Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Priest Busted for Alleged Online Child Porn

He is supposed to be the leader of the faithful - instead, he is facing charges for allegedly downloading child porn on his computer.

Father Raymond Ethier, a priest in the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese, remains in police custody after being arraigned in Federal Court Wednesday afternoon. Ethier was arrested by Homeland Security agents on Tuesday and held at the Albany County Jail overnight.

Federal papers show this was a quick investigation run by the feds. It started after a man told another over the Internet he was abusing his step-children. Investigators say they tracked down a person using the screen name "nudistdude23" to Ethier. But it was what they allegedly found on his computer that is at the core of the charges.

As NEWS10's Latricia Thomas reports, the investigation began after the priest allegedly went too far online.

Reverend Raymond Ethier has served as the leader of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Columbia County since its inception two years ago, when two other parishes merged. But the 50-year-old pastor now faces the possibility of serving hard time after federal agents seized his computer from his Hudson home, and allegedly found child porn.

Court documents allege Ethier went online under the screen name "nudistdude23", and bragged about sexually abusing two step-children. Ethier later admitted to authorities those claims were bogus, but that he had downloaded two computer videos and still images depicting young kids having sex.

Federal documents also allege the following:

* "On May 10, 2007, a computer was recovered from Raymond Ethier's residence. A forensic examination of said computer resulted in the recovery of images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. More specifically, a number of computer videos were recovered from said computer which depict boys between the ages of 9 and 16, engaged in sexually explicit conduct..."

* "Ethier admitted that he engaged in sexually explicit conversations with other individuals on the Internet and that these conversations sometimes involved children. However, he indicated that these conversations were merely fantasy in nature and that he has never abused a minor."

While no one at Ethier's parish would comment on the arrest, the reverend's neighbors say he usually kept to himself, living in a mobile home provided to him by a member of his church.

"I didn't really see him much, but if he's guilty, I'm glad he's arrested," says Jenneane Fatum, Ethier's neighbor.

The Albany Diocese says Ethier has been placed on leave and not permitted to perform any functions as a priest. They say prior to Tuesday's arrest, they had never received a complaint about the father, who was ordained in 1985, and that they were not aware of the investigation until his arrest.

The reverend will soon be out of jail on 50-thousand dollars bond, on home arrest, and prohibited from using the computer or Internet.


Monday, May 28, 2007

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Youth Pastor Guilty of Child Porn

After 10 hours of deliberation, a nearly deadlocked jury found a Jacksonville youth pastor guilty Friday on two counts of possessing child pornography on his computer.

The jury came to its decision around 6 p.m., but just hours earlier, at 3:30 p.m., a jury foreman told U.S. District Judge Henry Adams that the jury was split and unable to come to a decision in the case against Richard Steven Sweat, former youth pastor at Lake Shore Baptist Church on Blanding Boulevard.

Adams urged the jury to come to a consensus and asked those in the minority, regardless of the side, to reconsider.

According to court documents filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Henry, Sweat's wife found pornographic files on the computer of their Orange Park home in September 2005. Her father, the senior pastor at Lake Shore, brought in a computer expert to extract the materials, and eventually the FBI was contacted.

Sweat's attorney, Mitchell Stone, argued that his client was framed by his wife and father-in-law to aid her position in a potential divorce. Stone said other people had access to the computer.

Sweat, 35, was arrested in November and was free on his own recognizance. He was scheduled to go on trial May 14, but the case was postponed after he went to the hospital with heart problems.

Stone said he's disappointed the jury found Sweat guilty, despite what he called a lack of evidence. He said he thinks some jurors might have been convinced to change their minds because of the long deliberations.

"Whenever you have such long proceedings, it takes a toll on juries. They get tired and often they are swayed by other members to change their decisions. It's unfortunate and we will appeal," Stone said.

The jury deliberated for about three hours Thursday and at least seven hours Friday. If the jury couldn't come to a decision, a hung jury would have led to a retrial.

Adams remanded Sweat into custody of the U.S. marshals while he awaits sentencing because possession of child pornography is considered a violent crime under the law. Sweat will be sentenced Aug. 23. Each guilty count carries a five-year minimum and a 15-year maximum sentence.

The case deeply divided the Westside church with dozens of Lake Shore members sitting on opposite sides of the courtroom during the trial. Heated words were exchanged between members after the verdict.


