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.
He confessed only after a parishioner approached a staff member at the 4,000 member church with allegations in March. Bishop Roger Munson, who oversees the Northeastern Minnesota synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, said, “The church will assist in providing counseling to work through this turmoil & pain so that healing & wholeness can be experienced in their lives.” Source: _Star Tribune_ 10/22/92. Deputies raided the home of Veterans Administration chaplain Rev. Phillips, of Butler County, seizing 500 video tapes, movie equipment and restraints following a tip that he produced pornographic movies with young girls. Three women had lodged formal complaints with the church, but the only action was to transfer him from Aurora to Hamlet. Supporters, including a minister, crowded the courtroom where Mc Kinley pleaded for mercy. His congregation put the church up as bond, insisting he was innocent. Brigden blamed his arrest on a girl, 4, whose parents were the first to take the children’s allegations seriously.
His wife of 13 years, Julie Smith, said the allegations stunned her. As far as I know he’s never hurt anyone’s children,” she said. The statute of limitations has expired; no criminal charges were filed. Sobbing Mormon Sunday School teacher John Allen Midgett asked for God’s forgiveness before being sentenced to 30 years in state prison for molesting & terrorizing 8 girls, ages 5-10. Paul Robinson agreed to pay 5,000 in damages to Mary Tenantry, mother of 5, for luring her into an extramarital affair while counseling her. Earlier, a boy, now 17, was awarded 0,000 by a jury for similar charges. He told parishioners to undress & massage themselves, & masturbated during counseling sessions, also touching parishioners. He will now be sentenced on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of children & drug use. Facing 11 felony counts stemming from molestations of 2 young brothers since 1987, Rev.
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.
Walter’s defense was to accuse his wife of concocting the charges to get even with him because he had an affair with a young church member! The 6’2″, 200-lb pastor overpowered the 5’6″, 140-lb victim at a bedside counseling visit. The suit alleges that Marshall had committed other crimes, & that the 2 Baptist groups should have known about them. Charged are Pablo Geraldo Boas, 28, & David Ernest Brimmer, 39. Police say their investigation shows he molested a boy, 17, numerous times over the past 5 years, & once molested his brother, now 12. Holy Way leader Clarence “Brother Will” Williams was arrested after a 19-year-old woman said he brainwashed her into having sex starting when she was 15.
He was arrested after the 75-minute “counseling session”. Sources: AP/_Atlanta Journal/Constitution_ 11/14/92; _USA Today_ 12/18/92; _Boston Globe_ 1/9/93. Three of the victims were Air Force Officers, others were a sergeant, a sergeant’s wife seeking counseling, and an enlisted woman. The founder of the notorious First Christian Fellowship Church of Waukegan, Rev. Davis is believed to have molested children since the 1960s. He is accused of victimizing a female piano student instructed by his wife for 4 years. The church, citing critical proportions, has a 3-year time limit for reporting sexual misconduct by church officials.
He has been suspended as principal of Community Christian School of First Baptist Church in Port Charlotte, & as minister of First Baptist Church, which operates the school. The senior Protestant chaplain sought out vulnerable women seeking help for emotional upsets. Lloyd Davis, 57, flanked by many supporters, was sentenced to 31 years in prison for criminal sexual assault, child pornography & sexual abuse. Former church members accuse him of running a cult making sexual demands on supporters & locating all churches near Naval bases, where he is known for trying to lure young sailors into his churches for sexual purposes. The vote must be ratified by 2/3 of the church’s 171 regional presbyteries. Mitchell, 56, was convicted on 6 of 23 charges of sexual assault involving a Tibetan woman who testified he sexually abused her as a teenager after offering to sponsor her education in this country.
Terms of probation prohibited practicing aspects of his religion such as nudity, fondling children, and having non-related children spend the night. Dirk van der Linde, 43, pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Waterloo, was charged with intent to commit sexual abuse of a boy, 14. Relatives complained about a 2 month delay in arresting him.