Lori Wick, Christian Author Involved in Child Abuse Probe

Lori Wick, Christian Author Involved in Child Abuse Probe March 24, 2011

by Francesca T.

Lori Wick, the author of historical Christian novels has been tied to a 16 month child abuse investigation in the town of Black Earth Wisconsin (Dane County).  The child abuse investigation and resulting charges surround the Aleitheia Bible Church which, Lori and her husband Bob financially support, to the tune of $500,000.

In the Dane County Sherrif’s Department press release dated 03/21/2011, there are twelve total counts of child abuse against the two elders of Aleitheia Bible Church: Philip B. Caminiti, who is the main pastor, and his brother John R. Caminiti.

Philip Caminiti’s charges are: Intentional Child Abuse-Bodily Harm; Conspiracy to Commit (8 counts).

John Caminiti’s charges are:  PTAC of Mental Harm to a Child (4 counts);  Intentional Child Abuse-Bodily Harm (4 counts);  Mental Harm to a Child (4 counts).  (Please note that in Wisconsin, a large burden of proof lays with the prosecution in the successful prosecution with charges of  Mental Harm to a Child.)

Also accused are second generation Caminitis, Mathew and Alina, the Wick’s son Timothy, Andrea Wick, and finally, Maria and Timothy Stephenson.  Please see the Sheriff’s press release, linked below, for the entire list of the additional charges.

In a criminal complaint Phil is quoted as saying “the scripture is never wrong” and “pain is a good way to teach children.”

The complaint says he also told them “if you spank early and it is done right then kids will be obedient”, adding he didn’t think bruises were telltale signs of something bad.

Church members say children and infants were punished for things such as being emotional, grumpy or crying, not sitting quietly through church, crying when being handed from a mother to another person or for potty training mistakes.

These members of the church are on record as saying that they believed  a “one and a half  month” old child is old enough to be spanked.  They also go on to say that their preferred method of spanking is by the use of wooden spoon or a 12” – 18” wooden dowel with the diameter of a quarter.  These implements were described to be used on the bare skin of young children, including infants as young as 2 months old.  Every parent attested to the redness or bruising of the children’s skin after such a bout of (so called) spankings.

As a note: Wisconsin Law draws the line between spanking and abuse at the creation of persistent redness or any bruising.

The twelve victims are described as children of the congregants and ranging in age from a few months old to six years old.  It is also alleged that John Caminiti’s charges also stem from the punishments that he doled out to the children of other congregants.

The Caminiti brothers have been released pending trial on a signature bond.


Wisconsin State Journal: More people to be charged with child abuse for alleged Biblical punishment methods 

Wisconsin State Journal: Black Earth pastor, brother charged with child abuse for spanking kids with dowels, rods 

Dane County Sheriff’s Press Release: Eight Face Charges in Child Abuse Investigation 

NBC 15 Madison: UPDATE: Eight Face Charges in Child Abuse Investigation – video included 

WKOW Madison (ABC Affiliate): Eight arrested in Dane Co. church child abuse investigation – Photos of  Caminiti brothers included 

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  • Jemma

    I was sent this brilliant link the other day that questions the translations of the passages in the bible used to condone corporal punishment. Thought it would interest you…..

  • Joy

    Stories like this frustrate me so much!!! The reason? Because it is very WRONG 2 beat a child, and especially a 2 month old. However, spanking in the right way 4 the right reasons is absolutely what American kids need!! I was spanked as a child and I have NO problems now, I don’t have depression, and I’ve never done ANYTHING 2 get the cops called on me. I’ve never even been given a speeding ticket! The secret is combine discipline with positive things as well. You will never go wrong!

  • kesha

    Actually i think cut hip is exactly what kids need. and i believe cut hip should start at the point where rudeness begins. Why i believe this is because the bible says train up a child and the way he’ll grow. If a child does wrong or be rude u suppose to nip it in the butt so they would no it is wrong. If they be rude once and get away they will do it again. What i see people doing now a days is they allow little kids to do wrong and when they get older they start to punish them for something that has already became a habit. Kids and adults will only learn if they feel pain. Thats why you discipline them while they are kids so that they dont have to get cut hip when they are adults. an example of this if you touch fire it burns..that is pain..since you know the fire burn you once would you touch the fire again?

  • Earline

    I am very disturbed about this article. Lori Wick was an author I like to read. She being a christian author, and I being an up and coming author, I really looked up to authors like Lori Wick. She was an inspiration to me. But then why should I be disappointed? Just like so many others over the years who have lied, abused, cheated, and defrauded people, why should Lori be any different. After all she is only human. Just last week I found out someone I thought was honest was stealing from and lying to people, to the tune of millions of dollars. That cost him plenty of money and he may be facing prison. Just over six months ago a business venture I had gone into was shut down without my knowledge, rendering me broke. I suppose the owner of the website thinks or believes that he had the right to do that. But if he did, how come he didn’t just come straight about it. I don’t think that I can ever truly trust anyone anymore. I don’t care if they do claim to be honest, or christian, or trustworthy. When a person earn it, that is when I will trust them.

  • Dani Sullivan

    I am very disturbed that readers of this article haven’t noticed that Lori Wick’s “Involvement” includes going to the church which is being investigated and having her son and daughter/in-law investigated. I am sure she is torn up about this and deserves our prayers rather than our censoring. I have the same opinion of Lori Wick now as I did when I read and enjoyed my first of her novels.

  • Joan Todd

    I agree with you Dani Sullivan, it’s rediculous that she’s “involved” because she goes to that church.