Thursday, May 23, 2013

California Pastor arrested for sexually assaulting two young girls

FORT WORTH, Texas—A pastor in Virginia has been arrested in the wake of claims by two women that he sexually assaulted them as juveniles in North Texas.

Geronimo Aguilar (AG'-yih-lar) was taken into custody at his Richmond, Va., home Tuesday on charges filed by Fort Worth police. The 43-year-old Aguilar is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14. The case was generated by law enforcement in Anaheim, Calif., based on the allegations of the two women. Authorities say they were juveniles living in Fort Worth in 1996 and 1997 when Aguilar allegedly assaulted them. Aguilar's lawyer, David Carlson of Glen Allen, Va., told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that his client denies any misconduct. He says Aguilar was cleared of wrongdoing by investigators in the 1990s.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Floridian Pastor arrested for viewing naked images of young girls

(CBS)LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Cedric Cuthbert, a 49-year-old pastor and Disney World employee, was arrested on suspicion of viewing child porn videos while on the job at the theme park, according to CBS affilaite WKMG.

The station said that the pastor was arrested Tuesday for soliciting a minor via the internet and possessing child pornography.

Disney allegedly contacted the Orange County Sheriff's Office in April after discovering that Cuthbert tried to access blocked websites while at work, reported WKMG.

According to the arrest affidavit, semen was found in Cuthbert's Disney office, the station reported.

Investigators told WMKG that Cuthbert viewed multiple inappropriate YouTube videos posted by girls to whom he sent messages such as "you are so cute! Great sexy bodi! Send me a private vid."

The station reported that Cuthbert wrote an apology letter to Disney. His employment status at both Disney and his church are not currently known.

Ugandan Pastor raped and threatened to kill 7 year old girl

A 60-year old pastor of Lukango Church of God in Kammengo, Mpigi district is in police custody over defilement.

Peter Bananiye is alleged to have defiled a 7-year-old pupil of Ggoli Primary School.

The girl said while in a market at Kammengo on Thursday evening, the cunning pastor asked her to help him carry his luggage home and he would pay her sh3,000. However they bypassed his home and the pastor took her to a cassava plantation where he defiled her.

The girl said he threatened to strangle her if she reported him to anyone.

When he was done with her he told her to run home, but she was too weak and kept falling on the way. She was rescued by Angella Nakigozi, one of her father's tenants who saw her bleeding and rushed her to a clinic before she was taken to police.

The girl told the Police she could identify the suspect from the way he was dressed. When the Police took her to the crime scene and the market she identified the pastor. His trousers were also found to have thorns that he had picked from the garden.

Bananiye however claimed the girl had run off crying when he bypassed their home. He said he had only gone to the market to buy food for a patient .

The Kammengo police station chief, Ivon Kyomuhendo, said Bananiye had questions to answer according to the statement he made. She said investigations were ongoing as the suspect remains in custody.

The pastor was slated to give a surmon over the weekend where some of his church sponsors were expected to attend.

He said if he is found guilty may the Lord strike him dead in jail.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Indiana Pastor arrested for pointing loaded gun at wife and daughter

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -    Madisonville Police say an area pastor was arrested after they say he pointed a loaded gun at his family.

MPD says it happened Wednesday morning at 116 Hayes avenue.

Police say 52-year-old Jay Shuck pointed a loaded gun in the direction of his wife, his daughter and two children.

Authorities say when they arrived at the scene the gun had been put away, but tell us they have cell phone footage of the incident.

MPD says Shuck struck an officer while being arrested and was Tased.

According to Facebook Shuck is the pastor at Parkview and United Methodist Church.

Police say Shuck is charged with 3 counts of wanton endangerments, 2 counts of third degree assault, second degree disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

MPD says he has been released from jail on $1,000 bond.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Brazilian Pastor arrested for raping 6 women

A leading evangelical Christian pastor has been arrested in a Rio suburb for the alleged rape of six women, including three minors, police said.

Marcos Pereira, who has been head of Brazil's Assembly of God of the Latter Days church for the past 20 years, was detained late on Tuesday.

"He is accused of raping six women, including three under the age of 18," police inspector Marcio Mendonca Dugubras on Wednesday.

The pastor, who made headlines by practicing collective exorcisms of drug addicts and prisoners whom he later converted in Rio jails in the 1990s, was jailed in a maximum security penitentiary in northern Rio.

