Sunday, April 22, 2018

'Smallville' actress Allison Mack arrested on suspicion of sex trafficking in 'guru to stars' case

A television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend pleaded not guilty Friday to sex trafficking after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave "master" recruiting unsuspecting women to a cultlike group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars.

Allison Mack was accused in an indictment unsealed by the federal court in Brooklyn. She entered her plea and was remanded to custody after Judge Cheryl Pollak refused a request from Mack's lawyers to release her without bail. A bail hearing will be held Monday.

Mack, 35, starred in The CW network's "Smallville." Since that series ended in 2011, she has played only minor roles. Prosecutors said she helped recruit women for leader Keith Raniere and his cult-like organization called NXIVM. She told the women they were joining what was purported to be a female mentorship group, prosecutors said.

But "the victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor," according to federal prosecutors.

'Smallville' actress Allison Mack arrested on suspicion of sex trafficking in 'guru to stars' case

Thursday, April 19, 2018

UPDATED::Ronald J Harris: Louisiana pastor shot dead mid-sermon accused of raping confessed shooter's wife | Mail Online

UPDATE::  Karey not guilty verdict raises concerns in the community
The not guilty verdict for Woodrow Karey has come as a shock to many in the community, who wonder how someone can walk into a church, shoot someone in front of some 50 witnesses and be acquitted.

The killing at Tabernacle of Praise Church on Sept. 27, 2013, could have been different. Ronald Harris's daughter, Talisha Jacko, took a gun out immediately after the first shot.

"I did, I had a weapon on me at the time and I did try to fire it," she said. "However, it did jam up on me because I hadn't shot it in a while. But it did jam up on me. I was very devastated because, at one point, I did go through like, I could have saved his life and I failed him."

So, it could have been a much different outcome. Even if Pastor Harris did bad things to Woodrow Karey and his wife, it's hard for some to see how a jury finds him not guilty, when he admits walking in and killing the preacher in front of so many.

"He walked into a church that was having a revival and killed this man," said Cynthia Killingsworth, First Assistant D.A. for Calcasieu Parish. "We have lots and lots of witnesses that saw this."
She is concerned it sends the wrong message to the community.
See also:: Two Karey jurors discuss verdict
UPDATE::  Shooter takes the stand
A man on trial for manslaughter took the stand Tuesday in state district court and told a jury about shooting a pastor nearly five years ago during a church service, saying the pastor raped his wife and was “treacherous.”

Woodrow Karey Jr., 58, told jurors he walked into Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center during a revival service on Sept. 27, 2013, and shot Ronald J. Harris, 51, twice with a shotgun. 

The prosecution has said Harris was having an affair with Karey’s wife; the defense has said Karey’s wife was raped by Harris for years.
Too many unanswered questions, although no person has the right to be judge, jury and executioner,,,

Lousiana sheriffs revealed Monday that the pastor shot dead while singing to a service was accused of rape by his confessed shooter's wife.

Just two days before Pastor Ronald J. Harris Sr., 53, was killed while singing to a revival crowd of more than 65, former deacon Woodrow Karey's wife filed sexual assault charges against the pastor.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said the charges were still being investigated Friday when the 'Karey walked into the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center, and shot Harris at close range' before turning himself in minutes later.

Mancuso says the woman and preacher had exchanged text messages, and it's not yet clear whether a sexual assault took place.

Harris was preaching at about 8:20 pm on Friday when he was shot twice by the former deacon and fell to the floor.

Harris was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ronald J Harris: Louisiana pastor shot dead mid-sermon accused of raping confessed shooter's wife | Mail Online

UPDATE::Trenton pastor steals from local family by deception, must pay $12K restitution

UPDATE::  Trenton church pastor Terry Wells faces insurance fraud indictment
A self-ordained pastor who recently confessed to stealing $12,000 has new criminal charges to answer.

The Rev. Terry Wells, 42, of Trenton, got indicted last Friday by a grand jury of his peers, this time getting slapped with one count of third-degree insurance fraud.

“I don’t even know anything about the indictment,” Wells said Tuesday when The Trentonian asked whether he had any comments. “They said I had a co-defendant. I don’t have a co-defendant. I am not guilty for nothing.”
A man of God who recently confessed to theft by deception has started paying back some of the $12,000 he owes in restitution.

The Rev. Terry Wells, 42, pastor of My Brother’s Keeper Outreach Ministries, duped a family into financial loss over two years ago but appeared in Mercer County Superior Court on Friday to try to make things right.

Dressed up in a suit and tie, Wells formally presented the victimized family with $5,300 via cashier’s check on Friday. He still owes $6,700, and the state has the right to terminate his plea agreement and prosecute him on numerous counts of credit card theft, forgery and theft by deception if he fails to pay the balance by Jan. 5, 2018.

Wells gained the trust of the local family through his ministry and then exploited them as the unwitting victims of his deception. The whole shebang is presented as a misdemeanor under his plea agreement, but the pastor was originally accused of achieving self-enrichment through a staggering set of devilish deeds.

