Saturday, August 01, 2015

Chronicles of Hypocrisy #15

I had a crazy week, but like Neil Young once said, rust never sleeps. I only managed to type the phrase “pastor arrested” and found my time filled with stories.

Hypocrisy is not a way of getting back to the moral high ground. Pretending you’re moral, Saying your moral is not the same as acting morally
. - Alan Dershowitz

New Cases

Baptist pastor Brian Burchfield was arrested on charges of soliciting sexual conduct with minors who were members of his former church. The victims, all boys, were between 14 and 17 years of age. Burchfield’s alleged abuse took place while he lead Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee and more recently, pastor at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, OK.

Pastor Peter Kneel was arrested on charges that he allegedly sexually assaulted a child. There may be more victims as he was also a school bus driver. Kneel was a pastor at Fox River Christian Church in Waukesha, Wi.

Pastor Juan Jose Gomez was arrested on charges that he allegedly sexually assaulted a 17-year-old boy. Gomez is the pastor at Iglesia De Dios Church in Wimauma, Fl.

Catholic pastoral associate Oscar Vasquez-Guzman was arrested and charged with two counts of child molesting, seven counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and one count of attempted sexual misconduct with a minor. Guzman was the religious education director at St. Anthony Parish in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, IN.

“Pastor” Edgar Daniel Johnson was arrested for forcing prisoners to have sex with him. Johnson said he was a pastor and quoted the bible before allegedly forcing women to have sex.

Updates and interesting stories

Baptist youth pastor and teacher Casey Dyck, 24, was sentenced to 11 1/2 years in prison for having sexual relations with an underage girl. The victim was 16. Dyck worked at Centennial Baptist School in Caldwell, IN.

One victim told police Dyck promised her extra credit is she wore low-cut tops and short skirts to school.
- via KTVB

HIV-positive methodist pastor Norman “Ted” Faux was sentenced to 15 years in prison for molesting a 9-year-old boy. Faux was the pastor at Lake Ariel United Methodist Church, Lake Ariel, PA.

A church production engineer named Joseph Averitt at the New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka was arrested for sexual batter on a 14-year-old girl with mental disabilities. Get this…

Joseph Averitt, 33, is facing 11 charges overall for molesting the young girl inside the New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka where he worked, as well as in the apartment he shared with his wife and child, and in his car while his infant son sat in the backseat crying.
- via

Pastor Venije Singkoh, 70, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and was sentenced to 120 days in jail and two years probation for a misdemeanor charge of child sexual annoyance. Read more at CoH#5.

Pastor Anthony Lynn Thibodeaux’s conviction for child sexual abuse was upheld by the 10th Court of Appeals. Thibodeaux goes back to serving a long 18 years in prison.

Pastor James Tyrus Johnson will serve no prison time for sex crimes involving a child because of a plea deal. Johnson was the pastor at Olive Branch Church in Leland, NC. My guess is that he’s still the pastor.

Link to Chronicles of Hypocrisy #14