Saturday, July 30, 2011

South Carolina Pastor arrested for kidnapping and sexual assault


The story comes straight out of a scary movie: a young woman is abducted, driven to an abandoned building, raped and then sent into the woods at gunpoint.

That's what a 20-year-old woman alleges happened to her July 27.

Dale Richardson, 46, of Summerville has been charged with kidnapping, according to spokesman Spencer Pryor of the North Charleston police. More charges could follow in the investigation

On Thursday evening, North Charleston police obtained arrest warrants for Richardson for the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault that took place on Midland Park Road.

Dorchester County Sheriff's Office assisted in the arrest, according to Public Information Officer John Garrison.

Richardson is a pastor at Freedom Free Will Baptist Church in Ladson.

In a Post and Courier story earlier today, Richardson said he looked forward to putting on a strong defense against the allegations.

According to the incident report, an officer was dispatched to Carolina Commerce Parkway at around 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday because of a woman running out of the woods saying she had been raped earlier that morning.

The alleged victim said she was abducted outside 2599 Midland Park Road by the suspect, who came up from behind, grabbed her and threw a pillow case over her head. She said she was in his car for 20 or 30 minutes before they stopped in an unknown location with an abandoned mobile home. There, she said, the suspect raped her.

Afterward, the pillow case was placed back over her head and the victim was put in the back of the vehicle, according to the report. At Carolina Commerce Parkway, the suspect put the victim at gunpoint and told her to start walking, according to the victim. The suspect threw the victim's purse in her direction, according to the report.

According to the report, the victim saw a nametag hanging from the rearview mirror with a printed last name that began with the letter "R." She described the vehicle as a white, four-door pickup truck, and the man as white, 45-50 years old, grey hair, 250 pounds and 5-foot-10.


http://summerville.patch.com/articles/ladson-pastor-charged-with-kidnapping

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Two Muslim girls confirmed killed in Norway massacre


inalilahi wa ina ilahi rajiun (to whom we belong and to whom we return)
May God bless and forgive all the souls lost. This girl's name is Bano Abobakar Rashid. According to the MSN news page, she "was "a thriving social commentator" and was involved in debates on women`s issues, racism and discrimination."

I hope the Lord forgives her sins and enters the door to jannah (heaven) for her.


This girl's name is Gizem Dogan. The Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davuto─člu is expected to visit Norway. The girl's funeral will be at a Turkish mosque. I hope the Lord forgives her sins and enters the door to jannah for her.

Kenyan Pastor arrested for murdering pregnant school girl

“A pastor allegedly stabbed a pregnant schoolgirl to death in a chilling assault in Trans-Nzoia County.

The Form Four student was five months pregnant after supposedly being in a relationship with the pastor for a year.

The illicit love was discovered after the student told to her parents that the clergyman had impregnated her.

The student was a Sunday school teacher at a church headed by the suspect.

The incident was later reported to the police who arrested the pastor.

Police said the pastor met with the student by the roadside near a church where he was waiting for her as she returned home after attending antenatal clinic at Kitale District Hospital.

After a lengthy talk, the student left the scene to board a matatu, but as she walked away, the pastor drew a sword he had hidden in his coat and stabbed her on the neck several times.

He then fled into a nearby maize plantation only to be pursued and arrested by a watchman guarding a homestead in the area.

“I shouted at the man to stop what he was doing when I saw him stab the girl. He then escaped into the maize plantation where I pursued him as I screamed for help,” recounted John Simiyu.

His screams attracted area residents but it was too late to save the girl.

Residents thereafter wanted to lynch the pastor but he was saved and handed over to Kitale Police Station.

Police took the student’s body to Kitale District Hospital mortuary.

Learning at the secondary school where the deceased learned was paralysed after reports of her death were received.

The students protested against the murder of their colleague and urged the Government to punish the killer.

“This is a sad day for our school. Why did it happen to her? She was a polite and bright student,” screamed a female teacher.

Students wailed as they mourned their departed colleague forcing the school management to allow them to visit the girl’s home to condole the parents.

The girl’s parents could not come to terms with the death of their last-born daughter.

“She had a dream to become a teacher. She is gone now and cannot realise the dream,” wailed her mother.

Kitale DCIO Paul Wachira said the suspect was in police custody.”



http://groupsects.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/pastor-arrested-over-schoolgirl-murder/

Canadian Pastor arrested for numerous sex crimes

A pastor wanted for alleged sex crimes was arrested at 4:55 p.m. Thursday at the Blue Water Bridge by the Canada Border Services Agency.

