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Postby Claw Master Lud » Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:16 am

Former pastor sentenced to judicial diversion program

Rickey Alan Reed, 55, former pastor of First Free Methodist Church on Hazelwood Drive in Smyrna, has already pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted aggravated burglary. He was charged in September after church member Jean Harris, tired of having her prescription painkillers stolen from her Smyrna home, set up a video camera in her kitchen. The video shows Reed walk up and knock on her door, apparently check to see if the coast is clear and then start jiggling the handle. After a minute or so, he leaves.

She said some church members shunned or tried to shame her for reporting Reed to police. Harris has said that decision tortured her, particularly since she liked Reed. She said church members pressured her to hide the incident, but, wanting Reed to get help, she reported him anyway.

Since then, at least three people came forward saying Reed may have stolen their medication, but police said two wouldn't pursue charges and there wasn't enough evidence to charge him in the third case.

Harris previously testified in court that Reed was getting prescription pain pills from several members of the church. Richard Balzer, superintendent for the New South Conference of the Free Methodist Church, which oversees that church, told the Daily New Journal that the congregation “enabled” Reed's drug addiction.

Harris has since left First Free Methodist Church, saying it had become too hostile to her.
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Postby Claw Master Lud » Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:47 am

Buddhist monk is brought back to Chicago area to face charge of raping teen

A woman who says she was sexually assaulted and impregnated by a Buddhist monk as a teenager more than a decade ago in the southwest suburbs agonized for years about telling her story to authorities.

Two years ago she filed a lawsuit against Camnong Boa-Ubol, but to maintain her child's privacy, she did not want to pursue criminal charges.

But after the Tribune wrote of the woman's lawsuit last year in a story about abuse allegations against several monks, a victims rights group persuaded her to seek criminal action against Boa-Ubol. On Thursday, Boa-Ubol, 62, who had left the Chicago area several years ago, was returned here and charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, officials said.

The alleged crime occurred at the Wat Dhammaram temple in unincorporated Stickney Township. The woman was 15 when she became pregnant. In her lawsuit, she alleged that she was 14 when Boa-Ubol began a nearly yearlong pattern of abuse that resulted in her pregnancy.

Boa-Ubol arrived by plane from Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday morning and was charged in the afternoon. He was arrested on a Cook County warrant in May but fought efforts to have him returned to the Chicago area. A governor's warrant eventually was issued by the office of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, and Alaska officials approved his return late last week, according to Cook County Sheriff's Office spokesman Frank Bilecki.

A 2010 DNA test, conducted after her lawsuit was filed, determined the probability that Boa-Ubol fathered the child was 99.9999997 percent, records show. Boa-Ubol, who at the time was in California, told the Tribune last year that he gave a DNA sample but denied he had sex with her.

"Oh, how wonderful," he told a reporter who informed him of the test results. "I don't believe it."

Law enforcement authorities said Blaine and the woman approached them in October, but it took another seven months before they were able to find Boa-Ubol.

Leaders at the Stickney Township temple told investigators that Boa-Ubol was working at the Wat Buddhavipassana temple in Long Beach, Calif., but sources in California said they believed he had moved to Anchorage, according to Bilecki.

He eventually was traced to a restaurant in the Anchorage airport where he worked as a dishwasher and was arrested by FBI agents after the county warrant was issued. Bilecki said police were able to pursue the case although it happened several years ago because the victim was a minor at the time the alleged sexual assaults occurred. State law extends the statute of limitations in such cases from 10 years to 20 years.

It was not the first time Boa-Ubol was accused of molesting a child. The Tribune's investigation found that temple leaders met with a 12-year-old girl and her family in 2000 after the girl alleged that the monk had fondled her during a tutoring session. In a subsequent letter to the family, temple leaders assured the family that Boa-Ubol "accepted what he had done" and was returning to Thailand permanently, the newspaper reported.
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Postby Claw Master Lud » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:30 am

Rabbi off the hook Accused perv dodges leer rap

A Brooklyn rabbi who was once accused of molesting a young student beat another rap Tuesday when he was cleared of staring down the boy despite an order of protection.

Jurors deliberated for a mere eight minutes before finding Joel Kolko, 66, not guilty of contempt of court. The first-grade yeshiva teacher was arrested in 2006 for allegedly sexually abusing the then 7-year-old boy. But two years later Kolko ended up taking a plea to child endangerment — a deal that enraged the alleged victim’s family.

