Tulsa’s Grace Christian Fellowship & School Sued in Sex Abuse Case

Grace Christian Fellowship and Christian School in Tulsa, OK, are being sued for negligence in not preventing or stopping abuse by Aaron Thompson, a former teacher who pleaded guilty to sex abuse charges in 2003. He was charged with abusing 9 boys in the school, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison and 15 years of probation.

Former Youth Minister Gordon Lunceford Indicted for Child Sex Abuse

A grand jury has indicted former youth minister Gordon Lunceford on 13 sex-related charges including six counts of 3rd degree rape, one county of first degree sexual abuse, five counts of third degree sodomy and one county of second degree sexual abuse.

Lunceford has been a youth minister at churches in Anderson, Madison and Franklin counties in Kentucky. Police are asking for anyone with information or additional possible victims to call 502-227-2221.

Michael Guillermo Taboada Sentenced in Sex Abuse Case

Former pastor Michael Guillermo Taboada was sentenced today to up to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing a girl in his congregation. The sentence corresponded to an earlier plea agreement. According to the linked article, in May, Taboada pleaded guilty to eight counts of second degree sex assault.

Former Asst. Pastor Dan Silverman to Plead Guilty to Sex Abuse

Update 10:25 p.m., 4/28/2009:

Dan Silverman has requested that I add his statement regarding this news story.

I was never set to plead guilty to the charge against me. In fact, I pleaded no contest in order to save the accuser (a child) the trauma from having to testify in court. I had never considered pleading guilty, my lawyer had never advised me to enter a guilty plea and a guilty plea was never entered.

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Former Associate Pastor Dan Silverman of Vinton, VA, is scheduled to enter a guilty plea on charges of child sexual abuse according to court records. He has been charged with aggravated sexual battery against a 12-year-old.

According to the linked article, “Also charged from Heritage Baptist Church, is former Deacon Dead Stone. Police say Stone confessed to the congregation. Stone faces 24 charges involving sexually molesting a child over the age of 13, and two children under 13.

Investigators do not believe that any of the crimes happened at the church.”

Chester Mulligan Answers Back In Defense

In a Miami newspaper article, Chester Mulligan spoke publically to defend his innocence of charges against him.

If you read his comments and read my piece What Does Chester Mulligan’s Sentence Mean you might find his comments ironic or even amusing. Knowing the background of the story in some detail, I find his creative revision of events predictable, alarming, and laughable – if it weren’t so insidiously dangerous. But he can say what he wants when there is no one to concretely prove him wrong.

And so, what I said would happen is…. happening right on cue.

Music Minister Patrick Jerome Whitehead Arrested for Sex Abuse

Music minister Patrick Jerome Whitehead has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse by force and sodomy on a student at a local high school where Whitehead works as band director. According to the linked article, Whitehead also worked as a music minister at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL.

Youth Pastor Jonathan James Hartman Arrested for Child Sex Abuse

Youth pastor Jonathan James Hartman has been arrested for allegedly molesting three girls, ranging in age from 13-15, and impregnating one of them. He is being held on $150,000 bond. There may be additional charges in the future.