted in a September letter to the Foundry United Methodist Church in D.C. to "relationships
of a sexual nature ... with several women in the congregation". Bauman, 65, has a TV show, "Bauman _Bible_ Telecast", airing
worldwide. The admission came only have 2 women filed grievances with Bishop Joseph Yeakel; one had sought counseling from
Bauman. Bauman agreed to seek counseling at Johns Hopkins Hospital & to retire. After a 3rd woman came forward. Bauman agreed
to write a letter to the congregation & make financia restitution to 2 women. Bauman insists the relationships were "fully
consenting" & "could not be interpreted as harassment". Among Bauman's congregants were Sen. Bob Dole & Elizabeth Dole, &
former Sen. George McGovern. According to the national United Methodist newsletter, 13% of pastors in 5 Protestant
denominations acknowledged having intercourse with parishioners.
Source: _Washington Post_ 9/18/92.
LUTHERAN PRINCIPAL ACCUSED. Denying charges of indecent liberties with a student is John P. Rossow, who resigned in March as
principal of Central Lutheran Christian School, Tacoma. Now a senior, the youth said Russow took him on outings and French
kissed him for hours when he was a 5th grader, and tried to masturbate him at a state park after plying him with whiskey. A
teenager said, "He had kids at his house a lot."
Source: _Morning News Tribune_ 4/8/92.
METHODIST MINISTER PLEADS GUILTY. Rev. Lawrence "Larry" E. Trim, 55, of Evangelical Methodist Church in Methow, pleaded
guilty to 3rd degree rape of a child, in connection with an assault of a boy, then
13. Source: _Wenatchee World_ 9/17/92.
CONVICTED MOLESTER RECRUITING BOYS. A convicted child molester barred in Pennsylvania from recruiting choirboys to tour in
Europe is now operating out of Morgantown, WV. John B. Shallenberger, 74, was convicted in 1985 of indecent assault, indecent
exposure and corrupting the morals of a Dutch choirboy, 11. He was convicted in 1961 and 1975 on similar charges. In 1990, a
judge ordered him to reveal his criminal record while recruiting boys and to pay a $5,000 fine for violating a 1978 agreement
with the Bureau of Consumer Protection to reveal his background. He has not paid the fine or signed the petition.
Shallenberger insists, "Every choirmaster and every music teacher in the country knows of my criminal record ... You would be
surprised at how many parents beg me to take a second brother on tour." His July in Paris tour was handled through the
Children's Choir Federation.
Source: _Pittsburgh Post-Gazette_ 2/15/92.
CONVICTED MOLESTER STOPS TOUR. Following an investigation by the West Virginia attorney general's office, convicted child
molester John B. Shallenberger, 74, folded his Children's Choir Federation, soliciting boys from grades 4-7 to take 2-week
singing tours in Europe. He had been convicted in 1975 & 1961 for child molestation. In 1991, Pennsylvania authorities
charged him with ignoring a court order to reveal his child molestation
convictions to the parents of recruited children, so he moved to West Virginia. Shallenberger has moved back to Pennslyvania
& is running an elevator repair company.
Source: _Charleston Gazette_ 7/8/92.
MINISTER PLEADS GUILTY TO ABUSING NIECE. Baptist minister Rev. Ernest Lee Rowsey, 51, of Wharton Missionary Baptist Church in
Bim, pleaded guilty to 1count of 1st degree sexual abuse, involving his niece. Originally, he was charged with molesting 2
nieces between 1976-1982, but they agreed to drop all but onecharge against their uncle. The kids were molested for 6 years
starting from ages 5 & 7. Rowley's sister also said he molested her as long ago as 1969, but at that time, child sexual abuse
was a misdemeanor, & the statute of limitations has expired.
Source:_Charleston Gazette_ 11/1/92.
"NOT A TIME FOR JUDGMENT." The arrest of Brookfield minister Richard O. Bidwell for lewd & lascivious conduct is "not a time
for judgment" but "a time when we in the Christian community need to offer our support & our prayers," opines Rev. Kenneth
Wheeler, an official with the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Bidwell, pastor of
Calvary Lutheran Church, married with children, was arrested at a park in the afternoon with his genitals exposed, in the
company of another exposed man.
Source: _Milwaukee Sentinel_ 7/14/92.
NEW BRUNSWICK PREACHER CONVICTED. Calling his crimes a "most sick, disturbing and tragic matter", Justice Thomas Riordon
convicted Pentecostal preacher Rev. Aubrey McCallister of touching, fondling and sodomizing a young girl for 10 years,
beginning when she was 7. The assaults took place at his home and church Sunday school in Minto, New Brunswick. He was
convicted of the same offense 2 years ago and sentenced to 5 years in jail but was granted a new trial. His loyal
congregation packed the courtroom during both trials, and had to be warned not to repeat their angry outburst. Followers
shook the convict's hand and said they were sticking by him. The victim, now 20, was jeered by the minister's congregation.