In 2010, Kolko twice crossed paths with the boy and his father as they walked to shul, allegedly leering at them in violation of the stay-away order. But the defense noted the incidents took place right outside the rabbi’s Midwood home, claiming he was entrapped.

“Really, there was no evidence to support anything,” defense attorney Jeffrey Schwartz said after the verdict in Brooklyn Criminal Court. “It was the cat trying to be the mouse.” Jurors were never told about the old case, which led to the order of protection. Ben Hirsch, an advocate for abuse victims, conceded that prosecutors trying the contempt case “were given a very difficult task.”

But he argued the defeat could have been avoided if District Attorney Charles Hynes had not given Kolko the no-jail deal in 2008 instead of going to trial.
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Priest arrested in Palermo, paid minors for sex

AGI) Palermo - Davide Mordino, one time parish priest at the San Calogero Basilica in Sciacca, has been arrested for pedophilia. Police carried out an arrest warrant issued by Palermo Investigating Magistrate maria Pino, on the request of Prosecutors Laura Vaccaro and Alessia Sinatra the on the 41 year old priest. According to the Prosecution, the man abused several youths between 14 and 18 years of age up until December 30th of 2009, paying money for their sexual attentions.

The arrest measure was carried out in Palermo, where the priest had been transferred. The matter came to light during the "Mata Hari" anti-drug operation, when it was discovered that one of those being investigated entertained the priest with sexual favors.

Further controls and wire-tapping allowed police to reconstruct that the priest tricked the minors saying he had to subject them to a "body sensitivity test" on behalf of the University of Palermo, and after this approach began paid sexual relations with them, paying 50 to a maximum of 300 euros.

The priest also made his victims sign a false form letter-headed "Mediaset" for their participation in television programs, thanks to his having a television announcer as a relative.

The man is now in jail in the Palermo Ucciardone Prison. . .
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Postby Claw Master Lud » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:08 am

Family of Brooklyn woman mowed down by ice cream-eating pastor speaks out
With her 90th birthday two years away, victim was already looking forward to a big party

The sister of the 88-year-old churchgoing woman mowed down by an ice cream-eating Brooklyn pastor recounted the final moments of her life, while her family blasted his explanation.

"We were crossing the street," recalled Laura Chico, 79, sister of Isabel Rodriguez, who was hit at the intersection of Stone and Livonia Aves. near their Brownsville home Sunday night.

"I was calling, 'Be careful, be careful.' A car came fast and hit her when it turned. I went to her. I said, 'Are you alive?' I saw she was bleeding. I started crying."

Chico, though not struck, was taken in a separate ambulance to Brookdale University Hospital, where doctors delivered the terrible news.

"The doctor came and told me, 'I'm very sorry, she passed away,'" Chico said, teary-eyed and still stunned. "I was so crazy - crying, screaming."

Rodriguez, a widowed mother of seven who moved to the city from Puerto Rico as a young woman, was already planning for her 90th birthday in 2014.

"She wanted mariachis and the whole works," said her daughter Esmirna Rodriguez, 54, of Bensonhurst.

"To have someone come and kill her like that - there's no justice."

The family blasted Wayne Stokeling, 50, pastor of St. John's Baptist Church on Bainbridge St. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, who’s charged with hitting her and leaving the scene. He told cops e was too busy eating an ice cream cone to notice he killed somebody.

"It's a disgrace," fumed the victim's son Andy Rodriguez, 47. "She got mowed down by a pastor - and she was Christian."

Cops spotted Stokeling's BMW sedan a few blocks away from the crash with dents and a cracked windshield. He claimed the dents were caused by potholes, but was arrested for leaving the scene of a fatal accident and driving without a license.

He had an open warrant on a prior motor vehicle-related charge and four prior arrests, officials said.

Isabel Rodriguez was in the middle of her normal Sunday routine when she was killed.

She attended Sunday service at Iglesia Congregacional El Verbo on Herzl St., as she has for decades, then with her sister visited son Andy Rodriguez, who lives nearby, spending time with his children.

Isabel Rodriguez and her sister, who both use canes, insisted on walking the four blocks home, as they always do.

"I told them don't forget to call," said Andy Rodriguez's wife, Susana Rodriguez, 51, a church secretary.

"I gave them at least one hour because they're slow. I kept calling and calling and got the answering machine."