Friday, May 25, 2007

DC Voting Rights Bill

We're headed into a critical civil rights fight in the US Senate - the voting rights of 580,000 Americans living in the nation's capital. We need to stand up for the people of the District of Columbia.

Here's what's happening: The House passed the DC Voting Rights Act in April. A bipartisan companion Senate bill was introduced this month, and two committees held hearings. We expect a vote in committee in June, and then onto the full Senate.

Right now, we need to build visible support for the Senate bill. We need to show our opponents in the Senate that we can beat a filibuster - we need 60 votes to do that.

Please send a message to your senator urging him to cosponsor the DC Voting Rights Act.

Here's what a leading civil rights leader said about the bill:

"It's a harmonic political convergence … This bill is advancing in an unexpected way for several reasons, including a new bipartisanship on civil rights … and the fundamental truth that we talk glibly about bringing democracy to Baghdad while people in this city are denied the vote."1

Please send a message to your senator urging him to cosponsor the DC Voting Rights Act.

Thank you for your support.

Jon Goldin-Dubois
Executive Vice President
Common Cause

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Christian youth leader arrested

COOKEVILLE -- A Kingsport man who once lived in Cookeville has been arrested there for alleged sex offenses against two children, and police detectives have contacted authorities here in a search for other possible victims.

Daniel Edward Hunter, 53, of Rivermont Dr., Kingsport, lived here in Cookeville for some years before moving to the east Tennessee city where he was recently arrested and charged with five counts of aggravated sexual battery against two juvenile boys.

According to Kingsport Police Detective Melanie Adkins, the charges against Hunter there were filed in March after two juveniles, a boy eight years old and a boy 15 alleged that Hunter sexually molested them at times when they were overnight guests in his home between Nov. 2004 and Nov. 2006.

Detective Adkins said the eight-year-old was seven when the abuse began and the 15-year-old was 12.

Allegedly, Hunter corroborated the allegations made by the two boys "when he made admissions to a counselor," the detective said.

"Mr. Hunter has been a foster parent for the State of Tennessee since 2005, and several children have stayed in his home," the Kingsport detective said. "A child was in his home when this investigation began and has been removed."

She said police officers are currently working to locate and interview the foster children who stayed with Hunter.

They have also made inquiries to police and church officials in Cookeville about the case.

Hunter was an active youth leader in his church in Kingsport and befriended several families who allowed their children to stay at his home, the detective said.

She said police want to know if there are other victims.

In Cookeville, Hunter attended First Baptist Church, but held no official position there and no complaints have been made here concerning his church attendance or involvement, according to First Baptist Pastor Randall L. Adkisson.

Kingsport Police did contact him inquiring whether any complaints had been made here, the pastor said.

Cookeville Police Detective Sgt. Yvette Demming also acknowledged that Kingsport Police made inquiries recently about any possible complaints here.

"The police there shared information with me about the case, and if there is anyone in this area with questions or concerns, they should contact me at 520-5372," Sgt. Demming said.

Hunter is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court in Kingsport on June 14.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Church volunteer goes to trial

05/21/2007 - The trial for 36 year old Jamie Soria is underway. He was originally arrested in 2004 after a teenager came forward saying Soria molested him when he was 11, after that more alleged victims came forward.

Jamie Soria faces eight child molestation charges. The prosecutor believes the former church volunteer and soccer coach preyed on young boys. But the defendent's family says the Jamie Soria they know couldn't have committed such a crime.

Four alleged victims accused Jamie Soria of molesting them during the years Soria volunteered at Northwest Church in Fresno.

Monday morning, investigators read lewd instant messages that they believe came from Soria talking sexually about young boys. They claim to have found child pornograpy on his computer.

The defendent's sister can't explain where the images and conversations came from. She says, "You know what? That's a good question. I see some irregularities that just...the puzzle does not fit."

But his family says the 36-year-old dedicated his life to helping kids, not hurting them. They say he always was a supporter for youth and was always willing to go the extra mile and coach kids and be involved in activities.

Tuesday morning, the defendent is expected to testify in his own defense. By Wednesday, this case could go to the jury.

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Surfs up!

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Pastor exposes himself at park

A Knoxville preacher charged with exposing himself to an undercover police officer will receive counseling but no jail time.

