ECUSA: A History of Sexual Abuse by Clergy Date 2004/3/24 17:41:00 | Topic: News
|A HISTORY OF SEXUAL ABUSE BY EPISCOPAL CLERGY |
MINNEAPOLIS,MN-An organization calling itself SNAP (Survivors Network of thoseAbused by Priests) will file a lawsuit against an Episcopal priest whoabused a California youngster years ago, and still serves in a parishtoday. David Clohessy, 46, a national director of SNAP told VIRTUOSITYthat he could not name the priest pending the suit, but would releasethe name shortly. Clohessy did express one serious concern. "I fearthat some 400 ex-Roman Catholic priests will surface in otherdenominations including the Episcopal Church." (Aug. 2, 2003)
SouthAustralia, AUS. A South Australian police task force into child sexabuse within the Anglican Church had identified 217 victims and 48possible offenders, police said today. However the number of victimscould rise to more than 400 as investigations continued, PoliceCommissioner Mal Hyde said. Mr Hyde today likened the scale of policeinvestigations into child sex abuse to those for the infamous Snowtownbodies-in-the-barrels murders in 1999. (The Age, July 16 2003)
Major sex abuse uncovered in Anglican Church
VicarRev Robin Everett of Castle Donnington, Leics, is convicted ofindecently assaulting two young girls. (UK Telegraph, June 7, 2003)
Vicar faces prison for sex assaults
Queensland,AUS. In the small town of Seymour, townspeople are shocked to learnthat the late Anglican Fr. Sapsford molested dozens of alter boys whilehe was married with children, and after his serial molestation atanother church was revealed in 1996. There are allegations by theparents of the victim boys that the Archbishop covered up the originalallegations. The church is not compensating victims while they consultwith legal counsel. Anglican Father Walliker says he is not shocked ashe has seen this before in the Anglican Church. (ABC online, May 8,2003)
Cover-up left paedophile to prey on Vic altar boys
PROVINCETOWN,RI. The pastor of an Episcopal church in Provincetown has resigned andleft town after admitting he sexually molested a teenage boy more than25 years ago while assigned to a Maryland parish, church officialssaid. On Thursday, a 48-year-old man told the Baltimore diocese that hewas molested by Barasda, who was a priest in the victim's parish. Theabuse allegedly started in 1966, when the victim was 14 years old, andcontinued for two years, Arnold said. (The Boston Globe, 12/25/2002)
Episcopal pastor admits molestation
DENVER-- A former Denver school teacher and Episcopal priest accused ofsexually assaulting at least two boys in his Denver home was sentencedThursday morning to 24 years in prison. Donald Shissler, 68, pleadedguilty to the charges in August as part of a plea bargain. He wasoriginally charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child, twocounts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust,one count of sexual assault on a child -- pattern of abuse, and onecount of sexual exploitation of children. Based upon evidence found inhis home earlier this summer, there may be as many as 20 additionalvictims, detectives said. Police said they seized hundreds ofpornographic pictures and videos from Shissler's house when he wasarrested. Rappaport concluded in her sentencing remarks that Shissleris a sexual predator who clearly committed crimes against young boysfor almost 18 years, including sexually assaulting a boy he adopted.Prosecutor Kerri Lombari called Shissler's case "the most disturbingcase I have ever worked as a prosecutor." (October 17, 2002)
CROWLEYMichael James, 58 Hobart psychologist and former head of AnglicanChurch's independent inquiry into child sex abuse. Appears in HobartMagistrates Court charged with maintaining sexual relationship withminor between January 1973 and February 1976. Offences allegedlyoccurred at Fern Tree, Pontville and Hobart when victim aged 13 to 16.Court hears Crowley, of Howden, appointed by Anglican Church in 1997 toexamine allegations of child sex abuse levelled against some clergymembers and church officials. Court told Crowley co-authored report NotThe Way of Christ in 1998 which contained 31 recommendations on how sexabuse allegations could be handled by church. (Tasmania, Australia,2002).
McAULEY Canon Ross Leslie Stewart Brisbane seniorAnglican priest, St John's Cathedral precentor, choirmaster and ChurchSexual Abuse Committee member. AUS Governor-General and former BrisbaneAnglican archbishop Peter HOLLINGWORTH comes under fire afterappointing McAuley to Church Sexual Abuse Committee while Brisbanearchbishop despite being aware of allegations that McAuley sexuallyabused 2 males. One victim, choirboy aged 15, was allegedly assaultedin 1975 at Brookfield, Brisbane. In 1995, Hollingworth appoints McAuleyto Sexual Abuse Committee despite protests from first victim. In 1997,Sexual Abuse Committee warns Hollingworth that McAuley should not beleft in charge of young members of choir. In 1999, McAuley leavesAnglican Church 18 months after making inappropriate sexual advance tomale victim, aged 24, with whom he had "tangled relationship". Anglicansources describe McAuley as sexual predator. (Queensland, Australia,2002).
BRAZIER Reverend Peter William, 56 Kingston-RobeAnglican priest. Receives 2 year and 6 month jail sentence in MtGambier District Court after pleading guilty to 7 sex charges,including 6 counts of indecent assault and 1 of unlawful sexualintercourse, against boy, aged 15, in 2001 while priest atKingston-Robe parish, southeast of Adelaide. Court hears Brazier, ofParafield Gardens, in Adelaide's north, abused position by giving boyalcohol, cash and showing him blue movie. In 1994, Brazier received 2year suspended jail term after pleading guilty to 3 charges ofindecently assaulting boy, aged 16, while priest at TailemBend-Meningie parish, southeast of Adelaide. Church in 2002 criticisedfor shifting priest with child sex conviction to another parish andrecommendation made that in future all priests and lay workers in SAundergo police checks before being employed by church. (SA, Australia,2002).
ELLIOTT Reverend John Litton, 69 Brisbane Anglicanpriest, rector and former Church of England Boys Society (CEBS) chiefcommissioner. Receives maximum 7 year and 6 month jail sentence inBrisbane District Court after pleading guilty to 28 sex charges,including 10 counts of sodomy and 18 of indecent dealing, involving 5boys, aged 10 to 13, in early 1970s at Wide Bay, QLD. Court hearsElliott, who set up Wide Bay Anglican youth group, encouraged"corrupting" behaviour including skinny-dipping and playing strip pokerand that offences occurred at local church and in priest's own bed.Investigations reveal Elliott ordained in 1986, after offencesoccurred, and ministered at Bundaberg, Nanango and Dalby parishes. AUSGovernor-General and former Brisbane Anglican archbishop PeterHOLLINGWORTH comes under fire after reports reveal he appointed Elliottrector of Nanango in 1990 and Dalby in 1991 while archbishop between1989 and 1991. (Queensland, Australia, 2002).
