Church volunteer, 71, sexually assaults teen…

Jan 15, 2013 – Spartanburg County, S.C. – Police authorities reported that a volunteer pastor was arrested today after being accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female.  According to the victim, William Hughes invited her to his home where he offered her alcoholic beverages which she drank.

The victim told authorities that the next thing she remembers is waking up and putting her pants on.  William Hughes was a member and volunteer at Restoration Church.  Pastor Tony Cribb, Senior Pastor of  Restoration Church said that the church is deeply sadden and shocked by the news.

Mr. Hughes worked in the past as a volunteer chaplain for the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s office before his service was terminated for allegations that he inappropriately touched a child.


Former Somerville Episcopal Minister Accused of Sexually Assaulting Child

September 10, 2012 – Rev. Paul A. LaCharite, 65, of Boston, was arrested Friday afternoon and accused of alleged sexual assault of a child.  The alleged assault began in the 1990s and took place over the course of 10 years, according to authorities.  The police are still investigating the case.

Former minister accused of sexual assault….

January 13, 2012 – Canada – CTV News has learned a man facing charges in an alleged sexual assault against a Saskatchewan girl in 1979 is a former Manitoba United Church minister.

George Cargo, 65, was charged after a 38-year-old Saskatchewan woman reported an incident to police in July 2011.

Saskatchewan RCMP said the woman was seven years old at the time of the incident and lived in Togo, Sask.

Mounties said the incident happened at her home. Cargo lived in Canora, Sask. at the time.

He later became a minister at the Neepawa United Church in Manitoba, a position he held from 1994 until 2009, when church officials said he retired.

Church officials spoke out on Jan. 12.

“You know, it’s an unfortunate truth in a community as large as ours that there are unscrupulous and conflicted individuals who will betray the trust of individuals. The United Church of Canada will respond efficiently and quickly when that trust is betrayed,” said Bruce Faurschou from the United Church of Canada.

The charge against Cargo remains before the courts. His next court appearance in Kamsack is slated for Feb. 7.

Church volunteer charged with sexually assaulting boys….

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.

Music minister arraigned on statutory rape charges

August 26, 2011 – Stephen B. Lindberg of Marstons Mills was arrested and arraigned on charges stemming from a Barnstable Police investigation into a past sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl.

Lindberg, 54, was charged with 10 counts of statutory rape, one count of indecent assault and battery, one count of child enticement, two counts of indecent exposure and one count of violation of a protective order. Lindberg pleaded not guilty in Barnstable District Court and was being held on $10,000 bail.

According to a press statement from the department, Barnstable police started its investigation into the alleged assaults Aug. 8. Lindberg had served as the girl’s vocal and performance coach since 2007. The alleged assault started in late 2010, according to the police, when the girl was 14, and continued through the end of June.

Lindberg served as music minister at Unity of Cape Cod on Walton Avenue in Hyannis. The church’s board of trustees issued the following statement Aug. 23:

“The Board of Trustees of Unity on Cape Cod is shocked and saddened to learn of the charges brought against music director, Steve Lindberg. Based on these charges, the board has voted to terminate his contract, effective immediately. The safety of the congregation and the wider community are our highest priority. While the police assure us that, thus far in their investigation, none of the charges against Mr. Lindberg stem from activities taking place in the church, the board feels that the serious nature of the charges warrant immediate termination.”

Pastor May Have Sexually Assaulted Victim 60 Times

August 26, WALKER, Mich.— New details about the Walker pastor, Tedd Butler, 46, accused of sex assaults against two young boys. We obtained court documents that tell us Butler sexually abused one victim between the years of 1984-1992. During those years the victim was only between the ages of 3-9.

The court documents indicate he may have been sexually abused as many as 50-60 times.

Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies started investigating Butler, pastor of Gospel Light Baptist Church since 2003, more than a year ago after a young boy told his parents that Butler had touched him inappropriately when back in 2006.  Detectives say the boy went to Bulter’s church and was five years old at the time of the alleged incident.

The led investigators to make hundreds of calls to past churches and church members.  They found a 30 year old man, who is now living in a different state.  The man said Butler performed sexual acts on him when he was around five years old, back in the late ’80s.  Butler was working at Landmark Baptist Church in Algoma back then.

According to detectives, the church used to bus in kids from Grand Rapids for youth programs and that’s where the alleged victim met Butler.  He faces first degree criminal sexual conduct for that case in Kent County.

Butler is currently out on $100,000 bond.  His attorney and the churches involved were not available for comment.

Butler turned himself in on Wednesday. Butler previously served at churches in Princeville, IL, and in Newaygo, MI. His arraignment for the Kent County case is scheduled for August 31st.

Baptist pastor accused of sex assaults

August 27, 2011 – GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The pastor of a Walker Baptist church is expected in court Thursday to face charges he sexually assaulted two boys, each under 13, that he met through the church.

The Rev. Tedd Butler, pastor of the Gospel Light Baptist Church, is accused of two separate offenses.

In Ottawa County, he’s facing second-degree sexual assault — that is, improper touching – in Ottawa County’s Tallmadge Township. Records show he lives in that township, but it’s not known whether these alleged offenses happened at his home.

But in northern Kent County, authorities told 24 Hour News 8 he’s being charged with first-degree sexual assault with a different boy.

Ottawa County investigators said the alleged assaults happened years ago.

Butler, 46, is married with children and has no criminal record.

The church’s web site shows he joined Gospel Light Baptist Church in 2003 after working as a youth pastor at a Baptist church in Newaygo.

Police told 24 Hour News 8 he turned himself in Wednesday morning at the Allegan County Jail. It’s unknown why he chose to surrender in Allegan.

Neighbors told 24 Hour News 8 the family moved out about six weeks ago and put their house up for sale.

Butler is expected in court Thursday morning.

Church worker charged in child rape

August 2, 2011 – BARNSTABLE — A voice coach and music director at a Hyannis church has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage student earlier this year with police saying more charges are expected.

Stephen B. Lindberg, 54, of Barnstable faces 10 counts of statutory rape, one count of indecent assault and battery, one count of child endangerment, one count of violating a protective order and two counts of indecent exposure.

The charges stem from a series of assaults on a 14-year-old girl from late 2010 until June 2011, according to Barnstable police.

Lindberg was the music director at the Unity of Cape Cod Church in Hyannis. He was fired yesterday due to the allegations, according to the church’s board of trustees.

The board of trustees issued a statement yesterday saying they were “shocked and saddened” by the allegations.

Police say they have also identified another 14-year-old victim. Additional charges are expected in that case, police said.

Second woman accuses pastor of sexual assault

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.
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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.

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