Quite simply, there is no serious "priestly pedophilia" problem and
never has been. The vast majority of the problem is a matter of
homosexual priests sexually acting out with or abusing teenaged boys.
It's not a problem of "pedophilia," but of "ephebophilia," and the root
cause is the infiltration of the Church by what is called the "lavender
mafia" -- a group of homosexuals who situated themselves into key
"gatekeeper" positions in the Church and who then used the power of
those positions to enroll homosexuals into seminaries, protect them
from scrutiny, and promote them also into gatekeeping positions such
that there is now a "homosexual underground" in the Catholic Church.
ABC News reports that "Ninety percent of the reported abuse cases
involved Roman Catholic priests classified as ephebophiles, those
attracted to teens between 13 and 19." 1
81% of the victims were male, according to the John Jay Report
commissioned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It's
rather ironic that the Church, which teaches that homosexuality is a
disorder (not a sin in itself) and that sexually acting on homosexual
impulses is a sin is in the situation of having to name the problem as
being one of homosexual ephebophilia -- which causes the media types to
go on about how "the Church hates homosexuals." If it were up to the
media, the Church could never solve this problem because She couldn't
even name it without being considered "hateful."
Even one such case is sickening, but the fact remains that 96% of
priests have never, ever been accused of sexual misconduct. One
wouldn't believe that if one were to pay attention to movies and
television shows, however. And this in spite of the fact that the
sexual abuse problems found in American public schools is so vastly
worse that it makes what the sub-set of homosexual priests have done
pale in comparison. CBS News 2 reports,
are dedicated, hard-working people who wouldn't dream of hurting a
child. The same is true of priests.
the suspect in the 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey were a priest, there
would be a fresh outcry about a decades-long cover-up in the Catholic
Church. Commentators from Left and Right would rightly unite in
decrying the crisis and the entrenched complacency that led to it.
Catholic pundits would take a special relish in pointing out that they
agree: The Church had better get its act together.
institution that has allowed children to be harmed by predators
deserves to be taken to task for it. No institution should get a pass.
And no profession should get a pass. Not preachers, not priests — not
not teachers. And yet …
the statistics: In accordance with a requirement of President Bush's No
Child Left Behind Act, in 2002 the Department of Education carried out
a study of sexual abuse in the school system.
University researcher Charol Shakeshaft looked into the problem, and
the first thing that came to her mind when Education Week reported on
the study were the daily headlines about the Catholic Church.
the Catholic Church has a problem?" she said. "The physical sexual abuse of students in
schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests."
So, in order to better
protect children, did media outlets start hounding the worse menace of
the school systems, with headlines about a "Nationwide Teacher
Molestation Cover-up" and by asking "Are Ed Schools Producing
No, they didn't. That
treatment was reserved for the Catholic Church, while the greater
problem in the schools was ignored altogether.
As the National Catholic
Register's reporter Wayne Laugesen points out, the federal report said
422,000 California public-school students would be victims before
graduation — a number that dwarfs the state's entire Catholic-school
enrollment of 143,000.
Yet, during the first half
of 2002, the 61 largest newspapers in California ran nearly 2,000
stories about sexual abuse in Catholic institutions, mostly concerning
past allegations. During the same period, those newspapers ran four
stories about the federal government's discovery of the much larger —
and ongoing — abuse scandal in public schools.
From LifesiteNews 3, my emphasis:
In the last
several weeks such a quantity of ink has been spilled in newspapers
across the globe about the priestly sex abuse scandals, that a casual
reader might be forgiven for thinking that Catholic priests are the
worst and most common perpetrators of child sex abuse.
according to Charol Shakeshaft, the researcher of a little-remembered
2004 study prepared for the U.S. Department of Education, "the physical
sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the
abuse by priests."
effectively disappearing from the radar, Shakeshaft’s study is now
being revisited by commentators seeking to restore a sense of
proportion to the mainstream coverage of the Church scandal.
to the 2004 study “the most accurate data available at this time”
indicates that “nearly 9.6 percent of students are targets of educator
sexual misconduct sometime during their school career.”
sexual misconduct is woefully under-studied,” writes the researcher.
“We have scant data on incidence and even less on descriptions of
predators and targets. There are many questions that call for
an article published on Monday, renowned Catholic commentator George
Weigel referred to the Shakeshaft study, and observed that “The sexual
and physical abuse of children and young people is a global plague” in
which Catholic priests constitute only a small minority of perpetrators.
