Wednesday, February 27, 2013

South Carolina Pastor arrested for punching his daughter

SENECA, SC -  Earlier in the week Bishop Derrick Wayne Jones was put on administrative leave from Seneca Church of God for allegedly punching his teenage daughter.

According to our coverage partners at Anderson Independent Mail, Bishop Jones was arrested after an argument he had on Feb. 17th with his teenage daughter. Allegedly he threw her on the floor and sat on her.

The teenager then ran away from home and was located the next day at her boyfriend's house. Our coverage partners say Bishop Jones was charged on Feb. 18th with one county of unlawful conduct toward a child.

He was taken to Oconee County Detention Center and later released on a 10-thousand-dollar personal recognizance bond.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Connecticut news anchor arrested for choking wife, made threats to further harm

Why is this article on here? Because, Connecticut is 78% Christian.

New York (CNN) -- WCBS news anchor Rob Morrison is facing charges of allegedly choking his wife, CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison, according to Connecticut authorities.

Rob Morrison was taken into custody early Sunday at the couple's Darien home when police responded to a "domestic violence incident" called in by Ashley Morrison's mother, according to a statement from the Darien Police Department.
He was arrested and accused of choking his wife with both hands after becoming "increasingly belligerent...during the course of the evening," the statement said.
Officers observed red marks on Ashley Morrison's neck, but she did not request medical treatment, according to the police department release.
While being processed, Rob Morrison made verbal threats to further harm his wife, according to the police statement.
In a joint statement released Monday, the couple's attorney, Robert Skovgaard, said, "Rob and Ashley Morrison are cooperating fully with the authorities to insure that all of the information necessary to properly evaluate this unfortunate incident is made available."
"The Morrisons are confident that a full review of this matter will show that the allegations have been greatly exaggerated."
WCBS spokeswoman Rachel Ferguson said because this is a personal matter, the station is declining to comment.
Morrison is scheduled to be in court Tuesday on charges of second-degree strangulation, second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct.

Popular Christian dating website linked to rapes

(CNN) -- A California man is accused of raping a woman he met on a Christian dating website -- and police fear there may be other victims.

Sean Banks, 37, met the victim on the matchmaking website, where he went by the user name "Raritiy," La Mesa Police said in a statement.
Banks used three additional online identities -- "Rylan," "Rylan Butterwood" and "Rylan Harbough" -- and police said they are concerned "there may have been more cases with other women."
ChristianMingle touts a safety section that includes a warning to avoid contact with members who cannot take "no" for an answer.
The site is cooperating with the investigation, CNN affiliate KSWB reported.
Banks was arrested February 11 and has been booked on two rape charges in the incident as well as one count of residential burglary, police said.
He has pleaded not guilty and is free on his own recognizance after posting $500,000 bail.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Ohio pastor arrested for sexual battery against 15 year old girl

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) - A 26-year-old youth pastor is behind bars in Miami County facing a preliminary sexual battery charge.

Jail Records show Michael “Mic” Mohler was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Troy. He appeared in court Wednesday where a judge ordered him held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Mohler's arrest stemmed from an investigation into allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old parishioner, Miami County Lt. Steve Lord told 2 NEWS.

"He was helping her with some of her studies and I think there were times he was giving her spiritual guidance perhaps. Then it just evolved into the relationship that became inappropriate under the law," added Lt. Lord.

The website for Troy’s First United Methodist Church lists Mohler as a “Resident Pastor." The congregation's lead pastor declined to comment on camera, but released a written statement.

"Yesterday a member of our pastoral staff, Michael Mohler, was arrested and charged with 3 rd degree sexual battery. We take any such allegations extremely seriously," said Pastor David Leckrone. "Upon learning of his arrest and the nature of the charges, we immediately removed Mr. Mohler from any position on our pastoral team and relieved him of all of his responsibilities at our church. We are cooperating fully with the authorities as they pursue the facts".

  Leckron went on to say, "as we learn more about this situation, please know that we are shocked and deeply saddened and appeal for patience, grace and prayer for our congregation, for the young person who made the allegations and her family, for our colleague, and for all who may be affected by this situation".

