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November 16, 2018
Rough justice in South Africa.
A father partially castrated a preacher he believed had carried out a sex attack on his nine-year-old daughter, a court in South Africa heard.
Preacher Mase Malgas, 66, died after being attacked on September 30 by the girl’s father, the East London courtroom was told.
Constable Lundi Nqwelo was called as a witness by the state prosecutors and testified that the defendant had been told by his ex-wife that their daughter had been raped, and that Mr Malgas was the perpetrator.
The defendant, his ex-wife and a friend of the couple then tracked down Mr Malgas, who was based at St Philips Church in Gompo, and burst into his home intent on revenge, the court heard.
Preacher Mase Malgas, 66, died from the injuries inflicted on him on September 30 by the girl’s father. He was based at St Philips Church in Gompo.
Nqwelo said the accused, who cannot be named as it would also reveal his daughter’s identity, then severely beat Mr Malgas and attempted to sever the preacher’s penis.
He did not complete the castration, but left the man with ‘grievous’ wounds, the court heard.
The trio then escorted him, by now in a life-threatening condition, to the Scenery Park Police Station, where they hoped he would be arrested.
East London police officers immediately called for medical assistance, but Mr Malgas died in hospital.
It has not yet been established whether Mr Malgas was the perpetrator, but medical reports confirmed that the defendant’s daughter had been raped, Nqwelo said.
The accused was denied bail and sent to a cell yesterday ahead of the resumption of his trial, in a case which has split the East London community and sparked an emotional debate on vigilante justice, The South African reported.
The defendant was denied bail yesterday after East London bail magistrate Joel Caesar said the court could not sanction vigilante justice. The trial will resume at a later date
The courts are waiting on DNA evidence which will prove pivotal in the case. If the preacher is found to be guilty, the defence case will be strengthened.
East London bail magistrate Joel Caesar said the suspect was denied bail because the court cannot sanction vigilante justice, although he expressed sympathy with the daughter.
The trial will resume at a later date.
November 13, 2018
Rasool, wannabe porn star on the run
A self-proclaimed mullah in Afghanistan, who allegedly filmed himself having sex with women, is on the run after the videos went viral on social media, prompting religious leaders to order his death by stoning.
Mullah Rasool, a traditional healer who wrote amulets for clients in a village in the northwestern province of Faryab, is accused of sexually exploiting and raping several women who had gone to him for help.
Rasool, whose nickname is Landay, which means “Shorty” in Pashto, allegedly used the videos to blackmail the women.
A number of videos began circulating on social media in recent weeks, but it is not clear when they were made or if they were filmed in Rasool’s village of Chinar in Pashtunkot district.
In one video posted on Facebook, a bearded and turbaned man purported to be Rasool is seen loosening his white baggy trousers, clearly aroused.
A young woman, still wearing her long dress and headscarf, removes her trousers and lays on a large floor cushion where they have sex.
While the identities of the women are not yet known, their faces are visible in the videos, which have been viewed tens of thousands of times, raising fears for their safety in the deeply religious country.
“We predict there will be honor killings,” Faryab governor spokesman Jawed Bidar told AFP.
Provincial women’s affairs department head Sharifa Azimi said the women had been “tricked” and has urged religious leaders to tell their worshippers that they are “innocent victims, not bad women”.
“We are very worried that they will be murdered,” Azimi told AFP.
The body of a woman was found dumped in a ditch near Chinar village several days ago, but it has not yet been identified, Azimi added.
Faryab’s top religious leaders have sentenced Rasool to death by stoning.
“If the government arrests and punishes him, okay, otherwise the people are also after this guy and will stone him to death,” said Ghulam Nabi Ghafori, deputy head of the provincial Ulema Council.
The videos and whereabouts of Rasool have become a major topic of conversation in Afghanistan where sex is a taboo subject and women are largely treated as second class citizens.
Much of the commentary on social media has targeted Rasool, who has been described as “Satan” and a “porn star”. There have been calls for him to be hanged and his genitals cut off.
But the scandal has also inspired a spoof on a popular television comedy show in which a character portraying Rasool fondles a male actor dressed up as a woman.
Traditional healers are much-revered in the ultra conservative countryside, where illiteracy remains rampant.
A lack of conventional health services forces many to rely on healers for a variety of problems — from debilitating maladies and infertility to finding stolen items and reuniting lost lovers.
To help police track down Rasool, provincial governor Naqibullah Faiq is offering his own car as a reward to anyone with information leading to his arrest.