Weigel observes that the findings of Shakeshaft’s study do nothing to
mitigate the harm caused by priestly abuse, or excuse the “clericalism”
and “fideism” that led bishops to ignore the problem, they do point to
a gross imbalance in the level of scrutiny given to it, throwing
suspicion on the motives of the news outlets that are pouring their
resources into digging up decades-old dirt on the Church.
that has been constructed is often less about the protection of the
young (for whom the Catholic Church is, by empirical measure, the
safest environment for young people in America today) than it is about
taking the Church down," he writes.
that priestly sex abuse is “a phenomenon that spiked between the
mid-1960s and the mid-1980s but seems to have virtually disappeared,”
and that in recent years the Church has gone to great lengths to punish
and remove priestly predators and to protect children. The result of
these measures is that “six credible cases of clerical sexual abuse in
2009 were reported in the U.S. bishops’ annual audit, in a Church of
some 65,000,000 members.”
facts, however, “the sexual abuse story in the global media is almost
entirely a Catholic story, in which the Catholic Church is portrayed as
the epicenter of the sexual abuse of the young.”
Where are the jokes on "The Tonight Show" about "pedophile teachers"?
How come every other stand-up comedian doesn't riff on the problem of
teachers in coat closets with children? Why this portrayal of Catholic
priests -- the vast majority
of them being wonderful, healthy, heterosexual, men who are celibate
and chaste for the Kingdom of God -- as being vile, creepy pedophiles?
You know the answer to that:
the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye
were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not
of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the
world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant
is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will
also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours
And lest anyone think that sexual abuse of any kind is just a problem
caused by priests and public school teachers, I present the following.
I truly don't want to have to have to make this section, but I hear so
much about those "perverted Roman Catholic priests" from some
Protestants, I decided to demonstrate that clergy sexual abuse is a
problem for ALL of us. I want to state that I am of the opinion that
most clergy, be they Protestant, Jewish or Roman Catholic, are good men
with good intentions and are not like the fellows in the following
accounts. Perhaps after reading the following, we can move on to the
topic of SOUND DOCTRINE, leave aside the gossip, and see the horror of
sexual abuse for what it is: a most grievous human sin of which people
in all denominations can be guilty.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer 3/23/88
The notorious Community Chapel & Bible Training Center, a sect
based in Burien, Wash. near suburban Seattle, not only mentally abused
children with doctrines of demonology and stunted education in their
backward and repressive classrooms, but involved children in sexual
abuse, according to reporter Mary Rothchild. The Center, besieged by
civil suites by ex-members claiming abuse, including women charging
sexual exploitation, recently deposed it founder Rev. Donald Lee
Barnett on charges of promiscuous adultery.
In 1986, after followers complained, Child Protective Services met with
Burien officials, spelling out guidelines, for example, that the church
policy condoning French kissing of children was unacceptable. Three
counselors were convicted of failing to report child sexual abuse in
Florida Times-Union 5/13/88
Rev. Joe Marino, host of Christian talkshow "Inner Visions" in
Jacksonville, Fla., and youth minister/counselor at Beaches Chapel in
Neptune Beach, plead no contest to custodial sexual battery and
soliciting sex from a 16 year old member of his church. Other charges
were dropped. The abuse was disclosed after a victim from the church
had attempted suicide.A second Duval county minister, Rev. Roy Lynn
Gaskins of Edgewood Heights Baptist Church, was accused of forcing a 13
year old boy at gunpoint to have sex.
New York Times 5/23/88
Rev. Thomas Streitferdt, 59, a white Pastor in charge of the mostly
black 700-member True Church of God in Harlem, was charged with rape
and sodomy of two young sisters (ages 14 and 16) in his congregation.
Law enforcement officials charge that Streitferdt told females
worshippers that they could end up in hell if they refused his sexual
advances, and raped at least one woman during premarital counseling....
Members were told that if they were not buried under church auspices at
an additional fee in the church cemetery that "they would not go to
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 5/28/88
Rev. Tony ("Touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm") Levya, a
southern revivalists investigated by the FBI for heading a 3-man ring
prostituting young boys, has used Christian radio station WEAM in
Columbus, Ga. to raise funds for his defense. Rev. Levya asks his
followers to "sacrifice $100, $500, $1,000, $8,000 , even more, if God
speaks to you" for his defense.
Federal authorities allege that his crusades gave him and fellow
abusers Rias E. Morris, organist, and Rev. Freddie M. Herring
opportunity to sexually abuse numerous boys in Virginia, Georgia,
Florida, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Ohio and
Indiana. He faces up to 65 years in prison and $550,000 in fines.
[Rome] Daily Sentinel 5/28/88
Rev. Leon Dupree, 47, pastor of Lily of the Valley Church of God in
Christ in Rochester, NY, is charged with first degree sexual assault
and first degree burglary of a 26 year old woman. She said he was armed
with a hammer and struck her with a screwdriver. Dupree was convicted
of second degree manslaughter in a 1978 drunken driving fatality and
served time in state prison.
