Sunday, March 31, 2013

Christian man arrested for beating his ex-wife

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 GIBSON CO., IN (WFIE) -   A Gibson County was arrested early Sunday morning and is accused of beating his ex-wife.

Indiana State Police say around 3:30 a.m., a trooper and a deputy from the Gibson Count Sheriff's Office responded to the 600 block of Concord Drive in Princeton to investigate a battery complaint.

While approaching the residence, the trooper says he heard 40-year-old Russell Griesemer inside the garage yelling, and his 39-year-old ex-wife, screaming.

Authorities saw Russell kick the woman, who was lying on the floor. After kicking her, he attempted to drag her by the hair while hitting her.

State police say the couple is currently divorced, but have been living together.

An ambulance was summoned, but the woman refused any further medical treatment.
Russell Griesemer was arrested and is currently being held on bond in the Gibson County Jail.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Alabama pastor arrested for raping fourteen year old girl

An Enterprise youth pastor was arrested Tuesday by Enterprise Police on a charge of second-degree rape. According to Enterprise Police reports, Timothy M. Thomas, 25, of Creeke Lane, Enterprise, was arrested and charged after police received information that a possible sex crime had occurred involving the youth pastor from St. Luke United Methodist Church. Enterprise PD Public Information Officer Billy Haglund, in a press release Wednesday, stated the Criminal Investigation Division initiated an investigation at that time and discovered Thomas allegedly had sexual intercourse with a juvenile under the age of consent. Allegedly the victim was According to the release, the crime took place between Feb. 28 and March 18. St. Luke Church officials are fully cooperating with law enforcement during this investigation, Haglund stated. The official investigation revealed that no crime was committed at the Thomas was taken into custody around 7 p.m. Tuesday and transported to the Coffee County Police state the investigation is currently ongoing and additional charges may be pending. Bond has bend set at $30,000. Conditions of the bond include that Thomas can not have contact with the victim or any member of her family, he cannot leaver the state of Alabama without permission of the court, he must have no new offense while out on bond, he cannot have contact with any female under the age of 18, and he must be equipped with a GPS monitor at his expense. Thomas has hired an attorney, Warren Rowe. In other Coffee County Jail reports, Enterprise Police arrested Michael Keith Mathis, 27, of Don Circle in Enterprise on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested were Christopher Lewis Mathis, 34, of Crestview and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were placed on a total bond of $10,000 each.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pastor and wife from Pennsylvania arrested for starving 9-year-old girl

JOHNSONBURG, Pa —  A pastor at an Elk County church and his wife were arrested after their adopted 9-year-old daughter ran away from home claiming she was being starved.

Mount Jewett residents Mark and Susan Hooper were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of children. Both were free Thursday on $25,000 bond each.

Police said the Hoopers had not been feeding the child properly since May 2011. The girl told police she wasn't allowed to eat until she got her math work done correctly.

According to court documents, the child told police she ran away from home, because, "I get spanked and don't get fed all day or breakfast the next day...this happens lots of times."

The 9-year-old further said, "I was tired of not getting dinner because of my math..." She would tell police she's "afraid of mom."

Police said she also ran away from home last month and weighed only 31 pounds, which is significantly below the percentile for her age. Police said that because of the 9-year-old's lack of eating, she experienced several growth defects. Further exams showed that her bone structure was similar to a 5-year-old child.

Neighbors who live on Anderson Street in Mount Jewett said they have had concerns about the children. Some neighbors even took time to cook dinner for them, telling 6 News that the children were fed, but it was clearly not enough.

Mark Hooper is a pastor at the Cobb Street Baptist Church in Johnsonburg. No one was around Wednesday evening, when a 6 News crew went there, despite a bulletin saying there was a Bible study group scheduled.

The Hoopers live in McKean County, located north of St. Mary's. Court documents show that the children were home-schooled.

6 News reached out to the Hoopers to see if they had a comment, but they said, "Have a nice day," and then shut their door.

Stay with 6 News, and Mobile for continuing coverage.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Indiana Pastor charged for putting up cameras in women's restroom

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A pastor has been formally charged with voyeurism and child exploitation nearly a year after police say he planted two video cameras inside a women's restroom at a Lafayette church.
The Journal & Courier and WLFI-TV report Tippecanoe County prosecutors filed charges Thursday against 56-year-old Robert Lyzenga (LY'-zihn-gah) in connection with cameras found at Sunrise Christian Reformed Church.
Court documents say a woman found the first camera inside what appeared to be an air freshener in April 2012 when it fell off a stall door. Prosecutors say some of videos showed girls as young as 5 years old.
A message seeking comment was left at a home phone number for Lyzenga.
Lyzenga had served as pastor since 2002.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Indiana pastor arrested for sexually abusing teen girl

Jack Schaap, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Hammond, Ind., is facing at least 10 years in prison and an additional 10 years of supervision upon release for taking a teen girl across state lines for sex. Lurid details of the illicit relationship have been revealed as the minister awaits sentencing, which is expected next week.