He was turned over to Ontario Provincial Police, who say alleged offences against three victims took place at Johnsfield Baptist Church in Oshweken, Ont.

Ronald Burning, 57, faces eight charges, including sexual assault, rape, forcible confinement and intercourse with someone under the age of 14.

OPP Sgt. Aaron McPhail said some of the alleged offenses back to 1970. Anyone with information or who feels they have been a victim of sexual abuse is encouraged to contact police, he said.


http://www.theobserver.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2237135&archive=true

Baptist Preacher pleads guilty to child porn

A Baptist preacher from southwest Missouri pleaded guilty yesterday to possession of child porn.

Michael Alan Crippen, was the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Duenweg (just east of Joplin), was arrested last October and charged with having more than 100 pornographic images of children on his home computer, including photos of kids under the age of 10.

According to court documents, Crippen told authorities that he most often viewed pornography early in the mornings before going to work at the church. He would typically download images and then delete them after feeling ashamed at what he'd done. He added that he was praying to God to help him overcome his pornography addiction.

In federal court yesterday Crippen admitted downloading ten images of child pornography from a website in 2009. He also admitted to looking at adult and child pornography for years.

Crippen, 51, could face ten years in prison and fines up to $250,000 when sentenced later this year.


http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2011/07/michael_crippen_baptist_preacher_child_pornography.php

British Baptist Pastor sentenced for sexually abusing young boys

Well to be honest, hearing a Pastor not raping or killing young girls is a bit refreshing.

FAIRFAX, Va. (ABP) – A former British Baptist pastor was sentenced July 22 to eight years in prison for sexually abusing two boys while visiting a family friend in the United States.

Robert Dando, former senior minister at Worcester Park Baptist Church in suburban London, pleaded guilty last November to four counts of aggravated sexual battery of a victim under 13. The charges stemmed from allegations that he began fondling the boys when they were 7 and 8 and continued the abuse over the course of five years.

Dando was arrested last July in Oakton, Va., after one of the alleged victims came forward in December at age 21, and further investigation revealed similar allegations by a 17-year-old.

Dando, 47, will serve his sentence in the U.S. Since his arrest he has been held without bond at the Fairfax County Detention Center. He was originally scheduled for sentencing in January, but the hearing was postponed after his lawyer requested a psychiatric evaluation for his client.

After his arrest Dando resigned as pastor of Worcester Park Baptist Church after three years. He was removed from membership of Boys’ Brigade, a Christian youth organization in which his wife was a vice president.

The Sutton Guardian reported that police are following “a number of leads” about possible alleged victims in the UK. Dando served as pastor of another Baptist church before coming to Worcester Park and as an associate pastor at a third.

A spokesperson for Worcester Park Baptist Church told the newspaper that any allegations of sexual abuse within the Baptist Union of Great Britain “would be reported to police and social services immediately.”

From 2005 to 2007 Dando served as an unpaid traveling assistant to David Coffey, at the time president of the Baptist World Alliance.


http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/6596/53/

Christian supremacist site continues attacks on Islam

Let it be known we have sent probably 6-7 emails regarding why they behave in such an idiotic way. They usually attack Islam pretty much everyday. And its funny to us how they never respond back to our emails.

Muslims and Muslims leaders around the world must speak out against those who believe they have to defend Islam by acting like barbarians.

While the Quran calls for the punishment of those who reject Islam, in today’s society Muslims must learn that they cannot commit murder and other forms of violence under the guise or covering of Islam.


Firstly we do condemn and openly denounce all terror attacks. Its these Christians who continue to say we don't. Secondly nowhere in the Quran does it say to punish those who reject Islam. Thats a blatant lie (or Philippians 1:18 if you will).

http://www.religionnewsblog.com/26091/indonesia-under-fire-for-light-sentences-in-attack-on-islamic-sect

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Temecula Pastor arrested for raping 16 year old girl

MURRIETA - An assistant pastor at a Temecula church accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old parishioner is slated to be arraigned today at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

Joseph Jermaine Spencer, 26, could face more than 20 years in prison if convicted of forcible rape, unlawful intercourse with a minor, oral copulation and sexual penetration with a foreign object. He is being held without bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed by Murrieta police Investigator Matthew Haddad, Spencer allegedly sexually assaulted a girl at his apartment in the 33600 block of Mapleton Avenue in Murrieta on April 25.

Haddad wrote that Spencer befriended the victim while teaching choir at their church, which was not identified.