Tampa Tribune 5/31/88
Rev. Cleveland "Rapper" Mack, 24, of Tampa. Fla., was charged with
sexually abusing 2 young boys during "Bible lessons", including a
charge of sexual battery which carries a possible death sentence. He
struck a boy in the face when he tried to flee.
New York Times 6/10/88
Former Mormon missionary Arthur Gary Bishop, 36, was executed on June
10th in Utah for killing 5 boys (ages 4-13) for sexual gratification,
saying he was "misled by Satan."
Little Rock Arkansas Gazette 6/10/88
Rev. J.D. Henderson, 51, of Russellville, Ark., was convicted of
molesting twin 6 year old girls, and sentenced to 4 years in prison.
Henderson is an ordained Free will Baptist minister.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune 6/18/88
Rev. Randall Wayne Brewer, a youth minister of Faith Community Church
in West Covina, Calif., is charged with 3 counts of oral copulation
with a Redlands teenager who said he was bribed and molested after
being befriended at home Bible studies in 1985. The youth, now 17,
testified that Brewer gave him $200 from a church checking account for
running naked across an empty church hallway in a game called chicken.
"I was told to tell everyone that I got the money for doing work at the
Philadelphia Inquirer 6/27/88
Richard J. Wagner, 26, a volunteer youth leader at the Warminister Hts.
Community Church in Philadelphia, was charged with assaulting a 14 year
old boy and 3 others between the ages of 7 and 15 years of age, all
part of the church youth program.
Scrantonian Tribune 6/29/88
Rev. Ronald Terry Litz, 50, of Riverside, Penn., sentenced to 2-5 years
in jail for morals offences in Luzerne, Co., was sentenced in June to
6-23 months in the Northumberland Co. Prison on similar charges. He
pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to 3 counts of corrupting the morals of minors.
Litz, former pastor of the Danville Apostolic Church, molested 2 boys
at a church camp. His sentences are concurrent.
Dallas Times Herald 6/29/88
Although Rev. Gregory Charles Goben, a 28 year old Southern Baptist
minister, often sat in front of his house and read the Bible, he is,
according to physical evidence obtained by police, the "Village Rapist"
Sarasota Herald-Tribune 6/30/88
Rev. John Paul Marlow, pastor of Gospel Tabernacle, Inc. of Bradenton,
Florida is accused of assaulting, battering and raping a member of his
congregation. Pamela and John R. McLean charged Marlow with assaulting
her when she sought psychological and religious counseling. They seek
damages of $5,000 plus medical costs and lost wages.
Hamilton Spectator 6/30/88
Rev. Russel Nicolle, 50, an Anglican minister from Elliot Lake,
Ontario, received 8 months in jail for "repulsive, disgusting and
degraded" sexual abuse of a 12 year old and 16 year old boy. Judge M.C.
DiSalle said he "seriously breached" his position of trust as rector of
St. Peter the Apostle Anglican Church.
Phoenix Gazette 7/1/88
Rev. James Anthony Colyn, 39, former pastor of the Glendale (Az.) Bible
Baptist Church, received a sentence of seven and a half years in
prison. Colyn was described by police as a "sexual predator" who
molested a teenage girl who asked him for counseling because she was
being abused by her stepfather.
Los Angles Times 7/2/88
Gilbert Crowell, 27, commander of the Salvation Army in Burbank and an
ordained minister with a wife and 3 children, was convicted on July 1
of molesting 3 girls inside the Army's office. He was convicted of 4
misdemeanor counts of child molestation and two counts of battery but
was acquitted by a jury of 7 related charges.
Scranton Times 7/14/88
Rev. Thomas J. Hunt, former pastor of East Benton United Methodist
Church, of Scranton, New York, was arrested for molesting a young boy.
Rev. Hunt already faces trial for sex crimes against a young girl.
Atlanta Journal 2/18/89
Baptist minister Henry Bazil Waters, 49, was convicted of fondling 3
young boys and untold others at the Grace Baptist Temple Church in
Statesboro, Ga., and in his home and car. Waters' testimony that he "
saved" youth through " sex instruction " matched testimony of the
victims. Waters admitted fondling boys in Latin America, saying " I
have no idea " how many children he had abused. Waters was given
permission to attend church while free on bond.
Ocala Star-Banner 2/18/89
Paul Slater, 64, a traveling evangelist, was charged with 4 counts of
sexual battery after 8 and 12 year old sisters reported being molested
and raped by him. Slater, a " trusted neighbor," befriended their
family. An investigator said, " We encourage people to listen to what
their children have to say. Many of these cases go on for months and
Orange Co. Register 2/28/89
Radio preacher Rev. Fred Kenton Beshore, 63, of Newport Beach, Calif.,
was charged with influencing the testimony of a witness, a felony. He
is accused of phoning the father of a girl reportedly molested by
neurosurgeon Dr. Francis Williams, offering him $1,500 a month for 2
years if he would stop his daughter's testimony. Police taped offers.
