Saturday, August 31, 2013

Atlanta pastor arrested for sexually assaulting 6 year old girl

A Kennesaw pastor has been arrested and charged with child molestation and sexual battery.

John Pinkston, of Dallas, was arrested by Kennesaw Police on Wednesday and is accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl between July 17 and Aug. 22.

Pinkston is the pastor of the independent Congregation of God Seventh Day which has had service at its church at 2751 South Main St., near Cherokee Street, since 1992.

The church is “dedicated to the concept of providing meaningful information behind today’s news and world events in light of Biblical prophecy as a means of warning our people and the world of future events during the 21st century,” according to its website.

Pinkston is accused of touching the 6-year-old after reaching inside her pants.
He was released Wednesday night from jail on $35,000 bond.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pastor from Houston arrested for sexually assaulting female foster child

HOUSTON (FOX 26) -  FOX 26 News has learned a Houston Pastor accused of sexually assaulting a 14 year old girl also worked for the Star of Hope.

It was Monday when we first reported 47 year old Darryl Houston was accused of having sex with one of his foster children.  

Now, we've learned Houston also worked for the Star of Hope at the shelter for Women and families east of downtown.

One former residents said she's concerned the shelter has not launched an investigation to determine if any of the children at the facility have been victimized.

Houston served as a foster parent through CPS in Harris County before his arrest.

Officials from the Star of Hope issued this statement:

Star of Hope does not publicly comment on any specific clients, staff members or incidents. However, we do have policies and procedures in place, starting with background and referral checks, to make sure that our clients are protected. As this matter involves an active police investigation, we will make no further comment.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pastor from Iowa arrested for sexually assaulting teen girl

Des Moines police arrested a former youth pastor and charged him with sexual abuse.

“This has been going on for a brief period of time, but I can’t go into details as exactly how long,” says Des Moines Police Sgt. Daniel Blom.

Police were contacted Monday by a teenage girl and her parents. The girl reported an alleged sexual assault perpetrated by 27-year-old Ryan McKelvey.

“Looking into it, doing their investigation, they discovered there might be a second victim. They made contact with the second victim and confirmed that there was an inappropriate sexual contact,” says Blom.

McKelvey is a former youth pastor at Heritage Assembly Church. The church issued a statement saying it is working with police. It goes on to say, “Our prayers and concern go out to the families involved.”

Pastor James Snow hopes the case is resolved quickly for the sake of the girls and their families. Snow says he was advised against talking to the media by the church’s attorney.

Police say McKelvey was no longer working at Heritage Assembly at the time of his arrest and the church is cooperating in the investigation.

McKelvey was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of sexual exploitation by clergy and two counts of third degree sexual abuse. He is being held in the Polk County Jail on a $100,000 bond.