Monday, January 30, 2012

Church worker arrested for sex crime against a young girl

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A church employee accused of a sex crime against a young girl is out of a job.

William Harrison, Jr. was arrested by Williamston Police Friday.

He is charged with two counts of lewd act on a minor.

Police say the crimes happened in Williamston, where Harrison lives.

Harrison was already on the Sex Offender Registry from a 1997 arrest and conviction of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Records show he did jail time and was released in 2004.

Three years later, he came to Redemption World Outreach Center on Haywood Road in Greenville and was hired with a criminal background.

The church says they immediately fired Harrison after finding out about his latest arrest. 7 On Your Side wanted to know why Harrison was hired in the first place with a criminal background.

The church says he worked off campus as a manager of halfway houses.

Anytime Harrison had to come to campus, the staff says he was always supervised and he was not allowed to be alone with children.

“We knew when he was going to be here,” explains Pastor Travis Hayes. “When he was not going to be here, he checked in with his supervisor when he came to work every Sunday, and so that's how we made sure we knew where he was.”

The church says they hired Harrison to give him a second chance.

He remains in jail Monday night. A judge denied bond over the weekend.

Thousands of kids are on the campus of Redemption World Outreach Center for church activities and for school. That's one reason Pastor Travis Hayes says the church does criminal background checks before it hires someone. Hayes says, “The security staff was well aware of his (Harrison’s) background, his run-in, his incarceration.”

The church hired Harrison a registered sex offender in 2007. The South Carolina Sex Offender Registry shows Harrison was convicted of second degree criminal sexual conduct in 1997, and he was released from prison in 2004. Hayes says, “As a church, we kind of felt like if he couldn't get a second chance with us, where could he get a second chance from?” Hayes says Harrison worked off campus at the church's halfway houses. Hayes says, “We brought him on board specifically to work with those adults in those halfway houses.”

Hayes says Harrison was on campus as a church member and for a few work-related activities, but that he was never left alone with kids. Hayes says, “He checked in with his supervisor when he came to work every Sunday, and so that's how we made sure we knew where he was.”

The church says it fired Harrison after he was arrested Friday, accused of another sex crime against a child. 7 On Your Side asked, in the future, will registered sex offenders get a second chance with the church? Harrison says, “We always sit back and look and see is there something we can do different? Is there something we can do better?” Hayes adds that the church would never hire a sex offender to work directly with kids. He says in light of the situation with Harrison, the church will review its hiring process to determine if any changes need to be made.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Palestinian Christian woman bludgeoned to death for falling in love with a Muslim

This is from 2005. After reading the article, please see how Robert Spencer though this was a Muslim honor killing.

RAMALLAH: Faten Habash’s father wept as he assured his daughter there would be no more beatings, no more threats to her life and that she was free to marry the man she loved, even if he was a Muslim. All he asked was that Faten return home.

Hassan Habash even gave his word to an emissary from a Bedouin tribe traditionally brought in to mediate in matters of family honour, a commitment regarded as sacrosanct in Palestinian society. But the next weekend, as Faten watched a Boy Scouts parade from the balcony of her Ramallah home, the 22-year-old Christian Palestinian was dragged into the living room and bludgeoned to death with an iron bar. Her father was arrested for the murder.

“He gave me his word she would not be harmed,” said Ibrahim Abu Dahouq, the Bedouin mediator. “He was crying and begging her to come home. They were even telling me that for their daughter to leave their house as a bride would be an honour for them. We never believed that love would lead to death in this ugly way.”

Now see what an idiot Spencer is.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Armenian man murders cousin then dumps her body on road

Honor killings are a prt of the Armenian culture.

Homicide detectives of Los AngelesCounty sheriff arrested 27-year-old Aram Sarukhanyan on Tuesday on suspicion of murder after he was released from HuntingtonMemorialHospital. He had been admitted as result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound shortly after the body of his cousin, Adrine Arzumanyan, was found on the La Crescenta Avenue offramp, Glendale News Press reports.

As Armenian reported earlier, an Armenian woman who was shot dead and dumped on freeway in Glendale was related to her alleged assailant.

Adrine Arzumanyan, 33, was shot at least once and then pushed from a car onto the freeway, the newspaper writes.

“There is some kind of family relationship,” said Lt. Mike Rosson, adding that investigators are trying to determine whether they might have been cousins, or possibly related by marriage.

The shooter suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and was taken to hospital, law enforcers said.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Like father like son, Armenian honor killings continue

GYUMRI. – Armenia’s Police Force solved the murder of Gyumri city resident Mari Davtyan, 21. To note, the police discovered Friday, at the basement of the damaged building of Gyumri’s former Polytechnic Institute, Davtyan’s dead body, which was burned and torn to pieces.