McCallister called her "daddy's little girl" and rewarded her with Oreo cookies or told her to pray for
forgiveness after each encounter. "Aren't we sneaky? If we ever get caught, mom would kick us both out," he
Source: _Telegraph Journal_, Saint John, N.B., 3/6/92.
"GOD HAS FORGIVEN ME FOR WHAT I'VE DONE." Nova Scotia religious leader Harold Jollimore, 63, convicted in December of sexual
and indecent assault of young girls, was sentenced to 2 years in prison. He preached biblical passages while sexually abusing
neighbor girls. One 9-year-old who had a breakdown after 8 years of abuse has been in therapy since 1978. He attracted
children by running a candy and soda postore on his property. He told the judge, "God has forgiven me for what I've done,"
saying he doesn't understand why the victims haven't been able to "put this behind them". He was also ordered to take
psychiatric counseling during a 3-year probation.
Source: _The Spectator_ 2/11/92.
"HORRIFIC" HARASSMENT IN CHURCH OF CANADA PROMPTS STUDY. The task force on sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment urged
the Church of Canada to develop a code of ethics for ministers because of ~horrific proportions" of sexual harassment in the
church. The panel said women are more likely to be sexually harassed in the church than in the workplace. "A
five-denominational study [in the U.S.] conducted in 1987 found 5.5% of therapists had sex involving intercourse with their
clients, while 12.6% of clergy admitted to sexual involvement including intercourse with their parishioners," reported Rev.
Peter Lougheed of Evanville, Ontario. Many ministers are engaging in personal counseling without any training or codes of
ethics, said Walter Faquharson, moderator of the United Church. LUTHERAN TEACHER CHARGED. Arrested for sexually assaulting
boys at John Calvin Christian School in Burlington, Ontario is Theodore Richard Vanderveen, 30, who taught 4th grade for 4
CHURCH SUED FOR CHOIRMASTER'S ASSAULTS. St. George's Cathedral & the Anglican church are being sued over a choirmaster's
sexual assaults on choirboys. John Gallienne is serving a 6-1/2 year sentence for abusing boys. Now 17 plaintiffs are suing,
claiming damages, plus interest & costs. The suit in part claims church officials were aware of Gallienne's misconduct & held
at least 5 meetings over a 6- year period to discuss them, yet took no action to protect boys.
Source:_Ottawa Citizen_ 11/11/92.
ANGLICAN PRIEST SUSPENDED WITH PAY. Owen Sound minister Jim Francom was suspended With pay from St. George's Anglican Church
after being charged in July with rape & assault of a girl under 14. The assaults were alleged to have occurred in London,
Ontario between 1975-1984
Source: _Ottawa Citizen_ 8/18/92.
PASTOR GETS 6 MONTHS. Pastor Ed Brennan, 45, of Whitehorse Christian Bible Fellowship Society, got 6 months in jail and 3
years' probation for sexually assaulting a young married parishioner in the Yukon.
Source: _Spectator_ 12/17/91.
ANGLICAN BISHOP CHARGED FOR SOLICITATION. Anglican Bishop Owen Dowling, 57, of Canberra and Goulburn, was recently charged
with soliciting a male off-duty cop for prostitution.
Source: _Christian Century_ 5/13/92.
New South Wales Anglican priest Eric William Griffith, 50, of Gratton, was jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to 3
counts of indecent assault & 4 counts of gross indecency against a boy, 14.
SETTLEMENT SHROUDS BAPTIST CASE. A secret settlement was reached just before a civil suit went to jury against Moffett Road
Baptist Church minister Henry Hobson, Mobile, for sexually abusing a girl, 14. Hobson admitted having sexual intercourse with
the girl he referred to as an adopted daughter, once when she accompanied him on church "visitation". He admitted she "wanted
out", but called her a "pleasant diversion". At first he denied her accusations and asked her to say she had lied, for
"damage control". He resigned in April 1991 after a suicide attempt when the girl confided in the youth pastor about him.
Attorney Robert Cunningham, Jr. told jurors that many church members shunned the 9th grader, blaming her. His attorney
argued, "It certainly was not part of his job to have sexual intercourse with her, and therefore the church is not
responsible," adding: "He thought it was better she learn about sex from him rather than some young boy at school."
Source: _Mobile Register_2/12/93.
CULT LEADER GETS 16 YEARS. Fugitive religious leader James Randazzo, convicted in 1989 of sexual exploitation of children,
was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Founder of Spiral of Friends cult, he videotaped sex sessions with teenaged children
during "therapy". His wife Colleen is serving an 8-year prison term. Randazzo had skipped the country, but was
nabbed last fall in Hungary.
