February 23, 2018

Jordan Baird, megachurch youth pastor and aspiring Christian pop star, will only serve eight months for sexually abusing a teen girl in his congregation.

Earlier this year in Virginia Baird was found guilty on five counts of indecent liberties with a minor by a custodian, after a four-day jury trial in Prince William County Circuit Court.

However, despite the guilty verdict, Baird will only serve eight months because of the jury’s lenient sentence recommendation.

Prince William Times reports:

Judge Burke F. McCahill sentenced Baird to five years in jail, with all but three months suspended for the solicitation charge and five months for all of the indecent liberties charges. McCahill said the law did not allow him to impose a higher sentence than the one the jury recommended, even though the state sentencing guidelines were between one and five years in prison for each indecent liberties charge.

Baird will also have five years of probation and will have to pay $12,000 in restitution to the victim’s family. He was barred from contacting the victim or her family and was ordered to register as a sex offender.

According to reports, prosecutors allege Baird, 26, of Warrenton, Virginia, “used his position as the son of the leader of the Life Church and as a Christian pop singer to manipulate young girls and women into having inappropriate relationships with him.”

The report also notes that the victim and her family have been “shunned” by members of the megachurch since she came forward to share her story, with many church members “mocking” and “ridiculing” the victim.

Noting the fact that church members have been shunning the victim and her family, during the sentencing hearing Judge McCahill told Baird:

Many people have abandoned them (the victim and her family) to align with you. They were victimized a second time by this.

The judge went on to note that Baird, as the girl’s youth pastor, had violated his position of trust.

As for the victim, she was defiant while testifying at the sentencing hearing, at one point declaring:

You kept me silent for a year and a half, and I want you to know you no longer have control over me. This is not your story. This is my story and I will use it to help other victims. You picked the wrong girl to mess with. Thank you for empowering me to stand up and fight for what is worth fighting for.

Strong and courageous words from a strong and courageous teen.

Before Baird was busted for being a sexual predator, he was a contestant on “The Next,” a musical competition/reality show:

Bottom line: Megachurch youth pastor and aspiring Christian pop star Jordan Baird will only serve eight months for sexually abusing a teen girl in his congregation. In reaction to the crime, the good Christians at  Life Church in Virginia mock, ridicule, and shun the underage victim. And they call it “Christian love.”

Megachurch Youth Pastor Jordan Baird Will Only Serve 8 Months For Sexually Abusing Teen (Image via Prince William County police)
July 14, 2017

A Florida youth pastor is under arrest after hundreds of thousands of sexually explicit pictures and videos of young girls were found on his laptop.

36-year-old Chad Robison, youth pastor and music director of Seven River Presbyterian Church in Lecanto, Florida, is under arrest after a coworker planning on playing a practical joke on the child molesting youth pastor discovered the huge stash of child pornography on his laptop computer.

Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast said:

On his personal laptop we have more than 3,000 videos and 350,000 photographs that our detectives have combed thru…

We have videos of Robison having virtual sex with an underage female who is not local as well as trying to coerce young girls to show him their breasts…

The defendant was secretly video and recording females in his restroom at his home over the course of the time he gathered pictures and videos…

Fox 13 reports:

Investigators say many of those videos were recorded online webcam chats between Robison and underage girls, as young as 14, through the website Omegle.com. It’s a cam-to-cam chat site with users all over the globe.

Fox 13 also notes:

Hours after being booked Thursday on several sex charges, Robison was released from jail on $26,000 bond. He didn’t respond to questions from reporters.

According to additional reports, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking to identify the myriad girls targeted and abused by Robison.

Robison has been fired from his position at the church.

Commenting on the case, Sheriff Prendergast observed:

I want to emphasize this is a textbook case of an online sexual predator.

Indeed, it is a textbook case, given the fact that the suspect is a youth pastor. In fact, the story of a youth pastor sexually abusing children is all too common. While Christians worry about where transgender individuals will urinate, their children are being raped at church.

As Dan Savage once observed:

If kids got raped at Denny’s as often as they get raped at church, every Denny’s in the U.S. would be burned to the ground.