Between February and April, the defendant would meet the girl at school and drive her back to his residence, where they mainly watched television, unbeknown to the victim's mother, Haddad said.

On the day of the alleged assault, Spencer and the 16-year-old were watching TV on his bed when he began to undress her, according to court papers.

Spencer began kissing her and assaulting her, according to Haddad. The vicim told Spencer to stop but Spencer pulled down the victim's pants and underwear and continued his assault.

According to the affidavit, the defendant initiated intercourse but "the victim was in pain ... and told him to stop." He did and returned her to school, where she informed a counselor of what allegedly transpired, according to Haddad.

Spencer fled the area but turned himself in to San Bernardino County sheriff's officials a few days later, authorities said.

According to court records, he has a 2008 conviction for sexually assaulting a minor and is on probation.

Murrieta police noted that while directing the church choir, he was regularly in contact with three- to five-dozen girls.



http://www.myvalleynews.com/story/57655/

Norwegian Christian terrorist was inspired by Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller

And its strange that so many Christians openly support these two hating bigots?

Here's a series of articles from Loonwatch:

http://www.loonwatch.com/2011/07/in-defense-of-demonization-frontpage%e2%80%99s-lame-defense-of-robert-spencer/

http://www.loonwatch.com/2011/07/loonwatch-has-been-warning-about-a-anders-behring-breivik-for-years/

http://www.loonwatch.com/2011/07/robert-spencer-in-damage-control-after-terror-attack-in-norway/

http://www.loonwatch.com/2011/07/pamela-geller-and-co-connected-to-norway-bomber-anders-behring-breivik/

http://www.loonwatch.com/2011/07/alan-colmes-has-heated-exchange-with-director-of-%e2%80%98jihad-watch%e2%80%99-blog-cited-by-norway-terrorist/

Do you guys remember David Wood? The one who called Loonwatch a "Muslim hate site"? I wonder what he thinks now?

Norwegian terrorist wanted crusade against Islam

OSLO - The man blamed for the terrorist attacks on Norway's government headquarters and an island retreat for young people that left at least 93 dead was motivated by a desire to bring about a revolution in Norwegian society, his lawyer said Sunday.

A manifesto he published online — which police are poring over and said was posted the day of the attack — ranted against Muslim immigration to Europe and vowed revenge on "indigenous Europeans," whom he accused of betraying their heritage. It said that they would be punished for their "treasonous acts."

The lawyer for the 32-year-old Norwegian suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, said Sunday that his client wrote the document alone. While police said they were investigating reports of a second assailant on the island, the lawyer said Breivik claims also claims no one helped him.

The treatise detailed plans to acquire firearms and explosives, and even appeared to describe a test explosion: "BOOM! The detonation was successful!!!" It ends with a note dated 12:51 p.m. on July 22: "I believe this will be my last entry."

That day, a bomb killed seven people in downtown Oslo and, hours later, a gunman opened fire on dozens of young people at a retreat on Utoya island. Police said Sunday that the death toll in the shooting rose to 86.

That brings the number of fatalities to 93, with more than 90 wounded. There are still people missing at both scenes. Police have not released the names of any of the victims.

Police said Sunday that a police officer had been hired to provide security on the island on his own time. It was not clear who hired him or if he was on the island at the time of the attacks.

Dr. Colin Poole, head of surgery at Ringriket Hospital in Honefoss northwest of Oslo, told The Associated Press the gunman used special bullets designed to disintegrate inside the body and cause maximum internal damage. Poole said surgeons treating 16 gunshot victims have recovered no full bullets.

"These bullets more or less exploded inside the body," Poole said. "It's caused us all kinds of extra problems in dealing with the wounds they cause, with very strange trajectories."

Ballistics experts say the so-called dum-dum bullets also are lighter in weight and can be fired with greater accuracy over varying distances. They commonly are used by air marshals and hunters of small animals.

Six hearses pulled up at the shore of the lake surrounding the island on Sunday, as rescuers on boats continued to search for bodies in the water. Body parts remain inside the Oslo building, which housed the prime minister's office. In a chilling allusion to the fact that the tragedy could have even been greater, police said Sunday that Breivik still had "a considerable amount" of ammunition for both his guns — a pistol and an automatic weapon — when he surrendered.

Police and his lawyer have said that Breivik confessed to the twin attacks, but denied criminal responsibility for a day that shook peaceful Norway to its core and was the deadliest ever in peacetime. Breivik has been charged with terrorism and will be arraigned on Monday.