Source: _Rocky MountainNews_ 1/30/93.
MAYER (FINALLY) GETS 3 YEARS. The Rev. Robert E. Mayer, 53, implicated in numerous cases of sexually abusing minors, was
sentenced to 3 years in prison for molesting a girl, 13. Four men also testified during the trial about Mayer's advances
toward them 9 years ago, when they were 13 and 14. "The evidence indicates a long history of sexually inappropriate conduct
with children and adults," said prosecutor Mark Cavins. "This crime was not committed on impulse or spur of the moment."
Mayer is the first priest in Cook Co. tobe sentenced to prison. He continued to maintain his innocence, pleading for mercy:
"As God is my witness I was never alone with the girl," Mayer told thejudge. Judge Thomas Durkin replied, "God is not your
Source: _Chicago Tribune_ 2/6/93.
YOUTH MINISTER CHARGED. Garden City Church of Christ youth minister Rev. Cameron K. Huffman, 41, was charged with 21 counts
of child molestation for molesting a young boy for a year. Huffman had admitted to being a pedophile during a counseling
session. When the church in Columbus was notified of Huffman's admission, it fired him and informed the congregation, also
calling police. Police received complaints against Rev. Huffman from other Indiana cities and states, but the 5-year statute
of limitations hashampered some investigations.
Source: _Indianapolis Star_ 1/28/93.
METHODIST MINISTER ASSAULTS DEPRESSED TEENAGER? A lawsuit filed in February accuses United Methodist minister R. Gene Voss of
sexually assaulting a female teenager during counseling sessions for depression at the First United Methodist Church,
Crawfordsville. In 1984 her minister began fondling the 15-year-old, initiating intercourse when she was 16. "Over the next
four years Gene Voss raped the plaintiff over 60 times," says the lawsuit. The woman has incurred more than $65,000 in
treatment for abuse. Voss gave up his minister credentials in 1991. She is also suing the Crawfordsville church and the
United Methodist South Indiana Conference. "You can say anything in a lawsuit," was the cavalier response of the conference's
Source: _Indianapolis Star_ 2/4/93.
LUTHERAN TEACHER CHARGED. St. Paul's Lutheran elementary school teacher Gerald J. Bauer, Jr., 31, was charged with molesting
a student, 12, during a visit to his home. The Farmington Hills teacher was charged with 1st and 2nd degree criminal sexual
conduct. Source: _Detroit Free Press_ 2/13/93.
MORE CHARGES DISMISSED AGAINST BAPTIST. Washtenaw Co. Dist. Judge Thomas F. Shea threw out 2 charges of 1st-degree criminal
sexual conduct against Baptist deacon Mark Foeller, leaving 6 counts of criminal sexual conduct. The deacon and bus driver at
North Sharon Baptist Church is accused of raping a boy, 9, twice, at the church, which has a campaign to bus low-income
children from 4 counties to its Sunday school and church camp. The dismissals follow earlier dismissals against assistant
pastor Timothy Lee Leonard, 33, originally charged with 12 similar counts. Judges dismissed all his charges, saying the
alleged victims were either too young to testify or that their testimony was too vague. At least one family will file a civil
lawsuit against the North Sharon Baptist Church and Leonard, according to Ann Arbor attorney Mark A. Hopper. "We will sue the
church for negligent hiring and negligent retention of those workers." Leonard has been invited back to the church and is
directing its music programs. A mother told a reporter she was "stunned" and "numb" by the judge's decision. Shea ruled
that a 9-year-old could not testify about being raped in the church nursery, because she couldn't say on which day it
Source: _Jackson Citizen Patriot_ 2/5&18/93.
MOLESTER STILL LISTED IN CHURCH ANNUAL. A LutheranChurch-Missouri Synod pastor who admitted to sexually molesting a Duluth
boy and who is being sued for molestation by 3 others, is still listed as a pastor in good standing in the synod's 1993
Lutheran Annual. Rev. Daniel Reeb admitted in 1991 that he molested a parishioner, 13, several times in the 1960s, and made
official testimony about it to church officials. His victim and several others have filed lawsuits. Reeb resigned a year ago,
but was put on "restricted status" and can still preach. He moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Source: _News-Tribune_ 3/3/93.
LUTHERAN PASTOR ADMITS SEX WITH BOY. Cloquet pastor Wayne Vetter of Zion Lutheran Church pleaded guilty to 1st degree
criminal sexual contact with a juvenile. He is in counseling for sexual abuse and is expected to be sentenced to a
correctional center. He served ministries in Madison, Wis., and Grand Forks, N.D. A man came forward to say Vetter had
molested him in Grand Forks, but the statute of limitations has expired. Vetter admitted to a habit of anonymous Sex
in public places.