Trenton pastor steals from local family by deception, must pay $12K restitution

UPDATED::Youth pastor arrested for allegedly murdering family on Thanksgiving |

UPDATE::  Ex-youth minister admits killing 3, including wife, stepdaughter 

In a hearing to determine if there was probable cause that Gattis killed his wife, Jeanett L. Gattis, 58, and his stepdaughter, Candice L. Kunze, 30, defense attorney John Rockecharlie told the court, “My client admits he was the shooter.”
But Rockecharlie said Gattis advised that “he did it because they were ganging up on him.”
Gattis, 58, a former youth ministry director for Grace Lutheran Church in Chester, is also charged with killing Kunze’s boyfriend, 36-year-old Andrew Buthorn of Olympia, Wash., who had celebrated Thanksgiving with the family.
Because two of the victims were family members, those cases were heard Tuesday in domestic relations court. The case involving Buthorn is scheduled to be heard Wednesday in Chesterfield General District Court.
At the end of Tuesday’s proceeding, Judge J. David Rigler found there was probable cause that Gattis fatally shot his wife and stepdaughter and certified two counts each of first-degree murder and felony use of a firearm to a Chesterfield Circuit Court grand jury. The panel will consider indictments against Gattis on May 21.
Police have arrested a youth pastor for allegedly murdering his family at a home in Chester on Thanksgiving night.

Officers discovered two women and a man shot to death at a home on Dogwood Ridge Court in the Ashley Forrest subdivision around 11:30 p.m.

Officials said the women’s bodies were found inside the home and that the man’s body was found in the front yard.

The victims were identified as 58-year-old Jeanett L. Gattis, 30-year-old Candice L. Kunze and 36-year-old Andrew E. Buthorn.

Youth pastor arrested for allegedly murdering family on Thanksgiving |

UPDATED::Wichita church sued over alleged sex abuse by youth pastor | The Wichita Eagle

UPDATE::  Youth pastor had sex with 15-year-old. Asks her to say it was her idea, report says
A Wichita youth pastor began having sex with a church member right after she turned 15 and asked her to say she was older when it started and “that she had come on to him,” says an affidavit filed by a sheriff’s detective.

The criminal case against 48-year-old Chauncey Walker began this past August with a tip to the Wichita Police Department’s Facebook page. Detective Daniel Ribble, with the Exploited and Missing Child Unit, learned that the tipster obtained a taped admission from Walker, says the affidavit, received by The Eagle late Tuesday through a court record request.

The Eagle has previously reported on the taped admission after receiving a copy from an attorney for the alleged victim. Now 20, she is suing Word of Life Ministries and Schools Inc., senior minister Robert Rotola Sr. and his son, church school administrator Robert Rotola Jr. The lawsuit alleges that the church and the Rotolas neglected to supervise Walker, failed to fully investigate concerns about him and tried to cover up the allegations. In a court document, the church and the Rotolas have denied the allegations.
A man used his position as a Wichita church youth pastor to sexually abuse a teenage girl for three years – and the church and its senior minister are at fault, a new lawsuit says.

The youth pastor raped and sexually abused her “at least two to four times a week from June 2012 to June 2015,” the lawsuit says. In all, it says, he violated her at least 288 times.

The lawsuit contends that the church neglected to supervise the youth pastor, failed to fully investigate concerns about him and tried to cover up the allegations.

The man who was the youth pastor – Chauncey M. Walker, 48 – has remained in jail since August. He was arrested and charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child and two counts of criminal sodomy. The crimes listed in the charges occurred between around May 22, 2012, and May 23, 2013. The girl was 15 at the time. Walker is being held on a $100,000 bond.

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Wichita church sued over alleged sex abuse by youth pastor | The Wichita Eagle

Teacher facing new sex abuse allegations | Local News Stories |

A teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School who was arrested last month and charged with molesting three young girls has been accused of doing similar things to two more girls.

Everest Moore, 28, was charged Thursday with two class A felony counts of gross sexual imposition. The new charges allege Moore had sexual contact with two girls younger than 15 between August and February.

As in the case filed in March, the Williston police used the verbal testimony of investigators to support an arrest warrant, as opposed to the more common practice of using written affidavits.

Teacher facing new sex abuse allegations | Local News Stories |

See also::  Teacher charged with sexual assault

UPDATED::Out on bail for 23 child molestation counts, East Bay minister flees during trial

UPDATE::  East Bay pastor sentenced to 34 years for molesting teenage girl in his parish
A Martinez pastor who fled to Mexico during his 2017 sexual molestation trial, only to be captured and extradited back to the U.S., was sentenced Friday to 34 years in prison.

A judge gave Fernando Maldonado, 37, the maximum sentence in a Richmond courtroom two weeks after he was captured in the resort town of Cancun.
Maldonado was charged in 2015 with sexual abuse of a girl in his parish at Morello Baptist Church in Martinez, starting when she was 13. At the time of his trial, he was free on $1.29 million bail.
An East Bay minister who was out of jail on $1.3 million bail is a wanted man for failing to show up in court after a girl testified he sexually abused her for years.

Fernando Maldonado, 37, was on trial facing 23 counts of child molestation when he apparently fled the area, possibly to Mexico. His alleged victim, a girl who was less than 16 years old when the alleged sexual abuse occurred, testified Thursday and Friday that he sexually abused her numerous times over a three-year period, while he was a minister at two local churches.

Then, on Monday, Maldonado failed to show up to court. Judge Clare Maier issued a bench warrant for his arrest the same day, listing him as “voluntarily absent.” That means the trial will proceed without him. Closing arguments are expected to take place Wednesday.

Out on bail for 23 child molestation counts, East Bay minister flees during trial