ELLMORE ReverendRobert, 64 Hunter Valley Anglican priest and Justice of Peace. Receives11 year jail sentence in Sydney District Court after being convicted on6 charges of indecently assaulting 3 girls, aged 8 to 12, between 1981and 1984 at Cumnock and West Wyalong, in central eastern NSW, and againin 2001 in Sydney's south. In 1999, Ellmore received 12 month jailsentence in Liverpool District Court after pleading guilty toindecently assaulting 2 sisters, aged 6 and 8, and another girl, aged7, in 1976 while training for priesthood at Newcastle college,northeastern NSW. Court hears Ellmore, who was ordained in 1978,assaulted sisters in Hunter Valley and molested 7 year old in vestry ofAll Saints Anglican Cathedral, Bathurst. In 1998, Ellmore accused ofabusing twin girls, aged 7, at Regents Park, in Sydney's south-west.Charges later dropped. In 1991, Ellmore received 5 year good behaviourbond and $5000 fine for molesting own granddaughter, aged 5, on weekendtrip to Mudgee, central eas tern NSW. In 1984, Ellmore accused ofsexually abusing girl, aged 8, after confirmation class in central NSWparish residence. In 1967 Ellmore received fine for indecent exposurein park at Blues Point, Sydney. In 1957, Ellmore received 1 month jailsentence for aggravated assault of girl, aged 10, at Toowoomba, QLD.2002 reports reveal Ellmore still wore dog collar at time of arrest for2001 offence and that he was first Anglican priest to be defrocked andstripped of holy office in living memory. (New South Wales, Australia,2002).
KITCHINGHAM Reverend Allan, 69 Hunter Valley Anglicanpriest. Receives 2 year and 9 month jail sentence after pleading guiltyin Newcastle District Court to 5 counts of indecent assault againstboy, aged 13, in 1975 at North Coast Children's Home, Lismore. Victim,who described ruling as "joke", claims priest assaulted him "severaltimes a week for a year" and that church officials put him on bus toKings Cross after complaints made. (New South Wales, Australia, 2002).
HAWKINSReverend Garth Anglican priest and former Church of England BoysSociety (CEBS) chief commissioner. Found guilty by Anglican Churchtribunal of child sex offences. (Tasmania, Australia, 2002).
HAZELDINEPhillip, 55 Gippsland former Anglican school teacher. Receives 18 monthjail sentence in Melbourne Magistrates Court after pleading guilty tosexually assaulting 5 school students between 1977 and 1981 whileteacher at Gippsland Grammar, Sale. Court hears Hazeldine, ofBuninyong, west of Melbourne, often touch young boys when he was alonein their company and that victims were students in grades 3 to 6.(Victoria, Australia, 2002).
HOLLINGWORTH Dr Peter John, 67AUS Governor-General (2001+), former Brisbane Anglican archbishop(1989-2001), 1992 Australian of Year, Kids First Foundation member andpatron of Plan Australia, Barnardo's, Open Plan and NationalAssociation for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, aka FatherHollywood. Sacked from aforementioned child group committees, banned byAustralian teacher's union from visiting public schools, and pressuredpublicly and politically to resign as GG, "Australia's highest office",over his handling of at least 6 separate sex abuse cases whilearchbishop of Brisbane Anglican Church. Allegations includeHollingworth, of Yarralumla, Canberra: 1: appointed convicted QLDpedophile priest Reverend John ELLIOTT as rector of 2 Brisbaneparishes; 2: failed to act on child sex abuse allegations againstToowoomba Anglican preparatory school boarding master, Kevin GUY; 3:authorised secret cash settlements to hush up sex abuse evidenceagainst Brisbane Anglican school counsellor, Kevi n LYNCH; 4: appointedBrisbane senior priest Canon Ross McAULEY, himself the subject of abuseallegations, to QLD Church Sexual Abuse Committee; 5: failed to act onchild sex abuse allegations against former Rockhampton Anglican bishop,Donald SHEARMAN; 6: failed to act on child sex abuse allegationsagainst Churchie East Brisbane Anglican Grammar school gymnasticscoach, William WHITELOCK. (For other accused or convicted Churchieoffenders, see and Reverend Robert SHARWOOD.) Hollingworth, who earns$310,000 pa as GG, criticised for being "unlike Jesus ... on side oflawyers and insurers instead of on side of victims". Hollingworth alsoslammed for implying on national television that schoolgirl victim,aged 14, seduced priest and not other way around. Report notes one ofHollingworth's most openly supportive senior Anglican figures, BishopGeorge BROWNING, was embroiled in controversy over sexual misconductwith parishioner. (Queensland, Australia, 2002).
NAMESUPPRESSED, age 75 Brisbane Anglican school teacher and class master.Appears in Brisbane Magistrates Court on 5 charges of indecenttreatment involving 3 boys, aged 11 to 13, between 1951 and 1963 whileteacher at Churchie Anglican Grammar school, East Brisbane. Accusedallegedly "taught" several students how to masturbate in early 1950swhile he was their class master. (Queensland, Australia, 2002).
NAMESUPPRESSED, age 39 Reverend TAS Anglican priest. Police charge anglicanpriest with pedophilia. (Queensland, Australia, 2002).
NAMESUPPRESSED, age 78 Brisbane Anglican school teacher. Appears inBrisbane Magistrates Court charged with 31 child sex offences,including 24 counts of indecent treatment, 2 of sodomy, 2 of attemptedsodomy, 2 of allowing sodomy to be performed on him and 1 of indecentassault, involving 9 boys, aged under 14, in 1940s and 1950s.(Queensland, Australia, 2002).
SAPSFORD Reverend Alan, 66Wangaratta Anglican priest and archdeacon. Ordered to appear in SeymourMagistrates Court charged with gross indecency and indecent assaultagainst altar boy, aged 13 to 16, over 3 year period "several decadesago". Report reveals Reverend Sapsford, of Avenel, who ceased holdingAnglican church license in 1996, spent 30 years in Wangaratta churchdiocese and was archdeacon (one rung below bishop) from 1979 to 1996.(Victoria, Australia, 2002).
SHARWOOD Reverend Robert FrancisBrisbane Anglican priest and school chaplain. Is sacked as chaplain ofexclusive Churchie Anglican Grammar school, East Brisbane, in February2002 after allegations surface that he repeatedly molested young malebetween 1974 and 1976 while serving at Brisbane Anglican Church. Policecontacted in January 2002 after victim learns Sharwood still workingwith children. (Queensland, Australia, 2002).
SHEARMAN BishopDonald, 76 Rockhampton Anglican bishop and OBE recipient. AUSGovernor-General and former Brisbane Anglican archbishop PeterHOLLINGWORTH comes under fire after allowing Shearman to serve inchurch while Brisbane archbishop despite being aware of allegationsthat Shearman sexually abused at least 2 victims. Reports allegeShearman, of Brisbane, assaulted one girl, aged 14, repeatedly over 2year period in mid-1950s at St John's Church of England Hostel, Forbes,central NSW. In 1993, another victim allegedly went to Hollingworthwith abuse claims against bishop but apparently was discouraged fromgoing to police. (Queensland, Australia, 2002).