Schaap's attorney and state prosecutors worked out a plea deal after the married father of two pleaded guilty last year to the federal offense, although he claimed he had no idea that it was illegal to transport the minor, an FBC member who was 16 at the time, out of state for sex.

As part of the sentencing process, a memorandum was presented to the court by prosecutors that revealed the content of some of the 637 text messages exchanged between Schaap, 55, and the unnamed 17-year-old parishioner who had initially turned to the minister for counseling. Among those messages, sent between June 21 and July 21, were texts from Schaap claiming that Jesus Christ had sanctioned their relationship, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"You opened your heart wide to me – you made me more than a Pastor/Rescuer – you made me your friend your confidant, your beloved. You gave me your trust, your heart, your love, + your affection," the former megachurch pastor wrote in messages to the girl, according the 23-page document shared by the Tribune.

Schapp wrote in another text, reportedly referencing a counseling session with the girl, "You have affectionately spoken of being 'my wife.' That is exactly what Christ desires for us. He wants to marry us + become eternal lovers!"

During the case, it was alleged that Schaap and the girl had sex in his office at the church in July 2012, while a youth conference was underway on the premises. The minister's relationship with the teen initially came to light when a church deacon found a text message on Schaap's cell phone that included a photo of him and the girl kissing.

The court document, which also cited 25 phone calls between the minister and the teen, was filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond and claims Schaap groomed the girl while juggling duties for the 15,000-member FBC Hammond congregation – which he claimed in his defense stressed him out and contributed to his actions.

Schaap was fired in August 2012 by First Baptist Church Hammond after 11 years of service, which also included being superintendent of the church's schools. He said during court hearings that "extreme stress, exhaustion, depression, burn-out and several other medical maladies" were a result of working over 100 hours every week.

While prosecutors argue that U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano should ignore Schaap's attempt to "explain away" his actions, a First Baptist Hammond representative told The Christian Post that feeling overwhelmed by his work was no excuse for Schaap's actions, which the minister had classified in a previous church board meeting as adultery.

"Yes, he was under a tremendous amount of stress such as anyone who runs an international ministry. However, this does not excuse his behavior," said Eddie Wilson, a spokesperson for the church. Wilson told CP that Schaap was "a gifted leader" who helped the church grow and develop new ministries, "but this does not give anyone the right to justify sinful actions."

Prosecutors claim Schaap has caused irreparable harm to the victim and her family. The girl's parents, who submitted statements for the memorandum, claim a First Baptist Hammond pastor suggested that they refrain from visiting the congregation "for [their] safety."

FBC brought on John Wilkerson, who previously served at First Baptist Church of Long Beach in California, as its senior pastor in January.

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Toronto pastor arrested for sexually assualting four women and girls

TORONTO - Toronto police say they’ve arrested a pastor who faces sexual assault charges involving girls as young as 14.

Between November 2010 and January 2013, police say a pastor allegedly sexually assaulted four women and girls who were between the ages of 14 and 21.

Police say 36-year-old Artelino Vallada was arrested on Thursday and faces four counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference and two counts of invitation to sexual touching.
He was set to appear in court on Friday.

Police believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pastor from India arrested for sexually harassing young girls

A local pastor was arrested on a complaint by his wife that he had sexually harassed minor girls and misused church funds at Peenya.

Pastor Shantaraju of Bethel Church, who has been absconding after his wife Priyalatha registered a police complaint against him, was apprehended while he was in transit, police said.

The 45-year old pastor's wife alleged he had mentally and physically harassed her and had illicit relations and exploited minors.

She also claimed the pastor and some of his family members had threatened her if she dared to speak up against him.

Police had registered charges of harassment and criminal intimidation. The other charges are being investigated.

The pastor, who has filed a divorce petition, had earlier denied the charges and claimed they were only a method adopted by his wife to get hold of the church property.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Virginian Pastor arrested for exposing himself to 14 year old girl

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WTKR) — A pastor who volunteered to be the chaplain for a Virginia police department has been arrested, accused of exposing himself online to someone he thought was an underage girl.
Chesapeake police said Haden Conrad, the pastor of the Chesapeake Avenue United Methodist Church, showed his penis to who he thought was a 14-year-old girl. It was actually a Spotsylvania sheriff’s deputy.
Jeff Pearce, a spokesperson for the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office, said Conrad met the deputy in a chat room online as part of the cybercrimes unit’s sting operation.
“Our unit over the past year has been quite successful in finding child sexual predators and online pornographers,” Pearce said. “Anytime we encounter anyone who’s operating this type of online activity, it certainly disappoints me…”
Authorities searched Conrad’s home and his church office for evidence.
According to court documents, Conrad has been the pastor of Chesapeake Avenue United Methodist Church for two years. He is married with two foster children and lived in Georgia before moving here two years ago. He also used to work as a chaplain for the Chesapeake Police Department.
The 32-year-old now faces charges for computer solicitation of a child under 15.
Conrad, who remains in jail without bond, is scheduled to appear in court next week.