The Reverend Willie L. Jefferson was arrested in December during an undercover sting at Tyson Park.

The arrest, one of 15, came as part of a crackdown on lewd behavior at the park.

Jefferson appeared in court last week on a charge of indecent exposure. He agreed to pay court costs and receive counseling in exchange for the dismissal of the indecent exposure charge.

Jefferson has been pastor at Trinity Tabernacle Church of God in Christ for four years. According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, his status at the church is uncertain, with some members wanting him to leave the pulpit.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Republican/Christians rape kids

Yep, that vaunted GOP moral superiority


Republican city councilman Joseph Monteleone Jr. was found guilty of
fondling underage girls.

Hmmm.... Is there a trend here?

* Republican congressional aide Jeffrey Nielsen was arrested for
having sex with a 14-year old boy.

* Republican County Commissioner Patrick Lee McGuire surrendered
to police after allegedly molesting girls between the ages of 8 and

* Republican prosecutor Larry Corrigan was arrested for soliciting
sex from 13-year old girls.

* Republican Mayor Jeffrey Kyle Randall was sentenced to 275 days
in jail for molesting two boys -- ages ten and 12 -- during a six-year

* Republican County Board Candidate Brent Schepp was charged with
molesting a 14-year old girl and killed himself three days later.

* Republican Congressman Mark Foley abruptly resigned from
Congress after "sexually explicit" emails surfaced showing him
flirting with a 16-year old boy.

* Republican executive Randall Casseday of the conservative
Washington Times newspaper pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from a
13-year old girl on the internet.

* Republican chairman of the Oregon Christian Coalition Lou Beres
confessed to molesting a 13-year old girl.

* Republican County Constable Larry Dale Floyd pleaded guilty to
charges of soliciting sex from an 8-year old girl. Floyd has
repeatedly won elections for Denton County, Texas, constable.

* Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling
a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

* Republican Party leader Bobby Stumbo was arrested for having sex
with a 5-year old boy.

* Republican petition drive manager Tom Randall pleaded guilty to
molesting two girls under the age of 14, one of them the daughter of
an associate in the petition business.

* Republican County Chairman Armando Tebano pleaded guilty to
fondling a 14-year-old girl.

* Republican teacher and former city councilman John Collins
pleaded guilty to sexually molesting 13 and 14 year old girls.

* Republican campaign worker Mark Seidensticker is a convicted
child molester.

* Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence
in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls.

* Republican Mayor Tom Adams was arrested for distributing child
pornography over the internet.

* Republican Mayor John Gosek was arrested on charges of
soliciting sex from two 15-year old girls.

* Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to
molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years
in prison.

* Republican legislator Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10
years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.

* Republican Committeeman John R. Curtain was charged with
molesting a teenage boy and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

* Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a
convicted child rapist in Florida.

* Republican zoning supervisor, Boy Scout leader and Lutheran
church president Dennis L. Rader pleaded guilty to performing a sexual
act on an 11-year old girl he murdered.

* Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency pleaded
guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a
bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.

* Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to
three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old

* Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom
Thurmond had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.

* Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended
during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after
admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.

* Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having
an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

* Republican advertising consultant Carey Lee Cramer was sentenced
to six years in prison for molesting two 8-year old girls, one of whom
appeared in an anti-Gore television commercial.

* Republican fundraiser Lawrence E. King, Jr. organized child sex
parties at the White House during the 1980s.

* Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties
at the White House during the 1980s.

* Republican Congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens was found guilty of
having sex with a female minor and sentenced to one month in jail.

* Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty of
child porn charges and paying two teenage girls to pose for sexual

* Republican activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of
sex crimes involving children.

* Republican campaign chairman Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty
to attempted sexual assault on a child and was arrested again five
years later on the same charge.

* Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a female minor
working as a congressional page.

* Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly
Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.

* Republican Judge Ronald C. Kline pleaded guilty to possession of
child pornography on his home computer.

* Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was
charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay

* Republican Committee Chairman Jeffrey Patti was arrested for
distributing a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped.

* Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. "Republican Marty"),
was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful
sexual activity with an underage girl and one count of delivering the
drug LSD.

* Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks was charged with
molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography.

* Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having
sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after
the allegations were reported in the media.

* Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to
traditional values, was sentenced prison after offering $20 to a
14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.

* Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to
exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl.

* Republican anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling was
sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after
he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.

* Republican Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts
of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.

* Republican election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to
two years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a
14-year old girl.

* Republican politician Andrew Buhr was charged with two counts of
first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy.

* Republican legislator Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven
felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age
of 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).

* Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was found
guilty of molesting a 15-year old girl.

* Republican County Councilman Keola Childs pleaded guilty to
molesting a male child.

* Republican activist John Butler was charged with criminal sexual
assault on a teenage girl.

* Republican candidate Richard Gardner admitted to molesting his
two daughters.

* Republican Councilman and former Marine Jack W. Gardner was
convicted of molesting a 13-year old girl.

* Republican County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded
guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy.

* Republican City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. pleaded no
contest to raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison.

* Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession
of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30
months in federal prison and fined $18,000.

* Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state
representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography
was found in his possession.

* Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate
Robin Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of
soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.

* Republican city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a
"good military man" and "church goer," was convicted of repeatedly
having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in

* Republican businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for
Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in
the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.

* Republican campaign worker, police officer and self-proclaimed
reverend Steve Aiken was convicted of having sex with two underage

* Republican director of the "Young Republican Federation"
Nicholas Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced
to six years in prison.

* Republican president of the New York City Housing Development
Corp. Russell Harding pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography
on his computer.

* Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard
A. Dasen Sr., was found guilty of raping a 15-year old girl. Dasen,
62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, has
allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1
million to have sex with a large number of young women.

* Republican Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the rape
of children in Iraqi prisons in order to humiliate their parents into
providing information about the anti-American insurgency. See excerpt of one prisoner's report here and his full report here.

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Jerry Falwell Dies

Falwell, who founded the Moral Majority and built the religious right into a political force, died today shortly after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University.

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Well I guess God was mad at him. Maybe god will take Pat Robertson soon too. I am going to start praying again. Here is a great place to find out what Jerry Falwell was all about;

Positive Atheism's Big Scary List of Jerry Falwell Quotations


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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Pastor arrested for sexual assault

JACKSONVILLE, FL (AP) -- A pastor has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a Clay County girl. A jail official says Fritzner Jean is being held at the Clay County Jail on bond. He was charged with one count of lewd battery and two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Jean was pastor of First Haitian Baptist Church of Jesus Christ in Green Cove Springs and also a truck driver.

The arrest affidavit says Jean frequently visited the home of the girl's family. The alleged victim told police she had been assaulted three times and that Jean forced her to have sex when he stopped by her family's house to help her cope with her father's illness.

Source: The Florida Times-Union

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Pastor rapes 7 year old family member.

GIG HARBOR, Wash. -- A Pierce County pastor was charged with repeatedly raping a member of his own family Tuesday.

Pastor Stephen Kerr of the Gig Harbor Church of the Nazarene pleaded not guilty to six charges of raping and molesting a 7-year-old female family member.

Church leaders say he confessed his crimes to them over the weekend, leaving them devastated

Prosecutors say the young, clean-cut pastor was living a demonic double life.

Friends looking on in the courtroom say Kerr confessed to the crimes - but they still can't believe it.

"I would have said he's the perfect pastor, the perfect father," said church member Mima Hughes. "Everything that we would want in a pastor."

Prosecutors say some of the alleged abuse happened in the pastor's office at the Gig Harbor Church of the Nazarene. The rest occurred in his home.

Court documents state the abuse had been going on for two years. The victim told police Kerr "started touching her when she was 5 years old."

She said he showed her a video of "girls and kids" with their dads "playing with their privates."

Church officials say Kerr has been removed from the pulpit:

"We believe, from everything we've been able to investigate, that there are no other children in the church involved in this," said church member Ted Hughes.

Police say the allegations against Kerr surfaced last week when the little girl told a friend who then told a youth pastor.

That pastor immediately called authorities.

"Because this friend had the courage to go to an adult and that adult knew to do the right thing and contact the authorities, this probably prevented further abuse from happening,” said Sergeant Jerry Bates, of the Pierce County Sheriff's Dept.

KING 5 was told Stephen Kerr has four children. Police say so far there is no evidence of any other abuse.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Pastor on Drugs arrested.

A Marin City pastor was arrested Tuesday in Novato on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, authorities said.