According to Armenian’s well-informed sources, Mari Davtyan was killed by Gyumri resident Gevorg Tadevosyan, 51, to protect her daughter’s honor. Our information was corroborated by the police, who also informed that it became apparent on Saturday that previously convicted Tadevosyan had struck blows at Mari Davtyan—on Friday at 4:30 p.m., at the first floor of the damaged building of Gyumri’s former Polytechnic Institute—subsequently tied her legs, put a plastic bag over her head, and suffocated her to death. Afterward, he covered the dead body with pieces of cloth, and went home. Then he returned at 7 p.m., poured diesel fuel on the young woman, and set her on fire.

Gevorg Tadevosyan is arrested, and an investigation is launched.

It is noteworthy that Tadevosyan’s son was just as cruel against another woman, back in 2009, as he had killed her, burned the body, and hid it in the same location. According to our source, the revenge was again to protect the honor of his sister.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Florida Pastor arrested for molesting young girl

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Fort Lauderdale Police arrested a youth pastor accused of groping a girl under 12 years old, luring her into his home with food and molesting her when she came inside.

Police report that on Jan. 15, Raymond Vincent, 41, lured the girl inside his residence and groped her. She also told police Vincent had molested her two times in 2011.

Vincent told detectives that he is a youth pastor at a church in Pompano Beach, which has police concerned there may be more victims.

Investigators are urging anyone whose children may have had inappropriate contact with Vincent to contact Detective Felicia Barnwell at 954-828-5533 or Detective Lorette Innocent-Doles 954-828-5137. They are also asking for the help of the public in identifying the church where Vincent is a youth pastor.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Honor Killing in Armenia: Woman abused to death by husband

The issue of domestic violence, long a taboo topic in Armenia, is generating lots of public debate these days. The catalyst for discussion is a shocking criminal case, in which a 20-year-old mother of a toddler was, according to witnesses, abused to death by her husband.

Social networks in Armenia have been buzzing about the case since October 1, when 20-year-old Zaruhi Petrosyan died after suffering a series of heavy blows that caused a brain hemorrhage and left her with a broken fingers and bruises all over her body. Shortly before collapsing, Petrosyan reported that she had suffered the injuries in a fall. Her neighbors and her sister, however, asserted that Petrosyan had been abused by her relatives at her home in Masis, a town in the Armavir Region, not far from the capital Yerevan.

The victim’s sister, Hasmik Petrosyan, alleged that her sister’s husband and mother-in-law routinely abused her, and that she often had extensive bruising on her body. She wanted to escape the abuse, but because she was an orphan, she did not have a strong support network to turn to for help, Hasmik Petrosyan maintained. “If there was a law, and the police were more attentive toward such cases, my sister might be alive today,” she said.

Based on witness accounts, authorities took Petrosyan’s 30-year-old husband, Yanis Sarkisov, into custody and charged him with inflicting bodily harm under Article 112 of the Armenian Criminal Code. No trial date has been set. He faces up to 10 years in prison, if convicted. Petrosyan’s mother-in-law is also under investigation in the abuse case, but no charges as yet have been brought against her.

According to Hasmik’s public account, about a year before her death, Zaruhi left her husband, and lived for a few weeks with her sister. But Sarkisov reportedly threatened to kill both women, along with Hasmik’s family members. Zaruhi thus felt compelled to return to her husband in order not to put her sister’s family at risk.

Rights groups are hoping that the Petrosyan case becomes a landmark in their efforts to implement legal safeguards against domestic violence. In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Tigran Sargsian that bore about 3,000 signatures, activists called on government leaders and legislators to address the issue quickly. “Our silence confirms that such cases are nothing extraordinary in Armenian society and allows them to be repeated,” the letter stated.

Susanna Vardanian, the head of the Women’s Rights Center, a Yerevan non-governmental organization, contended that the lack of legal protections played a big role in Petrosyan’s death. “Zaruhi had turned to the police twice, but they [authorities] only had her husband sign a promise not to beat her again; but how can that be a means of prevention!” Vardanian said.

Results from a survey of 1,000 Armenian women conducted in 2008 by the rights group Amnesty International showed that women in roughly three out of 10 families suffered from physical abuse and about two-thirds experienced mental duress. Laurence Broers, an Amnesty International expert on Armenian affairs, said that the problems could be more severe than indicated by the survey data, given the reluctance of many women to disclose instances of abuse.

“Women maintain silence, and the imposer of violence continues his abuse; and the victims of violence continue silently enduring the pain. Armenian society suffers from that: the number of children with mental problems keeps growing,” Broers said.

Another survey of 2,763 women, conducted in 2010 and sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund, showed that those who suffered from abuse tended to keep quiet about it: only 15 percent of those who acknowledged suffering from abuse were willing to discuss it. Another aspect of the survey involved participants being shown two images – one of a smiling face, the other of a crying face – and being asked which face they identified with more: about 70 percent of the participants selected the crying face.

