Arnold Mathis • Huey Edward “Eddie” Nichols, Jr.
Sentenced: Mark Archibald, 57, of Red Deer, Alberta, former pastor, Evangelical Free Church of Canada and former manager, Canadian Sunday School Mission’s Camp Silversides, Gull Lake, Alberta, to one year’s house arrest followed by six months’ curfew, after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting three boys, aged 14 to 15, between 1978 and 1979. Archibald’s victims are quite displeased with his no-jail-time sentence (“I don’t know what a person has to do to a child to receive jail time in this country,” said one to the Edmonton Journal, noting that he “worries the sentence will discourage people who have suffered from other historic sexual offences from coming forward”), and with the assessment of of Archibald by Judge Thomas Schollie: “I’m satisfied he is not a pedophile. For a short period of his life, his brain wasn’t working too well.” Story: Lacombe Globe, February 18, 2012; Calgary Herald (1), February 18, 2012; Calgary Herald (2), February 18, 2012; Edmonton Journal, February 18, 2012
Charged: James Davis, 39, pastor, Morning Star Baptist Church, Cotton Plant (south of Wynne), Arkansas, and Sunday-morning radio show host, with rape of a 14-year-old girl (reportedly the daughter of Davis’s ex-girlfriend, living with Davis and his wife while her mother was/is incarcerated), who is now said to be pregnant. Davis is accused of taking the girl to the woods near his church and raping her in the backseat of his truck. Per Arkansasmatters.com, “Police say [the alleged victim] described several incidents dating back to 2010, one in which the pastor told the girl, she could have sex with him in place of being punished. ” Davis is due in court March 8, 2012. Story: WREG, February 18, 2012; Arkansasmatters.com, February 20, 2012
Banned: children, from Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida, due to the presence of Darrell Lewis Gilyard, 49, former pastor, Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida, who was recently released after serving three years for sexually molesting one teenage female congregant and texting lewd messages to another (backstory). According to news reports, Gilyard, a registered sex offender now on probation, has been preaching at Christ Tabernacle; since Gilyard is not allowed to have “unsupervised contact with children under 18 years old,” the church has banned children from its Sunday services. Story: Jacksonville.com, February 10, 2012; News4Jax.com, February 19, 2012
Facing new charges: Arnold Mathis, 41, assistant pastor, Higher Praise Ministries, Lake Wales, Florida; former senior pastor, Saint City Power and Praise Ministries, Winter Haven, Florida; and registered sex offender since 1997 (conviction: “Lewdly Fondle Or Assault, Commit Or Simulate Sexual Acts On Or In Presence Of A Child Under 16 In A Lewd, Lascivious Or Indecent Manner “); originally charged with sexually assaulting a young male victim; now charged with 100 counts of sexual battery. Reports TheLedger.com: “Originally, Mathis, 41, was arrested in December on charges of grooming and sexually abusing a different boy about six years ago. … However, prosecutors say those criminal charges … could not be filed. In some instances, too much time had elapsed for certain charges to be filed… In other instances, a guardian or caregiver relationship could not be established, which was necessary if another type of charge was to be filed.” Mathis is being held without bail. Story: Conservative Babylon, February 2, 2012; TheLedger.com, February 20, 2012
Facing new charges: Huey Edward “Eddie” Nichols, Jr., 49, pastor, Harvest Christian Fellowship, Marshall, Texas, and former Harrison County sheriff’s deputy and department chaplain, of one count each of sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child, a 15-year-old girl, on top of three previous, similar charges. In September, 2011, Nichols and his wife, Sharon Renee Nichols, 33, assistant clerk for Harrison County (where, noted the Houston Press at the time of their joint arrest, part of her job “is to sign marriage certificates”), were both arrested and charged with felony indecency with a child, specifically, two girls, one 14 and one 11 years old, stemming from one or more incidents said to have occurred at the couple’s home. Story: Houston Press, October 4, 2011; Marshall News Messenger, October 4, 2011; Longview News-Journal, February 21, 2012; KTBB, February 21, 2012
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