The State of Virginity

The State of Virginity
I should like you to be free of all worries. The unmarried man is busy with the Lord's affairs, concerned with pleasing the Lord; but the married man is busy with this world's demands and occupied with pleasing his wife. This means he is divided. The virgin - indeed, any unmarried woman - is concerned with things of the Lord, in pursuit of holiness in body and spirit. The married woman, on the other hand, has the cares of this world to absorb her and concerned with pleasing her husband. I am going into this with you for your own good. I have no desire to place restrictions on you, but I do want to promote what is good, what will help you to devote yourselves entirely to the Lord. 1 Corinthians 7:32-35

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

CORRUPT RELIGIOUS LEADERS: PASTORS AND SEX CRIMES




While comparing evangelicals to Catholics on abuse response, Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor who investigates abuse said (at the Religion Newswriters Association conference), "I think we are worse," as too many evangelicals had "sacrificed the souls" of young victims (Please read Evangelical Sex Abuse Record 'Worse' Than Catholic, Says Billy Graham's Grandson Boz Tchividijian). So it seems that Protestant pastors are worse than Catholic priests when it comes to sexual abuse. However, very few people are willing to discuss about these corrupt Protestant pastors and their sex crimes. But why point an accusing finger at the Catholic Church for covering up child abuse when the problems of coercive sex crimes are more prevalent among Protestant pastors? Is it because they are married  and it is alright for married men to become sexual abusers?



The prevalence of sex crimes amongst Protestant pastors should not be ignored just because they are married as one cannot deny the fact that married men can be much worse when it comes to sexual abuse. After reading Horus Gilgamesh’s “25 MORE SHOCKING ARRESTS”: PASTORS CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES, I decided to google for some sexual abuse cases involving Protestant pastors out of curiosity and it did not take me long before I found 40 such cases. The scandalous behaviour of these Protestant pastors has clearly proven that sex scandals have got nothing to do with priestly celibacy but rather it is sexual license that breeds sexual abuse. Below is a list (of 40 cases) of some of the most recent sources on sexual crimes involving pastors (dated from October 2017 to January 2018). Please click on the titles of each case to read more about it.



Case 1: Cops probe Murang'a pastor for sexual abuse at children's home


Police are investigating a pastor cum director of a Murang'a children's home who has been accused of sexually exploiting an 18-year-old girl. The victim said the pastor took advantage of her poor background to force into having sex with him several times. She said the "man of God" had promised to pay her school fees and transfer her from a day to a boarding secondary. The girl said the pastor visited their home in December and told her mother that he would help her access bursary funds. She narrated on Thursday how he forced her into sexual intercourse "numerous times", inside his church and at the children's home (Source dated 25 January 2018).


Case 2: Mwazha pastor gets 11 years for rape

A Senior pastor at African Apostolic Church (Mwazha) has been jailed for 11 years for raping a nine-year-old congregant. Cain Kandororo, 52, was convicted by Harare magistrate Temba Kuwanda who initially sentenced him to 16 years behind bars. Five years of the term was set aside on condition of good behaviour. Kuwanda said the ruling would serve as a deterrent to would-be offenders (Source dated 20 January 2018).


Case 3 : Ontario youth pastor arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse

Police are searching for more victims who they say may have been sexually abused by Gerardo Custodio Jr, a 30-year-old youth pastor in Ontario who was arrested Sunday on suspicion of sexual abuse of minors. Two women reported that the youth pastor of their church, Iglesia La Familia De Dios, sexually abused them between 2012 and 2015, according to the statement from the Ontario Police Department. The women reported the abuse over the weekend, according to the statement. The first said she had contact with Custodio between 2012 and 2014, and she was 14 when the abuse occurred, “including several incidents on the church property,” according to the police statement. The second victim said Custodio abused her when she was 15, between 2014 to 2015, according to police. Source (Source dated 16 Jan 2018)


Case 4: Tennessee Pastor Accused Of Sexual Assault Placed On Leave Of Absence


A Tennessee pastor accused of sexually assaulting a high school senior more than 20 years ago has been placed on leave, according to a statement from his Church(Source dated 16 Jan 2018).