Kansas City Pastor arrested for molesting 13 year old girl

NEW ORLEANS — A former associate pastor at Greater Works CME Church in Kansas City, Mo., has been arrested in New Orleans in connection with child molestation and forcible sodomy of a child.
George Spencer, 48, was arrested without incident in New Orleans, the FBI said.
He was charged by Jackson County prosecutors on Tuesday with statutory sodomy, forcible sodomy, three counts of child molestation and two counts of sexual misconduct involving a child.
Spencer was arrested stemming from information from the FBI office in Kansas City on an alleged attack of a 13-year-old girl in February 2012 while associate pastor.
According to court records, the teen told police Spencer molested her her.
Spencer is awaiting extradition back to Kansas City, where he will be formally charged, the FBI said.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Ghana Pastor arrested for drugging and raping woman

The Ashaiman branch of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) has arrested a pastor from the Victory Power Ministry Church, for allegedly raping a 30 year old widow.

The 35 year-old pastor, William Addo, allegedly tricked and drugged the woman before raping her while working at the Atadika branch of the church in the Kpone-Kantamanso district.

According to Citi New’s Elvis Washington, the victim was raped when she honoured an invitation from the suspect (pastor) last year for special prayers to be conducted for her.

The victim was asked to bring a carton of Don Garcia wine to break a spiritual connection between herself and her late husband whose death was perceived as mysterious.

During the prayer session, the accused allegedly gave the widow three glasses of the wine and a bottle of oil to drink.

The liquid rendered her unconscious paving the way for the pastor to rape her.

According to the DOVSU Coordinator, ASP Bola, the suspect allegedly called a friend of the victim and asked her to take the victim to the hospital.

ASP Bola indicated that a medical examination conducted at the hospital showed that she had been sexually abused.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Former Christian woman speaks on how she was raped by a Catholic priest

She stood alone under a cloudy sky to speak for the victims and for herself.
“I am a victim of rape by a priest,” Megan Peterson said.
She was 14, she said, when she was first raped by the Rev. Joseph Jeyapaul, her parish priest in Greenbush, Minn. The abuse went on for 10 months, she said, until Jeyapaul fled to his native India. Charges were filed against Jeyapaul and extradition proceedings have begun. Peterson and the Diocese of Crookston reached a civil settlement last summer.
Peterson, now 22 and a student at Winona State University, was at the Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Winona Tuesday afternoon to tell her story and ask the bishop and diocesan officials to work for and with people sexually exploited and abused by Catholic clergy and religious. She was there as part of a May Day visit by members of SNAP — Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests — to the headquarters of Roman Catholic dioceses across Minnesota.
Inside the pastoral center, Peterson offered diocesan communications director Joel Hennessy a list of more than 100 priests and religious members accused of abuse who have served in Minnesota. She asked him to convey her message to the bishop.
Hennessy accepted the list and agreed to speak to Bishop John Quinn. He said the visit was unannounced and he had no official comment.
“This caught us off-guard,” he said.
The Diocese of Winona Safe Environment Program, which has been in place for a number of years, includes background checks, ongoing education and a formal code of conduct for all ministerial employees. The diocesan website spells out procedures and resources for abuse victims and provides a link to report abuse online.
“I’m definitely not trying to take the church down or anything like that,” Peterson said. “I’m just trying to help those who have been harmed and to expose the cover-up.”
The experience has changed her life profoundly, Peterson said. Before the rapes, “I was very, very religious,” she said, “I was pretty set on being a nun.” For the previous five summers she had spend time visiting convents. For eighth-grade career day she as a nun.
She is no longer a member of the church, she said, no longer attends Mass.
“Faith is a huge part of a person’s life,” she said. “I wish I still had it.”