“If before the organizations fighting against domestic violence were accused of breaking up families, now both the public and many politicians admit that the problem exists, and it has to be dealt with,” says Vardanian.

Armine Tanashian, a department head at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs who handles women’s issues, insisted the state is taking steps to address domestic violence. “The government approved a Gender Policy Concept within the framework of which an inter-departmental commission has been set up to develop a four-year national gender quality program. This is great progress and the law on violence will eventually be adopted as a result,” Tanashian told

Last year, the government had planned to allocate money from the state budget on building shelters, however the budget was cut because of the economic crisis and, as Tanashian explained, the draft budget for 2011 does not include it either.
If a few years ago many MPs were unconvinced that domestic violence was a problem in Armenia, that is no longer the case. “This [Petrosyan] case has made us acutely aware of the problem, and so now many realize that the issue should have been tended to before,” opposition Heritage Party MP Zaruhi Postanjian told “A law must be adopted and urgent steps should be taken to fight against these problems, which do not bring honor to our families.”

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Christian man tapes one year old girl's mouth, wrists, and ankles and posts photos on Facebook

(CBS) CHICAGO - A Chicago man who posted a photograph on Facebook of his 22-month-old daughter bound with painter's tape was indicted Monday on felony charges.

CBS Chicago reports the most serious charge 21-year-old Andre Curry faces is aggravated battery, which carries a sentence of 7 years.

Curry's pastor says the father posted the picture as a joke and did not hurt the girl. His attorney said the incident had been "blown out of proportion."

FOX News reports prosecutors said Curry decided to tie up his daughter after he witnessed her playing with the tape on Dec. 13.

Curry put the tape over her mouth and bound her wrists and ankles together. He then allegedly photographed her with his cell phone and put it up on a social networking site.

A caption of the image read, "This is wut happens wen my baby hits me back. ; )"

Chicago police investigated Curry the day after the photo was brought to their attention. He was arrested and ordered held on $100,000 bond on Dec. 21 and barred from contact with his daughter or any children.

Curry faces charges of aggravated domestic battery, aggravated battery and unlawful restraint, Cook County State's Attorney's office spokesman Andy Conklin said.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 26.

The bolded part confirms Christinity's part in this.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pastor to Rape Victim: "He Should Have Killed You. At Least You'd Have Died A Virgin."

Hi, John. I became acquainted with your writing a couple of months ago and love it. I so wish I could travel back in time and hear your voice in my head while I was growing up, instead of the hard-core fundy "you're going to hell" soundtrack of my early life.
I've read with great interest the letter from the young woman who felt that God degraded Mary -- and your earlier post about why some folks consider it so important that Mary remain a virgin for life. I just had to share a bit of my story around exactly that issue.

When I was 16 years old, I was raped at knife-point by a stranger. Not having a clue how to handle it, I decided to confide first of all in my pastor. While I was literally still bleeding from the attack, he told me (and I quote) "It's too bad that you didn't force him to kill you instead. That way you could have at least died a virgin." That was the sum total of his "advice" to me -- not, "Oh, you should go to the police," or "Oh, I'm so sorry that happened to you," or anything that might have been even remotely helpful anywhere on this planet.

After that reaction, I decided not to tell anyone else -- including my parents or the police -- ever. It wasn't until six years later, after I had attempted suicide and was hospitalized for severe depression, that the truth came out. And then, only because I saw my rapist's wedding photo and announcement in our local paper and freaked out a bit. (Well, okay, a lot.) It took me a long time, a ton of therapy, and no small measure of the grace of God to get past this exhibit of what a pastor-friend calls the "cult of virginity."

God calls us to be sooooo much more than what happens with (or to) our genitals. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being a voice of reason and compassion in that regard!! To this day, almost 30 years later, I harbor more anger toward that "pastor" than I do toward the man who raped me. At least the rapist wasn't pretending to represent God. The damage the rapist did to my body and my psyche was not insignificant -- but the soul-damage done by this "man of God" nearly killed my faith.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Pastor kills himself because police were investigating his sexual misconduct with a fourteen yeat old girl

PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona pastor shot and killed himself at his church after being served with a search warrant investigating his Internet conversations with a 14-year-old girl, police said on Friday.

Nicholas William Minerva, 52, committed suicide on Thursday, shortly after officers arrived at the Trinity Baptist Fellowship Church in south Phoenix,said Detective Frank Mendoza, a Chandler, Ariz., police department spokesman.

"After we made contact, he ran away and retreated back into the church," Mendoza told Reuters. "A short time later,he shot himself to death."

It was unclear if the girl or her family are church members, he said.

Police said Minerva allegedly contacted the teen in a chat room in July and continued through Thursday. He allegedly had "inappropriate conversations" with her and once showed his genitalia via a webcam, police said.