Case 5: Former Harrison pastor pleads guilty to sex crimes

A former Harrison pastor accused of sex crimes pleaded guilty to being a habitual pedophile in Boone County Arkansas Court.
The prosecutor says Larry Berkley will be behind bars for 32 years in Arkansas after serving his Tennessee prison sentence for sex crimes.
According to court records, for two years Berkley stole money from his Harrison church to buy cigarettes, marijuana, and liquor to seduce and molest teenage boys while watching pornography (Source dated 12 Jan 2018).


Case 6: Dallas Center pastor pleads guilty to sexual abuse crimes

Former Dallas Center pastor Randy Johnson accepted a plea deal on Friday, Jan. 12 and will plead guilty to charges of sexual abuse, according to court documents.
Johnson, formerly the pastor at Dallas Center Church of the Brethren, was arrested on Jan. 25, 2017 and charged with:
- Five counts of third degree sexual abuse
- Two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse
- Three counts of indecent contact with a child, and
- Two counts of indecent exposure
The crimes date back to 2013, according to court documents.
The petition to plead guilty was filed after a pretrial conference Friday morning that began at 10:30 a.m. He was scheduled to go to a jury trial on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 9:30 a.m.

Sentencing has been scheduled for March 2, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in court room 300 at the Dallas County Courthouse in Adel (Source dated 12 January 2018)


Case 7: Former Alabama pastor gets 20 years for rape of minor

A former Alabama pastor who pleaded guilty in the rape of a 15-year-old female church member has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Dothan Eagle reports a circuit court judge sentenced 31-year-old Camerius Mills, of Edison, Georgia, on charges of rape, sodomy and traveling to meet a child for the purpose of unlawful sex. Mills was sentenced on Friday. He pleaded guilty in November.

Investigators believe Mills met the victim in November 2014 when she started attending St. Paul Baptist Church in Abbeville, Alabama, where Mills had served as pastor for about three years. They say the offenses took place in February 2015. Henry County Sheriff’s investigator Keith Cauthen told the newspaper that Mills befriended the victim under the pretense of teaching her piano (Source dated 11 January 2018).


Case 8: Fayetteville pastor facing 142 charges in connection with sexual abuse of four children


A former Fayetteville pastor was arrested Monday in connection with multiple sex crimes over the past two decades. On Oct. 27, Fayetteville police received a report that Glen Collins, 51, had sexually abused four children between the years of 1996 to 2008. The children were all known to Collins through his work as a pastor of a church in east Fayetteville.
Collins surrendered to police Monday evening and was charged with the following:

·         12 counts of 1st degree rape
·         5 counts of 1st degree sexual offense
·         5 counts of 2nd degree rape
·         3 counts of 2nd degree sexual offense
·         9 counts of statutory rape
·         6 counts of statutory sexual offense
·         32 counts of indecent liberties with a child
·         25 counts of sexual activity with a child
·         39 counts of sexual activity by a parent
·         2 counts of crimes against nature
·         2 counts of sexual battery
·         1 count of attempted 2nd degree sexual offense
·         1 count of attempted crimes against nature

Collins was being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center under $3.75 million secured bond (Source dated 9 Jan 2018): 


Case 9: Former Deerfield pastor pleads guilty, receives probation in sex abuse case


A former Deerfield pastor charged with having sexual contact with a teenager at his former church has been sentenced to two years of sex offender probation after pleading guilty to criminal sexual abuse in a negotiated resolution to the case. In addition to the probation and its restrictions, Samuel Kee was also sentenced to 12 months of periodic imprisonment, which will be stayed provided that he follows all requirements of the sentence, Lake County Circuit Judge Victoria Rossetti ruled (Source dated 28 December 2017).


Case 10: Former Belton pastor charged with statutory rape of girl, 14, he met at church

A former associate pastor at the Belton Assembly of God has been charged with two counts of statutory rape for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl he met at the church. Wesley Ian Lamb, 28, is in custody in Douglas County, Ill., according to online records. A Cass County warrant has been issued, and bond is set at $50,000.