And so it goes.

Bottom line: If you want to capture the people sexually abusing children, the first place to look is your local church.

Watch the report below via Fox 13:

Youth Pastor Chad Robison Busted With 350,000 Images of Minors Performing Sex Acts (Image via Citrus County Sheriff's Office)
Youth Pastor Chad Robison Busted With 350,000 Images of Minors Performing Sex Acts (Image via Citrus County Sheriff’s Office)
June 1, 2017

Judge tells Washington youth pastor who terrorized and raped a teen for years that he “cannot hide behind the concept of sin.”

After cutting a deal with prosecutors and pleading guilty to four counts of third-degree child rape a frustrated judge sentenced Christopher Trent to only 5 years in prison, the maximum allowed under the terms of the plea deal.

At a sentencing hearing Wednesday Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis told the former youth pastor and church leader that she wished she could impose a longer prison term, but was bound by terms of the plea deal.

However, Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis did take the opportunity to blast the child rapist for hiding behind his religious beliefs, declaring:

You cannot hide behind the concept of sin, as you have represented to the court. These were poor choices. They were your choices, over years. You had every opportunity, every day, to stop what you were doing to this child, and you chose to continue.

The judge told the former youth pastor his behavior had been “insidious and terrifying,” noting:

It is not in the court’s authority or ability to hand out forgiveness. But I listened to what happened to (the girl), and I read about her experiences, and your response to that. And it is unforgivable.

Before sentencing, the victim read an “excruciating, tearful letter” to Judge Montoya-Lewis. Standing only a few feet from her rapist, the girl described how her youth pastor “had stolen her dignity and her teenage years,” explaining:

I lived my life in fear of the next thing he would do to me, what the next day would bring, and if it would bring more mental and physical pain than the day before. Your honor, I never knew someone could harm another individual as much as Chris did, when he put his hands on me for the first time.

According to reports, the girl was only 13 when the Washington youth pastor started to sexually abuse and rape her.

Raw Story reports:

The girl estimated that Trent had sexually abused her over 100 times, and she told police the youth pastor described her as his “sex slave” and forced her to endure painful sex acts that let her bleeding for days.

Prior to sentencing, the child rapist cried while quoting Bible verses and confessing –“before God and man” – that he was guilty.

Bottom line: This story, the story of a youth pastor raping children, is all too common. While Christians worry about where transgender individuals will urinate, their children are being raped at church.

As Dan Savage once observed:

If kids got raped at Denny’s as often as they get raped at church every Denny’s in the U.S. would be burned to the ground.

And so it goes.

October 3, 2016

Pastor gets lenient sentence after church members send letters of support.

In a disturbing miscarriage of justice, Christopher Hutchinson, a  youth pastor who repeatedly sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl, received only a 90 jail sentence for his crime, even though prosecutors had recommended a much lengthier prison sentence of at least four years.

Instead, Hutchinson, a Denver, Colorado youth pastor, received a 90-day jail sentence, was ordered to register as a sex offender, and given 20 years probation by Arapahoe County District Court Judge Natalie Chase.

Adding insult to injury, Judge Chase also gave Hutchinson credit for 66 days already served before sentencing, meaning he will actually only spend an additional couple of weeks in jail for his crime.

The Denver Post reports there were “fireworks” between the judge and prosecutors over the absurd sentence.

Shortly after the judge announced the sentence, District Attorney George Brauchler said:

At the end of the day – he got a pretty lenient sentence.

To say Hutchinson “got a pretty lenient sentence” is quite an understatement.

Last July a jury found Hutchinson guilty of one count of sexual assault on a child by a person of in a position of trust and one count of sexual assault on a child.

Fox 31 reports the original arrest affidavit details three encounters at local parks between Hutchinson and the victim. The third encounter describes the two laying on the grass when “he rolled on top of her and was straddling her with his hands beside her on the ground and his waist and lower body on her.” It also said that the victim felt his groin area on her.

Hutchinson met his victim while serving as youth pastor at South Fellowship Church in Littleton and was serving as youth pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Parker when he was arrested for his crime.