Source: _Duluth News-Tribune_3/19/93.
POLL REVEALS WIDESPREAD ABUSE. 7% of Minnesotan protestants personally know someone who has been sexually abused by a member
of the clergy, while 5% of Catholics did, and 2% say they have been touched by a clergyperson in a way that made them
uncomfortable, according to a _Star Tribune_/WCCO-TV Minnesota Poll phone survey of 1,222 Minnesotans was taken from Jan. 26
to Feb. 5. 1991 survey of Minnesota clergy showed 15% of mainline Protestant clergy admitted to an affair outside of.
Source: _Star Tribune_ 2/21/93
CHARGES REDUCED FOR PASTOR. Third-degree sexual assault charges were reduced to attempted contributing to delinquency of a
minor against Beatrice pastor Rev. Norman Scott Callahan, 50, associate pastor of Centenary United Methodist Church. He is
accused of sexual contact with a boy, 15, and was suspended for 60 days from his post.
Source: _Omaha World-Herald_3/20/93.
MENNONITE REV. RAPED DAUGHTER? The Rev. Eugenio Matos, 61, was charged with 18 counts of repeatedly raping his daughter over
an 11- year period. The pastor of the Spanish Mennonite Church in Trenton has 12 children. He is accused of sexually
assaulting the girl when she was 5 in 1981, continuing the abuse until his arrest in March, 1992. Source: _Trenton
EPISCOPAL PRIEST CHARGED WITH SEXUAL BATTERY. An Episcopal priest, Douglas Hodges, 57, was charged with sexual battery, a
3rd-degree felony, in a 1991 incident involving a parishioner in counseling. A Fostoria woman and her husband, who said
Hodges had sexual intercourse with her during counseling, had previously filed a civil suit against Hodges, Bishop James
Moodey of the Episcopal diocese of Ohio, Trinity Episcopal Church, Fostoria, and the owner of the counseling center. An
episcopal official says Hodges is no longer a priest, but declined further comment.
Source: _Toledo Blade_ 2/11/93.
PARISH SUPPORTS PORTLAND PREYING PASTOR. Prominent pastor Rev. Willie B. Smith, 64, former president of Ecumenical Ministries
of Oregon, is accused of sexually abusing 3 teenage girls at First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. He was charged
with 11 counts of 1st degree sexual abuse, a felony, and 1 count of 3rd degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor. Pastors in the
community werequick to speak about his "exemplary" work. Two of the victims told police Smith had cornered them in his church
office and groped them. A third said she was repeatedly abused by Smith for 16 months, beginning in September 1990. The
victims were 12, 13, and 17 at the time of the incidents. Almost every parishioner lined up to hug,kiss and reassure Smith
following the arrest.
Source: _Oregonian_ 3/13,15/93.
EPISCOPAL PRIEST, "ABOVE REPROACH", SUED, INVESTIGATED. Six women including one filing a $4 million civil lawsuit have
accused ByronBruce Newell, 60, former assistant pastor of Falls Church Episcopal Church, of sexual molestation or advances.
The plaintiff alleges Newell forced her into sexual activities during counseling sessions at the church for 2 years, telling
her that her sexual feelings toward him would bring her closer to God. Episcopal officials said they removed him from his
pastoral role and ordered counseling after learning of complaints by women in 1988. However, they only launched a full
inquiry last September. Newell, now a fundraiser for Trinity Episcopal School for the Ministry near Pittsburgh, is named in
the suit, along with the church, the diocese, the bishop and church pastor John W. Yates ll. According to the suit, Yates
told the woman what happened during counseling was her fault, and did not act on complaints from 5 other women that Newell
had verbally or physically harassed them. The dean of the seminary insisted Newell "has more than amply repaid our trust. His
behavior has been above reproach".
Source: _Washington Post_ 3/20/93.
PASTOR ADMITS ABUSE OF GIRLS. Admitting having intercourse with a female teenager and indecently touching another, Rev. Larry
G. Johnson pleaded guilty to 2 counts against him dating from 1977-79 while pastor of Buffalo Wesleyan Church. He recently
resigned his position as superintendent of the Dakota District of the Wesleyan Church
Source: _Rapid City
1988, Lancashire, England. Congregational Church Minister Garvock convicted of raping 4 yr. old girl.
1988, Winchester, England. 2 Anglican vicars, a choirmaster, a solicitor, and an already convicted molester jailed on 21
charges of sexually abusing boys at church outings, YMCA and churchyard.
1990, Solihull, England. Pentecostal Minister D. Stenhouse jailed on 5 charges of indecent assault on boys aged 12 to 15.
1991, England. Baptist Minister Ashby Breneman jailed for molesting 6 boys at his Christian Youth camp.