Charges against the neurosurgeon for molesting preteen and adult
patients were dropped, but could be reopened. Beshore runs Bible
Institute of the Air, buying bibles to smuggle into communist
A federal sting operation to find child pornographers/molesters yielded
6 arrests in Philadelphia, including Presbyterian minister John McVay,
53. He allegedly solicited sex with 2 girls ages 9 and 12. He was
charged with criminal solicitation to commit involuntary deviant sexual
intercourse. He also sent a 15 year old girl obscene material and a
letter soliciting sex.
Sacramento Union 3/18/89
Delaware TV preacher William J. Keichline, 52, known for homeless work,
is charged with 3 years of rape, bondage and homemade pornography
involving a girl, now aged 10. As her landlord, he threatened to evict
her family if she said anything. He was charged with multiple counts by
New Castle Co. police. Mission of Care, the 2-state ministry he founded
in 1979 -- including a TV show, " camp for needy children," and
outreach center -- ousted him following the charges. The group, long
affiliated with PTL Club, was honored by the state legislature in 1983
for opening a shelter for 17 homeless people during record cold;
however the shelter closed after 4 days for code violations. Keichline
is married with 3 grown sons.
New York Times 3/29/89
Evangelist Tony Leyva received a 20 year prison sentence on March 28
for running a child prostitution ring. Federal Dist. Judge James Turk
called him and his 2 partners " bad to the core." Leyva was previously
sentenced to 2.5 years for sexually abusing 2 boys in Virginia. His
religious accomplices Rias Edward Morris 27, got 15 years, and Freddie
H. Herring, 50, got 12 years. All were fined $5,000. Agents located at
least 30 boys, some as young as 8, molested by Leyva in the past 20
years; some put the total at 800 victims.
Florida Times-Union 4/4/89
James Clifton Nalley, a volunteer at Bible Baptist Church in Fernandina
Beach, Fla., was charged with fondling 2 church girls, ages 9 and 11.
Church members phoned police after a child reported the abuse.
Scranton Times 4/4
Rev. Thomas Hunt was convicted by a jury of sexually abusing a 5 year
old girl and her 7 year old brother during visits in the rectory. He
was children's choir director at the United Methodist Church in East
Benton. The girl had nightmares before visits and asked her mother to
make the minister " stop rubbing" Vaseline on her " privates." The boy
added, " Believe her, mommy, he did it to me too."
Carmel News- Tribune 4/5/89
Indianapolis music minister Rev. Clayton Duane Heil, 42, employed by
Lighthouse Tabernacle, is being sued by a 14 year old choir girl for
rape over a 3 month period in 1985. The suit also names Revs. William
W. and David Totman. Said a church official, " they're not just
fighting us, they're fighting God."
San Antonio Light 4/6/89
Shawn Charles "Brother Dusty" Williams, 50, got 10 years in jail after
pleading guilty to showing pornography and fondling 2 young boys. The
preacher-plumber worked as a volunteer bus driver for the New Covenant
Fellowship Church of San Antonio, picking up stray kids to take them to
church. He blamed the " devil" for his crimes.
The Maryland Sun, 4/8/89
Rev. William Edward Thompson, Jr., 45, charged with 21 counts of child
sexual abuse, pleaded guilty in a plea bargain. The married father of 4
sons was headmaster at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Catonsville.
He was charged with child pornography and molesting 7 boys, ages 11 to
16, in his home and on church property. A social worker reported him.
Star Tribune 6/89
Lawsuits were filed against Rev. Albert C. Magnuson, pastor, Redeemer
Covenant Church, Brooklyn Park, MN, for molesting 3 brothers, their
sister, seminary student nearly 20 years ago when they went to him for
counseling. Church, church's Northwest Conference likewise sued for
A boy's father is suing Methodist Home of New Orleans, charging that
his son, 12, was molested by a counselor during a field trip. Rev. Dale
Haggard pleaded guilty in Jan. 1989, and was sentenced to 4 years'
probation, 500 hours community service, and therapy. Haggard, Louisiana
Methodist Conference was also named. The suit alleges that [the
Methodist Home] knew Haggard " had a propensity to engage in sexual
acts with young boys."
Six girls who were sexually abused by Rev, Francis G. Haight, head of
ex-Baptist Christian Academy, Monroe, WI, were awarded a total of
$57,440 in court settlements. Haight is serving a 20 year term for
molesting children; He is eligible for parole in 4 years.
