Black Collar Crime Round-Up: March 17, 2012

Matthias Anderson • Paul D’Arcy • Robert Franco, Jr. • Kevin Freeman • Daniel Obinim
Richard Odegaard • Riverside Christian Schools (Richard Odegaard and “Bud” Kelley)
Jordan Roseboom • Vito Joseph Russo

Matthias AndersonSentenced: Matthias Anderson, 41, former U.S. Marine; 2002 recipient of the City of Oceanside’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Civic Achievment Award (“bestowed on an Oceanside or Camp Pendleton resident who exemplifies the ideals and philosophy of King”); and founder and pastor, New Wine Ministries, Oceanside, California, to more than nine years in prison after finally pleading guilty (following an initial not-guilty plea to 25 charges) to four felony counts related to his sexual “relationship” with a 14-year-old girl who belonged to Anderson’s church. Anderson is married and the father of three, and has fostered at least two other children. Story: Fallbrook Village News, November 2, 2011; Camp Pendleton Patch, March 16, 2012

United StatesCharged: Paul Anthony D’Arcy, 47, former administrator, Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute (associated with the Adrian Dominican Sisters, “an international Congregation of over 800 vowed women” [Roman Catholic nuns] “…whose roots go back to St. Dominic in the 13th century”) and nephew of the ADMTEI’s late founder, Sister Anthonita Porta, with embezzling nearly $103,000 from the institute, and for using a computer and using financial transaction device to commit fraud (i.e., siphoning funds into a PayPal account). Story: Daily Telegram, February 18, 2012; Daily Telegram, February 29, 2012

Robert Franco, Jr.Arrested: Robert Franco, Jr., 30, Christian minister, Medford, New Jersey, in a prostitution sting in Richmond, Virginia, and charged with soliciting prostitution and felony child endangerment. Franco, police report, brought his two-year-old child with him to pick up a hooker who turned out to be an undercover police officer. (There is some question about Franco’s church; we believe we have identified it, but as long as our information conflicts with that of other sources, we will refrain from naming it or specifying Franco’s position until it is confirmed in the mainstream press.) Story: NBC12, March 16, 2012

Kevin FreemanCharged: Kevin A. Freeman, 27, of Boulder Hill, Illinois, originally with “two counts of criminal sexual assault and six counts of criminal sexual abuse,” stemming from “multiple incidents that occurred over a three-month period while Freeman was serving as a youth leader at a local church,” reports the Montgomery, Illinois, Patch. Freeman is now facing new charges of sexual assault against a second victim between 13 and 17 years old. The new charges “are more serious than the first,” authorities say, “in that they allege sexual penetration.” Story: Patch, February 22, 2012; Patch, March 16, 2012

Daniel ObinimNew charges: Daniel Obinim, 34, founder, bishop general overseer (pastor) and “prophet” (whose Facebook page says he “had persistent dreams like healing, delivering, prophesing, preaching and ministering to people,” and “Spiritual gift [sic] like dream interpretation wisdom and knowledge, revelation, prophecy, healing, discernment and deliverance … displayed by him hence his elevation again as the Association Pastor regardless of the numerous Pastors he met in the church at that time”), premillennialist God’s Way International Ministry, Kwabre, Ghana, of assault. Joy Online explains that Obinim and two other God’s Way pastors (out of a total of 27 subordinate pastors), Kingsley Baah, 25, and Kofi Akwetey, 35, “have jointly been charged with seven counts of unlawful entry, conspiracy to commit crime to wit unlawful damage, causing unlawful damage, conspiracy to commit assault, and assault. Obinim had an additional charge of assault. They pleaded not guilty.” The men allegedly “stormed” the studios of an Accra radio station, Hot FM, and attacked a host and a guest who were discussing an “alleged sex scandal” in which Obinim was accused of “having sex with the wife of Pastor Williams Fobi, a junior pastor of his church” (Obinim was officially cleared of any wrongdoing), and, using “crowbars and sticks,” injured the journalists and destroyed the studio. As of this writing, Obinim’s website, referring to the earlier accusation of infidelity, proclaims (in bold, red letters): “BISHOP OBINIM EXONERATED.” Story: Business Ghana, March 14, 2012; Joy Online, March 16, 2012

Richard OdegaardFor sale: middle-school campus of Riverside Christian Schools, Riverside, California, after enrollment “dropped from 1,100 at the main campus … six years ago to 617 this fall in the wake of … allegations about past inappropriate behavior by the former superintendent and the arrest of a board member on child sex charges,” reports the Press-Enterprise. Although Richard A. Odegaard was never charged with any crime, and despite warnings that they could be sued for “passing out false information,” parents mounted a campaign to oust him from the superintendent’s office, citing “a 2006 Modesto Bee news story recounting Odegaard’s resignation as superintendent from Big Valley Christian School in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct with four female students” 34 years ealier, reported the P-E in 2010, which also noted: “Police and school officials concluded those claims were unfounded and without merit.” According to ABC7, “Parents say they learned through a private investigator they hired that 34 years ago Odegaard had been involved in an act of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old student when he was a school administrator, which, they say, Odegaard admitted to.” In any case, Odegaard resigned in December, 2010, just six months after taking the job. Granville Douglas 'Bud' Kelley, Jr.One of Odegaard’s defenders was Granville Douglas “Bud” Kelley, Jr., a retired 30-year veteran of the Riverside Police “who started a ministry for law enforcement and served as a board member for Riverside Christian Schools,” and who was arrested in July, 2011, charged with sexually molesting two girls, both about seven years old. Ultimately pleading guilty to nine felony counts, Kelley, then 74, was sentenced to 24 years in prison. The father of one victim called Kelley a “master of deceit,” lamenting: “He was a Marine. He was a well-known and honored detective, he was a deacon … He was on the board of a Christian school. And Bud and I shared a common faith in Christ.” Story: Press-Enterprise, December 7, 2010; ABC7, December 7, 2010; ABC7, December 10, 2010; Press-Enterprise, July 15, 2011; Press-Enterprise, November 22, 2011; Riverside Police Officers Association, December 6, 2011; Press-Enterprise, March 16, 2012

Jordan RoseboomNot guilty plea: Jordan Roseboom, 24, youth ministry volunteer, Rock Point Baptist Church, Crawfordsville, Indiana, charged with sexually molesting five different boys, all under the age of 14 — despite reports that Roseboom had already confessed to the crimes. Story: Conservative Babylon, March 2, 2012; WLFI, March 16, 2012

Charged: Vito Joseph Russo, 40, former youth camp volunteer, Independent Bible Church, Duryea, Pennsylvania, with “two felony counts of endangering the welfare of children and two misdemeanor counts each of indecent assault, corruption of minors and indecent exposure,” reports the Times Leader. Citizens Voice adds that Russo “was in charge of youth programs at the Independent Bible Church in Duryea, where he picked up children at their homes dropped them off at the church. He also was involved with the Boy Scouts’ Old Forge Troop for the last 15 years, police said.” The Times Leader also notes: “In an unrelated case, Russo was free on $20,000 bail on four counts of indecent assault involving a child that were filed by state police at Honesdale in Wayne County in January.” Russo has reportedly “admitted to having sexual contact with a boy from 1999 to 2002, and another boy from 2002 to 2005.” One of these boys was eight years old, and the other nine. Being held on $40,000 bail, Russo is due at a preliminary hearing for March 21, 2012. Story: Times Leader, March 15, 2012; Citizens Voice, March 15, 2012

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