Former Assistant Pastor Daniel Silverman Sentenced in Sex Abuse Case

Former assistant pastor Daniel Silverman was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in prison for sex abuse charges. Silverman pleaded no contest to charges, stating his innocence and his desire that the child involved not be required to testify. The prosecutor in the case said that Silverman previously confessed to the charges. There was no proof offered in the linked article to support either Silverman’s or the prosecutor’s statement.

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.

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.”

Church Elder Mark Anderson Sentenced for Sex Abuse

Church elder, community leader, dentist, philanthropist, and respected family man, Mark Anderson, was sentenced to six years in prison for sexual abuse of female dental patients.

This case is a classic example of how the seemingly impossible can be true. According to the linked article, the judge in the case said:

he couldn’t reconcile the two sides of the Woodland dentist convicted of molesting female patients.

There was the devoted family man, church elder and healer, who provided free dental care to indigent patients. He lived with his wife and children in a Victorian house in historic Woodland.

And then there was the man Judge Stephen Mock called “a serial sexual offender,” who abused his standing in the community and his patients’ trust by groping them in his dental chair..

Supporters’ letters described Anderson, 49, as an outstanding member of the community, Mock said. “But I don’t know who that man was who molested those women,” he said.

Throughout the trial, Anderson maintained his innocence, attempting to convince the judge his actions were a type of physical therapy for TMJ. His attorney asked that Anderson be given probation and be treated through sex offender therapy because his actions were not in sync with the rest of what everyone knew to be true of Mark Anderson.

However, the judge did not agree. He said that Anderson had first violated his oath to do no harm to his patients. Secondly, Anderson had been warned by one of his victims to stop or she would go to the police. Yet, he continued his actions with other patients. As a result the judge sentenced Anderson to two years more than the sentence recommended by probation officers.

Anderson may be eligible for parole in three years and he will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

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.