Quad-City Times 9/7/89
$450,000 jury award against United Methodist Church of Illinois upheld
by Judge Stuart Shiffman involving Rev. William Fyfee, who molested 3
brothers in Macon, 1982. The church was held responsible because it
knew Fyffe had molested boys at Taylor Ridge parish, 1975, but still
ordained him, expunged records of counseling for molestation, and
transferred him into a community unaware of the episodes. Fyffe served
nearly 3 years of prison after pleading guilty to the Macon molestings.
Florida Times-Union 9/19/89
Rev. William Murray Hendricks, Jr., 50, pastor of Clay Hill Baptist
Church, pleaded guilty to 2 counts of lewd & lascivious assault on
a minor. The victim: a girl, 7, molested at the church, parish house in
1988 where he pastored for 15 years. As a plea bargain he agreed not to
perform pastoral duties until his probation ended.
Atlanta Constitution 9/22/89
Rev. L. G. Gilstrap, 54, an Assemblies of God minister, was convicted
by a jury on 3 counts of child molestation and sentenced to 33 years in
prison for a string of fondling incidents in 1988 involving brothers
aged 10 and 13. The older boy said Gilstrap once tried to have sex with
him in the shower. Eight men testified during the trial that they too
were molested by the minister when they were boys. Three said they were
also abused by the Sunday school teacher, who was not tried. Gilstrap
denied the charges but corroborated their accusations against the
teacher. The prosecutor called Gilstrap the " Pied Piper of
pedophilia." Gilstrap, defrocked, started a new church, New Hope
Ministries. Married, he was a former clerk for the Georgia House of
Corpus-Christi Caller Times, 9/27
It took a jury only 28 minutes to find Antonio S. Martinez, 59, a
Pentecostal evangelist from Mathis, FL, guilty of aggravated sexual
assault of a girl, 12. He claimed they had a common-law marriage. He
first assaulted her when she was 11 and in 5th grade. Her grandmother
forced her into the arrangement. A doctor turned Martinez in after
Martinez asked him why she didn't become pregnant.
Reno Gazette Journal 10/28/89
Rev. David Swope, minister at Sparks United Methodist Church, NV, was
sentenced to 1 year in county jail, suspended to 3 years' probation,
and psychological counseling. Swope pleaded no contest to a plea
bargain of open & gross lewdness. He molested a girl, age 10, after
choir practice, telling her she was one of his favorites and it meant
nothing sexual. He was accused of taking indecent liberties with
another girl 8 years ago.
AP/Clinton Herald 10/30/89
Rev. Robert Duane Schultz, 52, of Washington, Iowa, was sentenced to 30
years in prison after confessing to acts described as " horribly
perverse" on boys under age 12, involving 1 count of sexual abuse and 3
others of lascivious acts. Officials are giving him polygraph tests and
blood tests in an effort to identify other victims. The married
minister was a foster parent honored in 1989 by Gov. Terry Branstad for
volunteer service. Victims included foster children; five were removed
from his home upon his arrest. The prosecution said a law preventing
prosecution for sex assaults occurring more than 4 years ago should be
changed, and would have resulted in more charges against Schultz. Rev.
John Bennett told Schultz' congregation at First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ), " Bob has fallen...into a deep pit of despair.
But Bob has not fallen from the grace of God." Church policy requires
that he be defrocked for committing a felony.
Wisconsin State Journal 11/1/89
George Degoyler, 42, pastor of Verona Christian Fellowship, WI, was
sentenced to 30 days in jail, 5 years' probation after pleading no
contest to 1st degree sexual assault of an 8 year old girl visiting his
home. He carried the girl upstairs, pulled down her pants and molested
her. He was ordered to have no unsupervised conduct with minors except
his children. The DA agreed to ask the court to amend the charge to 4th
degree if he does not violate probation.
Huntsville Times 11/9/89
Rev. Jim "Papa" Cater, 50 founder and head of Living World Church in
Dickson Co., TN was indicted on 6 new counts of child sexual abuse, for
a total of 56 charges. The crimes reportedly occurred at the church
compound during April, May and June 1989. The state raided the church
in June, taking 11 children into protective custody, ordering him to
close his illegally operating residential child-care facility. Cater
became a minister after converting while serving time in Florida for
strong-armed robbery and forgery. His ministry specialized in helping
recovering alcoholics & addicts. Following the arrests, he was
injured in the county jail after inmates attacked him, calling him "
Worcester Telegram 11/10/89
Rev. Walter Stone, pastor of Rollstone Congregational Church in
Fitchburg, MA, was sentenced to 7-15 years in prison after being
convicted by a jury of 8 counts of molesting 2 boys. Two victims, now
18 and 21, testified Stone befriended them during church counseling and
activities. Stone, 56, is married with 4 children, an Air Force
veteran, with a doctorate in theology from Boston University. Several
friends and colleagues wrote letters of commendation for him.