“He will be arrested. He has no place abroad,” Faiq told a recent gathering.
November 11, 2018
Urbano Vazquez, yet another priest abusing children
D.C. police have arrested a Catholic priest and charged him with sexually assaulting a child.
Metropolitan Police on Wednesday arrested the Rev. Urbano Vazquez, 46, on charges of second-degree child sexual abuse.
Father Vazquez was the parochial vicar at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart parish in Columbia Heights.
The Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday it had suspended Father Vazquez last month after it learned of an assault allegation against him. The Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, which oversees Sacred Heart parish, reported the alleged incident to the archdiocese, which then informed D.C. police.
“This was the first report to the Archdiocese of this allegation of sexual abuse,” the archdiocese said in a written statement. “Since the initial claim to police, additional allegations against Father Vazquez were reported.”
November 9, 2018
This story is from October 22, 2004 and gives us insight into the misogynist Amish culture.
Johnny Byler, then
Johnny Byler, now
November 9, 2018
‘Going to the police was the hardest thing’: Amish woman ‘sexually assaulted by her bishop’ fled the strict community – where rapists were punished with 6 weeks of shunning – fearing for her life and for his daughter who he was later jailed for molesting
- Misty Griffin grew up on an isolated mountain farm, raised in Amish ways and dress since around aged 6, and sent to live with a strict community just shy of 19
- After about three years, she went to live with the bishop – the head of the church and a leader of the community – and his family to work as a maid
- Griffin says that the bishop sexually assaulted and attacked her and she went to the police to help his children, who she feared he was molesting
- After the alleged attack and fearful he was going to kill her, Griffin left the Amish
- Griffin, now married and a nursing student, wrote her memoir ‘Tears of the Silenced’ to raise awareness about child abuse and help sexual assault survivors
- The bishop is now in prison for molesting one of his daughters, records show
- There are no good statistics about sexual assault within the Amish community, according to a clinical psychologist who has worked with them for two decades
- Some communities punish perpetrators of rape and molestation by ‘shunning’ them for up to six weeks, and then the sin is forgiven and the abuse forgotten
It was supposed to be a new start when Misty Griffin – just shy of 19 – went to live with the strict Amish community.
After an isolated childhood on a remote mountain farm – raised in Amish ways and dress since she was around aged six – Griffin was hopeful. Her new community’s emphasis on forgiveness, she says, meant they allowed a convicted sex offender to live nearby and the way they dealt with molestation and rape was up to six weeks of ‘shunning,’ what they called placed in the Bann.
But it was an early spring night that set Griffin’s life on a different trajectory after the bishop – the head of the church and a leader of the community – allegedly sexually assaulted and physically attacked her.
‘I had nowhere to go. I was going to go to a woman’s shelter because I honestly believed that the bishop was going to kill me. I was so scared. It was so terrifying,’ Griffin tells DailyMail.com.
Despite a lifetime of following restrictive rules and a cloistered childhood, Griffin gathered her courage and took the unusual and brave step to go to the police to report the bishop – and would ultimately leave the Amish. Now 36, Griffin is married and a nursing student working toward her bachelor’s degree on the West Coast, and is the author of the newly updated book, ‘Tears of the Silenced: An Amish True Crime Memoir of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Brutal Betrayal and Ultimate Survival.’
The bishop’s attack on Griffin spurred her to leave the community, but it was her worry for the bishop’s children – she feared he was molesting one of his daughters – that would give her the strength to go to the police that spring night 13 years ago.
DailyMail.com verified through police reports, court documents and interviews that the bishop is currently in prison for molesting his daughter. Two other daughters accused him of molesting them, according to the documents. DailyMail.com contacted the bishop seeking comment, but did not receive a response.
Misty Griffin grew up on an isolated mountain farm and started to learn about Amish ways and dress when she was around aged 6. By the time she was almost 19, she went to live with a strict Amish community where she learned its rules, Pennsylvania Dutch, which is a German dialect, and was eventually baptized. She told DailyMail.com that it was important for her to be a good church member to pave the way for her younger sister.
November 8, 2018
Frederick and Jerri Smith, fleecing the flock
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A Memphis pastor and his wife are being accused of taking advantage of a 77-year-old woman in their church, racking up nearly $50,000 on her credit card.
The family called FOX13, claiming the pastor broke his promise to pay off the credit card debt.
Frederick Smith, 49, was arrested in connection with the alleged scam he and his wife committed against Clevie Williams.