Later, Chico called from the hospital saying her sister had died. Chico's son says his mom will never be the same.

"She has to relive every night seeing her sister die," said Alfredo Chico, 50, of Franklin Square, L.I.

"They were so healthy. They loved to walk. They'd tire me out. "

Stokeling is being held on Rikers Island in lieu of $200,000 bond or $100,000 cash bail.

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Re: Today In Religion

Postby Claw Master Lud » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:52 am

Namibia: Pastor Allegedly Raped Victim in Church

Windhoek — Residents of Okuryangava in Katutura took to the streets to denounce the bail application of an Angolan pastor who allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl on the altar on which unleavened bread and holy wine is consecrated during communion.

The legal age for sexual consent in Namibia is sixteen years.

It is alleged that the Angolan pastor approached the girl in May after a church service and told her to take a "walk" with him to the Soweto Market, where he bought her lunch and a cheap new phone for N$275.

After he bought the mobile hand-set for the school girl, the pastor continued to enjoy her company in conversation until he invited her to his friend's corrugated-zinc shack where he forced the young lady to have unprotected sex with him.

That happened early in June and by the middle of June the girl again decided to attend a church service, following which the pastor convinced her to remain after the church service and proceeded to rape her on the altar, it is alleged.

Sources allege that the pastor had intercourse with the girl on three separate occasions, twice on the altar and once in a shack belonging to a female friend of the pastor. Details emerging from the case indicate that the pastor's wife tried to have the case withdrawn by offering the father of the victim payment of N$10 000. The offer was turned down firmly.

According to the girl's father, who cannot be named to protect her identity, he (the father) only came to learn about the alleged rape when he saw his daughter with a new cellphone, which immediately piqued his curiosity.

"I decided to approach her and asked her where she got the cellphone from. She answered that it was her cousin's phone. The next day I decided to go to a certain Nakanyala's house to find out it if it was true that my daughter got a phone from her cousin," related the victim's father.

He said the cousin denied giving his daughter the phone. The father said he returned to his daughter and questioned her again about the phone she was using, knowing in his mind she could not afford a phone.

It was then that the girl confessed telling her father how she got the cellphone from the pastor, who now faces charges of rape.

She also told the father that they had unprotected sex on three separate occasions, including sexual intercourse on the sacred altar.

The father who was shocked by the confession rushed to the police to report the matter.

He approached a Sergeant Nghilinganye, who interrogated the victim. She told the officer that she got the phone in exchange for unprotected sex with the man of the cloth.

Following the confession and the interview with Sergeant Nghilinganye the father laid a charge of rape against the pastor.
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Postby Claw Master Lud » Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:38 am

Lake youth pastor accused of sexually assaulting three was previous school employee
5:32 p.m. EST, July 25, 2012|By Erica Rodriguez, Orlando Sentinel

A 40-year-old man jailed for allegedly sexually assaulting two developmentally disabled men in their group homes and a 4-year-old at a day-care was fired from his job at Mount Dora Middle School for downloading pornography on his school computer, a school-district spokesman said Wednesday.

Kenneth Hagins, a youth pastor, faces charges of sexual battery and lewd and lascivious battery on a disabled person. Hagins worked simultaneously at Pat's Kidz World Development Center in Eustis and at two homes operated by SunriseArc, which serves developmentally disabled people, before his arrest. He is accused of assaulting the young boy during nap time at the day-care and an 18-year-old man at a Mount Dora SunriseArc home.

This week, Eustis police added three more charges to his record after learning he'd also forced a 23-year-old developmentally disabled man at a SunriseArc home in Eustis to have sex with him, police said.

Hagins also worked as a coach, teacher's aide and secretary at Mount Dora Middle School from 1999 until he was fired in November 2007 for violating the district's data network policy, according to a termination letter. District spokesman Chris Patton said Hagins downloaded porn on his computer but could not say whether or not any of it was child pornography.

"It was inconclusive by what we could tell," he said.

Patton said Hagins had no record of complaints and the district turned over the information collected from his computer to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

The Eustis day-care has since closed and the state Department of Children and Families is continuing to investigate. The agency said it had identified at least six other victims and anticipated more will come forward.

Hagins is being held at the Lake County Jail on a $290,000 bond.
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Parishoners React To Arrest Of Former Pastor Accused Of Sex Abuse
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mall tight-knit town of Swedesburg.