LA Times 12/8/89
Walter Heroldo Solis, 54, charged with molesting 3 girls at Glendale
Spanish 7th-day Adventist Church in Glendale, was killed Nov. 29 after
stepping into a traffic lane in what police believe was a suicide.
Washington Post 12/10/89
Rev. Thomas Welsch, 39, and his wife Jean, 40, were sentenced to 30
years in prison with all but 6 years suspended, after pleading guilty
to 5 counts each of child sexual abuse. Originally they were charged
with 571 counts involving 3 victims. Welsch and his wife abused twin
sisters, 13, and a 17 year old girl. He was pastor at Immanuel United
Church of Christ in Cambridge, MD for 10 years. The state's attorney
praised all 3 victims for showing " a lot of courage " in testifying
against their popular pastor.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 12/13/89
Rev. Robert A. Kulzer, 65, was convicted of molesting 2 boys at Faith
Temple Church, in Brighton. He was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison
but it was stayed pending appeal, meaning if he can make $10,000 cash
bail he will not serve time yet. The married grandfather was convicted
of 3 counts of sodomy and 1 count each of promoting prostitution,
sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child involving boys aged
12 to 16. Abuse included oral sex with a 16 year old boy, putting a
condom on a 12 year old boy during a discussion about " the facts of
life," and arranging for a boy to have sex with a 62 year old woman in
the parsonage. Defense involved Kulzer's " good deeds," including being
a missionary in Africa.
Rev. Robert G. Halverstadt, 61, of Victory Center Church, Pueblo, CO,
was sentenced to a year in jail, after admitting he used games,
coercion and drugs to sexually molest 3 girls in his congregation.
Charges involving 4 other victims were dropped when he pleaded guilty
to reduced counts. He was given credit for 135 days already spent in
jail, plus 4 years' probation. Halverstadt assaulted a girl, 9, who
volunteered to help him clean his church. Another girl said he gave her
something to drink that made her fall asleep. She woke up naked with
pain in her groin area.
AP/Wisconsin State Journal 12/22/89
James Kennedy, a Salvation Army pastor from LaCrosse, WI, was sentenced
to 6 years in prison plus 10 years' probation for 1st degree sexual
assault of a girl, 10. He was ordered to pay for counseling. She was
sexually abused at his home 4 times in 1985. Supporters have rallied to
his cause. The day after his sentencing, he was released on $15,000
bond posted by a relative, pending appeal.
San Jose Mercury News 1/5/90
Gary Hambright, a Southern Baptist minister accused of molesting dozens
of children at the Presidio daycare in San Francisco, died of AIDS Nov.
8. Between 60-102 tots were suspected victims of child sexual abuse by
Hambright and others, but 2 investigations led to dismissal of charges.
Five children had contracted chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease.
The Army daycare was closed. Parents have filed more than $60 million
in claims against the Army alleging negligence led to sexual abuse of
kids. The claims haven't been heard. Hambright died maintaining his
innocence, leaving an obituary rife with references to " my Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ." A Presidio spokesperson said none of the
children have shown signs of AIDS.
News & Observer 1/15/92
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.
Boston Herald 5/7/92
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.
Christian Century 5/13/92
Anglican Bishop Owen Dowling, 57, of Canberra and Goulburn, was
recently charged with soliciting a male off-duty cop for prostitution.
Rapid City Journal 7/29/92
No charges were brought when 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
Ottawa Citizen 8/18/92
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.
Wenatchee World 9/17/92
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.
NYT News Service/Chicago Tribune 10/7/92
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".
Ottawa Citizen 11/11/92
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.
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.
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.
Indianapolis Star 2/4/93
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 legal advisor.
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.
Omaha World-Herald 3/20/93
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.
The minister of Outreach Baptist Church in suburban Garland, married
with 2 sons, is charged with a series of sexual assaults in the Village
Apartment area of North Dallas. Goben, who has a masters degree from
Dallas Theological Seminary, is linked to 4 sexual assaults, 1
aggravated sexual assault and a charge of attempted burglary. That
attacks all involved break-ins in which the assailant wore a ski mask
and tied the victims' hands.
Los Angeles (JTA), 6/16/95
A federal grand jury on Tuesday returned a one-count indictment of
sexual abuse of a minor against Yehudah Friedlander, an assistant to
Rabbi Israel Grunwald, who leads a small faction of Pupa Chassidim in
Boro Park, Brooklyn.
Friedlander and Grunwald were arrested together, but Assistant U.S.
Attorney Debra Yang said it has not been determined whether an
indictment of the rabbi will be sought.
Special to Bulletin, 10/18/96
Nearly five years after Rabbi Robert Kirschner left the pulpit of San
Francisco's Congregation Emanu-El, he has for the first time publicly
apologized for sexual improprieties that led to his resignation.