Geir Lippestad, Breivik's lawyer, said his client has asked for an open court hearing "because he wants to explain himself."

Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim said a forensics expert from Interpol would join the investigation on Sunday.

European security officials said Sunday they were aware of increased Internet chatter from individuals claiming they belonged to the Knights Templar group that Breivik refers to in the manifesto. They said they were still investigating claims that Breivik, and other far-right individuals, attended a London meeting of the group in 2002. The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the investigation.

The officials would also not immediately confirm that they had been aware of Breivik as a potential threat.

As authorities pursued the suspect's motives, Oslo mourned the victims. Norway's King Harald V and his wife Queen Sonja and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg crowded into Oslo Cathedral, where the pews were packed, and people spilled into the plaza outside the building. The area was strewn with flowers and candles, and people who could not fit in the grand church huddled under umbrellas in a drizzle.

The king and queen both wiped tears from their eyes during the service for "sorrow and hope."

Afterward, people sobbed and hugged one another in the streets, as many lingered over the memorial of flowers and candles. The royal couple and prime minister later visited the site of the bombing in Oslo.

More was coming to light Sunday about the man who police say confessed to a car bomb at government headquarters in Oslo and then, hours later, opening fire on young people at an island political retreat.

Both targets were linked to Norway's left-leaning Labor Party. Breivik's manifesto pillories the political correctness of liberals and warns that their work will end in the colonization of Europe by Muslims.


http://ca.news.yahoo.com/norway-suspected-wanted-crusade-against-europes-muslims-used-175215101.html


At more than 1,500 pages long and nearly a decade in the making, the manifesto detailing Norwegian mass-killer Anders Behring Breivik's murderous "crusade" gives a chilling picture of a self-confessed "monster."

It was designed to bring about the revolution he says is needed to end a centuries-long Muslim colonisation of Europe.

Behring Breivik, the 32-year-old now in police custody, draws together decades of academic research and serves up a dedicated diary of bomb-making subterfuge. The final entry comes just moments before Friday's Oslo carnage.

"I will be labelled as the biggest (Nazi-)monster ever witnessed since WW2," says the "Marxist Hunter" in what is at times a rambling, at times bewilderingly detailed thesis.

In it, it reveals his admiration for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and calls for adherents to spawn large families of white European 'jihadists.'

"If you are not willing to sacrifice your own life, then I would strongly advise you to make babies and ensure that they will be willing to sacrifice theirs when the time is right," he says at one point.

"I believe this will be my last entry," the document states before closing with a series of posed pictures in old-fashioned military uniform or with an assault rifle -- and those sharp, piercing eyes that have stared out of newspapers worldwide since his arrest in the hours following the carnage.

"It is now Fri July 22nd, 12.51. Sincere regards, Andrew Berwick, Justiciar Knight Commander, Knights Templar Europe, Knights Templar Norway," he says in the tract "2083 -- A European Declaration of Independence," using an anglicisation of Behring Breivik's Nordic name.

The Christian fundamentalist, as described by investigators expected to bring Behring Breivik before an Oslo court early on Monday, has now admitted to the Friday's double attacks.

The car bomb explosion outside downtown government offices and the subsequent 90-minute shooting spree on a nearby island have now claimed 93 lives.

But police say he has not accepted "criminal responsibility" and his lawyer said on Sunday that he saw "nothing reprehensible" in his actions.

The text outlines his transformation as he strives to return Europe to an almost medieval racial and religious make-up.

It ranges from denunciations of political correctness to how to cover up the real reasons for purchasing chemicals from China for use in weaponry.

Friday's sickening scenes trigger the start of a "pre-emptive war" he says.

It is "waged in order to repel, defeat or weaken an ongoing Islamic invasion/ colonisation, to gain a strategic advantage in an unavoidable war before that threat materialises."

He adds: "We cannot afford to wait around and re-act when it is too late."

The cross of chivalry represents the cover image of a PDF computer file accompanied by a 12-minute video, pulled from YouTube on Saturday night.

He launched his movement in London in 2002, he says, "one of several leaders of the national and pan-European Patriotic Resistance Movement."

Concrete planning for Operation Martyr, as he baptised the events in and around Oslo, began in earnest in the autumn of 2009, with the setting up of "front" companies including a mining company and a farm to cover his acquisition of materials for military use.

The accelerating reduction in savings earned through these commercial activities represents an eerie countdown to his opening fire.