Tonight everyone is buzzing about the Sacred Heart Polish Festival, but the arrest of its former pastor, Reverend Andrew McCormick, last night on child sex assault charges, has many surprised and upset. That includes the church’s Holy Names Society President, Bernard Gutkowski.

“We just can’t believe it, a man like this, that we’ve known. He’s a great friend of ours,” said Gutkowski. He’s remaining supportive of McCormick and says the community is also. “We will stand by him 100 percent,” he said.

Gutkowski says the town’s been waiting for McCormick to return after he was suspended by the Archdiocese in March 2011. He was one of more than two dozen priests removed from the ministry after the Archdiocese said it was investigating past sexual abuse allegations.

Gutkowski describes McCormick as well-liked, and a holy man. The town even had a party ready for him, “I hope he’s exonerated,” said Gutkowski, “that this is found to be unsubstantiated accusations.”

McCormick was arrested in Pottstown. No one answered the door on Friday, but a neighbor said he often saw McCormick visiting his parents, and described him as friendly. The neighbor also saw two detectives sitting in the apartment complex last night.

McCormick is accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy in 1997 at St. John Cantius in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia. Many Parishioners say they remember him, and that his arrest is hard to believe.

“As a Catholic, I’m surprised and disappointed,” said Gloria Jankiewicz. “Everything he had to do he did perfectly. He was a nice personal and friend.”
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Postby Claw Master Lud » Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:35 am

Minister nabbed in church

The Uniting Reformed Church minister's arrest follows a charge of theft and malicious damage to property laid against him by a congregant.

The congregant allegedly lent his car to the priest in 2010 to use as he did not own a car at the time.

"I lent him the car in February 2010. In September last year I checked on the car with the minister and realised that the engine was missing," the congregant said.

The minister, who cannot be named until he appears in court, had allegedly promised to fix the car but has yet to do so.

"He promised me in October last year he would fix my car, but now he does not answer my calls," he said.

The minister was arrested just as the church service concluded, but many of the congregants were still there to witness the arrest.

As they filed out of the church, some members showed their displeasure at the arrest.

"This man is so bitter. To bring the cops to the church and have him arrested at the pulpit," one of the congregants said.

His wife, who cannot be named to protect his identity, was also displeased and said the congregant was jealous of her husband, who is a member of the South African Council of Churches.

The minister was taken to the Protea Glen police station in Soweto.

"He has been arrested for malicious damage to property and theft of a vehicle," police spokesman Warrant Officer Kay Makhubele said.
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Postby Claw Master Lud » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:45 pm

Woman claims exorcism turned to sex abuse

A woman who claims a priest repeatedly molested her during a more than two-year exorcism has filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, its bishop and an anti-abortion ministry that employed the exorcist.

The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Arlington County Circuit Court, seeks more than $5.3 million in damages.

According to the complaint, the Warren County woman went to the Rev. Thomas Euteneur, then president of Front Royal-based Human Life International Inc., for spiritual help in February 2008. The lawsuit says Euteneur knew that the woman, identified in court papers by the pseudonym Jane Doe, believed she needed exorcism. He told her that her case was “severe” and had her sign an agreement promising full cooperation, the complaint says.

The plaintiff alleges that Euteneur's sessions with her frequently involved inappropriate touching, including digital penetration, and directing her to undress. The complaint says Euteneur explained passionate kisses as “blowing the Holy Spirit” into her.

The woman eventually realized the conduct was inappropriate and complained to the diocese, the complaint says. Euteneur, who performed exorcisms independently of his job at HLI, resigned as president of the organization and was recalled to the Diocese of Palm Beach.

The Arlington Diocese, which said it had not been served with the complaint, said Euteneur had never priest of the diocese, but it had been informed of the accusations.

“When the Diocese of Arlington learned of these allegations in 2010, they were reported promptly to the Diocese of Palm Beach, which then took action to recall him to Florida,” Michael J. Donohue, a spokesman for the Arlington Diocese said in a statement.

The lawsuit says, however, that the Catholic Diocese of Arlington “was responsible for the governance of the Roman Catholic priests practicing within its assigned geographical borders” and that Bishop Paul S. Loverde had an obligation to oversee all priests practicing within those borders.
A woman who claims a priest repeatedly molested her during a more than two-year exorcism has filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, its bishop and an anti-abortion ministry that employed the exorcist.

The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Arlington County Circuit Court, seeks more than $5.3 million in damages.

