Sunday, April 27, 2014

Alabama pastor arrested for raping his own family member




William Best, 47, who formerly lead Living Waters Worship Center in Valley Grande, Ala., has been arrested and charged with allegedly committing second degree rape, second degree sodomy and incest against an underage family member.

Best was arrested Tuesday after the victim reported the activity to her mother Saturday and brought the charges to police Monday. He is being held at the Dallas County Jail on a $2 million bond, the higest ever set in the county for similar charges, said District Attorney Michael Jackson during Best's Thursday court appearance.

The victim has accused Best of sexually assaulting her at the church, where he served for three years, and his home. According to the 17-year-old victim's report to Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman Jr., Best had sex with her "dozens of times."

The sherriff's department said it has "solid DNA evidence" implicating Best. After arresting the pastor on Tuesday, the sheriff's department seized several pieces of physical evidence, including a computer, which it suspects will contain pornographic pictures of the 17-year-old, reported the Selma Times Journal.

"Pastors, of all people, should be above stuff like this," Huffman said. "By committing these acts, he let so many people down who would come to him with their problems."

The day he was arrested, Living Waters' board fired Best in a unanimous decision. Rick Barrett, the chair of the board, expressed anger at the turn of events, telling WSFA that Best had been highly recommended by another Alabama church.

The Christian Post called Living Waters for comment but no one answered the phone at the church, though local news reports said the church had posted a sign Wednesday that read, "Pray for our church — God will see us through."

http://www.christianpost.com/news/ala-pastor-fired-after-allegedly-raping-young-family-member-multiple-times-bond-set-at-2-million-117740/

Colorado pastor arrested for sexually abusing teenage girl

WESTMINSTER - A Westminster pastor was arrested Wednesday for alleged sexual abuse of a teenage girl who was a member of his church.

Gerald Clark, 51, was booked on a $20,000 bond. He bonded out Thursday.

According to an arrest affidavit, Clark is the pastor of Jericho Ministries International, which meets at Greenway Club House at 110 Greenway Drive in Broomfield. Clark previously served as a leader of a Westminster church.

The affidavit says the abuse occurred over a period of several years, beginning in 2009. The victim lived with Clark and his wife during the summer months, according to the affidavit.

The victim told police Clark sexually assaulted her as many as 50 times over the three years. She says it happened at his home, in church, during church trips, and in his car.

Police say the girl finally confronted Clark, because she was worried about others in the church youth group. That's when the abuse stopped, according to the affidavit. The female victim is now 17.

The Jericho church's web site included audio of many sermons by Clark. The site also described infidelity in the pastors marriage, though it said he has since healed his relationship with his wife.

The website appeared to have been shut down Thursday night.

Clark is due in court next week.

http://www.9news.com/story/news/crime/2014/03/27/westminster-pastor-arrested-on-child-sex-charges/6981339/

Mississippi pastor arrested for raping high school girl

A Mississippi man working as a Baptist preacher has been arrested for the rape of a Jackson high school student, authorities said.

Lenell McGee resigned last month as a janitor for the Forest Hill High School after a student accused him of taking her to a motel room and sexually assaulting her, reported WAPT-TV.


He was arraigned Friday and released after posting $50,000 bail.
He surrendered Thursday to the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department. He had been serving as a Baptist pastor.
There were conflicting local reports on the name of his church.

 http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/mississippi-pastor-arrested-allegedly-raping-high-school-student-article-1.1770165#ixzz308nMaFX5

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ghana pastor rapes teenage girl and threatens to kill her, but other pastors force police to let him go

The Tesano Police have arrested a pastor of a church based at Sowutuom, a suburb of Accra, for raping a church member.

“After drinking anointing oil given to me by Pastor Isaac Asante, I instantly felt dizzy and the next moment, I saw my pastor lying on me and having sex with me right on the bare floor…..”

These were the words of an 18-year old Senior High School leaver who accused an associate pastor of the Sowutuom church, Pastor Isaac Asante, of sexually assaulting her.

She said the matter was reported to the Tesano Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit which arrested the pastor, but he was released by the police without the matter being taken to court.

“I spent three days on admission at the Police Hospital and upon my discharge, I was told Pastor Isaac, who was arrested, had been freed by the police without the matter going to court,” the victim claimed.
In an interview with the father of the victim, John Kwarteng, at the offices of DAILY GUIDE, he alleged that he received a telephone call from the coordinator in charge of the Tesano DOVVSU, DSP Sophia Ennin, suggesting to him to settle the matter out of court instead.

“Even though doctors who attended to my daughter at the Police Hospital confirmed in the doctor’s report that my daughter’s hymen was broken, and also confirmed that she had been raped, the police freed the suspect after several interventions from his senior pastors,” Mr Kwarteng alleged.

Attempts to speak to the Tesano DOVVSU Commander were not fruitful.

Mr Kwarteng therefore called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to intervene in the matter, especially after it had been discovered that his innocent daughter who went to the church for prayers, was instead raped by a pastor.

The 18-year-old victim narrated that she met Pastor Asante on whatsapp, after he had posted an advertisement that they were having a special anointing service.

“I then got in touch with Pastor Asante and since then we constantly met on the platform for a chat about life and religion.

“One day while we were chatting, Pastor Asante told me to see him immediately around 5:00pm on March 12, 2014 for special prayers since he had a revelation about me and wanted to pray for me.

“He also asked me to put on something red for the special prayers but on that day when I was leaving, I forgot and wore a black and white attire.”

She said Pastor Asante was not happy upon seeing her attire and consequently handed her a red handkerchief for the special prayers.

“We went into a room he claimed was their consulting room and collected the red handkerchief from me to pray on it.

“Pastor Asante took an olive oil from his pocket, mixed something with it and gave it to me to drink, claiming that it will drive any evil spirit from me.

“After taking the oil however, I felt dizzy and fell on the ground and when I regain consciousness, I discovered my pastor lying on me, and having sex with me on the floor.

“I also felt a sharp pain in my abdomen and blood oozing from my vagina after the act.

“Pastor Asante, in the process, warned me not to tell anyone or he would personally kill me, and went ahead to wipe the blood on my thighs and those that had dropped on the floor with the red handkerchief, but later put it into his pocket.”

The victim said she went straight home with the pain and reported the matter to her parents who also reported it to the Tesano DOVVSU.

“A hospital form was given to me for medical attention at the Police Hospital. I spent three days on admission at the Police Hospital and when I was discharged, I was told the suspect had been freed by the police on grounds of health.”
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/crime/artikel.php?ID=305515

Florida pastor molested three females, including 12 year old




Hillsborough County, Florida -- The Hillsborough County Sheriff's office has arrested a pastor who is accused of molesting three women.

Pastor Francisco Rios was arrested around 1 a.m. on Friday morning for molesting women in incidents dating back to 2011. The investigation was initiated after the three victims talked to each other and discovered that each of them had been inappropriately touched by Rios.

A 17-year-old victim says she was molested by Rios on 15 different occasions beginning back in 2011 and Rios insisted he was doing it because he loved her as a pastor and she was not to tell anyone because he could get in trouble.

The second victim is a 43-year-old woman who says Rios convinced her that his inappropriate behavior was a way to cure a medical condition.

The third victim is a 12-year-old girl who was touched by Rios approximately two times a week for the past year.

Rios is the pastor of Casa de Amor in Brandon where all the incidents occurred. He is currently being held without bond.

10 News has a crew headed to the church and will have more tonight at 5 p.m.

http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/crime/2014/04/04/brandon-pastor-molesting--casa-de-amore/7301681/