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In November, Gail Ganger, who lives 5 houses from the church, organized a Sunday morning picket after learning that the church secretary knew about the allegations, yet still recommended Leonard as a babysitter for her children.He & his wife Nadine had babysat for her 3 children 7 times since Oct. About 2 dozen protesters carried signs saying “Clos It Down.” “The church knew about the allegations of child molesting, but nobody told me about it. David’s Church in De Witt, is married with 2 grown children.
“Never have I seen him practice what he preached, and I heard him preach a lot.” Source: _Arizona Daily Star_ 3/13/92; _Boston Herald_ 5/7/92; _Lincoln Journal_ 5/14/92. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America removed Rev. Groton Sunday School teacher Leslie Richard Danielson, 63, was sentenced to 5-10 years after pleading guilty to sexually abusing 6 children under 14 years. A jury convicted Baptist minister Edward Quakenbush, of New Testament Baptist Church, town of Wyoming, of raping & molesting a teenage boy in his church over a 4-year period, starting when he was 12. In July he checked himself into Pine Rest Christian Counseling Services in Grand Rapids. The associate pastor, volunteer bus driver & a third church member are believed to have fondled some & raped others, ranging in age from 3 to 10, on church buses & property.This church should not be able to carry on business as usual,” she said. A church official said he had been involved in “sexual misconduct over a lengthy period with some male, young adults & a teenager under his pastoral care”.“What a wonderful thing it is to be part of a church where adversity happens,” said Rev. In January, Leonard was released after 72 days in jail after 10 charges were dropped over the objections of the DA by Washtenaw Co. Judge Thomas Shea, saying victims were either too young to testify or could not pinpoint the time of their assaults. Episcopal priest, who ironically headed a national committee examining the church’s position on sexuality, resigned in October following charges he sexually abused young men in his congregation. The official said the number of victims appears to be “less than 10”. A family in Dare County, North Carouna is suing Methodist minister Carl M.In 1986 prosecutors interviewed about a dozen girls and their mothers who described a religious ritual in which they would strip and fondle each other at Williams’ command. The Illinois Appellate Court, which denied him a rehearing, received more than 2,000 letters in his behalf. An aunt said she believed the delay stemmed from racism, because the victim is black & the minister white.Williams claimed thiswas _Bible_-based: “Our belief is that biblically if you have a problem within yourself, it is because of sin or weakness, and about the only thing that’s goingto cleanse you of that is if you expose it before the Lord.” Source: _Palm Beach Post_ 2/26/92. Port Charlotte church school principal Albert Joseph Clerico Jr., 47,charged with sexual misconduct by a psychotherapist by means of therapeutic deception, claims to be licensed by a nonexistent “scripturally based” group, National Christian Counselors Association & to have attended the nonexistent Carolina University of Theology. About 75 supporters from the Christ Universal Church picketed before the Criminal Courts Building in Chicago in support of Rev Paul Hall, 47, convicted of sexually abusing a boy, 13, in 1989. “It would not be this way if it had been a black minister molesting a white child,” she said. Wendell Beets, of Sound Doctrine Church, resigned following a claim of sexual impropriety with a female church member, 19. A Louisville jury of 6 men & 6 women found in favor of the Presbyterian Church (U. A.) in a $5 million sexual-harassment suit brought by Janet Gellhaus.The pastor said if he is acquitted, “I’m sure he would be welcomed back with open arms.” Sources: _Ypsilanti Press_ 11/12/92, _Detroit Free Press_ 11/12/92, _Toledo Blade_ 11/18/92, _Jackson Citizen Patriot_ 11/16/92, 2/1/93. He resigned from the clergy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and as vice president for college relations in St. Rod Broding has left a job after being accused of sexual improprieties. In April he was charged with endangering welfare of a child and 2 counts of aggravated sexual assault when a 23-year-old woman told investigators he repeatedly raped her while she was between the ages of 8 and 10. His girlfriend was indicted for forcing her daughters to recant the allegations to police. He was ordered to perform community service, pay a $50 fine, and get counseling. Eller pleaded no contest to a charge of criminal assault on a female. Parsley knew about the harassment but did nothing to stop it. Parsley, his father, was her supervisor & made unwanted sexual advances, even offering money for sex, she said. Shelley & Daniel Lebay seek more than $700,000 in damages. Charges allege that he molested Alva church girls, ages 4 to 14. Source: _Tulsa Tribune PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER GETS 40 YEARS. Robert Bruce Brigden was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting young girls in his congregation, convicted on 8 counts of lewd molestation & 1 count of rape by instrumentation involving a girl, 7.
Olaf College in April, admitting sexual misconduct with minors, college students, and male parishioners from 1973-1985. The Lutheran pastor resigned from First Lutheran Church in Pine River following accusations he admitted to sexual misconduct there, but denies earlier accusations. Granite State Baptist Church volunteer David Kirsch, 39, of Salem, was convicted of sexually assaulting 6 young girls through the church from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s. The abuse came to light when the 9-year-old told a school official, who contacted police. However, the family said that in 1987 Eller had molested or made lewd comments to 4 women at his church, and forcibly kissed and touched 2 girls age 13. Pastor Roy Mc Kinley, 45, who stepped down from Milan Friends Church after being charged with molesting a teenage girl, pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition and related charges. A female employee at World Harvest Church in Columbus has filed a lawsuit saying the father of the pastor sexually harassed her, also naming the church & its pastor as defendants. Bridgen, 57, was accused of molesting 11 girls, aged 4 to 14, during the 4 years he was at the Alva church.