The Rev. Derek Guyton, pastor of First Community Baptist Church, was arrested at 2:13 a.m. at the Shell gas station at 7300 Redwood Highway after officers observed him walking in an unsteady manner and acting suspiciously, Novato police Sgt. Keith Heiden said.

Police searched Guyton and confiscated two glass cylinders, a small paper bag containing a Brillo pad and a metal cylinder with residue from a white powder substance, believed to be cocaine, police said.

Steel wool, such as a Brillo pad, is often used as makeshift filters in crack pipes.

Guyton, 57, of Petaluma, entered a not guilty plea Wednesday in Marin County Superior Court. He is due back in court May 30.

Guyton, who is not in custody, could not be reached for comment Wednesday. He has been absent from services at the church for a couple of weeks, citing an illness and exhaustion, trustee Mattie Knighten said.

Guyton, who studied at Golden Gate Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, has been at First Community Baptist Church since July 2000. He also ran unsuccessfully for the Sausalito Marin City School District board in 2000.

Guyton previously worked at Memorial Baptist Church in his native Philadelphia. He was also a school teacher in New Jersey for 12 years and operated a computer business for 10 years, according to First Community Baptist's Web site.

Knighten said churchgoers knew about Guyton's past problems with drugs after he told them stories from the pulpit about his previous bouts with substance abuse.

"I'm terribly disappointed to hear this," said Knighten, of San Rafael, a member since 1966. "I've prayed about this and, obviously, I don't understand it. Thank God nothing worse happened to him."

Knighten said Guyton told the congregation during his sermon, "I tried everything, but only Jesus was there to deliver me."

Knighten said membership at the church has declined but that membership numbers fluctuate. She said it had nothing to do with Guyton. The church, at 501 Drake Ave., has about 50 members.

"This comes as a real surprise," Knighten said. "You never really know how long it is until people are healed. I've been exposed to people in recovery, and you have to realize something like this could happen to anyone."

Felecia Gaston, executive director of the nonprofit organization Performing Stars of Marin, said she hopes the incident doesn't taint the entire community.

"I'm hoping that when people do read about it in the paper they don't stereotype our community by one person's actions," Gaston said.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Homosexual Activists Track, Taunt Priest

An Episcopal priest in Colorado Springs is being hounded by homosexual activists who tossed a pie at him in church on Sunday; and then photographed him parking illegally outside a coffee shop, the Rocky Mountain News reported. "Don Armstrong deserves it for any number of reasons," said Noel Black, publisher of a self-described satire and gay advocacy publication. Black said that Armstrong has been ongoing fodder for the publication because of his history of opposing "gay rights."

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Pat Robertson must be constipated

have any of ever watched Pat Robertson for any length of time? He seems to be majorly bound up. Maybe that is his problem.


Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Pastor molests even more children.

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - A judge on Tuesday set bond at $300,000 on new charges against an award-winning Bloomington minister who prosecutors allege molested three young boys during sleepovers at his home.

James C. Love, 37, was freed Saturday after posting $10,000 _ or 10 percent of his original $100,000 bond _ on charges filed Friday stemming from one alleged molestation case.

Love was arrested again Monday after two more alleged victims contacted authorities, said Bloomington police spokesman Duane Moss. He must post an additional $30,000 to be released under bond approved by McLean County Judge Paul Lawrence.

"We're also asking others who might be victims to come forward," Moss said.

Defense attorney Steve Skelton told reporters that Love, who returned to the McLean County Jail after Tuesday's hearing, will plead not guilty at a scheduled May 18 arraignment.

Skelton called bond in the two new cases "oppressive," and said it's unlikely Love can raise the money. He sought $5,000 bond in each case, meaning Love would have had to post another $1,000 for his release.

"Bond is not meant to be punitive, but I would suggest that where it is set right now it is exactly that," Skelton said.

McLean County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Brooks said that Love's bond should be high because he allegedly administered an anesthetic during the attacks, which she said occurred during sleepovers at Love's home.

Brooks declined comment after the hearing, But George Kohl, the grandfather of one of the alleged victims, told reporters that Love gave the 12-year-old boy allergy medication to make him sleepy before the alleged attack.

Lawrence also approved prosecutors' request to not allow Love to have contact with anyone under 17 if he posts bond.