GUY Kevin George,39 Toowoomba Anglican preparatory school senior boarding master.Toowoomba Supreme Court orders QLD Anglican Church pay record $834,800compensation to sex abuse victim after jury finds Brisbane diocesefailed in its duty of care to girl, aged 12, in 1990 at ToowoombaAnglican Preparatory school. Court hears Guy, 39, formerly ofToowoomba, was charged with up to 30 sex counts against victim butcommitted suicide in December 1990 on day of court appearance. Victimsupport groups accuse AUS Governor-General and former Brisbane Anglicanarchbishop Peter HOLLINGWORTH of failing to act on allegations, ofhiding behind lawyers, and of covering up sexual abuse of 20 girls atschool which was then under his control. (Queensland, Australia, 2001).
ST GEORGE'S Rockhampton Anglican children's home. Seven formerresidents file actions in QLD Supreme Court alleging they weresubjected to atrocities in 1970s described as among worst committedagainst children in QLD. Litigants claim Anglican priest attached liveelectrical wires to children's genitals and inserted wire implements intheir rectums. Priest also allegedly beat children using cricket batsand flushed their heads in faeces-filled toilets. (Queensland,Australia, 2001).
PHILADELPHIA - After two days of testimony,a county judge took less than a minute to decide to deny a request togrant a new trial to Fr. Robert K. Orr, 55, an Episcopal priestconvicted of possessing child pornography and distributing it on theInternet.
The defense attorney has 30 days to appeal to StateSuperior Court. For now,the former pastor from Wyncote still faces an11- to 23-month prison sentence, handed down by the judge April 27.Defense had argued that crucial evidence, including phone records andwitness testimony, were not adequately addressed by Orr's formerdefense attorney during the March trial.
He tried to show that muchof the evidence used against Orr was part of a larger conspiracy thatincluded one of Orr's former parishioners, John Ralston, whom Orrclaims downloaded the pictures and framed him. Additionally, he raisedquestions about a message allegedly left by a school principal sayinghe had the photographs Orr requested. The recording was laterdetermined to be a hoax.
The assistant district attorney agreed thatthe message was a setup, but said that it could not be used to provethat the entire case against Orr was part of an elaborate scheme to gethim. Instead, she said much of Grimes' questioning amounted to a "smearcampaign," to target Ralston.
Police acting on a tip found about 20pictures of children engaging in sex acts on the new computer in Orr'schurch office at in May 1998. Shortly after his arrest, Orr wasrelieved of his priestly duties by the Episcopal Diocese ofPhiladelphia. He was later inhibited, meaning he cannot perform in areligious capacity, pending a church investigation. Inquirer 6/7/99,3/11/99
DANIELS Reverend Louis Victor, 51 Burnie Anglicanarchdeacon and former Church of England Boys Society (CEBS) leader.Receives 9 month jail sentence in Hobart Supreme Court after pleadingguilty to 6 child sex charges, including 4 counts of indecent assaultand 2 of committing oral sexual intercourse, against boy, aged 14, in1992 while rector at St George's Anglican church, Burnie. Court hearsDaniels, who was extradited from Canberra, assaulted boy on TASnorthwest coast and that charges were laid following church inquiryinto sexual misconduct of priests. (Tasmania, Australia, 1999).
NAMESUPPRESSED, age 23 Canberra Anglican deacon. Receives 5 year jailsentence after being convicted in ACT Supreme Court on incest-relatedcharges, including indecent assault, against daughter, aged 13, over 4year period. Name SUPPRESSED BY COURT ORDER to protect daughter. Courthears character reference from Canberra Bishop George BROWNING who in1999 was found guilty by church inquiry of adultery with femaleparishioner. For other accused or convicted Canberra Anglicanoffenders, see Reverend John AITCHISON, Bishop Owen DOWLING andReverend Eric GRIFFITH. (ACT, 1999).
BROWN Stephen John, 49Sydney Anglican Boys Society camp caretaker and youth group leader.Found hanged in cell at Silverwater Remand Centre 2 days before facingSydney Local Court over 170 child sex offences, including committingunlawful sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault, against 27boys, aged 11 to 17, between 1979 and 1998 at 18 locations across NSW.Court hears Brown, of Blackheath, committed many offences whilecaretaker with Church of England Boys' Society at Loftus, south ofSydney, and while leading skiing, canoeing, camping and shooting tripsacross country NSW. Police claim Brown's victims highest everattributed to single alleged sex offender in NSW. (New South Wales,Australia, 1999).
DANBURY, CT. - A former priest has beendefrocked by the Episcopal Church for allegedly offering oral sex to a13-year-old boy as a "confirmation gift." Fr. Bruce Jacques was removedas a priest from the Diocese of Connecticut after he unsuccessfullyappealed a similar decision made by a lower church court, the dioceseannounced. The embattled pastor, who denied the boy's accusations,resigned from his parish in Feb. 1995, after the boy's family wentpublic.
Jacques had been pastor for more than 10 years in 1984,when church officials reviewed the accusation and ruled that he couldremain at the church if he received counseling. But the boy's familyobjected. He sued the family in 1995, and the boy's parents filed acountersuit. Both suits were withdrawn after a settlement in 1997. Nocriminal charges were filed against Jacques.
In Sept. 1997, thediocese ecclesiastical court found Jacques in violation of hisordination vows and "conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy." Heunsuccessfully appealed that decision. AP, 11/10/98
ST.PETERSBURG, FL. - A family is suing the Episcopalian Diocese ofSouthwest Florida and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Punta Gorda,charging a deceased assistant priest molested their son.
Accordingto a civil suit, Fr. Greydon Copeland "exploited the power of hisposition ... to perform lewd and lascivious, homosexual acts" on theboy, now an adult, while he went to the church there from 1985 to 1989.The boy was a minor at the time.
The suit alleges Copeland told theboy that if he told anyone about the molestations, his family would behumiliated and harmed, and the community would ostracize him. The boy'sfather was studying to become a Episcopal priest at the time. The boyapparently made the allegations after Copeland was investigated by thechurch on charges he molested another minor while serving at anotherparish.
The suit claims Copeland did not deny the allegations whenconfronted by church officials in May 1994 and that he committedsuicide immediately afterwards.
Bp. Rogers Harris and Rector VincentScotto of the parish are also named as defendants in the suit. Scottosaid he remembered that Copeland was questioned by Harris and anotherbishop about the incident, and that Copeland committed suicide, but didnot know the details of the alleged molestations.
Copeland didperform some services but did not perform children's Sunday Schoolservices or have contact with the church's youth other than thefamilies with whom he was directly involved, he said.
The familyseeks a jury trial and monetary damages against the defendants on 13charges, including negligent hiring and supervision, fraud andnegligent infliction of emotional distress on all of the familymembers. The unidentified family contends the son is "severely andpermanently injured" by the charged molestations. He continues to incurexpenses for medical, psychiatric and psychological treatment, therapyand counseling. Sun-Herald, 2/17/99
VINELAND - A lawsuit filedby a teen-age girl who was an altar server, choir member and Sundayschool aide accuses an Episcopal priest of sexually assaulting her. Thelawsuit was filed on behalf of the family of the unidentified girl, now18 and living in another county. A second lawsuit filed there the sameday alleges the priest also fondled a 40-year-old parishioner.