According to a court document in Cass County, Lamb had two sexual encounters with the victim in September when the two ostensibly met for tutoring sessions. The victim told investigators two versions of the first encounter. In one version, she said they had sex in a van. She said Lamb told her he would not do it again if she didn’t tell anybody. She told investigators she was too scared to tell anyone (Source dated 19 Dec 2017).


Case 11: Pastor guilty of coercing parishioners to have sex for 'spiritual' purposes

A Toronto pastor has been found guilty of sexually assaulting three former parishioners and administering a noxious substance to two of them, an Ontario Superior Court Justice ruled Thursday. Wayne Jones was also convicted of aggravated assault and theft of $20,000, jewelry and fraudulently selling a car. The three women testified Jones coerced sex with them under the pretext that it was required for a “spiritual purpose” that would in some way assist each of them.

“The similarities in the evidence are probative of the Crown’s position that Mr. Jones was using his position as a pastor to convince the complainants, members of his church who believed in him, that sexual intercourse with him was part of a larger spiritual plan,” Justice Suhail Akhtar wrote in a 57-page judgment (Source dated 14 Dec 2017).


Case 12: Bond denied for Quincy pastor facing sex abuse charges in Virginia


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Bond was denied for a Quincy pastor and former Marine colonel who faces multiple sex abuse crimes in Virginia. WAVY-TV in Portsmouth reported that Todd Shane Tomko, 54, was denied bond during his appearance Wednesday in Virginia Beach General District Court. Tomko was arrested Nov. 22 in Quincy on Virginia Beach warrants issued on three counts of aggravated sexual battery, three counts of indecent liberties with a child, and one count of felony cruelty to children. Prosecutors said in court that Tomko made children watch pornography and learn sexual acts when they were as young as 4 years old, and then carried out sexual acts when they were older. The incidents allegedly occurred in Virginia Beach starting in 2002, police said (Source dated 14 Dec 2017).

 MEDFORD - A 74-year-old pastor active in promoting Christian music festivals is accused of sexually assaulting four minors here over a 16-year period, authorities said Thursday. Harry L. Thomas, who preached at Come Alive Church in Medford, allegedly assaulted his victims between 1999 and 2015, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.


It did not name the victims or describe their relationship with Thomas, a Medford resident who played a prominent role in a sensational child-abuse case more than a decade ago (Source dated 7 Dec 2017). 


Case 14: Another pastor 'rapes' teenage congregant

A MARRIED Christ Wonders Ministries Church pastor in Bulawayo allegedly raped and impregnated a 17-year-old congregant who had gone to his house to be delivered from evil spirits. Busani Dube (41) allegedly told the girl that her problems would vanish if she had sex with him. He also warned her against divulging the information to anyone saying if she does so she would die (Source dated 7 Dec 2017).


Case 15: Former Boone pastor sentenced to 4 years in prison for sexual relationship with minor

A former Boone youth pastor who pleaded guilty to having inappropriate contact with a now 20-year-old woman off-and-on since she was 16 was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday, according to Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds. Joel Mark Waltz, 47, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in October, a week before he was set to go to trial. Waltz was arrested in late March and originally charged with sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist, a Class D felony.

According to Ames Police Cmdr. Geoff Huff, the woman met Waltz when she was 11 years old, and met with him on a regular basis until she was 18. Huff said the woman described Waltz as a father figure before he confessed his love for her when she turned 16.

Huff said the two began a sexual relationship that occurred in several locations around Boone and Ames, where the woman lived. Waltz resigned from his position at Grace Community Church in March 2016, shortly after the allegations were brought against him (Source dated 6 Dec 2017).


Case 16: Baptist pastor charged with child abuse, criminal sexual conduct

"Pastors get tempted, too", these words reportedly from Renato Capili Bosi, better known as Pastor Raye of Living Lighthouse Church. The 57-year-old man was arrested two months ago and faces multiple criminal sexual conduct and child abuse charges.
According to court documents, the alleged victim is a 14-year-old girl who stayed with the pastor when her mother was away and her father was sick. The girl, reportedly telling police Bosi was "father figure" to her. Though the alleged abuse started last year, the girl reportedly didn't tell her parents out of fear for their health.
The pastor allegedly touched the girl's butt and genitals on several occasions, kissed her on the lips, and sent private messages to her which he also instructed her to delete. He also allegedly told the girl to break up with her boyfriend "because her lips were only his."
The victim finally came around to reporting the incidents to her parents earlier this year because she became suicidal and stressed out.Bosi is scheduled to head to trial in January (Source dated 5 Dec 2017).