Love is charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and three counts of aggravated battery in the attacks, which allegedly all occurred since April 27, according to court documents.

If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison on each abuse charge and up to five years in prison on each battery charge, authorities said.

Love is a minister at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Bloomington, according to the church's Web site.

In a statement released Tuesday, church staff said Love and his family are longtime members who have "worked tirelessly in our church and the community at large, and we love them."

"The staff's stance on this matter is to support and assist the families in any way needed," the statement said.

Love's work with youth was cited when he received Bloomington's 2006 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. award, given annually to people who exemplify the ideals of the late civil rights leader.

He has been a substitute teacher for District 87 schools in Bloomington since 2002, and for Unit 5 schools in neighboring Normal since 2003, officials said. He has been removed from both school districts' substitute lists pending disposition of the criminal charges.

Skelton said Love's wife and 14-year-old son stand behind him as he faces trial.

"He's holding up reasonably well under the circumstances, but sometimes it takes awhile for the reality of charges of this magnitude to sink in," Skelton said.

Pastor molests 10 year old boy.

The sentence is five years in prison for a man who served as an associate pastor at an Essex church and was convicted of molesting a 10-year-old boy at his home.

Twenty-nine-year-old Enoch Hill was sentenced yesterday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. Hill was also ordered to serve years probation after his release from prison.

Hill was an associate minister at the House of God in Essex. He was arrested in April 2006 and was convicted in January.

Pastor molests 7 year old

GIG HARBOR, Wash. -- Prosecutors charged the pastor of a church here with four counts of first-degree child rape and two counts of child molestation.

Pierce County sheriff spokesman Jerry Bates said a 7-year-old girl told an older friend that Stephen Kerr had been molesting her. The friend told a youth pastor who contacted police.

Bates said Kerr, who is pastor of the Gig Harbor Church of the Nazarene, confessed to members of the church and told them he was going to surrender to police.

In court on Tuesday he pleaded not guilty to all the charges. In court documents, prosecutors allege that the sexual abuse has been going on since the girl was five years old.

Church members were in the courtroom during Kerr's arraignment.

"We can't condone what he did. It was wrong, but we still love the man," said church member Mimi Hughes.

Kerr grew up in Yakima, Wash., and has ministered in Gig Harbor for two years. He is married and has four children.

Kerr is being held at the Pierce County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Pastor and child porn

SAINT JOSEPH (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A sentencing scheduled for today that involves a former pastor from West Michigan.

Randy Doyle was arrested back in February on eleven child pornography charges including nine counts of possessing and one count of distributing child sexually abusive material.

Doyle was the pastor at Saint Peter's United Church of Christ in Saint Joseph prior to his arrest.

Pastor arrested on drug charges

TAMPA - The longtime pastor of a Tampa church was arrested Sunday on drug charges.

David Brian Anton was arrested by officers with the Tampa Police Department just after 8 am in the parking lot of the Living Word Fellowship Church at 8216 N. 13th. St.

According to a TPD arrest report Anton, 70, is facing one count of cocaine possession, one count of possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Anton and his wife Alice, who reside in Land O'Lakes, have been affiliated with the church since its inception in 1984. The congregation moved to its current location in 1992. Anton is being held on a bond of $17,500.

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Man throws pie at pastor ....

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. A service at a breakaway Episcopal parish was disrupted Sunday when a man threw a pie at the pastor, police said.

Marcus Hyde, 18, was released but faces potential misdemeanor charges of harassment, trespassing, criminal mischief and disrupting a lawful assembly, police Sgt. Vince Niski said.

Witnesses told police a man entered a side door of Grace Church and St. Stephen's Parish during the service and tossed the pie at the Rev. Donald Armstrong III, who ducked.

Parishioners chased the suspect and were holding him in front of the church when officers arrived, police said.

The suspect said he was passing judgment on Armstrong for his fellow parishioners, according to a police report. Hyde declined to comment when reached by phone Sunday night.

The Episcopal Diocese of Colorado late last year had moved to suspend Armstrong while it investigated allegations of financial misconduct. Armstrong has denied wrongdoing.

He returned to Grace Church in March, when church leaders voted to leave the Episcopal Church. The vestry said they were upset over the national church's liberal theological direction, including its stance on gay relationships.

The diocese has not recognized the split, which has prompted some of the church's regular attendees to worship at a different chapel.