"In this manifesto, he appears like a loner and someone with a very peculiar intellectual influence," says Thomas Hegghammer, senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) in Oslo, expert on terrorism and violent islamism


http://www.middle-east-online.com/English/?id=47310

Theres DOZENS of more articles that can be found abou this Christians anti-Islamic views.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Norwegian terrorist who slaughtered over 80 kids is a conservative Christian

(CNN) -- As Norway struggles to come to terms with its greatest loss of life in decades, all eyes are on the man charged in the explosion in central Oslo and the deadly shooting rampage at a youth camp.

While police have not officially named him, Norwegian television and newspaper reports have identified the suspect as 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, of Norwegian origin.

A picture is emerging, gleaned from official sources and social media, of a right-wing Christian fundamentalist who may have had an issue with Norway's multi-cultural society.

Norwegian and international news outlets have run photographs of a blond man with blue-green eyes and chiseled features, dressed in a preppy style.

A victim who was shot during the attack at the youth camp on Utoya island told CNN Saturday that he had seen pictures of Breivik taken from what is believed to be his Facebook page and shown on NRK and TV2. The victim said he recognized the man from the news reports as the gunman.


Breivik is a member of the Oslo Pistol Club and has three weapons registered in his name, according to leading Norwegian newspaper VG, citing Norway's official weapons register. They are a Glock pistol, a rifle and a shotgun, VG reported.

NRK reports that Breivik does not have a military background and was exempt from Norway's mandatory military service. He has not had any special military training, it adds on its website.

He was a youth and adult member of the conservative Fremskrittspartiet (FrP) or Progress Party, VG newspaper reports, remaining involved until 2007. The party's most prominent manifesto pledge is to minimize immigration.

His membership was confirmed by a senior party member, Jonas Kallmyr, who is quoted by VG as saying that encountering Breivik was "like meeting Hitler before World War II."

The leader of the Progress Party, Siv Jensen, told Norwegian broadcaster TV2 News she was "horrified" to learn that the suspect was a former member of her party.

"But this is first and foremost an attack against the entire nation. It has affected all of us," she said, saying that her party members stood in solidarity with the youth movement of the Labour Party.

A post in Breivik's name on an online forum, Document.no, from December 2009, talks about non-Muslim teenagers being "in an especially precarious situation with regards to being harassed by Islamic youth."

"I know of many hundred occasions where non-Muslims have been robbed, beaten up and harassed by Islamic gangs," the post reads. "I had a best friend between the ages of 12-17 who was a Pakistani, so I was one of the many protected, cool 'potatoes' that had protection. But this also made me see the hypocrisy up close and personal and made me nauseous."

Such anti-Islamic sentiment is nothing new in Norway or other European nations, where there has been resistance against increasing numbers of Muslims and their practices.

About 3% of Norway's population in 2010 -- 144,000 people -- were Muslim, but that was expected to more than double to 6.5% over the next 20 years, according to a report released earlier this year by The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. That is one of the largest percentage increases in Muslim populations across all of Europe, thanks in part to fertility rates significantly higher than those of non-Muslims.

Another post in Breivik's name in October 2009 advises "Hans", described as the founder of Document.no, to "develop an alternative to the violent extreme Norwegian Marxist organisations Blitz, SOS Rasisme and Rod Ungdom" -- all left-wing movements in Norway.

"The conservatives dare not openly express their viewpoints in public because they know that the extreme Marxists will trump them. We cannot accept the fact that the Labour Party is subsidising these violent "Stoltenberg jugend", who are systematically terrorising the politically conservative," the post reads.

He is making a reference to the youth movement of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who heads the Labour Party.

A Twitter account attributed to Breivik by Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten has only one message, dated July 17. "One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who has only interests," it says, adapting a quote from 19th-century British philosopher John Stuart Mill.

Police have not ruled out the possibility that other people may have helped the suspect.

"The official questioning is starting now," Roger Andresen, a police official, told reporters during a news conference Saturday.

The suspect was cooperating with police, making it clear he wanted to explain himself, Andresen said.

Norway's police website said the suspect is currently charged with breaking paragraph 147a of the penal code -- a terrorism offense, with a maximum sentence of 21 years.

The statement said he was charged in both the Utoya attack and the bombing of government buildings in Oslo, and that the charges might change. "The suspect has never been arrested by the police before," it said.

Two addresses connected to the suspect are being searched, police said. One of them is believed to be an apartment in Oslo and the other a farm in Hedmark.

NRK reports that Breivik is registered as having run a company that produced "vegetables, melons, roots and tubers" -- an industry which allows access to large amounts of fertilizer, the broadcaster notes, which can be used for explosives.