Case 17: Charleston Pastor charged of Sexual Conduct with a Minor

In 2001, between the months of August to December in the area of Sol Legare Road in the County of Charleston. Gregory "Kevin" Richardson violated Criminal Laws Statute 16-3-655 Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor of second degree while inside his vehicle.
Richardson would lure the victim by telling her he would teach how to drive his car. During the lessons he would tell her that he needed to "touch her private parts" while she was driving. While violating the victim, Richardson would beg the victim to have sexual intercourse with him, she never did. The sexual assault occurred on several occasions inside the defendant's vehicle while he was teaching her how to drive.
Richardson knew that she was between the ages of 11 and 12 at the time he was sexually assaulting her and also knew that the victim was the daughter of his girlfriend at the time (Source dated 2 Dec 2017).

Case 18: Sex Scandal: Church Worker Threatens To Drag Christ Embassy, Pastor To Court

Mrs. Brenda Nwanguma, a worker with Inner City Mission for Children (ICM4C), under the Christ Embassy Church canopy, is threatening to drag the church and Pastor Kenechukwu Kanu aka Kaycee to court (Source dated 1 Dec 2017).



Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke has pleaded guilty to two counts of having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years old. The complainants are both sisters.

Clarke entered the guilty plea in the St Elizabeth Circuit Court today. Clarke, the 64-year-old was the pastor of the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester (Source dated 29 November 2017).


Case  20: Angry youth beat up pastor for attempted rape

The inability of the Head Pastor of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E) Zion Church, Anyinam district, Kwasi Awiakye to shelve his unbridled libido has landed him in trouble.

Reverend Kwasi Awiakye who was caught in the room of married woman literally naked in his attempt to sleep with her was on Wednesday night subjected to severe beatings by some youth of the area.

According to the facts of the matter, the woman in question had some problems with her husband, moved out of the house and was staying alone but was introduced to the pastor by a friend who claimed he could be of great help to the resolution of her marital problems.
The pastor claimed the problems she was encountering in her relationship were spiritual and the only way she could overcome them was for he (the pastor) to bath her. After the bath however, the pastor later proposed love to her, a development she found extremely difficult to comprehend considering the fact she was married.

It is gathered that the pastor kept pestering her until Wednesday night when she heard a knock on her door and opened only to be greeted by the same pastor. She let him in and excused herself to call the husband but by the time she returned, the pastor had removed all his clothes and said he was ready for ‘action’ and then tried pouncing on his victim.Screams of the woman attracted the youth who budged into the room to see the ‘Man of God’ trying to forcibly have sex with her. The angry youth seized him and gave him the beating of his life. He was later sent to the Anyiman police station where a case has been lodged against him when the woman’s husband and a friend arrived at the scene (Source dated 24 Nov 2017).




Case 21: Ex-Youth Pastor Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse Charges

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former youth pastor and school volunteer has admitted to sexually abusing a young girl. The Kentucky Enquirer reports 56-year-old Joseph Niemeyer pleaded guilty Monday to four counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree sodomy, all against a girl younger than 12 years old.

New Banklick Baptist Church pastor Tim Cochran says Niemeyer and his wife worked as youth pastors at the church in Walton, about 80 miles northeast of Louisville. He also volunteered at Independence's Twenhofel Middle School. Kenton County Prosecutor Rob Sanders says he could spend up to 20 years in jail and must serve 17 years before being parole eligible. Sanders says he'll appear in court again for a sentencing hearing. Under the plea agreement, he'll have to register as a sex offender for life (Source dated 21 November 2017).