"I hereby acknowledge, with sorrow and profound regret, that I engaged
in sexual relations outside of my marriage," Kirschner said in a recent
statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The statement included
quotes from a letter he wrote in October 1995 to the Central Conference
of American Rabbis' executive board. However, releasing the information
to the JTA marked the first time his apology has been made public.
Kirschner referred in that letter to his conduct as "morally and
ethically indefensible," adding that "I ask the forgiveness of anyone
who was hurt by my actions, and of my rabbinic colleagues, whose
standards I breached."
But according to several of the women who accused Kirschner of sexual
misconduct, some of whom were Emanu-El congregrants, the rabbi has
never directly apologized to them.
Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, 12/1/96
"When women charge sexual exploitation by a rabbi, a conspiracy of
silence often ensues. The secrecy protects the perpetrators, leaving
victims alienated. Victims who speak out often find themselves
ostracized by their religious communities. And they say that when they
turn to the rabbi's professional association or their movement's
congregational organization, they feel unwelcome ...
...At the congregational meetings that follow allegations of rabbinic
sexual misconduct, synagogue members often ostracize accusers. Some
accusers have been called 'liars,' 'whores' and worse, she said ... In
one highly publicized case, Michele Samit -- who does not claim to be a
victim of rabbinic sexual misconduct -- says her community vilified her
after she wrote a book about the relationship between Anita Green and
Green's rabbi, Steven Jacobs. Green was the president of Shir
Chadash/The New Reform Congregation in Los Angeles when she was
murdered in 1990. Her husband, Mel Green, was convicted of ordering the
killing, and is now serving a life sentence without the possibility of
Bulletin Correspondent, 2/21/97
The Petaluma rabbi accused of sexually molesting a bat mitzvah student
has pleaded no contest to the charge and faces up to eight years in
Rabbi Sidney Goldenberg, formerly of Petaluma's Congregation B'nai
Israel, entered his plea at Santa Rosa Municipal Court Tuesday to a
felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor under the age
The sexual misconduct allegedly took place over several months late
last year while Goldenberg was tutoring the victim, a 12-year-old girl,
for her bat mitzvah.
Police said Goldenberg, 58, took the girl into his office, made lewd
remarks, touched her breasts and asked that she put her hands into his
According to Sonoma County Deputy District Attorney Gary Medvigy, a
plea of no contest is the legal equivalent of a guilty plea.
Embarrass, Minnesota, 7/16/97
The former pastor of the Embarrass-Pike Evangelical Lutheran Church has
been charged with several counts of sexually assaulting a male youth.
Rev. James Eric Holmgren, 46, resigned as pastor last month. The
criminal complaint said the assaults against the boy, now 25, occurred
at the church, the pastor's home and in a car.
Rev. Casey January, 30, a pastor at God's Tabernacle of Praise was
charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault and one count of
criminal sexual abuse. He allegedly assaulted a teenage girl after
counseling her about a year ago in the church and her home. The alleged
victim tried to commit suicide after the incidents.
A youth minister of the Church of Christ has been arrested after
allegedly sending nude pictures of himself to a 14-year-old girl over
the Internet. Matthew Washington, 23, was charged with distribution of
harmful material to a minor. Police said Washington sent her four
photos of him seated nude on an exercise bike at the church after
talking to her in an Internet chat room. The girl showed them to her
mother who alerted the police. Washington was released on bail but
faces up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Coppell, Texas, 2/27/98
Monte Ray Freeman, 68, a former Baptist deacon and school board member,
has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $750 after pleading
guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl last year. He
had been alleged to be molesting girls over a decade ago, but church
officials persuaded the accusers' parents not to pursue criminal
Cassopolis, Michigan, 3/4/98
A United Church of Christ minister convicted of sexually assaulting a
13-year-old girl was to remain free on bond pending sentencing
scheduled for March 27.
John Charles Yeager, 52, who was also an administrator at an Indiana
center for abused children, was convicted by jury of first- and
second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was found guilty of molesting
the girl while he, the girl, and his own daughter of the same age, were
under a blanket on a couch in his basement in August 1996. That
daughter and at least two of his other 3 daughters, which he has been
raising alone since his wife died in 1987, have publicly supported him.
Dallas, Texas, 2/11/98
A Baptist pastor awaiting trial on a sexual abuse charge involving an
11-year-old girl is now accused of molesting a 3-year-old girl at her
Police arrested Rev. Ronroyal Owens at his church office after a mother
reported finding him nude in bed with her daughter. She told police she
and Owens had gone to sleep in the living room but when she awoke
shortly later and checked on her daughter, she discovered Owens with
her, touching her leg. Her panties had been pulled down. An officer of
the child exploitation unit of the Dallas PD said it did not appear
that the child had been harmed.
