Walhalla – January 2014 – James Smith, 39 years-of-age was sentenced on January 22, 2014 to three years of probation after he pleaded guilty to assault charges. James Smith was a former church youth director of Ebenezer Baptist Church. According to authorities, James Smith has been been charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor. James Smith was ordered by the court to undergo counseling and register as a sex offender. James Smith pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and battery.
LUMBERTON March 2013 — A youth group leader according to Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, Jahaziel Levi Rodriguez-Vasquez, 28-years-of-age was arrested and is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl while working at a Lumberton church, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
Jahaziel Levi Rodriguez-Vazquez, is charged with statutory rape and is being held under a $50,000 bond at the Robeson County jail. According to Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, Rodriguez-Vasquez was working at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s when the assaults occurred. According to the arrest report Jahaziel Levi Rodriguez- Vasquez, assaulted the girl twice, once in 2012 and again in February of this year. Jahaziel was charged with statutory rape and is being held under a $50,000 bond at the Robeson County jail.
September 22, 2012 – Church Security 360 Degrees, LLC and Watchman Security Consulting Ministries received notification from the law office of Robert A. Blackwell of Pascagoula, Mississippi that the Jackson Country Grand Jury had dismissed charges against Mr. Brown of child exploitation. According to the letter received dated October 22, 2012, from the law office of Robert A Blackwell representing Mr. Brown, no illegal images or videos were found on Mr. Brown’s computer. Please join the employees of Church Security 360 Degrees, LLC in praying for Mr. Stephen Brown as he recovers from the pain and embarrassment of this ordeal.
January 31, 2011 – Calgary Police report that sex charges have been filed against a former church volunteer following allegations involving three boys in the 1980s and 90s. According to the authorities the incidents took placed at the accused’s home. Rodman was a volunteer leader at one Calgary Baptist church on 1981. Rodman has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count each of gross indecency, indecent exposure to a person under 14 and sexual contact with a youth by a person in authority. He is due to appeared in court on February 10.
Aug 3, 2011 -
An Edenton children minister has been charged with internet sex crimes involving children.
Jonathan Rose was arrested Monday by the S.B.I. and the North Carolina Internet Crimes against Children Task Force.
Cumberland County deputies say the 35-year-old Rose engaged in illegal conversations with children via his computer.
Deputies say they had been looking for him for a couple of weeks, and on Monday went to his Dakota Trail home in Edenton and found out he was taking children from his church to a camp in Black Mountain, which is in the western part of the state. Rose was arrested as he stepped off the bus at the Ridgecrest Boys Camp.
Cumberland County deputies say Rose is a minister at Rocky Hock Baptist Church in Edenton. He’s been charged with solicitation of child by computer to commit unlawful sex acts and is being held on a $50,000 bond.
Senior Pastor Dr. James Horton of the church says he called a meeting with his congregation Tuesday night about the charges filled against Rose who has been with the church three years. Horton says, “It’s just an absolute shock to us. We just don’t know what to think or to make of it. Like I say we don’t know the content of it or what the accusations entail or exactly what happened so were just waiting to find out.”
Horton says rose has a wife and four children all under the age of 12 and came to their Edenton church from the Raleigh area with a good background.
The church’s web site says Pastor Jonathan Rose is their music and children minister.
Aug 3, 2011 – A Summerville pastor accused of kidnapping and raping a woman last week was back in court Wednesday after another victim accused him of carrying out a similar assault almost a year ago.
In the new case, Dale Richardson is accused pulling a gun on a woman who accepted a ride with him on Aug. 12, 2010 on Dorchester Road. According to the arrest warrants, he bound her hands, put a cloth over her head and then drove her to a residence in Dorchester County, where he sexually assaulted her.
Afterwards, he drove her to an area off Carolina Commerce Parkway and ordered her to walk into a woods and not look back, the arrest warrants state.
Read more: http://www.thesunnews.com/2011/08/03/2314389/second-woman-accuses-pastor-of.html#ixzz1U6KhGHj3
June 24, 2011 – LEWISTOWN – On Friday 24 June 20011, Jason Phillips, the former youth pastor of Covenant Community Fellowship Church in Canton was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old parishioner, and was sentenced to four years in prison. Jason Phillips, will serve about three years and three months behind bars with credit for time served and so-called good time.
The Judge also ordered Phillips to pay $2,633 in restitution to the victim, for costs she incurred as the result of the case, and serve three years of probation. Jason Phillips must register as a convicted child sex offender. Kevin Sullivan the Defense Attorney said the case would be turned over to a public defender for appeal.
June 23, 2011 – Las Vegas, NV. -
Henderson police are looking for a Las Vegas pastor wanted in connection with the sexual assault of underage girls.
Otis Holland, 54, is wanted on 11 counts of sexual assault of a victim under age 16, a count of child abuse and a count of conspiracy to commit a crime, police said.
Police issued the warrant last week, but said Holland may have fled to California.
In December, Holland was arrested on three counts of sexual assault of a victim under age 16. During the investigation, police said they discovered allegations that Holland may have had inappropriate conduct with other minors.
Holland was then arrested in January on a felony count of lewdness with a minor under age 14, police said.
The most recent arrest warrant comes from an investigation in which two other girls came forward earlier this month, police said.
Holland is a pastor at United Faith Church, which held services in the lobby of a tax service business on Hacienda Avenue in Las Vegas.
May 10, 2011 – CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire man faces a charge of felonious sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl, in a case in which a pastor and two church elders were convicted of not reporting the allegation to police.
Joel Clement, 53, of North Conway was indicted in April and arraigned last week, Conway Police said. He is free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond. His next court date has not been set.
The pastor and two elders of the Valley Christian Church in Center Conway learned of the assault allegations from the girl’s parents in September 2009, but they failed to notify police. WMWV-FM reports that the parents told police six months later.
Ernest Willis, 52, of Gilford is charged with aggravated sex assault and felonious sex assault of his children’s then 15-year-old babysitter in 1997. Both Willis and the teen were congregants of Trinity Baptist Church in Concord at the time.
Information from: WMWV-FM,
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Saturday 7 May, 2011 – A volunteer at a Texas church home to the largest congregation in the United States has been charged with sexually abusing an autistic child.
Alvaro Daniel Guzman, 25, was charged with indecency with a child over a February 2010 incident at a Lakewood Church activities program for special needs children, according to local media reports in Houston. The arrest warrant was issued on Tuesday but Guzman is still free.
Lakewood is a Protestant “megachurch” run by pastor Joel Osteen, whose weekend services draw more than 40,000 people. Osteen’s television ministry is broadcast in dozens of countries.
Guzman allegedly fondled an 8-year-old autistic boy while he helped him climb into a play structure. Another adult volunteer allegedly witnessed the event and reported it to church officials and authorities.
The arrest warrant was issued this week. As of Saturday, Guzman was not in custody, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Lakewood Church, in a statement posted on its web site, said Guzman was “immediately removed” from volunteer services and that state authorities were “notified immediately.”