Case 22: Three Pastors Charged With Sex Trafficking of Children in Ohio

Three pastors accused of exploiting and abusing teenage girls were indicted this week on federal child sex trafficking charges in Toledo, Ohio. The men, Kenneth Butler, 37; Anthony J. Haynes, 38; and Cordell Jenkins, 47, were charged with conspiracy for child sex trafficking as part of an 11-count indictment handed down on Tuesday, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio said. The three men pleaded not guilty. They are accused of sexually assaulting a girl beginning in 2014, when she was 14, through 2017. 

Some of the abuse is thought to have taken place at hotels and at Greater Life Christian Center in Toledo, where Mr. Haynes was a pastor and used his telephone to record the sexual assaults, prosecutors said. Mr. Haynes gave the girl money and told her not to tell anyone, saying it would ruin his family and his church, according to court documents. He “facilitated” the victim being abused by several other men, including Mr. Jenkins, who repeatedly sexually exploited the girl at his home, in his office (Source dated 16 November 2017)


Case 23: Canby pastor charged with 9 counts sex abuse of minor
A Canby pastor is out of jail on bail after being arrested on charges of sex abuse involving a minor. Lee Philip Wiegand, 63, is charged with 9 counts of 2nd-degree sex abuse for alleged crimes that happened in 2011-2012 involving a minor that he knew, according to Canby police. Police said Wiegand was a pastor at First Baptist Church and School, but the alleged sex abuse is not related to the church or school. Prosecutors allege his victim did not consent to the sexual contact and according to investigators, Wiegand had absolute power over her (Source dated 16 November 2017).


Case 24: Founder of Florida's Biggest Megachurch Accused of Molesting a 4-Year-Old


The call came from California. A woman told Coral Springs Police she had recently learned something terrible: A South Florida man had molested her daughter for years. It began when the girl was just 4 years old. An officer noted the information and called the victim, who was then a teenager. She confirmed the story in stomach-churning detail. The man had forced her to perform oral sex, she said. He would regularly "finger and fondle her" genitals, make her touch his penis, and "dirty talk" to her. The abuse lasted until she was a teenager, she told the cop. She'd never even told her family about the crimes. By the end of that harrowing call on August 20, 2015, police knew the accused predator was no ordinary suspect. His name was Bob Coy, and until the previous year, he'd been the most famous Evangelical pastor in Florida (Source dated 14 November 2017).


Case 25: Guyana: Pastor allegedly drinks Guinness before having sex with rape victim

A 37-year-old Parfaite Harmony pastor was last evening arrested just as he was about to leave home for prayer meeting. Police listened to allegations of sexual assault, sexual touching, and threats by members of his Church. The alleged abuse of the youngest victim allegedly began months ago. She didn’t come forward until a recent incident where she was lured to the pastor’s Diamond home, pushed onto a bed, stripped then forced to have sex with the “holy man” (Source dated 10 November 2017).


Case 26: Muscoy United Methodist Church pastor convicted on 32 counts of sexual child abuse


The pastor of the Muscoy United Methodist Church, charged with multiple counts of child molestation involving boys who attended the church, was found guilty by a San Bernardino County jury last week, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office said.

Stephen James Howard, 58, was convicted Friday, Oct. 27, of 32 counts of sexual abuse, including lewd acts upon a child, oral copulation of a person under 16 years old and sodomy of a person under 18, court records showed. He is being housed at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga with no bail, according to jail records (Source dated 31 October 2017).


Case 27: Thornton church pastor gets prison for sexual assault of 13-year-old girl


An Adams County judge on Tuesday sentenced an assistant pastor at Agape Bible Church in Thornton to 13 years in prison for repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenager who was home-schooled at his residence. Robert Duane Wyatt, 51, used his position at the church to gain the trust of the victim and her parents. The girl, now 15, reported that Wyatt began inappropriately touching her when she was 12. Last March, when she was 13, he offered to take her on a field trip but instead took her to a hotel where he sexually assaulted her (Source dated 31 October 2017).


Case 28: Two Limpopo pastors accused of two minors' rapes


Phalaborwa - Two pastors have been arrested in two separate incidents of rape involving minor girls in the Phalaborwa area, Limpopo police said on Sunday.