Thelawyer representing the two unidentified women said they came forwardafter speaking with six or seven other parishioners who made similarclaims against Fr. Thomas Berlenbach. Berlenbach and his lawyer deniedthe allegations. The diocese removed Berlenbach from his post at theTrinity Episcopal Church in Feb. 1997. He faces a trial in thediocese's ecclesiastical court.
The county prosecutor would notcomment on whether Berlenbach was ever investigated on criminalcharges, but said no investigation is pending. The lawsuit seekscompensatory and punitive damages, medical and legal expenses, andpayment for the clients' lost capacity to earn money in the future.
Inthe summer of 1994, the girl, then 14, was "violently raped" in abasement meeting room during a coffee hour after a Sunday service,according to the lawsuit, and 3 years later, the girl was sexuallyassaulted in Berlenbach's office.
The second lawsuit claims a woman,now 40, was abused by "inappropriate touching of the plaintiff's lowertorso" on Feb. 22, 1997. The lawsuits also name Bps. Mellick Bellshawand Joe Morris Doss as defendants, alleging they knew aboutBerlenbach's "deviant sexual conduct" before the women were abused, butfailed to investigate. AP, 1/30/99
WILLIAMSBURG, VA. -Plaintiffs in a sexual molestationlawsuit against Bruton Parish Churchare alleging that a former priest abused children and had a sexualrelationship with a male teen-age baby sitter.
The lawsuit stemsfrom charges first filed against baby sitter Richard WescottWeaverling,who was later convicted of multiple sex crimes and sentencedto 73 years in prison. Weaverling molested children in their homes andat the 300-year-old Episcopal church, where he baby-sat with his motherfrom Jan. 1993 until Sept. 1994. The plaintiffs allege that John A.Grubb,a church member, and Fr. Michael W. Jones, the associate rector,also took part in the abuse. The amended suit raises to more than $250million the amount of damages sought by the 35 plaintiffs, who includemore than a dozen children.
Jones, now rector in Chesapeake, deniedthe allegations. Grubb has an unlisted phone number and could not bereached. No criminal charges have been lodged against Jones or Grubb,but prosecutors said they are continuing to investigate the case. AP,10/14/98_
DENVER - An Episcopal priest will be leaving herparish and moving to another after acknowledging that she had"relationships" with two women in her congregation. The admission bythe Rev. Sandra Wilson, 45, a black female pastor was cited in aconfidential memo from Colorado Episcopal Bishop Jerry Winterrowd.
Thememo's recipients are not identified, but sources said it was writtento two women who accused Wilson in late March of "sexual and ethicalmisconduct," prompting Wilson's suspension from the pulpit. A thirdwoman also filed a complaint but the nature of it has not been madepublic. Although a diocesan "response team" found the women'scomplaints "credible," Winterrowd reinstated Wilson saying the case wasclosed.
Wilson denies any "exploitation of those parties or abuse ofher role" as a priest, the bishop's memo says. But official guidelinesof the Episcopal Church forbid a priest from having a sexualrelationship with a member of his or her congregation.
Wilson declined comment on the memo because of a confidential agreement between Wilson and her bishop. (9/7/98 Denver Post)
CHARLESTON,WV. - The state Supreme Court refused to reinstate a man lawsuit thatclaims he was sexually molested by an Episcopal priest when he was aboy but repressed memories of it until years later. The man claimed thememories resurfaced while under hypnosis, but in an unanimous opinionthe court said the lawsuit was filed too late.
In 1996, the manfiled a suit against Fr. H. Willard White, and the Protestant EpiscopalDiocese of West Virginia, claiming the diocese knew White had a"proclivity for deviant sexual behavior" and did nothing about it.White and the church immediately sought to have the case dismissedbecause of the statute of limitations. The county circuit judge agreedand the high court upheld his ruling. White's attorney said themolestation never occurred and White was surprised by the allegations.
Whiteis still a minister and lives somewhere in Tennessee. He has never beencharged with a crime and no one has ever made a similar allegationagainst him, his lawyer said. (6/23/98 Associated Press)
NEWYORK CITY - A Manhattan judge has declined to hold the EpiscopalDiocese or Trintity Church Retreat civilly liable to a man who wasallegedly sexually assaulted by one of the retreat's priests. JudgeJohn Koeltl found no merit to claims that the church should be heldresponsible for Fr. Masud Syedullah's alleged sexual assaults on aformer parishioner of his from Oklahoma. The judge did allow theplaintiff to proceed against Syedullah on the claims of assault andbattery, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotionaldistress. (2/27/98)
DALLAS - A youth minister of the Church ofChrist has been arrested after allegedly sending nude pictures ofhimself to a 14-year-old girl over the Internet. Matthew Washington,23, was charged with distribution of harmful material to a minor.Police said Washington sent her four photos of him seated nude on anexercise bike at the church after talking to her in an Internet chatroom. The girl showed them to her mother who alerted the police.Washington was released on bail but faces up to one year in jail and a$4,000 fine. (12/22/98)
PORTAGE, WI. - Episcopal Churchofficials here and in Ft. Worth, Texas, allowed a now-imprisoned man tobecome a priest despite accusations of sexual misconduct during hisseminary training, police records show. Defrocked priest Eugene Maxey,43, now serving 20 years in Wisconsin, admitted to police that heabused four boys at Nashotah House, a Wisconsin seminary, in the late1980s, some of them dozens of times. He denied sexually molesting ayoung man there whom he had driven up with from Texas and gotten drunk,saying it was consensual. No charges were filed in that incident nor inregards to his confession to police of abusing boys in Albany, NewYork, after ordination. Maxey served there until the early 1990s andthen worked at parish in Chester, England, until his arrest.
Signsof trouble first surfaced by early 1986, when a fellow seminarian toldthe dean that she suspected Maxey of trying to seduce her 12-year-oldson. Police records show that men who lived in the dormitory with Maxeybacked up her claims, saying boys often visited him behind closed doors.
Thedean at the time, Fr. Jack Knight, said it was only "innuendo" andMaxey denied wrongdoing. Knight is himself now suspended from thepriesthood for sexual misconduct with a Colorado woman.
After moreallegations were made, Maxey was allowed to transfer his allegiance tothe Albany diocese. Fr. Rex Perry, who worked at the seminary andserved as mediator, resigned last year as a pastor in Dallas afterpleading no contest to fondling a Dallas police officer in a publicrestroom. Since completing a probationary sentence, he is now anassistant pastor in Baton Rouge.
Several people interviewed bypolice at Nashotah House, one of the most conservative Episcopalseminaries in the country, said that at the time consensual adultmisconduct was common there, describing heterosexual adultery,homosexual promiscuity and faculty-student liaisons.
Fiveprosecutions resulted from the investigation. Along with Maxey, Fr.Russell Martin, 39, also sponsored by the Ft. Worth diocese and nowsuspended, was convicted for three incidents of child-abuse, and isserving a four-year term which he is appealing.