According to the complaint, the Warren County woman went to the Rev. Thomas Euteneur, then president of Front Royal-based Human Life International Inc., for spiritual help in February 2008. The lawsuit says Euteneur knew that the woman, identified in court papers by the pseudonym Jane Doe, believed she needed exorcism. He told her that her case was “severe” and had her sign an agreement promising full cooperation, the complaint says.

The plaintiff alleges that Euteneur's sessions with her frequently involved inappropriate touching, including digital penetration, and directing her to undress. The complaint says Euteneur explained passionate kisses as “blowing the Holy Spirit” into her.

The woman eventually realized the conduct was inappropriate and complained to the diocese, the complaint says. Euteneur, who performed exorcisms independently of his job at HLI, resigned as president of the organization and was recalled to the Diocese of Palm Beach.

The Arlington Diocese, which said it had not been served with the complaint, said Euteneur had never priest of the diocese, but it had been informed of the accusations.

“When the Diocese of Arlington learned of these allegations in 2010, they were reported promptly to the Diocese of Palm Beach, which then took action to recall him to Florida,” Michael J. Donohue, a spokesman for the Arlington Diocese said in a statement.

The lawsuit says, however, that the Catholic Diocese of Arlington “was responsible for the governance of the Roman Catholic priests practicing within its assigned geographical borders” and that Bishop Paul S. Loverde had an obligation to oversee all priests practicing within those borders.
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Postby Claw Master Lud » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:54 pm

Good Sunday News: Christian Puppeteer Was Arrested Before He Could Murder And Eat A Child

Uh. Happy Sunday, everybody? Good news? Ronald William Brown, a very nice man who loved to hang out with children from his Florida trailer park, and buy them pizza, and watch over them at Sunday school, and be the puppeteer on a Christian Television Network show was not able to realize his fantasy of abducting one of said children, strangling him, and frying him up in a pan for eating. Hooray!

Bring it, Tampa Bay Times:

Brown was arrested on charges of conspiring to kidnap a child and possession of child pornography and booked into the Pinellas County Jail. U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents who searched his home found lewd images of children bound and gagged, a flier for a missing child and “images of children that appear to be deceased.”

According to the affidavit supporting the criminal complaint, Brown told agents that he and Kansas resident Michael Arnett, another alleged child cannibalism enthusiast, “did discuss killing, dismembering and eating” a specific boy at Gulf Coast Church. However, Brown said “it was just a fantasy and he could never and would never hurt anyone.”

Using online monikers that investigators traced to their computers, Brown and Arnett discussed killing — what they called “snuffing” — children as young as 2. Arnett described what different human body parts tasted like, roasted or cooked in a skillet, according to the complaint.

In one chat cited in the complaint, Arnett described drowning a little girl, and in another, he and Brown excitedly talked about a photo, shared by Arnett, of a 3-year-old girl being strangled.

“That’s how I would enjoy doing” the unidentified boy from Gulf Coast Church, Brown said.

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Postby Claw Master Lud » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:32 am

Bobby Jindal Exorcism: Film Mockingly Depicts Governor Jindal In 'Ivy League Exorcist'

NEW ORLEANS—

A new comedy short film, "Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story" is rasing eyebrows. California filmmakers, Cult Jam Productions recently premiered the film at Comic Con, and now the video is on You Tube.

The film is poking fun at Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's so-called experience with an exorcism on one of his college friends, Susan while at Brown University. Inspiration for the flick, which cost $300 to make came after filmmakers read an article, "Beating A Demon: Physical Dimensions of Spiritual Warfare" written in 1994 by Gov. Jindal for the New Oxford Review. The article described his friend's exorcism, and how he protected her with holy water and crucifixes.

Some Louisiana voters we talked to think the flim is only coming to light now because he's a possible contender for Vice-President with Republican hopeful, Mitt Romney.
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Gov. Jindal's spokesman, Kyle Plotkin said, "The movie is insane. It's just plain absurd."

WGNO News found the casting call for "Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story", and it clearly states it's a comedy film.
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Postby Claw Master Lud » Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:08 am

Another Pervert in Calvary Chapel's Pews? Volunteer Bible Teacher Suspected of Molesting Two Girls in Garden Grove Home

Another minister in the Calvary Chapel un-denomination has been caught allegedly committing sexytime with minors.

