Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Springdale pastor accused of attempting to meet teen for sex

According to federal court documents, Timothy Lee Reddin, 67, of Springdale was arrested on August 3 for trying to meet up with a minor for sex.

An undercover agent with the Department of Homeland Security says he was undercover online as a 14-year-old boy when he began talking to Reddin.

He says Reddin attempted to meet him and perform sexual acts.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court says Reddin talked about oral sex with the fictional boy, giving him pointers on having sex for the first time, and offered to teach him.

In the complaint, the undercover investigator says Reddin sent pictures of naked male genitalia.
According to the Turner Street Baptist Church website, Reddin is currently a pastor there.

Springdale pastor accused of attempting to meet teen for sex

Bible teacher at church school accused of having sex with teen

A 59-year-old man listed as a Bible teacher at a Jacksonville Christian school is facing felony child sex charges, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Police said Robert Russell Browning allowed a girl between the age of 12 and 16 to perform oral sex on him inside Cedar Creek Baptist Church, on Lane Avenue.

The church operates Cedar Creek Christian School, and Browning is listed on the school's faculty page as a Bible teacher. His arrest report indicates he is currently unemployed.

Browning, who remains in jail on $250,000 bond, is charged with lewd battery, lewd and lascivious molestation and transmission of material harmful to a minor.

Bible teacher at church school accused of having sex with teen

Brownwood Pastor Arrested, Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child

Local Pastor Fernando Hernandez was arrested Friday, July 27th, in Coleman on charges of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Young Child and Indecency With a Child after probable cause affidavits were filed with the Precinct 4 Justice of Peace in Brown County on Wednesday, July 25th. The two affidavits, signed by Texas Ranger Jason Shea, list instances of sexual abuse perpetrated on at least two children, one was seven years old during an alleged incident with Hernandez.

Fernando Hernandez is the pastor of “It’s a Challenge Church” in Brownwood.

According to the documents filed, an investigation began November 23, 2016 when the Brownwood Police Department was advised of a possible sexual assault. During a subsequent interview, the child told investigators Hernandez put his hand down her pants and touched her genitals. The child stated “this happened every time she went to Hernandez’s home,” according to the report. Hernandez also allegedly told the child not to tell anyone or he would go to prison.

Brownwood Pastor Arrested, Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child

Mathews County church youth leader accused of abusing boy sexually | 13newsnow.com

Deputies arrested a church youth leader on Monday after they investigated allegations that he sexually abused a boy.

The Mathews County Sheriff's Office found out about the accusation in June. Deputies said it involved a 15-year-old boy and Kenneth Scott Marshall, 36. Marshall worked with young people at Cornerstone Fellowship Church. During the course of the investigation, deputies conducted several interviews and collected evidence that they found supported the allegations.

Prosecutors presented evidence to a grand jury on July 16 which led to two indictments against Marshall. The indictments were for Aggravated Sexual Battery of a Minor through the Use of Mental Incapacity or Physical Helplessness and Forcible Sodomy of a Minor through the Use of Mental Incapacity or Physical Helplessness.

Mathews County church youth leader accused of abusing boy sexually | 13newsnow.com

Beverly Hills church trying to find its footing after theft by former church secretary | Local News | chronicleonline.com

On May 31, the congregation of Beverly Hills Community Church was dealt a blow when their church secretary, Kathryn Goff, was arrested and charged with stealing almost $20,000 from the church.
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Between June 2017 and April 2018, Goff, a paid employee and not a member of the church, allegedly addressed 38 checks to herself from the church’s bank account, totaling $19,426.59.

As secretary, she was allowed to write checks, but not sign them. An investigation by Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detectives determined that she would write checks with realistic amounts and record their payees in church logs as utility or service companies. Then she would take the checks to the bank and fill in her name as payee, writing in the memo line that it was for extra duties that the church never asked her to do.

She was arrested May 31. Her next scheduled appearance in court is July 26 in front of Judge Richard “Ric” Howard. If convicted, Goff faces up to 20 years in prison.

Beverly Hills church trying to find its footing after theft by former church secretary | Local News | chronicleonline.com

Monday, August 13, 2018

TN ‘prophetess’ stole $162,000 in funds from hungry kids, cops say | Lexington Herald Leader

Jeannette Jives-Nealy, 50, styled herself as a “pastor prophetess” at Kingdom Dominion Worldwide Ministries in Memphis, the Tennessean reports. 

But in June and July of 2014, Jives-Nealy and her family weren’t exactly doing God’s work — they were using the organization as a front to steal more than $162,000 in government funding, according to prosecutors. That funding was meant to feed poor and hungry children throughout the summer.

A jury convicted Jives-Nealy of theft over $60,000 and money laundering on Friday, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced in a release Monday.

Read more here: https://www.kentucky.com/news/nation-world/national/article215378735.html#storylink=cpy

TN ‘prophetess’ stole $162,000 in funds from hungry kids, cops say | Lexington Herald Leader

Sedgwick pastor arrested on suspicion of child sex crime | The Wichita Eagle

A Sedgwick pastor was arrested in Harvey County Friday on suspicion of a child sex crime, according to the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office.

Kevin Berry, the lead pastor at First Christian Church of Sedgwick, was arrested on suspicion of indecent liberties with a child.

Berry began ministering in Sedgwick in 2015, according to the First Christian Church of Sedgwick website. Before that, he worked in Amoret, Missouri, where he ministered for six years, the site says.

Read more here: https://www.kansas.com/latest-news/article214888970.html#storylink=cpy

Sedgwick pastor arrested on suspicion of child sex crime | The Wichita Eagle