Along with anotherseminarian, courts found they abused a young teenage boy whosestepfather was studying for the priesthood at the seminary at thattime. The victim came forward in early 1994 with allegations ofeverything from fondling to rape, sometimes accompanied by pornographyand drug use. This led to the identification of other victims of Maxey,most of whom were also sons of fellow seminarians. (10/5/97)
WYNCOTE,PA. - A suburban Philadelphia Episcopalian priest is facing childpornography charges. Fr. Robert Orr, 54, was arrested after images ofyoung boys engaging in sex acts was found on a computer at his churchin Wyncote, where Orr is the rector. He was being held on $50,000 bailat the pending a hearing scheduled for mid-May. (1998))
TRENTON- The state Supreme Court said that the trusting relationship a personhas with a religious leader has legal weight and a clergy member can besued for sexual misdeeds that abuse that trust. However, the courtstopped short of opening doors for lawsuits against clergy specificallyfor malpractice, like doctors and therapists. It concluded that a mal-practice rule for clergy would violate the First Amendment.
The caseinvolved Episcopal priest Fr. Alex MacDonell, who had counseled afemale parishioner who claimed that in 1992-3, MacDonell, who wasmarried, engaged her in sexually intimate behavior, but notintercourse, when she visited. She alleges the distress led to asuicide attempt and required psychiatric hospitalization.
AfterMacDonnell left the church, she confided in his successor, Fr. FletcherHarper, about their affair. She said Harper violated her confidence,telling the congregation about the affair during a sermon and in achurch newsletter.
After a dismissal of the suit and a reversal onappeal, the Supreme Court struck a middle ground, permitting thelawsuit on breach-of-trust points only. Lawyers on both sides claimedvictory. (7/23/97)
NEW YORK CITY -- An Episcopal Churchinvestigation confirmed allegations, raised in Penthouse magazine, thatEpiscopal priests in Brooklyn held sex orgies with youths, includingyoung men brought from Brazil. (The Living Church magazine, 6/29/97)
LYNCHKevin John, 64 Brisbane Anglican school student counsellor. Found deadin car just hours after being charged with 7 counts of indecent assaultagainst boy, aged 14, between 1992 and 1993 while counsellor at StPaul's Anglican College, Bald Hills, in Brisbane's north. Described byvictim support group as one of QLD's most audacious child molesters.Lynch allegedly abused countless number of boys, aged 10 to 16, whileat St Paul's Anglican College, Bald Hills (1989-1997), and St Joseph'sChristian Brothers College, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane (c1979-1989).Also taught at Brisbane Grammar. Law firm Shine Roche McGowan estimatesat least 23 potential litigants from St Paul's alone. In 2002,allegations surface AUS Governor-General and former Brisbane Anglicanarchbishop Peter HOLLINGWORTH authorised secret cash settlements tohush up evidence of sexual abuse against Lynch. (Queensland, Australia,1997).
BAZELY Reverend Frank Dennis Martin Perth Anglicanpriest. Receives maximum 5 year jail sentence in Perth court afterpleading guilty to 12 child sex charges, including 9 counts of indecentassault and 3 of carnal knowledge, against 3 children, aged 6 to 16,between 1969 and 1975. Court hears Bazely, of Belhus, Perth, indecentlyassaulted 2 boys as well as their sister. (Western Australia,Australia, 1997).
FISHER Mark Geoffrey, 55 Sydney Anglicanchurch choirmaster and scoutmaster. Receives 18 month jail sentence inParramatta District Court after pleading guilty to 11 child sex chargesagainst 8 boys, aged 11 to 15, between 1969 and 1988 while Anglicanchurch choirmaster and 1st Hunter's Hill scoutmaster in Sydney. Fisher,of Hunter's Hill, originally charged with 35 child sex offences. (NewSouth Wales, Australia, 1997).
UNDERWOOD Frederick Charles, 58Bunbury Anglican youth group leader and scoutmaster. Receives 12 yearjail sentence in Bunbury District Court after pleading guilty to 92child sex charges, including 79 counts of indecent dealing, 10 of grossindecency, 1 of inciting indecent dealing and 1 of attempting carnalknowledge, against 17 boys, aged 8 to 16, between 1971 and 1991 in WA.Originally charged with 500 sex offences against 25 boys. Some victimsreportedly committed suicide or molested children themselves afterassaults occurred. Church allegedly knew of offences in 1984 butpermitted Underwood, of Bunbury, south of Perth, to continue preying onvictims for 7 more years. (Western Australia, Australia, 1997).
BLENCOWEPeter Scott, 39 Melbourne Christian school teacher. Pleads guilty inMelbourne County Court to 6 counts of committing indecent act on 5girls, aged under 16, between 1991 and 1993 while teacher at Westbourneand Williamstown Grammar school, in Melbourne's west. Court hearsBlencowe, of Newport, encouraged girls to touch him through his pants.Judge describes offences as "bizarre and ludicrous". In 1980, Blencoweplaced on 3 year probation after being convicted on 5 counts ofindecent assault against 3 young girls at Dandenong primary schoolwhere he taught. In 1993, Blencowe accepted position as head of juniorcampus of Firbank Anglican Girls School, Brighton, where he workeduntil charges laid in 1995. (Victoria, Australia, 1996).
AITCHISONReverend John Phillip, 45 Canberra Anglican priest. Receives maximum 3year jail sentence in Queanbeyan District Court after being convictedon 2 counts of performing indecent act on boy, aged 10 and 13, in 1987and 1989. Court hears Aitchison, of Canberra, committed first offencewhile deacon at Ainslie All Saints Anglican church, Canberra, andsecond offence while minister at Bombala Anglican Rectory, southeastNSW. Court told Aitchison rubbed talcum on boy's genitals, performedoral sex on him, then clothed him in nappies. Records show Aitchisonordained in 1988 despite being convicted in Wangaratta MagistratesCourt in 1973 on 2 counts of indecently assaulting girl, aged 7, andher brother, aged 8, between 1970 and 1971. (ACT, 1996).
NAMESUPPRESSED, Reverend Sydney Anglican priest and rector, aka AC1.Appears before Justice James Wood's NSW Royal Commission intoPedophilia accused of sexually abusing girl, aged 14, in 1980 at hisNorth Sydney parish. Commission hears AC1, who forced victim to performoral sex on him and other acts, commenced 3 year affair with girl soonafter she began attending Bible and confirmation lessons. Priestdescribed before commission as "disgrace". (SM 960508; 960509) Forother accused or convicted church offenders exposed during WoodCommission, see Robert "Dolly" DUNN, Brother Michael EVANS, BrotherBrian GORDON, Brother John LITTLER, Brother NAME SUPPRESSED, age 15 andBrother Francis RILEY. (New South Wales, Australia, 1996).
AnglicanPastor John Phillip Aitchison, Canberra 1996, 18 to 36 months forindecency on a boy (plus various other court appearances);
Utah.Episcopal bishop Steven Plummer was reinstated as the bishop of theNavajo Indians on June 1. Plummer, who admitted he had a 2 year sexualrelationship with a teenage boy, took leave of absence last year afteracknowledging the allegations. He was granted absolution and was givencounseling. The young man he abused also received counceling.Episcopalians are divided on Plummer's return. (The Milwaukee Journal,4/21/95)
Anglican Pastor Robert Winston Duffield, of Victoria andNSW, 6 months suspended jail term (Melbourne, 1995) for gross indecencyagainst a boy;
SOUTH CAROLINA. Episcopal Priest on ChurchTrial. Rev. Antoine Campbell of Charleston was relieved of his dutiesduring a second church trial on charges of misconduct. He was clearedof charges of sexual misconduct in a previous church trial. Source:_San Antonio Express- News_ 3/30/94.