Jerri Smith, Frederick’s wife, was arrested Thursday morning at 10:54. A warrant for Jerri shows the same charges as Fredrick.
Williams told FOX13 she was only a member of the New Life Holiness Church for a few months.
And she said one decision, which she originally thought was an honor, ruined her credit and put her in significant debt.
Williams said Smith asked her to be on the “Mother Board” of the church, which she initially took as an honor.
Shortly after that exchange, Williams said Smith stole her identity and opened up credit cards in her name that he used.
Williams told FOX13 that the pastor failed on his promise to pay off the nearly $50,000 in charges he allegedly made without her consent.
“I was almost speechless. I could not think of anything to do,” Williams said. “I said what is this? I never in my life time had a card, or anything from Bank of America. Never.
“I have never been inside one of the banks.”
Her family gave FOX13 the last statement from Bank of America, dated April 2015.
The amount due was more than $19,000 – nearly $9,000 in charges made in about 10 days.
“I just could not function. I was hurt,” said Williams. “I was more or less angry, and I just didn’t know what else to do.”
Williams filed a police report in May 2015 and identified Smith as a suspect, but she later declined to press charges after Smith agreed to pay the Bank of America bills the next month.
However, Williams told FOX13 that he never did.
Smith denied the allegations to FOX13, saying the money he spent was for “church expenses” and was approved by Williams.
Smith told FOX13 he never stole Williams’ personal information to open any credit card. He said
Williams opened the card and gave it to him to use as church expenses.
Smith is being charged with identity theft, theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000, and forgery between $10,000 and $60,000.
November 2, 2018
THE HEAVENS—Urging Christians nationwide to “Buy! Buy! Buy!” on Thursday, Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, announced that He will come again to judge the living and the dead once the Dow clears 27,000. “Listen, my children, and I will tell you—when the NYSE closing bell rings out and the Dow Jones Industrial Average soars above 27,000 points, I will return to strike down the wicked and reign over the righteous forevermore,” said Our Lord and Savior, adding that only increased consumer confidence and low interest rates could hasten His glorious Second Coming. “Rejoice, stockholders, for the kingdom of God is at hand, assuming this upward trend continues. Repent and believe in the gospel of the bull market.” At press time, the Prince of Peace and Everlasting Counselor was scrambling to sell after the Dow had plunged 500 points.
Thanks to theonion.com for this article.
November 1, 2018
Acton Bowen, uncontrolled pedophile racking up enough charges to put him away for a long time
An Alabama youth pastor who was arrested in April for child sex abuse involving a boy under 16 years of age has now been hit with yet another child sex charge.
We covered the case of Acton Bowen — an author, public speaker, and evangelist with ties to failed Senate candidate Roy Moore — earlier this year. He was taken into custody after being charged with second-degree sodomy, enticing a child to enter a vehicle or house for immoral purposes, and second-degree abuse.
Now, he’s facing a new charge on the same grounds.
According to court records made public Thursday, the 37-year-old founder of Acton Bowen Outreach, was indicted June 22 on a felony charge of traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act.
… [Bowen] was initially arrested in April on those charges brought by Hoover police. The victim in that case was a young male, but police did not release his age except to say he is over 12 and under 16.
The new indictment involves the same Hoover victim, and an alleged incident that happened around the same time as the other reported crimes.
Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector said the department’s Special Victim’s Unit first launched the investigation three weeks prior to Bowen’s April 10 arrest. According to Alabama law, a person commits the crime of [second-degree] sodomy if he or she, being 16 years old or older, engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another person less than 16 and more than 12 years old.
This story seems to be getting more intense. While the victim is the same, Bowen is now accused of traveling in order to commit the crime.
On the new charge, the indictment states Bowen “did knowingly and willfully travel within this state, to this state, or from this state by any means, or attempted to do so, or knowingly causes another person to do so or attempt to do so, for the purpose of engaging in any unlawful sex act with a child, including sexual intercourse, sodomy, a sexual performance, obscene sexual performance, or other sexual conduct for the benefit of (Bowen).” His bond on the new charge is set at $60,000 but he is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on no bond.
In addition to charges and arrests in numerous regions, there’s also a warrant out against Bowen from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. Authorities say they expect more charges against him in more counties, and that the FBI is involved.
