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Category: Clergy Abuse

March 22, 2018

Actor and activist Corey Feldman challenging Senate GOP on Child Victims Act

Written by THOMAS McCARTHY, Gazette staff writer on March 21, 2018 Actor Corey Feldman and Team USA volleyball player Sarah Powers-Barnhard have joined the fight to push Senate Republicans to pass the Child Victims Act. A coalition called “New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators” is gaining supporters in its drive to finally pass the Child Victims Act (S.809) this legislative session. Feldman hopes that his endorsement of the bill will help bring attention to the legislation in New York and apply pressure to those trying to keep it off the Senate floor. “I am blessed to be in this. I hope […]
March 8, 2018

A Tennessee Pastor Indicted on 47 Charges Related to Child Sex Abuse

COVINGTON, Tenn. — A Tennessee pastor has been indicted on 47 charges related to sexual abuse of minors. Tipton County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Billy Daugherty told WREG-TV in Memphis that 39-year-old Ronnie Gorton has been accused by three people, including one under the age of 13. Gorton was indicted Monday and jailed Tuesday. He declined to answer questions from reporters as he entered jail. He is the former pastor of Awakening Church in Atoka. Gorton faces one count of rape, 16 counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, 17 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, five counts of aggravated […]
January 23, 2018

Pope Francis partially apologized for last week’s brusque attack on victims of sex abuse by the clergy

Pope Francis partially apologized for last week’s brusque attack on victims of sex abuse by the clergy.  Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston and the chairman of the Vatican’s commission on sexual abuse, also was critical of the pope’s comments, saying in a statement that he understands how Francis’ words were a “source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy or any other perpetrator.”    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pope-francis-apology-sex-abuse_us_5a65fe55e4b0e5630071c663        
December 28, 2017

Fundamentalists Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sued for Sexual Abuse of Minors

Salt Lake City, UT – Fundamentalists Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) is accused of sexual “religious rituals” with underage girls in court documents filed this week.  The documents state that leaders of FLDS would watch, tape and participate in the sexual rituals with underage girls between the ages of 8 and 14.  According to the article on the ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City, these victims were the children of church members, members who were told the rituals were meant, “to accomplish this doctrinal goal of the FLDS Church to raise up good priesthood children.”  Within the […]

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church)

October 12, 2017

Former Virginia Beach Youth Pastor Sentenced for Sexual Assault

Virginia Beach, VA – Jeffrey Bondi, a former youth pastor at Galilee Episcopal Church, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for felony sexual penetration. The victim, now 34-year-old Margaret Anne Viola, reported Bondi sexually assaulted her when she was 18.  Viola knew Bondi from her church and was asked to babysit his children.  According to the Virginian-Pilot, Bondi returned home that evening, laid down by Viola on the couch, touched her and penetrated her with his fingers. Viola reported the assault to an employee of Galilee Church the next day.  Bondi was asked to resign, but the police were […]

Clergy Abuse

October 4, 2017

Former Baptist Pastor Sentenced to Prison for Child Sex Abuse

Texarkana, AR – David Wayne Farren was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of first-degree sexual assault, one count of second –degree sexual abuse and a misdemeanor count of violating mandatory reporting requirements. According to one of the victims, the incidents took place in 2013, but she was urged to come forward in 2016 because she was afraid Farren was grooming another minor.  She originally confided in Farren while he was youth minister at Trinity Church, telling him she had been sexually abused by someone in the past.  Farren never reported the allegation to […]

Baptist Church/Clergy Abuse

September 29, 2017

Former New York Priest Accused of Sex Abuse of Minors, Diocese of Brooklyn Accused of Cover Up

Queens, NY – Father Adam Prochaski has been accused of sexual abuse by 15 women dating back to his time as a priest at Holy Cross Church in Maspeth between 1969 and 1994. The victims were as young as 5 years old at the time of the abuse.  A fellow employee of Holy Cross Church told media that she remembers multiple students coming forth regarding the sexual abuse by Prochaski.  She reported the abuse to the Principal at the time, who laughed it off.   Another Principal was told, who contacted the Diocese, but the proper authorities were never contacted, nor […]

Accused Catholic Clergy/Catholic Institutions

September 26, 2017

Former Church Choir Director Confesses to Child Sex Assault

Jacksonville, FL – Charles Anderson Brown, a former church choir director, confessed to sexually battering a child.  He is charged with two felony charges: sexual battery, and a sale, distribution or showing of obscene material to minors. The minor child reported to police Brown touched her “private part” and had sex with her.  Further details of the incident were not released.  Brown previously worked as a church choir director at Murray Hill United Methodist Church through 2008 where he taught mid-teens to adults. The church did not release a statement.  They advised Brown did not appear to have unsupervised contact […]

Clergy Abuse/Schools

September 6, 2017

Judge Certifies Child Sex Abuse Charges Against Roanoke Pastor

Roanoke, VA – Antonio Jones, founder of Kingdom Harvest Church International, is charged with aggravated sexual battery of a minor and committing indecent liberties.  Jones, 48, was arrested on March 17, but was released on bond pending trial. At a preliminary hearing last week, two victims gave testimony about the incidents which occurred between 2008 and 2011. Both victims were minors at the time. Evidence was not discussed at the hearing, but Judge Frank Rogers decided he found probable cause to certify the allegations.  The case will go to grand jury as early as October. Kingdom Harvest Church International is […]

Clergy Abuse

August 25, 2017

Ex-LDS Bishop Enters Guilty Plea to Child Sex Abuse Charges

Erik Hughes, a former Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pled guilty this week to two second-degree felonies of forcible sexual abuse and one third-degree felony of tampering with a witness.  The first accuser, an 18-year-old man, came forward in April telling police he was sexually abused by Hughes approximately three years ago.  The victim said Hughes gave him what was thought to be Melatonin to help him sleep.  The pill left him feeling disoriented and Hughes claimed he must have given him the wrong medication.  At another point in time, Hughes gave the victim a […]

Clergy Abuse/Jehovah’s Witness Abuse

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