Investigators ask anyone with any additional information about the case to call the Miami County Sheriff's Office at 937-440-6085 or 937-440-9911

Friday, February 15, 2013

Los Angelas Pastor arrested for molesting young girls, then threatening to harm them if they told the police

A 77-year-old retired pastor allegedly molested three elementary school-age girls at his Torrance home and at his nearby church, threatening to harm them if they told anyone, police said Thursday.

Pedro Emilio Vallejos, who led the now-defunct Santuario de Oracion church at Prairie Avenue and 180th Street, was expected to appear for arraignment Friday at the Torrance courthouse. He will face multiple counts of child molestation, Torrance police Sgt. Robert Watt said. Jail records show Vallejos was held on $17.6 million bail following his arrest Tuesday afternoon.

Police opened an investigation in December when a school counselor told the county Department of Children and Family Services that a teenage girl had confided that Vallejos molested her on several occasions more than three years ago, Watt said. Detectives investigated and discovered two more victims, who told them that Vallejos fondled their private areas and performed other sex acts with them at the church and at his north Torrance home, Watt said.

Vallejos and his now-deceased wife started the Christian church in 1996 and operated it for several years. Another church now inhabits the property. Vallejos remarried.

Vallejos befriended the children's families and sometimes invited them to his home. The alleged crimes occurred over a two-year period. "He would tell them not to tell anyone or he would injure them," Watt said. Police suspect there might be more victims and asked anyone with information to call police detectives at 310-618-5571.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

South African pastor arrested for raping 17 year old girl

Rustenburg - A 29-year-old pastor was arrested in Phokeng, near Rustenburg, on Tuesday for raping a 17-year-old girl, North West police said. Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said the pastor had been visiting the Perish for a Crusade church, in Phokeng, for a week. He prayed for the girl during services and fetched her and her friends to help him clean the church premises at night. On Tuesday, he offered her a lift to school, which she accepted. “... Instead of driving to school, the suspect turned to the nearby bushes where he allegedly raped the victim,” said Ngubane. “The community members who saw the pastor's vehicle turning into the bushes alerted the police. Police followed the direction... and they found the pastor sexually assaulting the young tenager in her innocent school uniform.” The pastor would appear in the Bafokeng Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Woman from Papua New Guinea burned alive for being a witch

Kepari Leniata, 20, was thrown screaming onto a pyre of tires and burned alive after being accused of killing a neighbor's son with sorcery.

After Leniata's six-year-old neighbor fell sick on Tuesday morning, he was taken to Mt Hagen hospital where he died a few hours later. Relatives of the boy believed witchcraft was involved and went to two women who admitted they practiced sorcery, but they told villagers that Kepari Leniata was the person responsible. The boy's family then dragged her from her home on Wednesday morning.

The young mother "confessed" after she was stripped naked and tortured with hot iron. She was then dragged to a local dump with hands and feet bound, covered in gas and thrown on a pile of burning tires. More gasoline-drenched tires were thrown on top of her as she screamed. Police and the fire truck called to the scene were beaten back by the crowd and could not reach Leniata before she died at the villagers' hands.

Many in Papua New Guinea believe in sorcery and witchcraft. In 1971 the country introduced the Sorcery Act to criminalize the practice and curb belief. Last July, 29 people were arrested accused of sorcery and cannibalism after allegedly murdering seven people to ritualistically eat their brains.
The other side of belief means "kangaroo courts" are a regular occurrence in some villages, where neighbors condemn each other for black magic. In 2009 a man was hacked to pieces by machetes after such a "court" made up of village elders convicted him of sorcery.
PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill issued a statement Thursday:
"Barbaric killings connected with alleged sorcery. Violence against women because of this belief that sorcery kills. These are becoming all too common in certain parts of the country. It is reprehensible that women, the old and the weak in our society should be targeted for alleged sorcery or wrongs that they actually have nothing to do with."

The U.S. embassy at Papua New Guinea issued a statement condemning the "brutal murder," calling it evidence of "pervasive gender-based violence."

Colombian Pastor arrested for sexually assaulting 23 women and 4 underage girls

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The pastor of an evangelical church in Colombia accused of sexually assaulting 23 women and four underage girls has been arrested in Honduras, officials say.