I just thought this was funny. :)

Saturday, May 05, 2007


SANDY, Ore. -- Police have arrested a Sandy pastor accused of taking part in a real estate scheme.

Corey Pritchett, 44, was arrested Friday morning at the Sandy Public Library. Police charged him with several counts of theft and securities fraud in connection with multiple real estate transactions.

He is being held in Multnomah County Jail. Police said additional charges are expected in other counties.

Anyone with information on Pritchett is asked to call 800-452-7888.

A cute twink for you all

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

The Hate Crimes Bill

excerpt from the Obfuscation Report

"Hate Crimes Legislation doesn't punish an offender for thought. It punishes an offender for Motive. The Christian Right just doesn't want anyone to acknowledge this simple fact, so they hide behind the idea that the bill would punish thought. Motive has been a deciding factor in Criminal Punishment for as long as legal theory has existed. Killing someone because you sneezed and your car hit a pedestrian is very different from choosing to run someone over because you don't like them. Motive. Remember this argument whenever you hear the right blasting "hate crimes" and claiming that they punish thought. It's a distraction to get you to agree with them. They will lie to get your support. I don't think that's very "Christian." Just my thoughts, Hugs and kisses, The Punisher."

Bizarre confession from pastor

SPOKANE – A man who has preached to congregations in Seattle and Spokane is now accused of trying to kidnap a woman and run down Spokane police officers.

In court, Rev. Lewis's bizarre behavior continued.

On top of that, a bizarre confession has stunned members of his former church.

A police report paints a very strange picture of Rev. Herman Lewis, the senior pastor at Morning Star Baptist Church in Spokane, who admits to leading a double life that included prostitutes and drugs.

Trading his pulpit robe for jail garb, Lewis showed up in court one day after a bizarre incident at a Shari's Restaurant in Spokane.

According to court documents, Lewis told detectives he went to the Shari's Restaurant on Monday to meet a woman to have sex.

According to the police report, Lewis showed up and tried to pay a restaurant cook to have sex in his car. Pointing to his Corvette outside, he handed her a $50 bill. When she said no, he grabbed her by the wrists and attempted to get her out of the building. She put up a fight and refused to go with him.

Police say when officers tried to arrest Lewis, he put his car in reverse, rammed a patrol car several times, and led officers on a brief chase in his Corvette. Police apprehended Lewis at a stop light, using a taser to subdue him. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and a mental evaluation.

During his court appearance in Spokane on Tuesday, more details of the incident were released. The police report indicated that Lewis had a gun in his car and he told officers that he would have killed them to get away.

Lewis also told police he had been living "a double life" since turning 19 by having sex with prostitutes and regularly using crack cocaine and PCP. He said he had been using church money to pay for the prostitutes and drugs.

Friends and family believe he must have snapped.

"You don't have to be a rocket scientist or expert to determine people's erratic behavior and the things he's done is out of character for him," said Rev. Amos Landry, his friend.

According to friends, his wife brought him to the hospital Sunday morning because of erratic behavior. He saw a psychiatrist who evaluated and released him.

Lewis then went to church and told the staff that everyone was getting a raise.

"All the things they are telling me, it's not my brother. It's a totally different person that I've known my entire life," said Alfred Lewis, the pastor's brother.

Lewis is in custody at the Spokane County Jail, where he's lockdown because he was combative during booking Tuesday. Lewis was charged with Unlawful Imprisonment and Assault.

The news comes as a shock to many at People's Institutional Baptist Church in Seattle, where Lewis was an associated minister for three years.

According to his resume, Rev. Herman Lewis Sr. began his career as pastor near his hometown of Winnie, Texas. Between 1980 and 2003 Lewis lived in Austin and Galveston. He was a chaplain for a county jail, a local hospital, and helped build a new baptist church for 400 members. In 2003, he joined the People's Institutional Baptist Church in Seattle. Nothing on his resume has been verified.

Lewis recently reported that he left an $80,000 managerial job at a Seattle Holiday Inn to become the pastor of Spokane's Morning Star Baptist Church last year. The congregation recently moved to a building on West Rowan.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Pastor arrested in prostitution sting

Chattanooga police arrested nine men Friday in a prostitution sting, including the pastor of Ringgold United Methodist Church.