In Lulekani outside Phalaborwa, police have arrested a 52-year-old pastor in a village near Lulekani township for allegedly raping his 14-year-old half-sister, Lt-Col Moatshe Ngoepe said. "It is alleged that the victim started living with the suspect and his wife since she was three years old following the death of her mother. The suspect, who is a pastor at a local church, allegedly started raping the victim when she was 11 years old up to date until the victim reported the matter to the police who immediately started tracing the suspect and  arrested him," Ngoepe said.

Another pastor, aged 46, was arrested by police in Namakgale outside Phalaborwa. He briefly had appeared in the Namakgale Magistrate's Court and was remanded in custody with no bail until the October 26 for a bail application and for further police investigations, Ngoepe said. "It is alleged that the suspect raped his 14-year-old stepdaughter at a village near Namakgale township; following the gruesome discovery by the victim's mother who immediately reported the ordeal to the police which led to this arrest" (Source dated 22 October 2017).


Case 29: Senior pastor, assistant jailed for drugging, raping women in the church

A 59-year-old assistant pastor at the Liberty Pentecostal Church, in Keighley, West Yorkshire, England, Laurence Peterson, has been jailed for more than 8 years for helping a church minister, Rev. John Wilson, tosexually assault female parishioners. On several occasions, Peterson blocked doors and held victims down as a 70-year-old Rev John Wilson performed “grotesque” exorcisms on member of the congregation. A jury heard Peterson may have also laced the women’s tea with drugs to make them more compliant.

The offences have reportedly left the victims mentally scared (Source dated 21 Oct 2017).


Case 30: Pastor probed over sexual abuse

PETALING JAYA: The legality of the adoption of a 17-year-old girl involved in a sexual abuse case against her adoptive father is being investigated. Sources said the investigation was part of the police probe into the girl’s sexual abuse claims against the suspect, a pastor. It is learnt that the police would also meet with members of the suspect’s family to record their statements. Sources also claimed that the suspect was based in a church in Puchong.

Yesterday, Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zani Che Din said the suspect had been remanded until Sunday. The suspect was believed to have surrendered himself at the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters on Wednesday afternoon (Source dated 20 Oct 2017).


Case 31: Unholy abuse: Well-known minister guilty in teen sex case

With little of the fanfare that surrounded his charismatic preaching career, one of Chicago's most prominent churchmen pleaded guilty on Friday to sexually abusing a 15 year-old-girl, the I-Team has learned.

The Rev. George Waddles Sr., a former president of the National Baptist Congress and ex-pastor of Zion Hill Missionary Church on W. 78th St, appeared in Cook County criminal court. Since being charged two years ago Waddles has been fighting the allegation. On Friday he pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse. However, despite having abused a minor girl, he will not go to jail.

Cook County Judge James Obbish sentenced Waddles to 30 months' probation and the 69 year old minister must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life (Source dated 20 October 2017).


Case 32: Indiana pastor accused of molesting young girls

Officers with the Rushville Police Department arrested a pastor on child molestation charges following an investigation into sexual assault allegations at the Rushville Baptist Temple, Fox59 reported. Garry Evans, 72, was charged with 3 counts of child molest, a Level 4 Felony; 4 counts of sexual battery, a Level 5 Felony; and 5 counts of child solicitation, a Level 6 Felony. According to court documents, the investigation began on September 4 when a 3-year-old girl disclosed info to her mother who then reported the incident to the Department of Child Services (Source dated 19 October 2017).


Case 33: Former Omaha youth pastor jailed for sexual assault of a child


A former youth pastor at a west Omaha church is now in jail, accused of having sex with a 15-year old human trafficking victim. Klint Bitter turned himself in at the Sarpy County Jail Tuesday. He's charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child. The 34-year-old allegedly answered an online ad posted by a sex trafficking suspect in Bellevue. Bitter was a pastor of kids and student ministry at Christ Community Church near 108th and Harney. Church officials said Bitter has been fired from that position (Source dated 17 October 2017).


