Sunday, July 28, 2013

New Jersey priest arrested for molesting 14 year old girl

An assistant pastor at two Passaic County churches was arrested today and charged with luring a 14-year-old girl to his residence and trying to kiss her, officials said. The Rev. Jose Lopez, 34, was charged with luring a child, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact in connection with the January incident, according to Passaic County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Holmsen. Lopez was a parochial vicar, essentially an assistant pastor, at St. Mary's Assumption and St. Nicholas churches in Passaic, said Richard Sokerka, a spokesman for the Diocese of Paterson. A native of Colombia, Lopez was ordained in 2011, Sokerka said. "The diocese is deeply saddened by these charges and offers its prayers to those who have come forward in this matter," Sokerka said in a statement. The 14-year-old girl was a parishioner at St. Mary's, according to Holmsen, who said Lopez lured her to his personal living quarters and began to advise her about some personal issues with which she was struggling. While sitting on a couch together, Lopez allegedly placed her on his lap and kissed her, Holmsen said. She attempted to escape several times, but Lopez pulled the girl back to the couch, Holmsen said. The girl was able to get away only after Lopez fell to the floor, Holmsen said. Sokerka said the diocese notified police after the allegations surfaced, and eventually placed Lopez on administrative leave. He has been living at a "non-parish church facility" away from minors since being placed on leave, Sokerka said. Sokerka said the allegations surfaced June 19, and a call was immediately made to the prosecutor's office. Lopez was placed on leave a short time later. Lopez faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the luring charge. He remains at the Passaic County jail in lieu of $50,000. Advocates called on church officials to look for other children Lopez may have abused. "We beg Paterson’s bishop to personally visit every parish where this priest worked and strongly prod any others who may have seen, suspected or suffered Fr. Lopez’s crimes to call police immediately," said David Clohessy the national director for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. "The bishop should shove aside his defense lawyers and public relations professionals and act like a caring shepherd, not a cold-hearted CEO."

Monday, July 22, 2013

Nigerian Pastor arrested for raping two 6 year old girls

Eze Fidelis, a pastor of the Deeper Life Bible Church has been arrested by police in Edo State for having carnal knowledge of two under-aged girls.

Pastor Fidelis was said to have lured the two girls, aged six, into his room after sending them on an errand. The police claimed he had carnal knowledge of them before dismissing them. Father of one of the girls who noticed the unusual way his daughter was walking when she got home, obtained confession from her, which led to the arrest of the paedophile pastor. Eze who confessed to the act, said he had actually defiled two other minors, both of them 11 years old sometimes this year, but said he was tempted by evil spirit to commit the act. “I am really ashamed of myself particularly as a Pastor. I have been a Pastor at Deeper Life for over six years but I was tempted to defile these girls. They are always visiting me, so this particularly day I defiled both of them,” he said.

The Edo State commissioner of Police, Folusho Adebanjo, expressed disgust at the crime, saying “This defilement thing in the state now is very very disturbing, we will not allow them to go scot free. And that is why we continue to appeal to members of the publicto always give us useful information because we cannot do it alone.”

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pastor arrested for sending pictures of his penis to an 11 year old girl

SHELTON — There are shocking allegations against a local Sunday school teacher who is now under arrest. Kevin Schultz faces felony child porn possession and child exploitation charges after cops say he sent pictures of his genitals to an 11-year-old girl. And what’s worse, the victim knows the suspect – she went to his Mason County church in Shelton. It all started when the young girl’s mother said she found hundreds of text messages and pictures on her daughter’s cell phone – that’s when she called police. Cops say Schultz sent images of his genitals to the young girl and somehow he was able to get her to send him naked pictures of herself, too. Schultz volunteered at the Bethel Assembly of God children’s ministries for about two years. Church officials said they are cooperating fully with police during this investigation. Pastor John Pierce said, “It is our understanding that the incident took place outside of church ministries and is currently under investigation by law enforcement. The individual has been removed from involvement with all volunteer roles until the matter is resolved. “ Schultz’s bail was set at $50,000 and his next court appearance is July 22. Police and the victim’s mom worry there could be other victims out there. Police said more charges could be coming.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Kenyan Pastor arrested for raping schoolgirl

Kisii,Kenya:Police in Gucha have arrested a trainee pastor who was found in a guest-house with a schoolgirl at the weekend.   

The pastor, a father of two and a first cousin to the girl, was arrested in a room at the guest-house within Mogonga trade centre where he had locked himself up with the girl who was still in school uniform.

Acting on a tip off from residents, members of the local community policing group confronted the proprietor and demanded that the suspect be flushed out because he was defiling the minor.

The proprietor allegedly denied knowledge of the duo’s presence in his premise, claiming the man was alone when he paid for the room. This prompted the public to break down the door. Officers from Ogembo Police Station arrested the suspect. The guest-house proprietor was also arrested for allowing underage girls into the premises.

Houston Pastor arrested for sexually assaulting two young girls

Houston police arrested a Houston pastor accused of molesting two young girls, according to the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

Ricardo Javier Pena, 53, has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, and was released from the Harris County Jail after posting a $60,000 bond, court records show.

Pena is pastor at Doverside Baptist Church, 619 Berry Road in north Houston, Houston police said.
No other information, including a photo of the suspect, has been released.