Friday, March 8, 2013

Canadian catholic school teacher arrested for sexually and psychologically abusing teen girl

OTTAWA — A disciplinary hearing into the actions of a supply teacher at a Catholic school in Kanata accused of having sex with a student in 2010 was withdrawn Thursday after he agreed never to teach again. Mitchell Khalil Thomas was accused of sexually and psychologically abusing a student and engaging in acts regarded as “disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional,” according to a notice of hearing. Thomas was also alleged to have sent the student text and Facebook messages, privately meeting with her off school property, driving her in his car or riding as a passenger in her car and having a sexual relationship with her for six months beginning in November, 2010, the notice of hearing said. She was a student at the school during the 2009-10 academic year, but her age was not disclosed in the notice of hearing. The name of the school was not disclosed. Thomas no longer works for the Ottawa Catholic School Board, said spokesperson Mardi de Kemp. “The alleged incident was brought to administration’s attention and he was immediately suspended and removed from the supply list,” de Kemp told the Citizen Wednesday in an email. In 2006, Thomas received an honours Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University and a graduate diploma in education from the University of Newcastle in Australia, according to his profile on the Ontario College of Teachers website. He has held an interim certificate to teach social sciences to intermediate and senior students since May 2007. It expires in May 2013 unless he meets additional requirements to convert it to a permanent certificate.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Indian Pastor's twin sons arrested for gangrape of teen girl

Twin sons of a pastor and the driver of a senior employee in the Punjab state power corporation limited (PSPCL) were arrested here on Sunday in the Bathinda gangrape case reported on Friday. The police have found no red-beacon car that the victim, 17, said was used in her kidnapping. However, the two vehicles they have recovered include a luxury model with the official-flare slot.

After preliminary investigation, the twins are charged with raping the Class-10 student of a private school here but the police have decided to drop the section of kidnapping from the first-information report (FIR) lodged at the Civil Lines, for it appears that the girl had hitched a ride with the suspects.

A special investigation team comprising superintendent of police (city) Dharamvir Singh; assistant superintendent of police (city) Alka Meena; officer in charge of the crime investigation agency (CIA), Rajinder Singh; deputy superintendent of police Avneet Kaur Sidhu, and head of the sexual assault response team (SART) was formed to solve the case.

South African Pastor arrested for raping teen girl 5 times

Johannesburg - A pastor from the Judah African Revival Mission church in Kya Sand has been arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl five times.
He is alleged to have lured her into his bed by telling her that he was sick and that sex with her would cure him.
The incidents happened between October and December last year.
The 32-year-old man, arrested last month, is in jail. He was expected to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
The girl’s distraught mother said that if the man got bail, he would not live, as she and the community were angry with him and ready to deal with him.
“I am prepared to go to jail, I am very angry. He was a man of faith that we trusted and allowed into our home. He knows where we live and where my daughter goes to school,” she said.
The mother, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her daughter, spoke to The Star in the presence of two senior pastors of the church, Evans and Grace Phiri, who worked with the man in their church and who are now trying to assist the mother.
According to the mother, the pastor had become a family friend and often visited them at their house. The girl used to call him “daddy”, and she considered him a father figure before the rapes, said the mother. Afterwards, she started calling him by his first name.
The girl’s mother said she discovered text messages on her daughter’s phone in December when she wanted to make a call. The message from the pastor was one of comfort because she complained about “feeling sore” after the ordeal.
The mother realised what had happened and called him. He tried to pacify her, telling her it was a misunderstanding.
“My daughter said it had happened five times and she felt she was in ‘a cage’ with him all the time.
“He indoctrinated her with love messages and by telling her she was special. The first time it happened, he phoned her and told her he was coming to have sex because he was ill and needed healing. Thereafter, he groomed her into believing what they were doing was right,” said the mother.
In text messages, she asks if he would allow her to wear false eyelashes and a bob haircut. He replies: “Love you got everything woman buy at the shop…”
The girl was taken to a clinic for a rape test.
Just after being caught, the pastor contacted the daughter again and told her to run away with him.
The mother then went to look for him at his home, but he had already disappeared, with relatives saying he was in Mozambique.
To lure him back to South Africa, the mother told a relative that she would drop all charges and would talk to him.
Describing his arrest, the mother said: “He was arriving by bus from Mozambique and we were there at the bus stop to meet him.
“As he got off, he was arrested. My daughter was so indoctrinated by him that she cried out and said he was sick.”
His cellphone and iPad were seized by the police and handed back to his wife – also a pastor at the church – which she, in turn, gave to the Phiris. They were shocked to find about 100 text messages and numerous voice recordings allegedly of him speaking to the teenager.
The Star heard the tapes. He speaks affectionately to her, saying how special it was to take her virginity, which was so precious.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

California Pastor arrested for raping two teen girls

CARPINTERIA, Calif. (AP) -  
A youth pastor has been arrested for raping teenage girls he met at a California central coast church.
   Santa Barbara County sheriff's investigators say 28-year-old Louis Joseph Bristol was booked on Wednesday for multiple counts of rape, child molestation and selling marijuana to minors.
   The Ventura County Star says bail for the Carpinteria Community Church high school pastor is set at $2 million.
   Detectives say Bristol raped two underage girls in vacant rooms at the Holiday Inn Express, where he worked as an assistant manager.
   They also say Bristol gave and sold marijuana to the teens and to teenagers in the youth group,
   There may be more victims.