Christopher Joseph Guardado, a 48-year-old Garden Grove man and volunteer Bible teacher at Calvary Chapel Pacific Coast in Westminster, is sitting in Theo Lacy Jail on suspicion of molesting two girls under the age of 14.

He was arrested on July 12 and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.


The girls told their families last week they had been molested by a family friend, according to Police Lt. Jeff Nightengale of the Garden Grove Police Department. Guardado is a volunteer teacher of 1st and 2nd-grade Bible study classes at the church, authorities said.

According to police, Guardado and the alleged victims, as well as their families, socialized together through the church. The girls told detectives they had been victimized numerous times over the past two years, but most of the abuse happened at Guardado's home in Garden Grove, police said.

Guardado allegedly last molested the girls in June, authorities said. The Orange County Register reports that Guardado was charged with two felony counts of lewd acts with a minor on Jan. 1, 2011.

For a church that hates Catholics, Calvary Chapel seems to be doing their best to imitate pedo-priests.

The Garden Grove Police Department is working with the Orange County District Attorney's office on what charges to file against Guardado. The Garden Grove Police Department is asking anyone with additional information or any additional victims to contact Det. Aaron Nelson at 714-741-5800.
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Postby Claw Master Lud » Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:26 am

Santa Monica priest arrested for sexual battery
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KABC) -- A priest at St. Anne's Church in Santa Monica was arrested and booked for sexual battery on Monday.

Authorities say the investigation into Rafael Venegas began on July 1 when a 20-year-old woman, who was not a St. Anne's parishioner, reported an incident that happened on the property of St. Anne's Parish in September 2011.

Last Thursday, Venegas was charged with one count of sexual battery and one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Venegas, accompanied by his attorney, surrendered to police on Monday. He was released on $20,000 bail. An arraignment hearing has been scheduled for Friday.

Anyone with any additional information is urged to call the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8495.

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South Boston pastor arrested on child porn charges

SOUTH BOSTON (WHDH) -- A pastor working at a South Boston church entered a guilty plea Wednesday to charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Reverend Andrzej Urbaniak, a pastor at the largely Polish-American church Our Lady of Czestochowa for four years, has been jailed and suspended because of what investigators say they found on a church computer.

Investigators say they found pictures of girls who looked eight to 10 years old on a computer in the rectory.

Parishioners and non-parishioners share the pain.

"Shocking…in a word, shocking. Hearing him from the pulpit and listening to him and then find out something like this,” Allan Ramusiewicz, Our Lady of Czestochowa.

"I’m just at a loss for words,” said Randy Crehan, a parishioner at another church.

Prosecutors say pastor Urbaniak was caught up in a sweep by state police investigating computer networks where people trade files labeled “pre-teen,” “pedophilia,” and “Lolita.”

The investigation pointed to a computer in the South Boston rectory of Our Lady of Czestochowa. And when police moved in Tuesday night, they say the computer was downloading files and father Urbaniak knew what was there.

"There were a number of statements given post Miranda by the defendant stating that he was aware that this pornographic material would be found,” said Kate Clayman, prosecutor.

Pastor Urbaniak's lawyer admitted it a tough time to be defending a priest on a sex charge.

“With the charge alone he feels like he’s let people down and is disconsolate about it. This is obviously not a very good day for him,” said Jeffrey Denner, defense lawyer.

Urbaniak is being held on $10,000 bail.

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Priest pleads guilty to child porn charges
By Bill Draper
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Posted Aug 03, 2012 @ 12:46 AM
Kansas City, MO —

A Roman Catholic priest in Kansas City arrested in Independence pleaded guilty Thursday to producing child pornography in a federal case that also led to charges against the diocese bishop for failing to report suspected child abuse, and prosecutors said they would recommend that he be sentenced to life in prison.

The Rev. Shawn Ratigan, 46, had been scheduled for trial later this month. He was charged with child pornography in May 2011 in Clay County after police received a flash drive from the priest’s computer that contained hundreds of images of children, most of them clothed, with the focus on their crotch areas. Prosecutors alleged he photographed girls, sometimes under their skirts, in and around churches where he had worked in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Under terms of the plea deal, Ratigan pleaded guilty to four counts of producing child pornography and one count of attempting to produce child porn. Eight other counts against Ratigan were dismissed.

Acting U.S. Attorney David Ketchmark said the guilty pleas represent one charge for each of five victims whose abuse started in June 2005 – one year after Ratigan was ordained as a priest.