Alvaro Javier Gamez Torres was arrested in Portal del Bosque, a town south of the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa. He was being held pending extradition proceedings, La Prensa reported Thursday.
Carlos Vallecillo, a spokesman for the prosecutor, said Gamez Torres has been in Honduras for about four months and Interpol had issued an alert for him.

Gamez Torres, pastor of the Apostolic and Prophetic Church of Salem in Colombia, allegedly convinced young women and teenage girls they would be ensured a place in heaven if they had sex with him.

South African Pastor raped woman, then threatened to kill her

A Soweto pastor has been arrested for the rape of a woman who told police he had forced her to have sex with him three times in his church and in a locked room, police said on Saturday morning.

The woman reported him to Jabulani Police immediately after allegedly being released on Friday night, after which the pastor, who is around 30 years old and from Zola, was arrested, said spokesperson Warrant Officer Kay Nakhubele.

He said that early on Friday morning the pastor had allegedly summoned the 29-year-old woman to his church in Zola to return her cell phone that he had borrowed, then threatened to strangle her if she screamed when he raped her.

Nakhubele said the woman had been taken for a medical check and was receiving counselling from police professionals.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Missourian Pastor arrested for raping mentally handicapped girl

A Cave City pastor was arrested on Jan. 25 for felony rape following an investigation that began with an emergency call on Jan. 15. The 911 call was from the mother of a 15-year-old female victim regarding an incident of alleged sexual contact between the pastor and the young woman who is mentally handicapped.

Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts and Detective Aaron Presser responded to the call. The mother told Presser that one of her daughters came into her room late in the evening of Jan. 14 to explain her younger sister was crying and upset. After the mother went to speak with her daughter, she was informed that Ira Smith, 33, had forced the girl to perform oral sex on him in the home the day before, also touching her inappropriately during the incident.

Records indicate that Smith had also been accused in 2009 of a similar incident but was cleared by the Arkansas Department of Human Services. On or around Jan. 17, Crimes Against Children Investigator Allison Vanaman was contacted about the case and interviewed the victim and other siblings in the home. According to the case report, Vanaman's training led her to believe that four of the children had been assaulted by Smith, and further investigation into Smith's behavior was needed.
Sheriff Counts had originally scheduled a polygraph for Smith on Jan. 22, following the initial interview, but Smith failed to appear for the examination. Arkansas State Police Special Agent Ramey Lovan performed the polygraph examination on Jan. 24 at the Troop C Headquarters in Jonesboro, after Smith was advised of his Miranda rights and signed the required consent forms to undergo the examination. During the interview, Smith admitted to forcing the child to the sexual act, collaborating the story the girl had told her mother. Smith denied the accusations of molesting the other children in the home, but did admit to sexual fantasies about another child in the home, who is also 16.

Smith was arrested on Jan. 25 and charged with Class Y felony rape. The violation states that Smith "Did, unlawfully and feloniously, engage in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual activity with another person who was incapable of consent because she is physically helpless, mentally defective or mentally incapacitated." Smith is being held in the Sharp County Detention Center, and is due in Circuit court on Feb. 6 for his first appearance. He is the pastor at Corinth Baptist Church in Cave City.

Jewish girl suspended from school for singing infront of men

Ophir Ben-Shetreet, a 17-year-old with a voice as outstanding as Sonenclar’s, is a leading competitor on Israel’s “The Voice.” One would think that she would be rewarded for her confidence, effort and talent. Sadly, that is not the case.

Ben-Shetreet is essentially being punished for having an exceptionally beautiful voice and wanting to share it with the world. The 12th grader has been suspended (with the agreement of her parents) for two weeks from her religious girls’ high school in the seaside city of Ashdod. Her offense? Singing in public.

The complaints against Ben-Shetreet’s singing on the popular TV show came from the parents of other students at her school. Ben-Shetreet’s suspension and required attendance at special Jewish law classes is supposedly meant to serve as a deterrent to her classmates - should they, heaven forbid, want to exercise their God-given vocal talent or just plain have some musical fun while within hearing earshot of a man.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Los Angelas Priest arrested for molesting teen girl

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Unified School District has severed its ties with a priest accused in files released by the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles of molesting a teenage girl, a district spokesman said on Monday.

Father Joseph Pina, one of dozens of priests named in 12,000 pages of records made public by the archdiocese last week after years of legal battles, was hired as a community outreach organizer by the school district in 2002, said Tom Waldman, director of media relations for the LAUSD.