Minerva has been a Trinity Baptist pastor since January 2004, according to the church website.

A call to the church was answered by a voice mail recording made by Minerva.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Alabama Pastor arrested for sexually abusing twenty-one female students

A pair of local pastors whose churches have ties to an Alabaster teacher arrested Jan. 4 and charged with four counts of sexually abusing children said Jan. 6 they were “shocked” by the arrest are doing whatever possible to support the victims.

Alabaster police arrested 49-year-old Alabaster resident Daniel M. Acker Jr. Jan. 4 and charged him with molesting a student in his Thompson Intermediate School fourth-grade classroom in 2009. The department added a fourth sexual abuse charge against Acker two days later.

According to Shelby County School System officials, Acker was also accused of abusing children in 1992, but a Shelby County grand jury did not indict him on the charges.

During the 1992 investigation, Acker was serving as a youth pastor at Alabaster’s Westwood Baptist Church. Westwood Baptist Church Executive Pastor Rick Swing said he was not with the church when Acker was attending or serving as a pastor at Westwood, but he said his church has taken steps over the years to protect children in the church.

“We value children. Since (1992), there have been many more protocols and awareness raised about things like this,” Swing said. “There are a lot more safety measures in place.”

Swing said the church’s “biggest concern” is for the victims of the alleged crimes. Both of Acker’s parents currently attend Westwood, and Swing said he would support both of them throughout the process.

“We want to support the Ackers, but we also know that justice must be served,” Swing said. “It’s a difficult position for us to be in as a church. We want to make sure we do the right thing.”

In a Jan. 5 interview, Montevallo resident Beverly Watson said the First Baptist Church of Pelham held spaghetti suppers to raise money for Acker after the 1992 allegations. Church Pastor Mike Shaw said Acker’s family members did hold a fundraiser in the church, but it was not a church-sanctioned event.

“In hindsight, I wish they would have found somewhere else to have it,” Shaw said. “I apologize to Beverly Watson, the victims and their families for allowing an event to be held in our facility which provided support for someone who used his position to prey on innocent children.”

Brian Erickson, the pastor of Alabaster First United Methodist Church, said some members of his congregation supported Acker during the 1992 allegations.

“Tonight I have talked to several folks in our church family who are feeling betrayed, having stood up for someone who turned out not to be who they thought he was,” Erickson said Jan. 5.

In a letter to his congregation, Erickson urged the church members to pray for the victims, Acker and his family and “all those in our community who have spent today in heartbroken disbelief.”

“As a pastor, I grieve that, yet again, it seems someone in a position to nurture children has used their authority to harm the most defenseless among us,” Erickson said. “Predators leave a seemingly endless trail of mistrust and suspicion in their wake.”

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

South African Pastor arrested again for raping eighteen and twenty year old women

Polokwane - A 50-year-old pastor, already out on bail in connection with a charge of rape, has been arrested again - this time for a different rape, Limpopo police said on Wednesday.

The pastor was arrested at his home in Seshego on Tuesday, after he was released on R2 000 bail on a rape charge involving a 14-year-old girl, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

In the latest case, the pastor is accused of raping a young woman - now aged 18 - between 2009 and 2010.

"It is alleged the victim went to the pastor... to be prayed for as she was not feeling well. The victim was then allegedly raped."

The pastor was expected to appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Third case of rape

Mulaudzi said the same pastor had appeared in the Seshego Magistrate's Court on Tuesday in connection with the rape of the 14-year-old. He was granted R2 000 bail and that case was postponed to January 17.

"It is alleged the suspect raped the girl in Seshego between August and September 2011."

And in another development, police said a third case of rape was opened against the pastor on Wednesday. It involved a 20-year-old woman, who alleged the pastor raped her between July and October last year.

"We are investigating... for now we focus on the three charges. If there are people who might have been victims they must report it to the police."

In all the cases the women had gone to the pastor for prayer and healing.

A statement on the pastor's church website reads: "This is the place where we see practical miracles of God every day. The place where people come face to face with the fire of God and receive their total deliverance no matter the situation or the circumstances."

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

South African Pastor arrested for raping fourteen year old girl

And of course no Western media outlet would cover this, or any of the 300+ rapes, assaults, murders, harassments of women we have recorded since 2009.

A 50-year-old pastor who allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl is set to appear in the Seshego Magistrate's Court in Limpopo on Tuesday.

Police said the pastor lured the minor to his home next to the church under the pretext of praying for her.

It is alleged that similar incidents were repeated with other girls in August and September 2011.

The pastor was arrested on Christmas Eve.

"The girl worked as an usher and the pastor used to ask her to clean his room and pray for her. That is when the rape [allegedly] occurred," said police spokesperson Mothemane Malefo.