The 13-year-old girl’s father, who was a church elder at the time his daughter was sexually assaulted, asked for prison time for Hutchinson, who once had been a close family friend. The father told to the court:

How do I wrap my mind around Chris Hutchinson, a trusted friend who sexually assaulted my 13-year-old daughter?  We have been hurt so severely by someone we held so closely.

The father also addressed the 48 church members who wrote letters in support of Hutchinson, and the dozens who sat behind him in support of Hutchinson in court, noting:

It’s not their daughter who was assaulted. They need to get over their denial and come to grips with what this man did and what he could have done to one of their daughters.

The father said the entire family has suffered isolation and depression and loss friends because of the assault.

Bottom line: 48 church members wrote letters defending this despicable pedophile, and dozens of church members supported him in court. Such behavior is a powerful testament to the toxic nature of organized religion. The fact that so many church members turned their backs on the young victim and her family is a sad and striking commentary, and only confirms the proposition that religion poisons everything.

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.

Steven Weinberg 

Christopher Hutchinson (Image via Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office)
Christopher Hutchinson (Image via Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office)
August 19, 2016

Pastor used Bible verses to justify sexual abuse.

Earlier this week a youth pastor was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting multiple teens at his Texas church.

According to reports, Dell Ivan Godkin, 48, was convicted Aug. 11 of charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child. A jury in Montgomery County, Texas, sentenced him to life in prison; he will not be eligible for parole for at least 30 years.

According to court records, one victim told jurors that the abuse began when she was 13. The victim said Godkin had told her God approved of what they were doing. The sexual abuse continued until shortly before the victim’s 17th birthday.

Prosecutor Monica Cooper confirmed that Godkin would use Bible verses about men’s and women’s roles to justify the sexual abuse, noting:

He would say lots of things about God being OK with it.

According to the prosecutor, members of the church were stunned by Godkin’s actions and described him as a good Christian. Cooper said:

People were shocked when they heard that that’s how he controlled both of his victims (by quoting Scripture). He’s the scariest kind of child predator because he’s the kind that is sitting next to you in church, and he seems like the nicest guy.

Although Godkin was given a life sentence, he will be eligible for parole in 2046 when he will turn 78.

The sad fact is, this is not an unusual occurrence. Indeed, youth pastors are notorious for sexually abusing children in their church. Just a quick Google search for news events in the last month reveals the horrifying truth:

Virginia youth pastor accused of touching teen inappropriately

Buckeye youth minister held in voyeurism case

Former youth pastor in New Orleans sentenced to 10 years for molesting teen parishioner

Local youth pastor arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with teen

Texarkana Youth Pastor Accused of Alleged Sexual Assault

Former Maine youth pastor indicted on sex abuse charge

Former youth pastor sentenced for molesting teen parishioner

As Dan Savage once observed:

If kids got raped at Denny’s as often as they get raped at church every Denny’s in the US would be burned to the ground.

And so it goes.

Dell Ivan Godkin (image via Montgomery County Sheriff's Dept.)
Dell Ivan Godkin (image via Montgomery County Sheriff’s Dept.)
June 11, 2016

Sexual predator: Texas youth pastor arrested for solicitation of a minor.

Matthew Holman, 35, of Odessa, was arrested on the weekend of June 4, 2016, on a charge of online solicitation of a minor.

The youth minister was one of six men arrested in connection with a two-day undercover sting to identify sexual predators seeking out minors.

The men were arrested after a two-day investigation during which special agents posed as minors online.

Sheriff Gary Painter reports the details revealed in the operation were “sickening,” noting:

There is no question as to the age or intent these men had. They maintained contact with what they believed to be a minor and had explicit sexual conversations.

Sheriff Painter added:

I think they’re sick and depraved. It’s very sad that they would try to attract children into a sexual encounter.

At a press conference on Thursday, Midland County District Attorney Teresa Clingman said:

We will do our very best to ensure that these defendants receive the type of sentence that is appropriate for this sort of crime. In each of these cases it was clear that whoever would have been getting online with our agents that the person they were dealing with was underage and it was always the perpetrator that brought up any type of sexual activity.