EPISCOPAL TEACHERCHARGED WITH MOLESTATIONS. A Sunday school teacher and church elder atSt. Cuthbert's Episcopal Church in Harris County has been charged withthe sexual molestation of 2 male teens. A third boy, 15, may be avictim also. Assaults began in May 1992 and ended this February after aboy, 16, told his mother that Richard Dick Gray, 59, had molested him.Gray admitted having sex with another boy, 14. Gray was released on$20,000 bond. The 16-year-old is under psychiatric care and cannottestify. One mother invited Gray into her home to be an adult malerole-model for her son. While she was away, Gray molested the youth.Gray was also accused of molesting a family member 20 years ago, forwhich his relatives have severed ties with him. Gray was also arrested10 months ago for exposing himself to an undercover officer in an adultbook store. Source: _Houston Chronicle_ 4/27/94.
Palmdale,CA. An Episcopal priest of Palmdale, Robert. L. Ducker, 63, receivedthe maximum sentence of 12 years in prison for repeatedly molesting 2parishioner boys. (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, 6/26/94)
KINGReverend Gordon Virgo, 70 Cairns Anglican priest. Receives 4 year jailsentence in Townsville District Court after being convicted on childsex charges, including committing unlawful sexual intercourse andindecent dealing, against boys, aged under 16, in 1994 at Anglicanyouth drop-in centre, Cairns, QLD. In 1993, received 12 month jailsentence after being convicted on charge of gross indecency againstyoung man between 1962 and 1963. Also, in 1956, received 12 month jailsentence after being convicted in Perth court on 4 charges of indecentdealing with boy, aged 14, in WA. (Queensland, Australia, 1994).
PAINTERReverend Michael Roderick, 54 Perth Anglican priest. Receives 3 yearprobation and 240 hour community-based order in Perth District Courtafter pleading guilty to 2 charges of indecently assaulting boy, aged17, at Mt Hawthorne Anglican rectory, Perth. Court hears boy awoke tofind Painter, of Middle Swan, Perth, performing oral sex on him. Priestfound dead in car south of Perth after sentencing. (Western Australia,Australia, 1994).
EPISCOPAL PRIEST CHARGED WITH SEXUALBATTERY. An Episcopal priest, Douglas Hodges, 57, was charged withsexual battery, a 3rd-degree felony, in a 1991 incident involving aparishioner in counseling. A Fostoria woman and her husband, who saidHodges had sexual intercourse with her during counseling, hadpreviously filed a civil suit against Hodges, Bishop James Moodey ofthe Episcopal diocese of Ohio, Trinity Episcopal Church, Fostoria, andthe owner of the counseling center. An episcopal official says Hodgesis no longer a priest, but declined further comment. Source: _ToledoBlade_ 2/11/93.
PARISH SUPPORTS PORTLAND PREYING PASTOR.Prominent pastor Rev. Willie B. Smith, 64, former president ofEcumenical Ministries of Oregon, is accused of sexually abusing 3teenage girls at First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. He wascharged with 11 counts of 1st degree sexual abuse, a felony, and 1count of 3rd degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor. Pastors in thecommunity werequick to speak about his "exemplary" work. Two of thevictims told police Smith had cornered them in his church office andgroped them. A third said she was repeatedly abused by Smith for 16months, beginning in September 1990. The victims were 12, 13, and 17 atthe time of the incidents. Almost every parishioner lined up to hug,kiss and reassure Smith following the arrest. Source: _Oregonian_3/13,15/93.
EPISCOPAL PRIEST, "ABOVE REPROACH", SUED,INVESTIGATED. Six women including one filing a $4 million civil lawsuithave accused ByronBruce Newell, 60, former assistant pastor of FallsChurch Episcopal Church, of sexual molestation or advances. Theplaintiff alleges Newell forced her into sexual activities duringcounseling sessions at the church for 2 years, telling her that hersexual feelings toward him would bring her closer to God. Episcopalofficials said they removed him from his pastoral role and orderedcounseling after learning of complaints by women in 1988. However, theyonly launched a full inquiry last September. Newell, now a fundraiserfor Trinity Episcopal School for the Ministry near Pittsburgh, is namedin the suit, along with the church, the diocese, the bishop and churchpastor John W. Yates ll. According to the suit, Yates told the womanwhat happened during counseling was her fault, and did not act oncomplaints from 5 other women that Newell had verbally or physicallyharassed them. The dean of the seminary insisted Newell "has more thanamply repaid our trust. His behavior has been above reproach". Source:_Washington Post_ 3/20/93.
Jeffrey Black, former rector ofSt. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Missouri, knows the painthat child sexual abuse can cause a church. In May 1993 a 15-year-oldparishioner came forward and indicted the church's music minister formolestation. The minister confessed, and the church terminated himafter seventeen years of service. (1993)
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AnglicanPastor Gordon Virgo King, jailed in WA in 1956 (but was kept in theAnglican ministry), jailed again in Cairns in 1993 and jailed again inTownsville in 1994 for offences (including sodomy) against boys;
AnglicanPastor Raymond Frederick Ayles, of SA (formerly Qld.), 12-monthssuspended jail term (SA, 1993) for attempting to procure boys to commitacts of gross indecency;
AYLES Reverend Raymond Frederick, 48Adelaide Anglican priest and Order of AUS recipient. Receives suspended12 month jail sentence and 18 month good behaviour bond in AdelaideDistrict Court after being convicted on 2 charges of attempting toprocure 2 boys, both aged 15, to commit acts of gross indecency atAnglican church camp in SA. Court hears Ayles, formerly of Adelaide,asked boys to masturbate in front of him while conducting sex educationtalk. In 1987, Ayles receives Order of AUS medal but loses it in 1998over offences. (SA, Australia, 1993).
Mansfield, OH. Tales ofSatanism Divide Mansfield; City Agonizes Over Children's Claims byMichael A. Hobbs; "Months after two baby sitters were convicted ofsexually assaulting more than 60 children at First Presbyterian Churchin Mansfield, rumors persist that there is much, much more to the case.Like murder, cannibalism, mutilation of corpses, forcing children toconsume bodily fluids and waste and animal blood. All part of satanicrituals. Children and their parents insist at least 18 more churchmembers should be charged. (Plain Dealer, November 29, 1992)
CHURCHSUED FOR CHOIRMASTER'S ASSAULTS. St. George's Cathedral & theAnglican church are being sued over a choirmaster's sexual assaults onchoirboys. John Gallienne is serving a 6-1/2 year sentence for abusingboys. Now 17 plaintiffs are suing, claiming damages, plus interest& costs. The suit in part claims church officials were aware ofGallienne's misconduct & held at least 5 meetings over a 6- yearperiod to discuss them, yet took no action to protect boys. Source:_Ottawa Citizen_ 11/11/92.
