Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Derwin Pasley story

DerwinPasley Derwin Pasley is a football coach in a youth league in Olympia, Washington. He was arrested Monday night on one count of child molestation, attempted rape, and unlawful Imprisonment. He allegedly tried to rape a 14-year-0ld boy.

Investigators said Pasley stopped his car in the Olympia apartment complex where the player lives and then allegedly fondled the player.

Detectives said the coach then exposed his own genitals, locked the car doors and tried to force the boy to perform a sex act.

Pasley is not the type of person I track. In his role as a football coach he has no overt ties to religion, so I would not normally write about him. However, the Pasley case illustrates one of the reasons why I post on clergy sexual abuse. My posts create a searchable record. In the near future, if you type Derwin Pasley in Google, eventually a link to this post will appear in the result. If you want to know something about his background that does not appear in a criminal background check, this post will always be there. It is for this reason that I never remove a post. If Pasley is found innocent and I hear about it, I will update the post. But the post stay up, guilty or innocent.

Why? Well for starters Derwin Pasley was accused of child molestation while working as a youth pastor in Florida. He would have been 17 at the time.

According to court records, Pasley was arrested on suspicion of a felony sex offense against a child in Miami-Dade County, Fla., in 1994. He subsequently was acquitted of the two counts of sexual battery of a minor, Olympia Police Cmdr. Tor Bjornstad said.

I would have noticed. I would have posted. And perhaps Pasley would not have been able to find a job around kids.

He’s had other problems too.

In 2002, the Olympia Police Department conducted a criminal investigation into whether Pasley committed a sex offense against a child, but the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office decided not to file charges based on a lack of evidence, Bjornstad said.

My guess is Pasley is headed to prison for a long time. When he gets out, Google will still show this article.

Derwin Pasely was credentialed as a pastor by the Assemblies of God of the Northwest in 2008 (see page 8). So I guess he qualifies after all… I wonder what he will tell his wife and children about his latest arrest? I wonder how long it will take until another child comes forward? Oh wait, that happened a few minutes ago.

The charge involves a 13-year-old he allegedly molested and is separate from an alleged incident involving a 14-year-old boy. In that case, he was arrested on suspicion of attempted third-degree child rape, third-degree child molestation and unlawful imprisonment with sexual motivation.

Things are not looking too good for Dewrin Pasley.