Dugubras said that Pereira would tell his victims that they were possessed by the devil and therefore needed to have sex with a "holy" person.

The victims, all of them poor, consented, thinking that by doing so they "were ridding themselves" of their sins, Dugubras told reporters.

Police had been investigating the pastor for a year and said he might have raped 20 other women since 1998.

One of the victims, a member of Pereira's church, was said to have been sexually abused from the age of 14 to 22.

Police said the pastor was also being probed for alleged involvement in drug trafficking, money laundering and homicide.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Indian Priest among arrested for selling 15 year old girl

The northwest Delhi Police have arrested eight people, including a local priest and two women, for allegedly selling a 15-year-old girl, police said on Monday.
The family to which the girl was "sold" had forced her to marry their 25-year-old son on May 1.

Police said the matter came to light after the girl's family members learnt that their daughter had bee sold for R80,000 and that they were kept in dark about the deal.

A case was registered at the Ashok Vihar police station after the victim's mother lodged a complaint.

The arrested people have been identified as Dharamvir, the girl's 'husband', Bharat Kishor Pandey, a local priest, Chandrakala, Chandrawati, Vishnu Nath, Ajay Yadav, Satbir and Tejpal. Police are now trying to find out if some more girls were sold in a similar manner by the accused.

The girl's family lives in Wazirpur area near Ashok Vihar and her parents are labourers, a police officer said. In her complaint, the girl's mother told the police that a few days ago, one of her neighbours told her about a potential match for her girl.

"The girl's parents agreed for the marriage and it was solemnised at a local temple by Pandey. Three days after the marriage, the complainant learnt that the marriage was

in fact a deal. She also learnt that R80,000 was paid for it," said the police officer, adding that they were interrogation the accused to bust a possible racket.

Parishioners blame 17 year old girl for being sexually assaulted by Priest

A secretly-married priest who sexually assaulted a teenage girl in what a judge described as an “enormous breach of trust” was today jailed for six months.
William Finnegan, known to his parishioners as Father Bill, touched the 17-year-old's bottom and "passionately" kissed her at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Fagley, Bradford last Easter.

Finnegan, 60, remains "in denial" about the offence, which led to his "considerable fall from grace" the Recorder of Bradford Judge Roger Thomas QC said as he jailed Finnegan.

"It just seems to me he cannot face up to what he's done," Judge Thomas added.
"I don't know what motivates him but maybe it's because he cannot afford to lose so much face and be in a state of shame in front of those who support him."
The judge also criticised some of Finnegan's parishioners who defiantly stood by their former priest, supporting him despite his conviction, and shunning the young victim.
He said: "Maybe some of them would believe the sun would rise in the west tomorrow if he said it."
Finnegan, who was suspended after allegations about the assault emerged, was found guilty by jurors following a trial at Bradford Crown Court.
During the trial he told the court and his diocese that he shirked his vow of celibacy by secretly marrying Beverley Dawson in 1999.
He wed the previously-married mother of two in Cyprus after meeting her at his former parish in Castleford, West Yorkshire, jurors heard.
The disclosure of his relationship came after Ms Dawson was called by the court to give evidence.
She said she and her husband, who voluntarily stepped down from his role, had never permanently lived together but saw each other regularly, had a sexual relationship and went on holidays together. Each week after he finished church services on Sunday he would visit her, then go back to work on Tuesday, she said.
Finnegan, who joined the church in 1977, "became sexually attracted" to the victim, referred to in court as B, and admitted he had "sexual feelings" for the sixth-form student, Judge Thomas said.
"On Easter Sunday, you did not restrain yourself and you acted out of your sexual attraction to B by committing this offence of sexual assault," the judge added.
"You said that you loved her and you forcibly took hold of her. You put a hand behind her head and with your other hand you took hold of her bottom.
"In that hold you repeatedly kissed her on her mouth which B described as 'passionate, not the sort of kiss you'd give your mum or dad, not even a kiss you'd give a boyfriend on a first date'.
"You had not only physically molested her but you had also put her in a massively difficult position in being able to report what you, as a priest, had done to her."
Finnegan, of Acacia Close, Castleford, West Yorkshire, later tried to silence her with bribes of "a good birthday present later in the year", the court heard, but she told her family and the clergyman was arrested.
The teen said she has been left feeling "frightened" and "extremely vulnerable".
In an impact statement read out in court, she said: "One of the main issues that's affected me is Father Bill could lie and put me through a trial. Why did he do that? He is supposed to be a man of God.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Dallas Pastor arrested for asking young girl to strip (and Christians are blaming the girl)

After reading the article I want to draw you all to the comments from Christians. Because they are blaming the victim!