WOMAN SUES EPISCOPAL PRIEST. AFostoria woman is suing Rev. Douglas Hodges, of Trinity EpiscopalChurch, Bishop James Moodey & the owner of a counseling center,alleging the priest forced her to have sex as "treatment". The abuseoccurred at a counseling center & the church. Shelley & DanielLebay seek more than $700,000 in damages. Source: _Columbus Dispatch_10/9/92.
ANGLICAN PRIEST SUSPENDED WITH PAY. Owen Soundminister Jim Francom was suspended With pay from St. George's AnglicanChurch after being charged in July with rape & assault of a girlunder 14. The assaults were alleged to have occurred in London, Ontariobetween 1975-1984 Source: _Ottawa Citizen_ 8/18/92.
PROMINENTEPISCOPALIAN REMOVED. Nationally known Rev. W. Graham Pulkingham, nowliving in Virginia, was suspended temporarily from the Episcopalianpriesthood after admitting he initiated a sexual relationship with aman he was counseling, destroying the man's marriage. Church officialsasked everybody to pray. Source: _Denver Post_ 8/92.
EPISCOPALPRIEST SETTLES. Episcopal Rev. Paul Robinson agreed to pay $575,000 indamages to Mary Tenantry, mother of 5, for luring her into anextramarital affair while counseling her. Source: _Reuters/BostonGlobe_ 8/92.
ANGLICAN BISHOP CHARGED FOR SOLICITATION.Anglican Bishop Owen Dowling, 57, of Canberra and Goulburn, wasrecently charged with soliciting a male off-duty cop for prostitution.Source: _Christian Century_ 5/13/92.
RAPIST-MINISTER GETS 12 YEARSFOR INCEST. Suspended associate rector of a Tucson Episcopal church,Stephen P. Apthorp, 56, pleaded guilty in Massachusetts to repeatedlyraping his stepdaughter between her 10th and 16th birthday, anestimated 830 incidents of abuse. He was sentenced to 12 years inprison. Charges included indecent assault and battery, rape anddistribution of pornographic materials to a minor. The assaults beganin 1980 when a Lincoln, Mass. congregation asked him to leave becausehe was abusing alcohol, ignoring their problems, and "using the womenof the parish like they were some kind of fringe benefit", Apthorpsaid. He was suspended from the Tucson church. His contract as acounselor for Tucson General Hospital's Westcenter was not renewed. Hegave nationwide worships and lectures based on a book of advice forclergy with alcohol and drug addictions. The 21-year-old victim, whopublicly identified herself as Mimi Coleman, noted the betrayal madeher suicidal, gave her eating disorders and nightmares, shamefulfeelings over sex, continuing gynecological problems, feelings ofsomeone always watching her, feelings of panic whenever she sees a manin a clerical collar, and feelings that she is a freak. "Never have Iseen him practice what he preached, and I heard him preach a lot."Source: _Arizona Daily Star_ 3/13/92; _Boston Herald_ 5/7/92; _LincolnJournal_ 5/14/92.
SEXTON GETS 35 YEARS. A sexton at St.Stephen's Episcopal Church in Whitehall Township was sentenced to 35-70years in jail for molesting boys. Adam Tannous, 61, of Allentown,agreed to plead guilty to 7 merged charges of involuntary deviatesexual intercourse, after originally being charged with more than 4,000crimes. One victim said Tannous bragged of having sex with 400 boysover the past 40 years. He was removed as pastor of St. George'sEpiscopal Church in Hellertown in 1970 because of similar allegations.In 1972, he was arrested on a morals charge in Emmaus. He was"treated", not jailed, then expelled from the ministry. Despite thisrecord, St. Stephen's hired him in 1976 to be custodian, saying he wasrehabilitated. Many victims say Tannous caused them alcohol problems byplying them with liquor. Source: _Express-Times_ 12/17/92.
TOPEPISCOPAL PRIEST RESIGNS AMID SEX SCANDAL. The highest-ranking U.S.Episcopal priest, who ironically headed a national committee examiningthe church's position on sexuality, resigned in October followingcharges he sexually abused young men in his congregation. Rev. WallaceA. Frey, rector of St. David's Church in DeWitt, is married with 2grown children. A church official said he had been involved in "sexualmisconduct over a lengthy period with some male, young adults & ateenager under his pastoral care". The official said the number ofvictims appears to be "less than 10". Source: NYT News Service/_ChicagoTribune_ 10/7/92.
New South Wales Anglican priest EricWilliam Griffith, 50, of Gratton, was jailed for 18 months afterpleading guilty to 3 counts of indecent assault & 4 counts of grossindecency against a boy, 14. Source: _Courier-Mail_ 11/15/92.
Northampton,MA. Charges of raping a 16-year-old from Poland were dropped againstRev. Julian Pagacz, 50, pastor of St. Valentine's Polish NationalCatholic Church in Northampton, after she refused to testify. Chargesof indecently assaulting a Hampshire Co. girl, age 17, wereplea-bargained down to one charge of indecent touch. Pagacz was accusedof threatening to deport the Polish girl if she reported the rape. Ajudge ordered him to turn over the girl's passport, as well as his own.He also denies a charge by a neighbor that she and her husband caughthim looking in her window late one night and that she had stoppedsunbathing in the backyard because he ogled her. She wrote out atrespass notice against him and informed the church, but was told "hewouldn't do that". Angry parishioners decried the women's complaints asa "witch hunt". Follower Ellen Mierzewski called one of the allegedvictims "a Communist who thought she'd get money out of it".(Springfield Union-News 2/17,18/92, 5/8/92; Sun-Republican 2/16/92;Boston Globe 5/5,8/92)
MONAGHAN Ian James, 29 Coffs HarbourAnglican church elder and former altar boy. Receives 7 year jailsentence in Coffs Harbour District Court after pleading guilty to 30child sex offences, including committing unlawful sexual intercourse,performing indecent act and performing indecent act in aggravatedcircumstances, against 11 boys, aged 6 to 15, while involved inAnglican church groups in Coffs Harbour, on NSW's northern coast. Judgedescribes assaults by Monaghan, of Coffs Harbour, as "particularlydepraved". (New South Wales, Australia, 1992).
MORLEYReverend John Sydney, 67 SA Anglican priest and army chaplain. Receivessuspended 18 month jail sentence and $1000 good behaviour bond inAdelaide District Court after pleading guilty to 2 charges ofindecently assaulting 2 girls, aged 11 and 15, in 1988 and 1990 in SA.Court hears Morley had touched girls' breasts on outside of clothing.Judge says abuse stemmed from Morley's "hidden aberration". (SA,Australia, 1992).
Anglican Pastor John Sydney Morley, 18-month suspended jail term (SA, 1992) for indecently assaulting two girls;
MOUNTFORDReverend John Adelaide Anglican priest and boys school chaplain.Returns to Britain before being interviewed by police and Family &Community Services Department officials over claims he engaged insexual relationship with student, aged under 18, while chaplain at StPeter's Anglican College, Adelaide. Investigation reveals relationship"common knowledge" at school and that Mountford fled soon after beingconfronted over claims by deputy principal. (SA, Australia, 1992).