Waldman said Pina, 66, was laid off last year in a wave of downsizing but continued to work occasionally at district events, a practice the spokesman said would end now that his name had surfaced in the archdiocese's priest abuse scandal.

"He (Pina) apparently alerted the district on Thursday that his name was included in the files," Waldman told Reuters in an interview. There was no indication Pina was ever arrested or charged in connection with the allegations.

The move marked the latest fallout from the release of the 124 personnel files, which has already led Archbishop Jose Gomez to strip his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, of all public and administrative duties.

Mahoney's former top aide, Thomas Curry, also stepped down as bishop of Santa Barbara following release of the files. Both men had been linked to efforts to conceal the abuse.

Waldman said the district was still trying to determine how Pina was hired despite the sexual abuse allegations against him. All new hires were fingerprinted and checked against an FBI database, he said, but if Pina did not have a criminal record he would not necessarily have been flagged.

"There's no indication whatsoever that anyone (at the school district) knew of his experiences in the archdiocese or even if he was employed there," Waldman said.

But archdiocese spokesman Tod Tamberg said that, on an employment verification form sent to LAUSD at the time, the church indicated Pina did not carry out his duties in an ethical and safe manner and that it would not hire him again.


"Mr. Pina has many fine qualities, but is not the most stable of individuals. I would not recommend him for a position in the schools," a Monsignor Craig Cox wrote on the form, which was provided to Reuters.

Tamberg said Pina was also named in a report on clergy sexual abuse released by the archdiocese in 2004 and in other documents made public the following year.

Waldman said Pina worked for the district's Facilities Services Division and that his job primarily involved setting up town hall-style meetings to seek community input when a new school was being built.

"He would tend to work almost exclusively with adults - community leaders, parents, business owners and others who have a direct interest in a new school," Waldman said.

The confidential files released on Thursday show Mahony and Curry were aware as early as 1990 that a 19-year-old woman had accused Pina of molesting her over the past two-and-a-half years, starting when she was 16 or 17.

A letter from a sibling of the girl sent to church officials in 1993 accused Pina of molesting and possibly raping the teenager. Pina admitted to Curry in 1990 that he had engaged in sexual contact with the girl but denied having intercourse with her, a memo from Curry to Mahony showed.
A notation in the church files indicates Pina was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department over claims that he had sexually abused a 14-year-old girl in the 1970s, but never arrested or charged in that case.

Pina spent time in a residential treatment facility, according to the records, but was still an active member of the clergy as late as 1998, when he resigned as a pastor and was placed on inactive leave.
An attorney for Pina declined to comment to Reuters.

The Los Angeles archdiocese, which serves 4 million Catholics, reached a $660 million civil settlement in 2007 with more than 500 victims of child molestation in the biggest such agreement of its kind in the nation. Mahony at the time called the abuse "a terrible sin and crime."

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Nigerian Pastor arrested for raping two women

pastor with a Pentecostal church has appeared in court for allegedly raping two women from his church on separate occasions.

Greatness Tapfuma (31), a Zimbabwean, allegedly raped a 25-year-old congregant twice and another one who is aged 22 once.

It is alleged that he would invite them to his house or go to their houses on the pretext of holding prayer sessions and eventually rape them. Tapfuma has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
He appeared in court on Tuesday. Tapfuma was remanded out of custody to 13 February on $100 bail.

Allegations against him are that on an unknown date, but during the month of November 2011, Tapfuma invited the 25-year-old church member to his house for prayers. While there, Tapfuma dragged the woman into his bedroom where he allegedly raped her once.

On another date in December of the same year, Tapfuma allegedly visited the complainant at her workplace, bought vegetables and asked her to help him carry them to his house.

The court heard that when they got home, Tapfuma dragged her into his bedroom and allegedly raped her once. It is alleged that on 28 January 2012, Tapfuma phoned the 22-year-old complainant and asked for directions to her house saying he wanted to conduct prayers with her.

The court was told that the pastor bought some food at a fast food outlet, which he took to the woman’s place and they ate the food sitting on the floor. After the meal, Tapfuma allegedly proposed love, but was turned down. He then allegedly forced her to lie on the floor and raped her once.