An employee at a Norwegian agricultural cooperative told CNN that the man identified in media reports as the suspect in Friday's attacks bought six tons of fertilizer from her company in May.

Oddmy Estenstad, of Felleskjopet Agr, said she did not think the order was strange at the time because the suspect has a farm, but after the Oslo attack she called police because she knew the material can be used to make bombs.

"We are very shocked that this man was connected to our company," said Estenstad. "We are very sad about what happened."

More details on the man are sure to emerge in the coming hours and days. But what many Norwegians find hard to comprehend is that the chief suspect in the massacre appears to be one of their own.

Stoltenberg stressed that whoever was behind the attacks must be dealt with properly.

"It is very important that those who are responsible -- one or several persons -- are sentenced according to Norwegian law, in the Norwegian system of justice," he said.

"Norway is a small country but it is a proud country. We are all very close, especially in times like this."


http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/07/23/norway.suspect/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Breaking News: Police arrest Fresno Pastor as rape suspsect

Donald Lockhart, a Fresno pastor, has been arrested by Fresno police on suspicion of rape.

Investigators with the department's Sexual Assault Unit arrested the 59-year-old Lockhart, a reverend at the Central Community Development Center of Fresno. Lockhart was subsequently booked into Fresno County Jail on numerous offenses related to sexual assault.

This investigation remains on-going. Investigators have developed information that leads them to believe that there may be additional victims.

The Fresno Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding this case, or similar cases, to contact Detective Dustin Bruzee at (559) 621-2474 or Detective Christine Gray at (559) 621-2473.


http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/07/21/2472422/fresno-pastor-arrested-as-rape.html#ixzz1SmV32P1X

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pastor from Lowell convicted for sexually abusing young girl

Nearly two years after a Lowell pastor was first arrested on charges of sexually abusing a pre-teenage girl, a Gaston County jury convicted him Monday morning.

Keith Devon Pettis, 44, of the 8600 block of Catawba Cove Drive, south of Gastonia, was found guilty of nine counts that included taking indecent liberties with a child and sex offense of a child, among other charges. The former pastor of New Life Christian Center was sentenced to between 20 and 24½ years in prison.

The conviction followed a five-day trial that ran throughout last week. Jurors deliberated for three hours Friday afternoon, recessed for the weekend, then reconvened Monday morning and reached the verdict before lunch.

New Life Christian Center is tucked into a small residential neighborhood on Robbins Street, not far from the eastern end of the Franklin Square shopping center in Gastonia. Investigators said early on that the charges did not involve Pettis’ activities at the church, nor any parishioners there.

Pettis was arrested in August 2009 on charges that he sexually abused a 12-year-old girl in his home in August 2006 by performing a sex act on her. He allegedly sexually abused her again on Sept. 1, 2008, and Sept. 20, 2008, then forced her to perform a sex act on him in February and March of 2009.

Shortly after his arrest, he posted a $50,000 secured bond and was released from the Gaston County Jail.

Gaston County Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Hamlin inherited the case this year after one of her colleagues retired and another one took another job. She said she quickly took it under wing and put it on the first available trial calendar.

“It was an important case to me, with him being in the role he was in with this girl,” she said.

Testimony during the trial revolved in part around DNA evidence. Members of Pettis’ church family and other friends were there throughout the trial, as well as supporters of his accuser.

“These cases are emotional,” said Hamlin. “I’m glad the jurors took their time and made a decision they felt was right.”

Pettis’ Gastonia attorney, Larry Hoyle, could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon, nor could anyone at New Life Christian Center.


http://www.gastongazette.com/news/pastor-59203-child-girl.html

Monday, July 18, 2011

A look at women's rights in Zambia, a christian nation by Constitution

The law prohibits rape, and courts have discretion to sentence convicted rapists to life imprisonment with hard labor. However, rape was widespread. The government did not enforce the law effectively and obtained few rape convictions. In 2008 the ZPS's Victim Support Unit (VSU) recorded 229 cases of rape, 34 cases of attempted rape, and 141 cases of indecent assault; 72 defendants were convicted, four were acquitted, and three cases were withdrawn. The law does not specifically prohibit spousal rape, and penal code provisions that criminalize rape cannot be used to prosecute cases of spousal rape.

