Thursday, May 5, 2011



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Salinas priest sentenced to 1 year for sex abuse

San Jose Mercury News --SALINAS, Calif.—A Monterey County priest is facing a year in jail following an emotional sentencing hearing in which the teenager he pleaded no contest to molesting told of his attempts at suicide. 

The Monterey County Herald reports that the teen who was 16 at the time of the abuse in 2009, told a packed courtroom that the Rev. Antonio Cortes should serve a lengthy prison sentence.

Salinas priest sentenced to jail, probation in molestation of boy

The Salinas Californian - Sunita Vijayan - ‎May 4, 2011‎
The Salinas clergyman was sentenced to a year in county jail and three years probation for sodomizing and molesting a teenage boy in 2009. / Conner Jay/The Salinas Californian A Salinas priest was sentenced this morning to a year in jail and probation ...
Salinas priest gets year in jail for molesting boy San Jose Mercury News

SC pastor charged with stealing $253K from church

A former pastor of Elmwood Avenue Church of God is charged with stealing $253,827 in church donations over a 10-year-period, according to Columbia police.

Investigators arrested 53-year-old Charles Edward Ledford on Tuesday and charged him with multiple counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent.

Teacher accused of child molestation, wife turns him

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. -- A 28-year-old social studies teacher, youth pastor and girl's basketball coach at Yearling Middle School was arrested Thursday morning on a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child.
Joel A. Huddleston, of 3844 NW 30 Ave., also is youth pastor at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, according to the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's office obtained information of possible sexual abuse by Huddleston on Thursday. A detective interviewed Huddleston, who denied the accusations, "however, evidence proved otherwise."
Authorities say he was caught in bed, asleep at his home, with a 12-year-old girl, a student at Yearling Middle School. Huddleston's wife took cell phone pictures of them in bed, and turned the photos over to detectives.

Pastor Charged With Embezzling From His Church

 Madison, NC-- A pastor has been charged with taking from his own church.

According to the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, James Moore reported a Dell computer missing from the Goodwill First Baptist Church in Madison,  During an investigation of this report, other evidence surfaced which led to a warrant for John Jackson for embezzlement.
John Albert Jackson, 61, of Winston Salem had been pastor of the church, but has since been removed from his position.
Investigators said a warrant also states that Jackson, purchased automobile insurance on his personal automobiles, (2006 Cadillac SRX, 2008 Cadillac Escalade, 2004 Cadillac Deville, 2006 Cadillac DTS, and 2009 Cadillac CTS) without prior approval of the church or its membership in violation of the church's constitution.


Associate pastor at Silver Springs Church charged with child molestation

SILVER SPRINGS, Nev. — A 69-year-old associate pastor at a church in Lyon County has been jailed on charges of child molestation. Raymond "Bud" Mosley was arrested last week on suspicion of felony forcible sexual assault of a child and lewdness with a child under 14. An amended complaint filed Tuesday in Walker River Justice Court adds three counts of lewdness with a child under 1.

The Nevada Appeal reports the complaint says Mosley allegedly "encouraged, instructed and compelled" a 4-year-old girl to touch his genitals between July and April at the Silver Springs Christian Church. That's where Mosley was the associate pastor and his wife, Kay, the senior pastor since 2000.

Roanoke pastor charged with sexual abuse

 Well-known community leader and pastor Steve Dean turned himself in at the Randolph County Jail Tuesday on charges of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old, according to Roanoke Police Chief Adam Melton.

Dean, pastor of rapidly growing Community Life Church, said on Thursday: "My innocence will be proven and on the advice of my attorney I'm not at liberty to discuss this any more." He has retained John Tinney as his attorney.

The chief said the parents and alleged victim made a report at the Roanoke Police Department Saturday, April 23.


Inver Grove Heights Pastor Charged With Swindling Church

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. - A pastor at an Inver Grove Heights, Minn. church has been charged with fabricating expenses to the tune of more than $55,000.

Leon Edwill Piepenbrink, 51, of St. Paul, is charged with seven counts of theft-by-swindle for fabricating expenses and stealing money from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church Synod.

Priest sentenced to 3 years for stealing $1 million from church for male escorts

Who said it wasn't fun being a Roman Catholic priest?   The Reverend Kevin Gray has been sentenced to 3 years in prison after allegedly absconding with church money after faking a terminal illness from the Sacred Heart church in Waterbury, Connecticut to pay for male escorts and a lavish lifestyle.  The Waterbury police had been investigating him since June of 2010 for allegedly taking the money over a seven year period. The money was to be used for church repairs and church debt.

He has pled no contest to the charges, which is not an admission of guilt.   He was also sentenced to 3 years of probation.
What does the church have to say?  Apparently, absolutely nothing.  He has not been asked to pay back the money because the diocese did not ask for restitution.

 Priest sentenced to 3 years

Commonweal (blog)
Kevin Gray, a priest in the Archdiocese of Hartford, has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading no-contest to charges that he stole more than $1 million to fund a lavish secret life. Bills for restaurants, hotels, clothes and male ...

Former Youth Pastor Convicted Of Sexual Assault

A former youth pastor who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a young teen he met in an online chat room is going to prison.

A judge in Jefferson County sentenced 45-year-old Charles William Jenkins to 24 years in prison this week.Jenkins was facing a sentencing range of four to 12 years in prison, but District Judge Margie Enquist found that there were aggravating circumstances and doubled the maximum range for Jenkins, prosecutors said.


Ex-Salvation Army pastor gets 18 years in prison for stealing from immigrants in green card scam

PLAINFIELD — A former Salvation Army pastor found guilty of stealing thousands of dollars from immigrants in exchange for green cards was sentenced today to 18 years in state prison, said Ann Rubin, Union County assistant prosecutor.

Enoc "Tito" Sotelo, 51, was convicted in January of 17 counts of theft by deception and one count of conspiracy to commit theft. His wife Vereli Sotelo, 37, was convicted of six counts of conspiracy to commit theft by deception and sentenced today to six years in state prison, Rubin said.

Sotelo was accused of running a scheme where he would promise illegal immigrants that he would help them obtain green cards through a Florida attorney named Oscar Ruiz. He collected about $4,000 from each victim between December 2004 and February 2006, and told them $500 would go to the Salvation Army, according to an investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

None of the money went to the charity, and none of the victims received a green card.