Wednesday, August 16, 2017

US alleged paedophile Roger Giese set for extradition - BBC News

US national Roger Giese, 42, is wanted for trial in California, charged with sexually abusing a boy under the age of 14 between 1998 and 2002.

His counsel had argued conditions in US prisons and an extended custody threat meant he should not be sent back.
The Secretary of State will now make a final decision on the case.

District judge Margot Coleman said she had thought a "great deal" about the case before ruling against Mr Giese at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Mr Giese emptied his bank account and fled to the UK on the eve of his trial in 2007, leaving his family behind.

He is wanted in Orange County after allegedly befriending the child when working as a voice coach for the All-American Boys Chorus in 1998.

US alleged paedophile Roger Giese set for extradition - BBC News

Pastor: I’m OK with gay marriage as long as they get shot in the head · PinkNews

Logan Robertson is a pastor at Westcity Bible Baptist Church in Auckland, New Zealand.

In a clip from a sermon uploaded to the church’s YouTube channel, he makes a shocking jibe about gay couples.

He says: “Someone emailed me, asking, what’s your view on homo marriage?

“My view on homo marriage is that the Bible never mentions it!

“So I’m not against them getting married… As long as a bullet goes through their head the moment they kiss.

“That’s what [the Bible] talks about – not homo marriage but homo death. There’s no such thing as homo marriage.

Pastor: I’m OK with gay marriage as long as they get shot in the head · PinkNews

Federal appeals court upholds funeral picketing law; Westboro Baptist Church vows to take case to Supreme Court | Nebraska | omaha.com

While I applaud this ruling, I do wonder if it will set up a SCOTUS showdown taking into consideration Snyder v. Phelps, 562 U.S. 443 (2011).  A case the WBC won.
The law bans protests within 500 feet of a funeral service from one hour before the rites begin to two hours afterward.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that it wasn’t unreasonable to limit the time and location of picketing because of “vulnerable physical and emotional conditions” of funeral mourners.
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“This law strikes the appropriate balance between First Amendment free speech rights and the rights of grieving families to bury their loved ones in peace,” Peterson said in a press release.
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Friday’s ruling stated that members of Westboro Church have a First Amendment right to speak, but that right is “not absolute” and that some restrictions in “time, place, and/or manner” are allowed.
Federal appeals court upholds funeral picketing law; Westboro Baptist Church vows to take case to Supreme Court | Nebraska | omaha.com

Former Princeton pastor arrested for embezzlement | News | bdtonline.com

 Christopher L. Stansell ...

A former pastor of First Christian Church in Princeton has been arrested on embezzlement charges.

Christopher L. Stansell, 48, was arrested July 27 for embezzling more than $10,000 in church funds, Sgt. M.S. Haynes, with the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment, said.

Haynes said the incidents occurred over period of a year and a half while Stansell was employed as pastor of the church.


Former Princeton pastor arrested for embezzlement | News | bdtonline.com

Disturbing details revealed in allegations against San Mateo teacher - Story | KTVU

According to the parent, authorities seized thousands of pictures of students, some from a hidden camera, part of a bondage fetish.

“It’s very painful. It's disturbing on many levels,” said the mother. “The parents of the school have no idea the gravity of what has happened.”

The parent said the 33-year-old teacher had unfettered access to the children and the school failed to develop and implement policies regarding staff supervision and security. She said parents complained and the complaints fell on deaf ears.

“You can see where this access and availability to play out his sick little sexual fantasies was very easy for him,” said the mother.
             
“Unfortunately child sex abuse at schools is not uncommon,” said Attorney Joseph George.

George represents two of the children in the criminal complaint and said school administrators trivialized Satriano's criminal behavior.

“For that to be the case at a prestigious private school that charges $30,000 tuition for the students is mindboggling,” said George.

Disturbing details revealed in allegations against San Mateo teacher - Story | KTVU

Original story::  San Mateo Teacher Accused of Taking Lewd Photos of Young Girls

Jail time for man, woman in B.C. child bride case | CTV News

A British Columbia judge who sentenced a former husband and wife to jail for taking a 13-year-old girl to the United States to marry the leader of their religious sect says he wants to "send a clear message" about the removal of children to the others in the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C.

Brandon Blackmore, 71, has been sentenced to a year in jail, while his ex-wife, Gail Blackmore, 60, was handed a term of seven months. Both have been ordered to serve 18 months of probation.

Just before Justice Paul Pearlman of the B.C. Supreme Court finished reading his decision, the young woman at the centre of the case asked to address the court.

Jail time for man, woman in B.C. child bride case | CTV News

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ex-Pastor Sentenced In Scheme To Steal Maryland Church Funds « CBS Baltimore

A former Catholic priest in Maryland is facing 18 months home confinement after pleading guilty in a scheme to steal church funds.

71-year-old Rev. John Mattingly of Charlotte Hall was sentenced Monday to three years supervised release, including the home confinement period. He also was ordered to pay $400,000 restitution, which was paid prior to the sentencing hearing.

Ex-Pastor Sentenced In Scheme To Steal Maryland Church Funds « CBS Baltimore