“With today’s guilty plea, the defendant publicly acknowledged for the first time that he sexually assaulted five young children over the course of several years,” Ketchmark said at a news conference after Ratigan’s plea hearing. “When a defendant who wears a religious collar, who has the trust of a community, engages in conduct of this nature, his crimes are more devastating and more reprehensible.”

The case opened old wounds for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, which in 2008 agreed to pay 47 clergy abuse victims a total of $10 million and promised to train its priests about sexual abuse awareness and to report any suspicions that children were being placed in danger.

It also led to misdemeanor criminal charges against the diocese and Bishop Robert Finn – the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to be charged with shielding an abusive priest – for failing to report suspected child abuse to the state. Both have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled to go to trial in September.

In a statement released Wednesday, the diocese expressed its “profound concern” for anyone harmed by Ratigan and said it is committed to making sure “every report of sexual abuse, boundary violation or misconduct is addressed thoroughly and immediately.”

Ratigan, who appeared in court in an orange jail jumpsuit, with his hands and feet shackled, softly acknowledged to U.S. District Judge Gary Fenner that he understood that each count carried a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The first case involved photos Ratigan took of a 6-year-old in June 2005, with her panties pulled aside and focusing on her genital area. Similar pictures were taken in May 2006 of a 2-year-old; between Sept. 1 and Nov. 1, 2007, of a 5-year-old; and between Aug. 1, 2008, and Sept. 1, 2009, of a girl who was 8 and 9 years old during that period.

All four of those resulted in guilty pleas for producing child porn. Ratigan also pleaded to attempting to produce child porn in July 2009 when he took close-up photos of the crotch area of a 7-year-old in a bathing suit.

Ratigan also is facing three child pornography charges in Clay County, which were filed in May 2011 after police received a flash drive from the priest’s computer that contained hundreds of images of children, most of them clothed, with the focus on their crotch areas. Prosecutors alleged he photographed girls, sometimes under their skirts, in and around churches where he had worked in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
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St. Paul: Red Wing pastor resigns after prostitution charge
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Posted: 08/01/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT

RED WING, Minn. -- A Red Wing pastor has resigned from his church after he was charged with engaging in prostitution last week in St. Paul.

Gary Elg, 60, was cited shortly after noon July 24 for allegedly making a money-for-sex deal with an undercover police officer at an undisclosed hotel or motel, according to a criminal complaint and information from a police spokesman.

The location was kept confidential for "officer safety reasons," and because the establishment was cooperating with law enforcement, said police spokesman Sgt. Paul Paulos.

Several other men were arrested the same day in an undercover sting.

Elg has been First Presbyterian Church's only pastor for 23 years. According to a letter mailed to the church's 350 members, Elg called for a special meeting July 26 and submitted his resignation.

In the letter, the church's governing board says it was "stunned" and accepted the resignation.

Elg declined comment when reached by phone Wednesday night. His first court appearance on the misdemeanor charge is scheduled for Sept. 10 in Ramsey County District Court.
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Megachurch pastor fired for adultery is under investigation

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Aug 2, 2012
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The pastor of one of the nation’s 20 largest megachurches has been fired over an extra-marital affair, possibly with an underage woman.

Pastor Jack Schaap of Indiana’s First Baptist Church of Hammond is the subject of a criminal investigation, as is Hyles-Anderson College, which is affiliated with the church.

Since adultery is not a crime in Indiana, observers believe there’s more to the story than an affair.

Eddie Wilson, the church’s public relations director, told the Chicago Sun-Times that he does not believe Schaap is being investigated for anything criminal. He said the church is cooperating with the Lake County sheriff's department “for the sake of transparency and honesty.”

But Mark Kiesling, a columnist for the Times of Northwest Indiana, believes the investigation is the result of “an alleged dalliance with a teenage girl associated with the church's college.” He also wrote that “sources close to the investigation say the girl was taken to Illinois and Michigan for Schaap’s interludes.”

The church issued a statement on its website announcing Schaap’s dismissal.

“At this time, we deeply regret the need to announce that First Baptist Church has dismissed our pastor, Dr. Jack Schaap, due to a sin that has caused him to forfeit his right to be our pastor,” the statement read. “Our church grieves over the need to take this action and the impact it will have on our people. We ask that everyone pray for the families involved and pray that the situation will be handled in a Christ-honoring manner.”
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