Thursday, December 13, 2018

Diocese says Iowa priest who threatened rape has recovered

A Roman Catholic diocese on Wednesday defended its decision to continue employing a priest who told police he was trying to rape a woman when he was arrested naked in an Iowa mall in 2013.

The Diocese of Sioux City issued a statement for the first time acknowledging the 5-year-old incident involving the Rev. Jeremy Wind, calling it a “mental health episode” from which he recovered with the help of medication and treatment. The diocese gave no details about what occurred and told parishioners the scrutiny was unfortunate and unnecessary because “there is nothing newsworthy to report.”

The statement came in response to inquiries from The Associated Press, which used the state’s open records law to shed light on a criminal case that was recently erased from public court files. It marks the latest diocese personnel matter that has come under scrutiny since its acknowledgment in October to having kept quiet a priest’s 1986 admission to sexually abusing roughly 50 boys.

Diocese says Iowa priest who threatened rape has recovered

Nuns improperly took as much as $500,000 from Torrance Catholic school – Press Telegram

Two longtime nuns at St. James Catholic School in Torrance allegedly embezzled as much as $500,000 in tuition, fees and donations, perhaps spending some of the money on trips and gambling at casinos while telling parents the school was operating on a shoestring budget, officials and parents said.

The figure represents only what auditors have been able to trace in six years’ of bank records and might not include other cash transactions, officials from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles told parents and alumni at a meeting Monday night at St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach. An audio recording of the two-hour meeting was obtained by the Southern California News Group.

The apparent scandal came to light last week when the church’s small, K-8 school announced that it had notified police that Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper, and Sister Lana Chang, who both had retired earlier this year, were “involved in the personal use of a substantial amount of school funds.” But the nuns had expressed remorse, and the archdiocese and the church were not pursuing criminal charges.

Nuns improperly took as much as $500,000 from Torrance Catholic school – Press Telegram

NC pastor accused of multiple sex-related offenses, police report | wcnc.com

The Gaston County Police Department has arrested a local pastor accused of multiple sex-related offenses.

According to police, 61-year-old Jerry Lewis Friday was arrested at his home on North Myrtle School Road, Gastonia on multiple sex-related offenses.

Police report Friday is the pastor at New Providence Baptist Church in Mount Holly.

Friday is accused of several sex crimes involving underage girls at the church. Police say some of the crimes happened at the Mount Holly church. Friday made first court appearance by video screen on Thursday afternoon.

He is charged with one count of felony statutory sex offense, four counts of felony indecent liberties with a child, one count of felony disseminating obscene material to a minor, and two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery.

NC pastor accused of multiple sex-related offenses, police report | wcnc.com

Man Protesting Santa Claus Arrested for Trespassing at Cleburne Church After Telling Children He is 'Not Real' - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

According to Without a Crystal Ball, "A quick search of Urbanski on social media shows that he has a history of protesting secular events. In dozens of photos, Urbanski is shown holding signs protesting Halloween, parades, divorce, drunkenness, adultery, and pre-marital sex,,, Several of the photos show Urbanski holding a megaphone preaching about God."
Aaron Urbanski, 31, of Joshua, was arrested on a charge of trespassing and booked into the Johnson County Law Enforcement Center. No bond was immediately set.

Urbanski was one of three men protesting outside the church, police said.

They were asked "multiple times" to leave the church property, said Cleburne police officer Brian McQueen.

Two of the men did leave but Urbanski refused and "continued causing a disturbance," he said.
As the article and a comment notes, "[a] man who believes in Jesus says Santa is not real."

Man Protesting Santa Claus Arrested for Trespassing at Cleburne Church After Telling Children He is 'Not Real' - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

UPDATED::Heath pastor leaves over decades-old 'illegal' actions

UPDATE::  VGF Church founder had illegal relationship with teen student, impregnated her after graduating
More details have emerged about the “sinful” and “illegal” actions committed by the founder of one of the largest churches in Licking County, Ohio, that led to his resignation in October.

John Schouten, who founded VGF Church (formerly known as Vineyard Grace Fellowship) in Heath, has admitted to having an inappropriate years-long relationship with a teenage student when he was a newlywed teacher at Liberty Christian Academy over 30 years ago.

The relationship, which occurred before Schouten was a Christian, resulted in the girl becoming pregnant at the age of 19 after she graduated from the school.

Although Schouten officially parted ways with VGF in October, only a few details were reported in the media at the time out of privacy concerns. It was noted that Schouten committed "wrong, evil and illegal" acts that only involved one accuser and took place before his spiritual conversion in the 1980s.
The pastor of large church outside Heath has left the church he founded after leaders of the congregation learned he committed a "sexual sin" more than 30 years ago.

Pastor John Schouten has mutually parted ways with VGF Church, located at 4905 Jacksontown Road. 

A statement about Schouten's departure was prepared by church elders and read to parishioners Oct. 7 after Sunday service. An email with the entire statement was sent via email to parishioners that same day. The email was sent to The Advocate Thursday.

According to the statement, Schouten's actions were described as "wrong, evil, and illegal."

Heath pastor leaves over decades-old 'illegal' actions

Police: Church camera caught man performing sex act on 3-year-old

A volunteer at a church in North Charleston is facing charges after performing oral sex on a child, according to an affidavit.

That suspect also once attended and volunteered at a church in Mooresville, according to a spokesperson.

A judge denied bond Wednesday for Jacop Robert Lee Hazlett, 28, who is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Police: Church camera caught man performing sex act on 3-year-old

A Buddhist Monk Was Arrested for Having Chemsex Parties in His Temple - VICE

A Buddhist monk has been arrested after he was allegedly caught smoking meth and having gay sex parties in his temple. Master Kai Hung was the secretary general of the Chinese Young Buddhist Association until a few weeks ago, when police raided the 29-year-old’s room at Chongfo Temple in Taiwan.

What they found was 19 grams of amphetamines, smoking pipes, condoms, anal relaxants, erection medication, and a bottle of “holy water” filled with lube. They also discovered two USB drives that contained over 200 gigabytes of porn, including "male-on-male sex videos" that were made by and starring Kai himself, the Liberty Times reports.

The spicy footage was published by Taiwanese news outlet Mirror Media last week, and appears to show the monk smoking meth, sweating profusely, and just generally rolling around on a bed with other men. It’s not clear where or when the video was filmed, but the original report quotes a source as saying that Kai was a long-time drug user who held “sex parties” with other Buddhists at Tongshan Temple, where he was previously based.

A Buddhist Monk Was Arrested for Having Chemsex Parties in His Temple - VICE