Corinth police arrested the lead pastor of The Church of Corinth on Wednesday on sex-related charges, investigators said.

The Rev. Jeffrey Dale Williams, 47, was charged with attempted sexual performance of a child, a third-degree felony, police said.

Capt. Greg Wilkerson said the alleged incident took place at the victim’s home on March 30 and the investigation is continuing.

“We have been working on the case since April 3, and there is potential there may be more victims,” Wilkerson said.

Williams, according to police, is accused of attempting to persuade a child younger than age 18 to remove her clothing and show herself naked.

Wilkerson said the victim is uninjured and in a safe place.

Third-degree felonies are punishable by two to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000, according to the Texas Penal Code.

Chris Medley, youth pastor for the church, said the church is not commenting until further investigation takes place.

Williams has been serving at the church, 1301 Tower Ridge Drive, since it opened in 1999, according to the church’s Facebook page.

Calls to Williams’ home were not answered.

Investigators are available to speak with anyone who may have knowledge of this or any other alleged crime involving Williams.

If there are additional alleged victims or witnesses, they are urged to call the Corinth Police Department at 940-498-2017.

Williams, police said, does not have any past criminal history.

As of press time Wednesday, Williams was awaiting arraignment at the Denton County Jail.

Now lets see the comments. Greg Birdsall writes:

How sad for you readers for believing the press. Since they cant report the truth, I will fill you in.
The victim is a troubled youth that had been cared for by this family. She was arrested a couple of weeks ago and now she is mad that she didn't get her way.
This a good loving family and a good loving church.

I actually responded to him, saying:

And that gave the Pastor the right to sexually assault the girl? You're blaming the girl and ignoring the Pastor.

Rachel, in response to George, wrote:

Thank YOU!!! I thought I was the only person who knew that and it bothers me that I can't say anything. These people are unbelievably annoying because no one has any idea what they're talking about. They're just blabbering about stuff they know nothing about. So ignorant...

Conservative Christian Pastors burn down religious shrines

Police in Luuka District are holding four pastors and 6 of their followers for burning down shrines and cutting down a tree believed to be a medium of spirits.
The nine shrines burnt on Sunday belonged to families that subscribe to one of the traditional African religions. The ‘spiritual’ tree was on the compound of 70-year-old James Kawewela.
The group had gone to Luuka to preach the gospel at Solid Rock, a local Pentecostal church establishment located in Waibuga village.

The accused include pastor Esther Lovisa of His Voice Assembly Church, based in Masajja Zone in Kampala who were arrested on Monday.
According to Police, the group was arrested after Mr Moses Sanyu, one of Mzee Kawewela’s sons, filed a complaint, accusing the pastors of malicious damage to property and violating their right to freedom of worship.
Speaking to the Daily Monitor from Waibuga Police Post, Pastor Lovisa, a daughter to the same old man, said the shrines were burnt and the tree brought down after their father became born again.

“When we went home for a chat, father accepted to be saved. So after him accepting Christ as his personal saviour, we had to burn all those things so that his road to God’s kingdom is cleared,” she said.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Virginian Pastor arrested for sexually abusing 14 year old girl

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A congregation is in shock after their pastor was arrested and charged with three counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian.

“[The church] is in limbo, don't know what we're going to do,” said a member of the United Gospel Mission who asked not to be identified because of the nature of the crimes.

Deputies from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office tell that Johnnie Franklin Winnell of Gypsum Lane in Elkview confessed Friday to abusing the young girl. Capt. Sean Crosier said the abuse happened during several years.

Neighbor Patricia Strickland says she'd never imagine the man she's lived beside for 20 years could do such things. She said her young granddaughter even plays at Winnell's house and, while she trusts him, she feared the worst when she heard the news.

“I talked to her, and she said he's never done anything, or done anything out the way,” Strickland said.

As of Monday evening, Winnell was at the South Central Regional Jail. He declined to comment.
Deputies are investigating the extent of the abuse and the possibility that there may be other victims.