My San Antonio reports that since he used electronic devices and the internet to allegedly commit his crime, Holman could face federal charges as well.

Holman was a youth pastor at Westwood Baptist Church in Odessa, according to the church’s website.

Westwood Baptist Church Pastor Dr. Weeks DuBose said he dismissed Holman from the church upon learning of the investigation, but pledges to allow “restoration to fellowship for the man in the future.”

Matthew Holman (Image via Facebook)
Matthew Holman (Image via Facebook)
October 20, 2014

A youth pastor in Indiana has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after admitting he used phony Facebook accounts to solicit nude photos from children, including kids from his own youth group.

Nathan Hasty, the Campus Life Director for Youth for Christ located in Huntington County, Ind., used three different fake Facebook accounts in order to start sexual conversations with multiple minors, eventually successfully soliciting naked photos from some of them.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Theresa Springmann accepted 36-year-old Hasty’s guilty plea on one charge of sexual exploitation of a minor and sentenced him to 15 years. Two additional charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Judge Springmann told Hasty the government takes the charge of sexual exploitation of children seriously because it targets “the most vulnerable in our society.”

In an affidavit detailing the criminal investigation, which dates back to 2012, an FBI agent who investigated the case said Hasty had two Facebook accounts under which he pretended to be a sixteen-year-old girl, and another account under which he posed as a nineteen-year-old boy.

Posing as a sixteen-year-old girl, Hasty messaged dozens of boys, most between the ages of 12 and 14, in order to flirt and start sexual conversations. He then asked for pictures of the boys, including naked pictures. Documents state he also asked the boys for webcam sessions, claiming he didn’t have a camera and could only watch.

Posing as a nineteen-year-old boy, Hasty contacted both girls and boys. According to documents, he used this account to engage in similar behavior and ask similar questions.

The FBI affidavit states that a Facebook report linked these accounts by IP addresses and browser cookies, which means Hasty used the same computer (or other devices) to access these accounts and his other personal accounts.

When originally confronted by law enforcement at his home Hasty admitted that he had posed as a girl using a fake Facebook account to speak with boys in his youth group. He said he might have said some things “he shouldn’t have said” and that the conversation may have become “sexual.”

As one might expect, Hasty’s employment with Youth for Christ has been terminated.

Nathan Hasty
October 16, 2014

Using threats of “black magic,” a youth pastor in Kentucky repeatedly raped a teen boy, claiming the sexual abuse would cure the teen of homosexual tendencies.

Kentucky police have arrested Polly Ann Church of God youth pastor Rex Allen Murphy after a 16-year-old male came forward to say he was being sexually abused by the youth pastor and Sunday school teacher.

Murphy, 30, was booked into Pulaski County jail on Tuesday on felony charges including sodomy, sexual abuse, and use of a minor in a sexual performance.

According to reports, Murphy sexually abused the 16-year-old boy, and threatened to kill him with witchcraft if he reported the abuse to anyone.

The alleged sexual abuse happened at the church and at the suspect’s home for a period of at least six months.

Eubank Chief of Police Colin Hatfield explained to WKYT that Murphy had threatened the boy with witchcraft if he told his parents about the abuse:

The victim stated that the suspect told him on numerous occasions that by brushing his skin or shaking his hand…he could tell his sins by the power he has. He comes from family of warlocks….

He was very scared, because the suspect, in the victim’s eyes, had been threatening his life in the form of Wicca, witchcraft, black magic.

Chief Hatfield reports that Murphy “did in fact confess to the allegations,” but he denied that the references to witchcraft were meant as a threat.

In an interview with police, Murphy asserted that he “thought he would be able to help the victim with his battle with homosexuality because he, too, had experimented with homosexuality.”

Police believe there may be more victims. If you have information about Murphy you are asked to call the Eubank Police at 606-425-1490.

(H/T Raw Story)

Rex Allen Murphy accused of sexually abusing 16-year-old boy (Eubank Police Department)
June 13, 2014

#TakeDownThatPostChristianity Today is under fire after giving a former youth group minister and convicted rapist a forum to publish a self-serving and disturbing first-person account of the rape of a minor.

