Associate Pastor Ronald Jones Charged with Child Sexual Assault

Associate pastor Ronald Jones has been charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the second degree relating to a 15-year old boy.

According to the linked article, Jones also has multiple convictions for breach of trust and writing fraudulent checks. (Why was he still an associate pastor?)

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Female Abusers in the Church

In the world of abuse in the church, it can often be overlooked that not all abuse, even sexual abuse, happens at the hands of men. Women can be sexual abusers, too.

I am linking to an article about a female abuser. This can happen with a woman in any position in the church, so it is important to remember that church protection policies need to apply to everyone, not just male leaders.

New Tribes Mission Sweeps Child Sex Abuse Under the Rug

Adults who were abused emotionally, spiritually, physically and sexually while children in a New Tribes Mission boarding school in Fanda, West Africa are speaking out and seeking justice. The boarding school was for the children of missionaries with New Tribes Mission. It has long been the established practice for missionary children to be sent to boarding schools while their parents served in foreign countries. This practice is not unique to New Tribes Mission, but has been an established practice of most mission boards that I have ever known.

What makes this particular school and situation stand out is that there is now extensively documented evidence that the mission board knew of the sexual abuse by 1987 but did nothing about it. As of the present time, more than 20 years later, they have still taken no legal action and persist in ignoring the pleas of former victims for justice. They are making token noises about the systemic abuse but have done nothing definitive.

What will it take for New Tribes Mission to step up to God’s standards of righteousness? This is inexcusable. Any “work for the Lord” is tainted and polluted when the same people who claim to be winning the lost for Christ are simultaneously flushing other lives down the drain in some of the most destructive ways possible. A “little” poison in the brownies is enough to kill all who eat them. This is not just repugnant. It is a spiritual outrage that should appall anyone with a conscience. Yet, these leaders do not seem to see the situation with any sort of godly perspective. That fact should give anyone serious pause. The documented facts are enough to reveal there is no acceptable excuse.

Anger and Christian Virtue

The linked article is a very good analysis of how Christian leaders have somehow distorted their understanding of perceptions of evil and their responses to it, particular as it pertains to child sex abuse by clergy. This article was written from the perspective of the Catholic church, but it can be transposed directly to apply to the Protestant church.

Anger and Christian Virtue

Youth Pastor Richard J. Wagner Sentenced for Child Sex Abuse

Former youth pastor Richard J. Wagner, of Kenai, AK, was sentenced today to 13 years in prison, with 8 years suspended, plus 3 months hard jail time, 7 years probation on each count, sex offender treatment, and permanent banning from work around children. According to the linked article, Wagner had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of possession of child porn, in exchange for dismissal of four counts of sexual abuse of a minor, two counts of indecent exposure and 10 counts of child porn possession.

Pastor Darrell Dunn Charged with Child Sex Abuse

Pastor Darrell Dunn of Crosby, TX, has been arrested and charged with multiple counts related to child sex abuse allegations. He is charged with molesting two teenaged male students and sending sexually explicit photos and text messages to them. Police suspect there may be additional victims from the Living Praise Church and Academy and ask for anyone with information to contact them.

Denomination Sued in Sex Abuse Case

The Church of God denomination is being named as a defendant in four lawsuits related to sex abuse charges. Former pastor Sandy Martin Cook was sentenced in February on multiple counts of third-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or a custodian. He was sentenced to 20 years to 60 years in prison.

Three of the plaintiffs in the case and one additional alleged victim have now filed suits against Cook and the Church of God. According to the linked article, “the suits maintain that the Church of God knew of Cook’s ‘propensity of sexual misconduct on minor children’ in the 1990s, yet did nothing to stop it. The suits accuse the church of conspiring to hide Cook’s activities and of ‘using threats, intimidation, religious doctrine and coercion to ignore and prevent the abuse from being reported.”’

This case is significant because this will be the wave of the future if denominations do not immediately take warning. Church autonomy will not be an adequate legal dodge, especially when collusion, corporate denominational intimidation, foreknowledge, and deliberate neglegence can be both proven and documented.