Ohio Catholic priest arrested for having sex on church property with a 17-year-old girl who is now pregnant with his baby – and cops found a used pregnancy test at his home
November 1, 2018
Christopher Foxhoven, keeping up the Catholic tradition of child rape
- Rev. Christopher Foxhoven was charged with face eight counts of sexual battery
- Foxhoven, 45, admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, who is now pregnant with his child
- Diocese of Steubenville say they notified the police as soon as they found out
- The priest is now barred from church property, held on $1 million cash bond
An Ohio priest is facing charges after his diocese said he admitted to having a relationship with 17-year-old girl who is now pregnant.
Father Christopher Foxhoven, 45, was the pastor at Holy Cross and St. Mary of the Hill parishes in the Diocese of Steubenville near Pittsburgh, 10TV reports.
According to the Athens County prosecutor, the teen was an altar girl at Holy Cross in Glouster.
Both Foxhoven and the girl told her parents that she was pregnant.
Foxhoven is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with the girl between August and October of this year, however the prosecutor said their relationship lasted three years. Which means she was 14 when he started fucking her.
The Diocese in Steubenville reported the allegations to the Athens County Sheriff’s Office when they became aware of them on October 27.
Foxhoven was immediately suspended from taking any kind of religious service and was barred from coming into the church.
November 1, 2018
Jerome Coyle, abusing children with the church’s silence to defend him from prosecution
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese acknowledged Wednesday that it concealed for decades a priest’s admission that he sexually abused dozens of Iowa boys — a silence that may have put other children in danger.
The Rev. Jerome Coyle, now 85, was stripped of his parish assignments in the 1980s but never defrocked. And it was not until this week, after The Associated Press inquired about him, that he was publicly identified by the church as an admitted pedophile, even though the Diocese of Sioux City had been aware of his conduct for 32 years.
The diocese recently helped Coyle move into a retirement home in Fort Dodge, Iowa, without informing administrators at the Catholic school across the street.
In 1986, Coyle reported his “history of sexual attraction to and contact with boys” to Sioux City’s bishop, revealing that he had victimized approximately 50 youngsters over a 20-year period while serving in several Iowa parishes , according to a private letter written in February by the diocese vicar general and obtained by the AP.
The diocese told the AP on Wednesday that it never contacted police or informed the public after Coyle’s admission.
“The diocese admits it could have been handled better,” diocese spokeswoman Susan O’Brien said. But she said the policies in place at the time did not call for notifying police or the public.
Instead, the diocese at the time announced without explanation that Coyle was taking a six-month medical leave of absence. Church officials transferred him to a treatment center in New Mexico, the Servants of the Paraclete, where other accused priests nationwide were once commonly sent.
Coyle was stripped of his ability to lead Mass and otherwise function as a priest. But he never faced further punishment and lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, until recently, retaining the title “father” and collecting financial assistance from the diocese.
In 1986, the diocese was aware of one complaint against Coyle from a college student but did not have that man’s name, O’Brien said. That individual and another now-adult victim have come forward in recent weeks, and their allegations against Coyle will be reported to police, she said.
His total number of victims could be higher than 50 because the diocese remains “uncertain of an accurate number,” O’Brien said.
Coyle is unlikely to be prosecuted for any of his long-ago offenses because the statute of limitation has run out. He has not been named in any civil suits, and O’Brien said the diocese has never paid a settlement related to him.
He has not been publicly accused of molesting any minors in the past three decades, but lawyers and detectives are looking into what he has been up to since 1986. Fort Dodge police interviewed Coyle and searched his apartment last month after being tipped off that he was living near a school.
Coyle declined to comment Friday after answering the door at his apartment.
The bishop to whom Coyle reported his abuse, Lawrence Soens, retired in 1998. A review board later found that Soens himself had abused students when he was a priest and parochial school principal.
As a member of the clergy, Soens was not a mandatory reporter — someone obligated to tell police about child abuse allegations — under Iowa law. But critics said he still should have called authorities, sought to have Coyle defrocked, alerted the public and asked victims to come forward. Soen’s whereabouts are unknown.
Unlike other dioceses, Sioux City has never released a list of priests who have been credibly accused, despite calls from victims to do so.
“The Sioux City diocese covers everything up,” said attorney Scott Rhinehart, who has represented dozens of victims and calls the diocese a “haven for pedophile priests.”
The case has come to light amid a push by prosecutors around the country to hold the church accountable, not just for the sexual abuse of youngsters but for efforts to shield accused priests. In recent months, authorities in at least a dozen states have opened investigations, and federal prosecutors have launched an unprecedented statewide probe in Pennsylvania.
