Pastor accused of sexually assaulting female church members during prayer…

March 11, 2014 – Sumter, SC – Law enforcement authorities have arrested Pastor Larry Duran of Word International Ministries, for the alleged sexual assault of three female church members. According to authorities, the alleged sexual assaults took place within the church and at the pastors’ private residence between 2011 2013.

Former Canton youth pastor sentenced to 4 years in sex assault…

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.

Pastor wanted in sexual assault of minors…

June 23, 2011 – Las Vegas, NV. –

Otis Holland

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.

NH man charged with sex assault on minor

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,

US megachurch volunteer charged with child abuse

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.”

Church bookkeeper gets prison for $129K theft…

March 25, 2011 – The ex-bookkeeper of a California church has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for stealing $129,000.

Orange County prosecutors originally charged 37-year-old Elyse Marie Kennedy with 154 felony counts of forgery with sentencing enhancements for embezzling money from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Tustin. If convicted at trial, she faced up to 107 years in prison.

It wasn’t a sophisticated crime: She wrote 154 checks to herself.

In a plea deal Thursday, the Santa Ana woman pleaded guilty to two felony counts of forgery. She was sentenced to two years, eight months in prison. A restitution hearing is set for June 24.

Northwest Jesuits reach $166 million sex abuse settlement…

March 25, 2011 – Portland Oregon – The Pacific Northwest chapter of the Roman Catholic Church’s Jesuit order has agreed to pay $166 million to settle more than 500 child sexual abuse claims against priests in five states, attorneys said on Friday.

The victims, most of them Native Americans from remote Alaska Native villages or Indian reservations in the Pacific Northwest, were sexually or psychologically abused as children by Jesuit missionaries in those states in the 1940s through the 1990s, the plaintiffs’ attorneys said.

Church employee arrested on sexual abuse charges…

March 25, 2011 – MONTGOMERY, AL – The arrest report at the Montgomery Police Department shows 47-year-old Barry Cook was employed at Christian Life Church on Monticello Drive off the Eastern Boulevard.

The church website listed Cook as an instructor. Church leaders had no comment but we’re told Mr. Cook was fired this week.

Barry Cook remains in the Montgomery County Detention Center. Cook faces charges of sexual torture and aggravated child abuse.

Police say if and when Cook makes bond he will also face a third degree domestic violence charge.

Cook’s bonds total $500,000.

Man sexually assulted preteen girl while in church……

MILTON — A 27-year-old Watsontown man is facing felony and misdemeanor charges for allegedly having sex with a young girl several times as she attended church and school functions.

March 10, 2011 – State police at Milton said Jethro Lee Groff, of 415 Blue Ball Road, first approached the 11-year-old in the summer of 2008 as she was getting a snack in the basement of the Shalom Mennonite Church in East Chillisquaque Township.

Groff fondled and pinched the child, court documents said.

Several months later, on Feb. 6, 2009, Groff allegedly sexually assaulted the girl while she attended a Maranath Mennonite Christian School function in Lewis Township.

Southern Baptist pastor was arrested on charges of child rape

March 4, 2011 – In Port Orchard, Washington, a Southern Baptist pastor was arrested on charges of child rape. In recorded phone calls, police say that pastor Dirk P. Jackson admitted to having “sexual relations” with the girl, who was then a sixth grader, and to “having her perform oral sex on him while they were in the classroom.” When police told Jackson they had recorded copies of the phone calls, he said the conduct was “consensual.”

Even in the face of such admissions, the church’s senior pastor, Jamie Greening, told KOMO News: “This does not match. These allegations do not match the man we’ve known for eight years.”

The girl was a sixth grader at the time, and pastor Jackson was working as a teacher at Manchester Christian Academy.

Pastor Jackson

Since 2003, Jackson has been “working with kids in youth programs” as a pastor at First Baptist Church in Port Orchard. “Detectives are concerned there may be additional young victims.”

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