Dallas, Texas, 4/17/98
A pastor convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl was
sentenced to 12 years in prison following testimony that he agreed to
let her graduate early from the church's school in exchange for sex.
Rev. Jerry Wayne Power, longtime pastor of Irving Baptist Temple and
principal of the church's school, was convicted of two counts of sexual
assault of a child.
Dallas, Texas 5/18/98
An 18-year-old man and his parents sued the Assemblies of God and the
church's ranch for troubled youths, claiming the youth was molested by
a counselor at the center two years ago. The alleged victim was 16 when
he went to Dallas Teen Challenge Boys Ranch in January 1996. According
to his lawsuit, a counselor and convicted drug trafficker sexually
molested him on at least six different occasions.
Dallas, Texas, 5/20/98
A former rabbi accused by three women of improperly touching them
decades ago apologized for "a very dark chapter in my life". Rabbi Max
Zucker, the longtime head of a synagogue begged for forgiveness when
confronted recently by one of the women he is accused of touching. The
woman, her husband and parents said Zucker, 73, did not dispute her
account that he touched her genitals.
Seattle Times, 5/29/98
Overlake Christian Church elders moved to debatable theological ground
when they used the Bible to justify dismissing sexual-misconduct
allegations against their pastor, other church leaders say...Many of
the verses cited by the elders referred to needing more than one
witness to support accusations of wrongdoing, particularly against
church leaders. Others require "greater scrutiny" for allegations
against leaders. Another "biblical principle" requires one who is
violated to "cry out," the elders said, though they cited no Bible
reference for the principle. .
United Methodist News Service, 6/26/98
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit in which two women had
charged that United Methodist Church officials in Fort Worth, Texas,
ignored their complaints about a pastor's sexual misconduct.
The settlement comes only days before the June 29 trial date set by
Judge Jeff Walker in the 96th State District Court. Gail Cooke and
Dorayne Levin, who were members of First United Methodist Church in
Fort Worth, had sued First Church, the United Methodist Church's
Central Texas Conference, Fort Worth Area Bishop Joe Wilson, and three
First Church officials, the Revs. William Longsworth, Weldon Hayes and
Kay Johnson. The two women had charged that officials were negligent in
dealing with alleged sexual misconduct on the part of former First
Church pastor Barry Bailey.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 7/13/01
A North Carolina community, already reeling from the news that a local
Chassidic rabbi took part in an armed robbery a decade ago, is now
dealing with the rabbi's recent arrest for indecent exposure.
Rabbi Pinchas Lew, 31, of Chapel Hill, was arrested on misdemeanor
assault charges on May 16 after a woman accused him of repeatedly
touching his genitals in front of her. The woman, a housekeeper in
Lew's home, reportedly said Lew had bolted all the doors and that she
feared he planned to assault her. She managed to escape through a back
door. The woman filed a complaint with police two days later and Lew
was arrested four weeks after the incident. He was released on a $1,000
bond. Lew, married with five children, led religious study and
frequently held services in his home for college students ... After the
local community learned about the Postville incident [the Iowa town
where Lew was involved in the robbery], more than 100 members of the
local Jewish community attended a meeting to hear Lew talk about his
criminal past. Coincidentally, that meeting occurred on the same day he
allegedly assaulted the woman in his home.
The Jewish Week, 2/22/2002
NYC cantor arrested for sexually abusing nephew A longtime cantor at
one of the nation’s largest and most prominent Reform synagogues has
been released on bail following his arrest on charges he sexually
abused a nephew.
Howard Nevison, 61, of Congregation Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue in
Manhattan, was ordered by a judge to surrender his passport and told he
can leave the city only to turn himself over to authorities in
Pennsylvania, where he was charged.
A defense lawyer said Nevison will fight extradition.
Police in Lower Merion, a suburb of Philadelphia, charged Nevison with
sexually assaulting the nephew on three occasions between 1993 and 1997
while the boy was 3 to 7 years old.
Nevison was arrested at his New York apartment early yesterday.
Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Arlene Goldberg released Nevison
on $100,000 bond after an evening court appearance.
Lawrence Nevison, 55, who is Howard Nevison’s brother and also an uncle
of the boy, and Lawrence Nevison’s son, Stewart, 30, were previously
convicted of molesting the youngster in unrelated incidents.
A jury found Belgium's Andras Pandy, 74, and his daughter Agnes, 44,
guilty of killing six of his family members and dissolving the corpses
in Cleanest drain cleaner, despite his lawyer's insistence that there
can be no conviction without bodies. Pandy, a pastor, insisted that his
wives, sons, and step-daughters are still alive and that he has contact
with them "through angels". Agnes's lawyer, Walter Muls, said she was
under the spell of her father, who had raped her. Police started
searching for human remains at Pandy's homes in 1997, but at that time
they only found kneecaps and other body parts which didn't belong to a
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