The endless clergical crime spree continues.  Here is news related to ministers, priests, prophets, and the dreaded sex obsessed pastoral "counselors", so far in Jan 2012. Refreshingly, these are not all sex crimes.

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Baptist minister Tommy Gene Daniels in Sacramento, convicted for molestation of 5 girls, wants a new trial.  sacbee.com

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Los Angeles "Arms of Grace Christian Center" pastor Christopher Iruke was sentenced to 15 years in jail for defrauding medicare for $15million.  That's million, with an "m".  His wife, Connie Ikpoh, is up for sentencing in Feb.  Holy Jesus!  $15 million!  Apparently, they spent the $$$ on "luxury vehicles" and remodeling their house.  Wow!  Nice Kitchen!

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Darrell Gilyard, a former megachurch pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, in Florida, has been released from prison, where he spent 3 years for fondling a teenage girl whose parents had brought to him for counseling.  He is praying about his options regarding returning to the ministry.  It may be difficult, since he will be required to register as a sex offender.

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Timothy Tillman, an Alabama minister at "The Revival Center", who is in prison for murdering his wife via shotgun blast to the back, is seeking a new trial.  Prosecutors claimed that he wanted to get his wife out of the way, so he could continue dating a woman in California were he was pretending to be a Naval officer.  Tillman claimed he was just cleaning the gun, and it accidentally went off.  A few months after his wife's death, he forged a $5,000 check in her name, and has been convicted for that crime as well.   He did later marry that California lady.

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Fairbanks Alaska Corinthian Baptist Church Pastor Shawn Anthony Justice is out on bail pending appeal of his conviction for sexual abuse of a 15 year old girl in his choir.

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Mansfield pastor John Picard (no Luc in there) formerly of the "Grace Brethren Church" in Mansfield Ohio is up for re-sentencingfor the 42 counts of sexual coercion involving 6 female parishioners (isn't sexual coercion the same as rape?).  

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Father Mark Stewart Bullock, a Maryland priest, was arrested for indecent exposure at an adult bookstore.  (I doubt that he was showing anything that wasn't already visible throughout the store - doesn't seem fair).

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San Diego Catholic priest Jose Davila, AKA "Father Alexis", of the St. Jude's Shrine of the West, was arrested for sexual assault of a 20 year old woman.

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Pennsylvania Catholic priest  Bartley Sorensen, of the St. John Fisher Church, now faces federal child porn charges, he had 5 thousand child porn images on his computer.  

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Rochester NY pastor Anthony Lee Drumgole, a self-described "evangelist and prophet" is also arrested in South Carolina for kidnapping, armed robbery and four counts of Financial Transaction Card Fraud for robbing a male victim in the bathroom of the Buffalo Wild Wings in Myrtle Beach.  He is supposedly the "founder of the Free From All Chains Outreach Ministry".  Oops.

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Raymond Vincent, a Pompano beach Youth Pastor (yes, that had to come up here) has been arrested for sexual misbehavior - he is accused of groping a 12 year old girl, luring her into his home with food, then and molesting her.   "She also told police Vincent had molested her two times in 2011."

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Meanwhile, in Fayetteville Arkansas, Kenneth Robinson, "senior pastor of the Flint Ridge Baptist Church on Old Road off Ga. Highway 85 North" was charged with forgery and theft of $30,000 of church funds.  His was reportedly working with another church member, Alexis Dodson, who has also been arrested.

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That's all I have the stomach to look into currently.  January is not yet over.  Pray for these lost souls.  Nothing fails like prayer.  

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Wow.  Well, that's about half up on sexual charges, though.

True.  My news searches also likely bias the results although I'm not attempting something scientific, just carrying on work inspired by others.  These findings are based on matches to key words such as clergy+arrest, clergy+conviction, priest+arrest, pastor+arrest, pastor+conviction, minister+arrest, etc.   The "minister" line often brings up govt ministers.  Pastor seems to work best.  I have not done comparative searches, such as "registered nurse+arrest", say, or "grocery clerk + conviction" or "congressional representative+conviction", but I still get the feeling clergy are significant criminal elements of society.  

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Why does anyone in their right mind leave their kids in the hands of a "youth pastor".  It's almost like leaving them in the hands of a "nonregistered sex offender". 

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The sad thing is I didn't try all that hard.  I had search notices in my google inbox and it swamped it so bad I deleted them en masse.  So these are just a sampling.  It is fun to peruse the criminality of the faithful, and fun is the main reason to do it.

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I am a little shocked about the violence of some of these crimes.  They are not just sexual desire run amok in the choir loft.  

You should have a column at Examiner.com where you could get paid (poorly) for putting up reports like this.

Thanks.  My employer wouldn't like having me do that.  But thanks for the suggestion.  I'll continue reporting on the holy crime wave here, as long as it's interesting to me and maybe some other readers.

Here's more.

Rick Bartlett, pastor of the Bastrup Christian Church in Texas, was arrested for allegedly throwing his neighbor's pet cat, Moody, off a bridge, resulting in injuries leading to Moody's death.  Bastrup is part of the Austin Texas area.  According to an online review of the Bastrup Christian Church, "Jesus is the answer".

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Gibbon Minnesota Lutheran minister David Ratke was sentenced to 180 days in jail for 3rd and 4th degree sexual conduct with a 16 year old Spanish exchange student who was staying with the Ratke family.   Radtke was accused of giving back rubs and groped her sexually; on one occasion she awakened to find his hand inside her underwear. Ratke stated that his hand went there while he was sleeping.  According to the Mayor of Gibbon, "If you’re a stranger here, you won’t be for long. Give us three days, and we’ll know how you like your eggs done, when you walk your dog, what brand of beer you like, and, more importantly, what type of card games you play."  He does not comment about your underwear, however.

