Sunday, February 17, 2013

Bad pastor roundup for Feb 17

I get mail. This week, most of it was positive. Readers like the roundup format, so here we go again. 

Retired Torrance pastor arrested for allegedly molesting, threatening three girls

A 77-year-old retired pastor allegedly molested three elementary school-age girls at his Torrance home and at his nearby church, threatening to harm them if they told anyone, police said Thursday.

Pedro Emilio Vallejos, who led the now-defunct Santuario de Oracion church at Prairie Avenue and 180th Street, was expected to appear for arraignment Friday at the Torrance courthouse. He will face multiple counts of child molestation, Torrance police Sgt. Robert Watt said.

Pastor arrested for rape

Rustenburg…He prayed for the girl during services and fetched her and her friends to help him clean the church premises at night.

On Tuesday, he offered her a lift to school, which she accepted.

“... Instead of driving to school, the suspect turned to the nearby bushes where he allegedly raped the victim,” said Ngubane.

Troy youth pastor booked on sex charge

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) - A 26-year-old youth pastor is behind bars in Miami County facing a preliminary sexual battery charge.

Jail Records show Michael “Mic” Mohler was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Troy. He appeared in court Wednesday where a judge ordered him held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Mohler's arrest stemmed from an investigation into allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old parishioner…

US authorities arrest Puerto Rico pastor, allege he intended to have sex with 3 boys

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Authorities say that a Puerto Rican pastor allegedly sexually assaulted three boys at his home.

The U.S. Department of Justice has identified the 47-year-old suspect as Nelson Santiago Colon. He is the pastor of a church in Santa Isabel, a small city in southern Puerto Rico. Santiago was arrested Monday by U.S. agents and Puerto Rico police.

Pastor accidentally shoots friend (Would Jesus own a gun?)

IMPERIAL — Charges may be pending against an El Centro pastor who was briefly arrested then released Saturday following what has been described as an accidental shooting that killed his longtime friend in the pastor’s home.

El Centro Church of the Nazarene Pastor Patrick Conrad Drainville of Imperial reportedly shot the victim shortly after 1:30 p.m. in his home in the 400 block of Roadrunner Lane, according to Imperial police.

An autopsy on the victim, identified by the Coroner’s Office as Jeffery Earl Barrelcliff, 52, is set for today.

Trainee pastor arrested for gang rape

JOHANNESBURG - Nine teenage boys have been arrested on Monday afternoon in connection with the gang-rape of a Free State woman.

The woman and her husband were walking in the early hours of Sunday morning when they were approached by the group, who demanded money and then assaulted the pair.

While the husband ran for help, the young woman was taken to a nearby quarry where she was gang-raped and beaten.

Ex-pastor waives hearing in 2nd Pa. murder case

LEBANON, Pa. (AP) - A former Methodist clergyman convicted of having bludgeoned his second wife to death in eastern Pennsylvania has pleaded not guilty to having killed his first wife in central Pennsylvania.

The Lebanon Daily News ( ) says 64-year-old Arthur Schirmer waived a Lebanon County hearing Wednesday in the 1999 death of Jewel Schirmer, his wife of more than three decades.

Cops catch pastor assaulting girl

North West - A teenage girl was raped, allegedly by a pastor in Phokeng near Rustenburg, North West police said on Wednesday.

Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said the pastor, who was seconded to the parish for a week, had the 17-year-old and her friends help him clean the church premises in the evenings.

On Monday morning, the 29-year-old pastor offered her a ride to school.

“Unsuspicious, the young girl accepted the pastor's offer. Instead of driving to school the suspect turned to the nearby bushes where he allegedly raped the victim.”

Well… this is just odd

EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) - At least seven families will soon be kicked out of their homes.

The Pickens County Sheriff's Office said those families were made victims by 38-year-old Anthony Williams, who was arrested Thursday morning, accused of fraudulently renting homes to them. According to jail records, Williams was charged with seven counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent.

Investigators said he presented himself as a pastor then rented out mobile homes in a park that didn't belong to him.


In other news…

A Southern Baptist church self-destructs

I was at Southern Missionary Baptist Church in Toledo. Perhaps you’ve read about it. As was reported in The Blade, the church has filed for a temporary restraining order against 13 members of the congregation. Among the allegations in the complaint to the court are that one member physically assaulted the pastor, the Rev. Lemuel Quinn III, during a church service; that an unauthorized meeting was held to remove Pastor Quinn (who was in the pulpit when I was there Feb. 10, after he was allegedly fired); and even, a court document says, “Circulating a malicious and false rumor that the pastor had died in order to diminish the attendance at the Church’s weekly services.”