Domestic violence against women was a serious problem, and wife beating was widespread. There is no specific law against domestic violence, including spousal abuse, and cases of domestic violence were prosecuted under the penal code's general assault provisions. Penalties for sexual assault range from two to 25 years in prison, depending on the severity of injury and whether a weapon was used during the assault. The VSU was responsible for handling cases of domestic assault, wife beating, mistreatment of widows, and property expropriation (grabbing) by the deceased husband's relatives. In practice the police were often reluctant to pursue reports of domestic violence and preferred to encourage reconciliation.

The government and NGOs expressed continued concern about violence against women. Fear of retribution and cultural considerations deterred women from reporting domestic violence cases, and the VSU stated in a June report that this meant the true extent of sexual and gender-based violence was unclear; however, increased public awareness resulted in more reporting of such incidents to police and other authorities than in previous years. The VSU reported that victims often refused to cooperate and that the unit lacked equipment to analyze forensic evidence. The government operated gender-based violence shelters, a toll‑free hotline, and six one-stop centers to provide comprehensive assistance to victims of sexual and gender-based violence. During the year the government provided gender-based violence training to more than 120 police officers.

Although prostitution is not illegal, the penal code criminalizes certain conduct associated with prostitution. Police routinely arrested street prostitutes for loitering. Prostitution was prevalent in major cities. Sex tourism occurred but was not prevalent.

Sexual harassment was common. The law prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace, and the government has successfully prosecuted persons for such actions. The government has also successfully prosecuted persons for other forms of harassment under other sections of the penal code.

Although couples and individuals enjoyed the right to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing, and timing of their children, they often lacked access to information, and that lack effectively led to discrimination against women in the exercise of reproductive rights. Many women lacked access to contraception and skilled attendance during childbirth, including essential obstetric and postpartum care. Women generally did not experience discrimination in terms of diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. The number of women who received HIV testing and treatment increased substantially in recent years, and many more women than men sought treatment.

The law generally entitles women to equality with men. However, the government did not adequately enforce the law, and women in practice experienced discrimination in employment, education, and land and property ownership. Women who were employed often suffered from discriminatory conditions of service, including pay inequity. Although the Ministry of Lands set aside special land quotas for women to redress the imbalance in property ownership, women lacked adequate access to credit to purchase land or property. In most cases women remained dependent on their husbands or male members of their family to cosign for loans. As a result few women owned their own homes or businesses, although some financial institutions allowed women to sign independently for loans. The government was proactive in improving the status of women through legal protections and public awareness campaigns. The Gender in Development Division in the cabinet office is the government's agency especially charged with promoting the status of women.

Local customary law generally discriminates against women. Despite constitutional and legal protections, customary law subordinates women with respect to property ownership, inheritance, and marriage. Polygamy is legally permitted under customary law if the first wife agrees to it at the time of her wedding or both families agree and the man has paid a dowry. The practice of "sexual cleansing," in which a widow is compelled to have sexual relations with her late husband's relatives as part of a cleansing ritual, continued as a practice under customary law. However, many local leaders banned the practice. The penal code prohibits "sexual cleansing" of children under the age of 16


So rape often goes unpunished, spousal rape cannot be punished. Domestic violence is widespread because there is no law on it. Women face much discrimination in public. And polygamy is legal.

http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2009/af/135983.htm

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pastor arrested for stabbing teen girl to death

Emotions ran high at Cherangani Nursing Home in Kitale after triplets were extracted from the body of a student allegedly stabbed to death by a pastor to cover up their love affair.

Relatives were moved to tears when the foetuses were removed from her body during post-mortem examination.

"It is unbelievable this man murdered four people. Why did he have to do this? This is a terrible incident," a woman mourned.

The public streamed to the hospital to see the male triplets.

Business at the busy hospital was interrupted by curious wananchi.

The operation to remove the foetuses was conducted by a medic based at Kitale District Hospital.

Wailing relatives broke down as they mourned the Form Four student of a school in Trans-Nzoia East District.

The girl was killed last Friday after the pastor allegedly stabbed her to death using a kitchen knife.

Brutal killing

Her parents were lost in thought after the triplets were removed from the body of their last-born daughter.

"It is a big loss to the family. It will take us a long time to forget this brutal killing of our daughter," said the girl’s mother.

Teachers and students of the school where the girl learned said her death was a big loss to the institution.

"We were proud of her performance. She was among the best students and we expected her to excel in this year’s KCSE," said a female teacher.

The student was carrying a five-month pregnancy from a year-old relationship with the pastor when she met her death.

The student had confessed to her parents that the clergyman had impregnated her.

The student, 17, was a Sunday school teacher at a church the pastor heads.