Earlier this month, Christianity Today’s imprint publication, Leadership Journal, ran a post written by a convicted child sex offender and former youth pastor narrating his internal thought process as he went from youth pastor to child molester and convicted felon.

The account, written by an anonymous former youth pastor currently serving a prison term after pleading guilty to two felony charges, does not use the word “rape” once in the piece.

Nor does he mention the words “crime,” “law,” “statutory,” or “illegal.”

Instead, the author/rapist throws a pity party for himself. The title says it all “My Easy Trip from Youth Minister to Felon: The spiral into sin that destroyed my life and ministry.” The post is all about the rapist’s/youth minister’s pain and suffering, with no regard to the pain and suffering of his victim.

Reading the post, you would think the author had an “extramarital affair” with a consenting adult; in fact, that is how he characterizes his crime. Yet what the author refers to as an “extramarital affair,” was in fact the rape of a minor.

In his post, the convicted rapist and child molester explains how he selected and groomed his victim from the youth group where he pastored, while all the while implying it was his wife who drove him to his “extramarital affair,” i.e. the rape of a minor.

In response, hundreds of Twitter users have urged Leadership Journal, which is published by Christianity Today, to #TakeDownThatPost.

Many are angry that Christianity Today gave a forum to a convicted rapist to try to defend and justify the sexual abuse of a minor.

Blogger Susannah Paul, at The Smitten Word, writes:

Leadership Journal allows a convicted child abuser a platform to manipulatively frame this as a story of personal selfishness and infidelity without one word about molestation, statutory rape, sexual grooming, or the abuse of power and children entrusted to the care of adults at a church…

This is not leadership. This is rape culture, abuse apology, and re-victimization…

“If kids got molested at Denny’s as often as they do at church… it would be a crime to take your kid to Denny’s.” – Dan Savage

 

October 28, 2019

Perverse Christianity: Megachurch Pastor Andy Savage has launched a new church after admitting he sexually assaulted a teen while serving as her youth pastor.

Last year Savage confessed to sexually assaulting Jules Woodson when she was only a teenager and he was her youth pastor. 

The confession made headlines because after admitting he sexually assaulted Woodson, the church congregation at Highpoint Church in Memphis, Tennessee, gave him a standing ovation.

At the time The Washington Post reported:

As Savage finished his remarks, he was greeted with a 20-second standing ovation from Highpoint’s congregation.

Newsweek also reported on the perverse and stunning reaction of the congregation:

A Tennessee pastor who publicly confessed to having a “sexual incident” with a high school student in 1998 received a thunderous standing applause when he asked to be forgiven.

Pastor Savage was forced to make his confession after the person he sexually assaulted, Jules Woodson, called him out for his crime in the wake of the #metoo movement.

Despite the positive reaction from his congregation, Savage was eventually forced to resign as news of his horrific behavior, and the horrific behavior of his congregation, made national headlines.

But now Savage is back. Christian Post reports:

Former Highpoint Church Teaching Pastor Andy Savage, who criticized the #ChurchToo movement as “very attacking” after he was forced to resign in 2018 over a 20-year-old sexual assault involving a teenage parishioner while he was her youth pastor, has launched a new church…

Savage’s brave victim, Jules Woodson, was understandably not happy by Savage’s return to the pulpit. On Saturday Woodson tweeted:

Devastating news today. My abuser is back in the pulpit.

The fact that Savage is being welcomed back is sad, but not surprising. No doubt Savage will soon field a church full of “good Christians” who have no problem supporting the sexual assault of underage teens as long as the pastor tells them a good story.

Bottom line: Megachurch Pastor Andy Savage has launched a new church after admitting he sexually assaulted a teen while serving as her youth pastor.

Megachurch Pastor Andy Savage Opens New Church After Sexually Assaulting Teen (Image via Screen Grab)
Megachurch Pastor Andy Savage Opens New Church After Sexually Assaulting Teen (Image via Screen Grab)




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