1991:Rev G Snow, 38 jailed for sexually assaulting a 10 year old boy. Policefound two suitcases filled with indecent photographs of boys and men inSnow's vicarage.
WIGGINS Reverend Leslie James, 63 RosebudAnglican priest, boarding master and associate chaplain. Receivessuspended 3 month jail sentence in Dromana Magistrates Court afterbeing convicted on 4 charges of indecently assaulting 3 boys, aged 11and 12, between 1989 and 1990 at Rosebud, south of Melbourne. Courthears Wiggins, of Rosebud, exposed himself to one boy and asked anotherto "move his gear stick". Also served as boarding master and associatechaplain at Trinity Grammar Anglican College, Kew, Melbourne.(Victoria, Australia, 1991).
1990: Rev Gordon Haggarty, TVvicar and celebrity jailed for lewd and libidinous practices atEdinburgh Crown Court. He bound, blindfolded and gagged girls in hiscare aged from 8 to 12 years, then took photographs of them.
1989:Rev William Thompson 45, Headmaster at an Episcopal church pleadedguilty to charges of child ponrography and molesting 7 boys aged 11 to16.
Elliot Lake, Ontario. Rev. Russel Nicolle, 50, anAnglican minister RECEIVED 8 months in jail for "repulsive, disgustingand degraded" sexual abuse of a 12 year old and 16 year old boy. JudgeM.C. DiSalle said he "seriously breached" his position of trust asrector of St. Peter the Apostle Anglican Church. (Scranton Times7/14/88)
REV. WILLIAM EDWARD THOMPSON, JR., 45, charged with21 counts of child sexual abuse, pleaded guilty in a plea bargain. Themarried father of 4 sons was headmaster at St. Timothy's EpiscopalChurch in Catonsville. He was charged with child pornography andmolesting 7 boys, ages 11 to 16, in his home and on church property. Asocial worker reported him. (The Maryland Sun, 4/8/89)
In aprecedent-setting decision, the Anglican church made a secretout-of-court settlement of damages to an altar boy molested by a parishpriest 4 years ago. REV. CHARLES GRIGGS, 61, former rector of St.Bede's, near Winnipeg, pleaded guilty in 1986 to charges of molesting a13 year old. He received a 2 year suspended sentence and was ordered toreceive counseling. Anglican officials offered wide and glowing supportfor Griggs after his confession. An uproar resulted when ArchbishopWalter Jones allowed Griggs to continue as rector following hisconviction, saying Griggs' confession of sin was sufficient repentance.Jones removed him from his post a month later. Griggs left thepriesthood and lives in rural Manitoba. Molestings occurred afterchurch services and at the priest's home. The family says formerdiocese bishop Barry Valentine had received complaints about Griggsprior to assaults on their son, but did nothing. Bishop Valentine, nowin Baltimore, MD, says he received " only one " complaint, andimmediately removed him as director of a diocesan summer camp. TheAnglican Journal editorialized: " Similar incidents, just as serious,have received little or no publicity because ecclesiastical authoritieshave stepped in, quietly removed the priest from the parish, appearedwith him in court and arranged for psychiatric help. But although suchaction protects the church's image, it gives little public warning topriests of the consequences they face for a breach of trust, andnothing to alert society that it has an alarming problem in its midst."(Anglican Journal, May 1989)
Rev. William S. Barrett, arector of Episcopal churches in Moreau and Fort Edward, New York,pleaded guilty to providing alcohol and drugs and showing pornographyto two 14 year old boys with whom he engaged in oral sex. Barrett'scrimes were particularly shocking to those who knew him since he hadmade a 20-year volunteer career of supposedly helping troubled youths.He was a certified foster parent for eight years, and had foundedProject STRIVE in the late 1960s, a program for troubled youths.Barrett was known as a very religious man, who offered prayers duringclass reunions. (Source: Schenectady Gazette, 1/15/88)
Rev.James Leech, an Episcopalian priest formerly at St. Paul's Church,Minneapolis, was charged with sexually molesting a 15 year old boy whocame to him for religious instruction before confirmation in 1985.According to a complaint, he molested the boy at his house when hiswife was away. Reports of other victims have surfaced, and apsychiatrist recommended treatment for a drinking problem. In February1986 Episcopal church officials offered Leech a chance to sign adocument saying that he would enter a program at the University ofMinnesota for sexual evaluation and/or treatment, and that he wouldtell his wife everything. If he had signed it, they told Leech he wouldhave been suspended rather than fired. Leech resigned and moved toMassachusetts with his wife. He was charged with criminal sexualconduct on a Minnesota warrant. The youth said that he had not reportedthe abuse earlier because he was "ashamed and embarrassed to talk aboutit." Although Minnesota law requires people who have professionalrelationships with suspected victims of child abuse to report it toauthorities, a county attorney was apparently not pursuing the failureof Episcopal officials to report the case. (Source: Minneapolis StarTribune, 1/9/88)
1988: Church of England Vicar MichaelWalter, already having served time for indecently assaulting littleboys yet allowed to continue his clerical career by the church, isfound guilty of further assaults on children.
1988,Winchester, England. 2 Anglican vicars, a choirmaster, a solicitor andan already convicted child molester all jailed at Winchester CrownCourt on 21 specimen charges of sexual abuse of boys as young as sevenwhich were carried out on them at church outings, at the YMCA and inchurchyards. The men made the children take an oath never to breathe aword of what was going on and paid them 1.00 for each session.Sometimes the children's private parts were beaten with a fly swatter.
1988:Vicar Trevor Ward jailed for 7 years for using pornographic books tocorrupt boys as young as eleven. Ward arranged sex 'threesomes'. Wardadmitted offences of indecent assault, gross indecency and buggery overan 8 year period.
Priest Rev. Francis Papworth, rector of theSanta Rosa Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, was sentenced to sevenyears for molesting several teenagers at his Windsor home. A $120million lawsuit was filed against the Northern California Diocese ofthe Episcopal Church, claiming church leaders knew of Papworth'sproblems but failed to take action. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle,9/12/87)
Episcopal priest and military chaplain Rev. ThomasEvans Dobson was convicted of pushing methamphetamines in exchange forsexual acts with young boys in Seattle's street culture. His attorneydefended him on the basis of his religious career, and because he is a"family man who has children." Charges of pedophilia stuck in Dobson'scase--but the abuse continued undetected for so long precisely becauseof the perceived incongruity of someone of his status victimizinghomeless boys. (Source: Seattle Times, 6/4/87)
Fred Beihl, anemployee of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches, raped and sexuallyassaulted four little girls between the ages of eight and nine, andreceived a 240-year sentence--despite the testimony in his favor ofseveral religious leaders including Episcopal Bishop Gerald N.McAllister. The judge said, "We're not going to have a fifth littlegirl that he rapes and sodomizes." (Source: Tulsa Tribune, 8/29/86)
Episcopalpriest Kenneth Behrel, was found guilty on Feb. 7 of abusing a14-year-old boy at St. James School near Hagerstown, Md., in the 1980s,according to the Washington Post.