Latest "black collar" crime sheet updates....

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Jeffery London, a youth pastor (really?  what a surprise!) was arrested Wednesday for sexual assault and battery in Florida.  He is accused of sexually abusing a boy who he was taking care of from the ages of 8 to 18.  The boy stated that London gave him video games or money in return for sex.  London was conducting Bible study at the Church of God in Fort Lauderdale.

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Las Vegas pastor, Otis Holland, was on the lam and finally arrested in Tijuana, Mexico and transported to the US. He was a pastor of the "United Faith Church" which met at a tax service business.   Holland was arrested on charges of conspiracy, child abuse, & 11 counts of sexual assault of a victim under 16.  He was previously arrested in Dec 2010 and Jan 2011 for accusations of abusing children as young as 7 years old.  Holland was listed on Americas Most Wanted as a fugitive sexual predator.

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Back in Florida (must be the heat), this time Orlando, 33-year-old Matthew Clark was arrested on charges of solicitation of a male undercover officer, for sex, in a park.  Clark is (was?) the senior pastor at the Blessed Assurance Temple in Bartow. 

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In Iowa, Pastor Patrick Edouard, 42, will be on trial in May.  He made a failed attempt to get his case thrown out of court.  Edouard is accused of raping 3 women & sexually exploiting counseling clients. Edouard was pastor at the Covenant Reformed Church, in Pella, until church leaders fired him for sexual infidelity.

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Meanwhile, in Waverly Iowa, 67 year old Dennnis Brown is out on bail, and asking for evidence in his trial to be suppressed.  Brown is pastor at the Ivester Church of the Brethren, and is accused of sexually abusing a teenager who he met on the internet.

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In Michigan, 46 year old former Baptist pastor Tedd Butler was sentenced to one year in jail for fondling a 5-year-old boy.   Butler was pastor of the now defunct Landmark Baptist Church in Algoma Township.


In Virginia, Tommy R. Shelton Jr. 66, had been a minister at the Community Church of God during his crimes.  Shelton got a special plea deal, basically admitting that evidence was damning enough to reach a conviction, but not formally admitting guilt.  The cases involved a 14 year old boy who stated that Shelton fondled, kissed, & performed oral sex on him, in church, where he was for piano lessions.  In another accusation, Shelton sexually assaulted an 11 year old boy who he went with on bicycle rides into the woods. 

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In Toronto, 57 year old Pastor Jae-Kap Song of the Jesus First Church is on trial for sexual assault of a female parishioner.  At the trial, jurors were treated to a video of a naked woman running around in public.  It's not clear what that had to do with the incident.  Song stated that the woman  unexpectedly took off her clothes in front of him.

Shouldnt that be "Latest "Dog Collar" crime sheet"  ??

The month of January is almost over, but the docket for Black Collar Crime marches on....  

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In Minneapolis, the 41 year old  (now former) associate minister of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church.  Derrick Trevor Griffin was sentenced to life without parole for the drive-by shooting of a man who had dinner with his estranged wife. I have been unable to find any old testament laws that ok the killing of your wife's dinner companion, so the sentence should be OK for Griffin.  

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In Savannah Georgia, the (now former) pastor of the New Harvest International Ministries, 47 year old Kenneth Terrell,  was sentenced to not less than 9 years in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his church.  The article doesnt give an exact amount, but states Terrell must make restitution of $381,449.55.  Which is interesting in its precision - couldn't they round it up to the nearest dollar?  Still, Terrell will have to find other fields for his next "New Harvest."

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Meanwhile, in New Orleans anti-crime crusading pastor of the Bibleway Baptist Church, 40 year old Rev. Toris Young, pleaded guilty to defrauding the US government of $963,900.  I think this is rounded to the nearest $100, unlike the prior story.  Rev. Young reportedly used the money to buy jewelry, vehicles, real estate, designer clothing, & payments on his credit card debt.  Young was already in prison for bank fraud and identity theft committed in Jackson, Miss. Those crimes were committed while he was  on parole for prior convictions for access device fraud (ATM I suspect) & identity theft.  I think these earlier actions preceded his career as an anticrime crusader.

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It's almost silly to include it here, given the seriousness of other crimes, but in Iowa61 year old Rev. Paul Nelson, senior pastor at St. James Evangelical Church in Mason City, is up on charges of assault for striking a teenager during a 9th grade confirmation class.  Damn, and what I heard about nuns doing to students with rulers.....

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In Naperville IL, 64 year old founding pastor of the Indian Grove Country Church in Rock City, James W. French, 64 is on trial for sexually abusing a minor, (under 18 year old girl) over a span of about one year in multiple counties and states.   In addition to being a minister and accused rapist, French is a history professor, has served on the county board, and has a master's of divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  Busy man, but I suspect he will have a lot more time on his hands soon.  

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Please click on the link & take a look at this sunday school teacher.  He's a sunday school teacher?  In Fon du Lac, WI, Kevin L. Vader, 48 is now sentenced to 1½ years in prison and two years extended supervision for violating probation.  He had been was convicted of exposing a child to harmful material - more than that, posing on line as a teenager to entice young girls for who knows what sort of prayer sessions?  We can only assume the harmful material was not Bible stories, but then again there is some awful stuff in the good book.  Vader taught Sunday School at the Emanuel Lutheran Church.  A pastor of a different church, Pastor Jerry Sherstad of Faith Bible Church claimed that Vader had "invited Jesus into his life," but the judge stated that with Jesus in his life, Vader had more probation violations than he "has seen in any case since he became a judge."

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