Case 34: Hunter Pentecostal Christian pleads guilty to sexually abusing boys


BY day he was the committed Pentecostal Christian youth pastor who ran a Hunter refuge for youths and praised Jesus during Assemblies of God church services at Hamilton. By night Christopher Laban Bridge was a sexual predator, whose abuse of two boys was known by at least one Assemblies of God church leader from the early 1970s, before Bridge moved to the Hunter to take up a youth pastor position. Court documents show Bridge moved to a Hamilton Assemblies of God church in 1975 after a Dubbo Assemblies of God minister was told Bridge sexually abused two boys in far west NSW. Bridge went on to sexually abuse a third boy at Charlestown in 1976 and a fourth boy at Cardiff in the early 1980s.  

Bridge, 69, of Yarramalong, has entered guilty pleas to sexually abusing the four boys, including a boy who was abused at a Hunter refuge for “young people with drug addictions” after Bridge told him: “I need to check you to see if you are a virgin.” Bridge sexually abused two of the boys while staying at his parents’ Wyong Creek home in the early 1970s, and organised camping trips where boys would wake to find him kneeling beside them, masturbating, with a hand on their genitals (Source dated 18 October 2017).


Case 35: East Palestine pastor facing sex charge involving minor


Police are accusing a 49-year-old minister from a Columbiana County religious outreach organization of having sexual contact with an underage girl for close to three years.

Rodney McManus, the pastor at the New Life Outreach Church in East Palestine, was arraigned in county municipal court Thursday on one count of unlawful attempted sexual contact with a minor. According to the criminal complaint filed by East Palestine police, McManus became involved with a teenager who was older than 13-years-old but under the age of 16 in 2013. The complaint says that in early 2014, McManus touched the girl's genital area and placed her hand on his genitals (Source dated 14 October 2017).


Case 36: Former Lexington Pastor Accused Of Sex Abuse

A former pastor at St Luke's United Methodist Church is accused of sexually abusing two juveniles. According to an arrest citation, Reid Buchanan is facing charges of sexually abusing two juveniles. The report details accounts of fondling and sexual abuse beginning in 2016. Another victim testified that she had been abused from the time she was in third grade until April of this year when she and Buchanan were on a mission trip to Nicaragua (Source dated 13 October 2017).


Case 37: Pastor and his wife in Canada face 28 sexual offense charges


A pastor and his wife have been charged with a total of 28 counts of sexual offense cases, covering incidents that date as far back as 2015. Samuel Emerson and his wife, Madelaine, of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, both face several accusations made against them involving sexual assault and molestation, among others, as reported by The Vancouver Sun (Source dated 5 October 2017).

Case 38: Texarkana pastor sentenced to prison for sexual abuse

A Texarkana pastor has been sentenced to prison for sexual abuse. According to Texarkana TodayDavid Wayne Farren, 42, of Texarkana, Arkansas, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the sexual abuse of teenage girls. The girls were members of youth ministry groups he led at several churches. At the time of his arrest, Farren was the lead pastor of Anchor Church in Texarkana (Source dated 4 October 2017).



Case 39: Oregon Court of Appeals upholds pastor's child sex abuse conviction

The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a pastor sentenced to prison for sexually abusing a girl who grew up in his Happy Valley church. The court affirmed the conviction of Mike Sperou without opinion on Wednesday, records show. A Multnomah County jury convicted Sperou in 2015 on three counts of first-degree sexual penetration of a person under the age of 12, and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison (Source dated 3 October 2017). 


Case 40: Pastor rapes girl, 10, infects her with HIV

A 50-year-old Pastor is in police custody in Ntcheu for raping a ten year old girl and infecting her with HIV. The pastor sexually abused the Standard 3 girl on Wednesday, September 27. 

This is according to Ntcheu police publicist, Hastings Chigalu who identified the suspect as Pastor Philip Palibe Ndipo of New Covenant Assemblies of God based at Kalindira village in Ntcheu. Chigalu said on this day, the victim was alone at home while her mother was away drawing water. The pastor who is also a close neighbour to the girl’s family found a chance to rape the child. The publicist further said on return from the borehole, the mother found the girl crying uncontrollably. When asked, the girl revealed that the pastor had raped her. The mother reported the matter to Kandewu police unit who later referred them to Kandewu Health Centre where tests showed that the girl had been raped. The child was also treated for sexually transmitted diseases (Source dated 2 October 2017).