When parents 20 years ago complained to Mission Aviation Fellowship officials about Truxton, they were told a psychologist at Fuller Seminary evaluated him, concluding he was in no need of help. Walker, 43, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for molesting a relative for 2-1/2 years, beginning when she was 13. A parent testified Midgett turned her cheerful, trusting daughter into a frightened, scarred recluse. The fundamentalist Church of Christ teaches that nonchurch members will go to hell. Randazzo founded Spiral of Friends Church in Molina. Boardman Kathan says a damaging statement he gave police in July was coerced.
Source: _National & International Religion Report_ 10/19/92. Pastor David Hocking of Calvary Church in Santa Ana was forced to resign after confessing to an affair with a married woman. Source: _National & International Religion Report_ 10/19/92. Twenty persons pleaded for leniency, including the local NAACP president. Rancho Cucamonga pastor John Marshall, convicted of sexually battering an ill man, 25, is being sued for $1 million by victim Kirk Judy, along with his church, the American Baptist Churches of USA & of the Pacific Southwest. Two assistant pastors at Jubilee Christian Center, San Jose, were charged with 4 felony counts of lewd & lascivious conduct with children, stemming from assaults on 4 boys, ages 10-15, at the church between September 1988 & February 1992. He was also ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution Source: _San Diego Times Union_ 1992, _Los Angeles Times_ 9/12/92. Carolyn Kruse, Aurora, filed suit against her minister and church, saying he coerced her into a sexual relationship when she went for counseling while ill with Hodgkin’s disease. Leonard, pastor of Harvest Christian Center, who told the congregation Kruse was possessed by a demon. Former chair of the Region 16 Board of Education, Kathan retired last summer as associate minister of the First Congregational Church of Cheshire in Waterbury.
State investigator Robert Ford charged that Clerico “did cloak himself in the guise of Christianity & did represent to the female defendant that sexual contact” was part of the treatment. Senior pastor of Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, with 12,000 members oneof Atlanta’s largest churches Q stepped down, admitting an “improper” relationship with a female church employee. Don Paulk, 53, sermonized, “I am not here today as a martyr or hero, but as a fallen, wounded soldier … A sex scandal, now encompassing 4 ministers from one family, has been uncovered at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in De Kalb, Georgia, praised by former President Bush as one of his “1,000 Points of Light”. Women charge the ministers coerced them into having sex in order to “serve God.” The church filed, then dropped a slander/libel suit against several former members & staffers, resulting in a gag order by a De Kalb judge forbidding them to discuss thei allegations of sexual misconduct. Davis, charged in Illinois with criminal sexual misconduct, child pornography, and perjury, was also charged with assaulting a teenage boy in San Diego. Bell, 37, pleaded guilty to adultery with 6 women, conduct unbecoming an officer, and bringing discredit upon the armed forces. Guppy says the minister seduced his wife, a parishioner, than misused his counseling relationship with Guppy to conceal the affair, urging him to have an affair of his own. Source: _Waterloo Courier_ 9/23/92, _Des Moines Register_ 9/24/92. A married couple who were also ministers at the church expressed indignation that “he would attack a 19-year-old girl”, & concern that Beets will tart a new church & continue preying on the congregation. Youth minister-Sunday School teacher William Speaker, 21, of First Baptist Church in Excelsior Springs, was charged with a felony for sexually molesting a boy, 14, while chauffeuring him to church activities. The employee claimed her superior Nagy Tawfik sexually harassed her, pressuring her into a sexual relationship by threatening to fire her.
Clerico maintains his position as “pastoral counselor” exempts him under state law from charges. Gilsrap pleaded guilty to 2 counts of child molestation after the state high court in 1991 overturned a 1989 conviction for molesting young boys at church. My family’s forgiveness was second only to the forgiveness of God.” His brother, Bishop Earl Paulk, berated the media for exposing the “weaknesses” of others, an blamed “Satan”, promising Don would return. The $12 million racially diverse 7,700-seat church with a TV program, social services, lost half of its 12,000 members following revelations that its minister, Bishop Ear Paulk, had an adulterous affair. It promotes a doctrine of “covering”, blessing cover-ups of sexual misconduct & requiring submission to authority. Davis, 57, is a prominent Waukegan minister with Christian Fellowship, Inc. He was also convicted o attempted seduction of a 19-year-old Air Force cadet who fought off advances in his chapel office. Louise & Clarence Ellis of Cedar Rapids say others have criticized them for speaking out against Beets. Church attorney Michael Valenti, apparently conceded the relationship when he said after the acquittal (shades of the U. Senate): “The lesson should be you need to immediately tell people about it, you need to immediately investigate your rights, you need to use some common sense & say ‘no’.” Source: Presbyterian Outlook_ 9/7/92. Indicted for 6 counts of aggravated sexual battery & 5 counts of sexual battery was Rev.
Williams, who pleaded guilty 5 years ago to “cleansing” underage members by ordering them to bare their breasts, was 2 months short of completing his 5-year probation.