The diocese privately revealed Coyle’s past in a letter to a Catholic couple who had been allowing Coyle to live at their Albuquerque home after he was injured in a 2017 car accident. The letter warned the couple, Reuben and Tania Ortiz, that the diocese “cannot condone the risk you take” in allowing Coyle to live with their three teenage children.
“The letter was very scary for us as parents,” said Reuben Ortiz, who had been friends with Coyle for years and was unaware of the extent of his abuse. He said that he confronted Coyle and that the priest could not guarantee that he would be able to refrain from fondling his son. But Coyle had nowhere to go and continued living there until June, when deacons from Sioux City moved him back to Iowa.
“I was up day and night for days sometimes, patrolling my own house,” Reuben Ortiz said.
In the letter to Ortiz, and a similar one to Coyle, Vicar General Bradley Pelzel tried to discourage the priest from moving back to Iowa. He said the boys Coyle molested would now be men between the ages of 45 and 70, and they “could potentially encounter him and be retraumatized by the memories that would surface.”
The diocese offered to increase Coyle’s monthly retirement assistance by $575 so that he could afford an assisted living home in New Mexico. But that idea didn’t work out, and the church instead helped him move to Fort Dodge, into a care facility adjacent to Saint Edmonds Catholic School, whose students routinely visit.
Lawyers for the Ortiz family said the case illustrates how the church’s secrecy poses a continuing risk to children. They urged Coyle’s victims to share their stories, saying they have been “suffering in silence.”
“This is the time for Father Coyle’s victims to seek justice, and the time for the church to account for its cover-up,” said attorney Levi Monagle.
Experts called the Sioux City letter extraordinary for its written acknowledgment of abuse and continuing concealment.
“The letter shows in black and white that the system of covering up continues to this day, even after everything that’s occurred,” said attorney Craig Levien, who has represented dozens of abuse victims.
October 31, 2018
Wayland Yoder Brown, just can’t stop raping children
A 76-year-old former Catholic priest who already has served jail time for molesting boys in Maryland was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison in South Carolina for raping boys from a middle school four decades ago.
Wayland Yoder Brown wore his priest collar while attacking the boys, then prayed the rosary with them, Solicitor Duffie Stone said.
“He not only violated the trust of children, but violated their faith. He used the Catholic faith against them,” Stone said in a news conference after Brown’s guilty plea.
Brown already served five years of a 10-year sentence in Maryland for sexually abusing two other boys. Pope John Paul II dismissed him from the priesthood after that 2004 conviction.
Brown’s guilty plea comes as the Roman Catholic Church in the United States is under increased scrutiny for its handling of sex abuse cases. A Pennsylvania grand jury report in August found about 300 Catholic priests had abused more than 1,000 children statewide since the 1940s. Federal investigators are taking a closer look at those cases to see if church leaders covered up for abusive priests.
In South Carolina, Brown faced up to 210 years in prison on the nine counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Stone said he took the plea deal because the 20-year sentence almost guarantees Brown dies in prison and also requires him to talk to investigators about anything he knows from his years with the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia, and other churches.
Victim Chris Templeton told reporters in a news conference outside the courtroom he isn’t sure what Brown knows.
But if others in the church knew about the abuse and did nothing, “Hold them just as responsible as the man who raped me,” Templeton said.
The investigation into Brown started in 2016 when the Diocese of Savannah paid $4.5 million to settle a lawsuit by a man who said Brown sexually abused him. Georgia authorities couldn’t conduct a criminal investigation at the time because of the statute of limitations. But authorities determined Brown also abused the boys in South Carolina, where there was no time limit on an investigation.
Brown molested the boys while they attended St. James Catholic School in Savannah. He attacked them in a church and abandoned train depot in Hardeeville as well as other places, Stone said.
Stone and Templeton both urged anyone else who knows about other molestation victims or any possible cover up to contact authorities.
Brown pleaded guilty in 2004 to abusing two brothers in Maryland in the 1970s, while Brown was still a seminary student. During that hearing, he apologized to his victims.
“There is no excuse for what I did. There cannot be,” Brown said. “I hated myself for what I did.”
After raping them, Brown told the boys they faced eternal condemnation for them and their families if they reported it, Stone said.
“I do not expect the defendant to live through that sentence,” Stone said. “I think it is appropriate he lives the rest of his life in the South Carolina Department of Corrections.”
October 18, 2018