Officers arrested Rev. Steve Moore, 42, in the undercover operation. Moore is also the chaplain of Catoosa County Fire & Rescue.

According to a Chattanooga Vice Department detective who asked to remain anonymous, two female police officers posed as street prostitutes on the 2800 block of Watauga Street in downtown Chattanooga between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. A takedown team waited for the “johns” to solicit sex for money before making the arrests. All of the arrests were audio and videotaped.

Moore was arrested, taken into custody and issued a citation in lieu of arrest. He is charged with patronizing prostitution within a mile and a half of a school. According to police, Moore will have to go to the Hamilton County Jail sometime between May 23 and 25 to be photographed,

The 2800 block of Watauga Street was the site of a prostitution sting last Friday, April 27, in which Chattanooga police arrested nine “johns,” including Steve Moore. (Catoosa News/Taylor Leonard)
milton County Jail sometime between May 23 and 25 to be photographed, fingerprinted and issued a court date.

The detective confirmed that the takedown team found a fire chaplain’s uniform in the back of Moore’s car.

In addition to the nine men arrested, one woman was arrested for blocking the street.

UPDATE, 3pm Tuesday: 49-year-old Rev. Herman Lewis appeared in Spokane Co. Superior Court this afternoon on charges of assault and attempted kidnapping. According to court documents, Lewis told detectives he went to the Shari's Restaurant near Indiana and Monroe to meet a woman to have sex with.

Lewis also told police he had been living "a double life" since turning 19 by having sex with prostitutes and regularly using crack cocaine and PCP.

Watch KREM 2 News at 5 & 6 for live reports on this developing story.

UPDATE, 9:30pm Spokane County Jail officials say Herman Lewis is still at the jail, but in lockdown because he was considered combative and a threat to himself and officers when he was booked this afternoon.

According to his resume, Rev. Herman Lewis Sr. began his career as pastor near his hometown of Winnie, Texas. Between 1980 and 2003 Lewis lived in Austin and Galveston. He was a chaplain for a county jail, a local hospital, and helped build a new baptist church for 400 members. In 2003, he joined the People's Institutional Baptist Church in Seattle. Nothing on his resume has been verified.

Lewis recently reported that he left an $80,000 managerial job at a Seattle Holiday Inn to become the pastor of Spokane's Morning Star Baptist Church last year. The congregation recently moved to a building on West Rowan.

Lewis is charged with Unlawful Imprisonment and Assault.

UPDATE, 3:30pm Monday: Members of the Morning Star Baptist Church confirm 49-year-old Herman Lewis, arrested this morning after leading Spokane Police on a chase this morning, is their senior pastor. Lewis is charged with unlawful imprisonment and two counts of assault. He's now in the Spokane County Jail.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Nancy Pelosi Speaks

I had hoped that President Bush would accept my offer to work together on a New Direction in Iraq and sign crucial legislation holding the Iraqi government accountable. Instead, the President chose to continue to isolate himself from Congress, the international community, and the American people by vetoing the Democratic plan for change in Iraq.

The President isn't listening to the American people's call to end this disastrous war. What further proof do they need than the timing of his veto? The President vetoed our bill that would end this war and bring our troops home the week of the fourth anniversary of his infamous "Mission Accomplished" speech that declared an end to major combat operations in Iraq. Four years after that misguided speech, the President keeps making the same mistakes in Iraq.

Our bill achieved exactly what the American people elected us to do in November 2006. It would have fully funded troops on the ground, started to bring them home responsibly, held President Bush accountable, and ensured our veterans get the treatment they deserve back home.

Congress has responded to the will of the American people. President Bush has not. The President is clinging to his failed stay-the-course strategy in Iraq, while brave servicemen and women risk their lives for his mistakes.

House and Senate Democrats offered a plan for change in Iraq that gave the President every penny he requested for soldiers on the ground and more. But it also gave him something he's tried to avoid: accountability.

President Bush may have the bully pulpit - but we have you. Close to 60,000 of you signed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)'s petition to the President telling him not to veto our plan. The American people are with us and the fight for a New Direction in Iraq is not over - we hope you will continue to stand with us.

We are counting on you -- and millions of Democrats across the country who are united and energized as never before -- to help build an unstoppable Democratic Majority and put a Democrat in the White House in 2008.

Thank you for your continued dedication.


Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House of Representatives

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