Antenatal clinic

After the pregnancy was revealed, the matter was reported to police, who arrested and arraigned the pastor in Kitale Law Court where he was charged with defilement. He was released on bond.

The pastor had reportedly intercepted the student as she returned home after attending antenatal clinic at Kitale District Hospital.

On the fateful day, the two met at Kibomet Africa Inland Church where the girl found the pastor waiting for her.

They talked and then as the student left to board a matatu she was allegedly stabbed several times by the pastor.

He then fled into a maize plantation, but was arrested by a watchman guarding a homestead.

The pastor underwent a psychiatric test and was arraigned in Kitale Law Court where he was charged with defilement. He was released on bond.


http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=2000038901&cid=4

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Pastor faces charges for sexually assaulting female family member

SAGINAW, Mich. - A Saginaw pastor is facing several charges after authorities say he sexually assaulted a female family member over a period of several years.

Pastor Ulysses Garcia was in court Friday for a preliminary hearing and was bound over to circuit court for trial.

Saginaw County Prosecutor Mike Thomas said Garcia allegedly sexually assaulting a member of his family when the girl was 14. The victim is now in her early 20s and she testified in court Friday.

All told, Garcia is charged with one count of attempted first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual criminal sexual conduct.


http://www.wnem.com/story/15049950/pastor-charged-with-criminal-sexual-conduct

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pastor arrested on sexual harassment of teen girl

HENRYETTA, Oklahoma -- A 36-year-old Henryetta minister has been arrested on complaints of sexting a minor girl after the two attended a church camp.

Joseph Monroe Leal, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church of Henryetta, was booked into Tulsa County Jail on two complaints of using technology to engage in sexual communication with a minor. He has been released on bond.

According to an affidavit filed in Tulsa County Court, Leal started texting the then 14-year-old girl after she attended the Summit Church Camp in 2009. Initially, the messages related to "spiritual subjects," the affidavit states.

In the summer of 2010, when the minor was 15, the texts became sexually explicit, according to the affidavit. The girl began saving the texts this spring.

According to the church web site, Leal has served as pastor at Immanuel Baptist since 2006. He is originally from Moore and has also served at churches in Shawnee and Wellston.


http://www.newson6.com/story/15036378/henryetta-pastor-arrested-for-sexting-teenage-girl

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Pastor arrested for molesting 12 and 6 year old girls

An Ocoee man was being held without bail early Tuesday in the Orange County Jail on charges of molesting children at an Apopka church he attends.

Scott Bohl, 40, was arrested late Saturday on three charges of lewd or lascivious molestation.

The pastor of Apopka Church of God of Prophecy, another church employee and two church members told police that Bohl was suspected of fondling 12- and 6-year-old girls and a 4-year-old boy, a police report shows.

The father of one of the girls told officers he saw Bohl touch his daughter on her clothed buttocks, the report states. The church employee said he saw Bohl hug one of the girls, spank her and tickle her and that the girl tried to get away from him, she told police.

The 6-year-old told an investigator that Bohl had pulled up her skirt, the report shows.

Bohl denied fondling the children, but said he playfully spanked them, the investigator wrote.


http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/crime/os-child-molest-arrest-church-apopka-20110705,0,5677457.story

Lutheran Pastor arrested for murdering 16 year old girl

This is the article about that Indian Pastor who burned that poor teen. New info has been revealed:

A pastor of a Lutheran church was last week arrested for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl and setting her ablaze in his house.

Pastor Dasi Ajay Babu was arrested by the police after his domestic help died of severe burns at the Guntur General Hospital.

Ajay Babu is a pastor with the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church.

According to reports, Ajay Babu had allegedly forced his maid to have sex with him saying he would marry her. Problems began when she began pressing for marriage.

After revealing that he was already married, he along with his wife reportedly set the maid on fire.

Meanwhile, the pastor denied the charges and told media that the girl had set herself on fire to commit suicide. He also said he had burnt his hands while trying to save her.

The girl's parents however said their daughter had told them before dying that she was sexually exploited by the pastor for the past one year.

It was when she threatened to inform her parents, she was allegedly beaten up and later set ablaze.

According to India Today, the pastor's family had forced the girl to give a declaration to the magistrate that she had suffered burns while cooking in the house.

But the girl's parents say the declaration was given under force. They gave an official complaint on this to the Guntur (rural) superintendent of police.


http://in.christiantoday.com/articles/lutheran-pastor-arrested-for-reported-murder-of-young-girl/6413.htm