Black Collar Crime Round-Up: March 18, 2012

William Watson Birch • Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul • Allan Eugene Keate
Glenn Neasham • Nigel Parkin • Louis “Skip” ReVille • William Velasquez

William Watson BirchCharged: William Watson Birch, 43, with sexually assaulting his 25-year-old roommate as the man slept in their dorm room at The College at Southeastern, “an undergraduate school of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary,” Wake Forest, North Carolina. According to WTVD and NBC17, Birch has “admitted to sexually assaulting the victim.” A Rick Santorum supporter, Birch describes himself as a “former Calvinist, Southern Baptist” Arminian. Arrested around 2:00 p.m. March 17th, Birch was posting on his website (where he spends much space condemning “the pro-homosexual agenda,” “aggressive homosexual agenda,” “pro-homosexual activists,” and same-sex marriage, and insisting gay people can and must be “saved by grace” from the “filth” of homosexuality, which he repeatedly compares to sex with animals), on Facebook (account deleted March 18th) and on Twitter (account deleted March 18th) almost up to the moment he was arrested. Held on a $50,000 bond, Birch is due for his first court appearance March 19, 2012. Story: WTVD, March 17, 2012; NBC17, March 17, 2012; WRAL, March 17, 2012; NewsObserver.com, March 17, 2012

Joseph Palanivel JeyapaulCaptured: Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, 57, Roman Catholic priest, in Erode, Tamil Nadu, India, charged with molesting a 14-year-old girl in 2004 while working in a pastoral ministry at Blessed Sacrament Church, Greenbush, Minnesota. A fugitive who fled to his native India in 2005, Jeyapaul was apprehended by police alerted by Interpol, which will take over custody until, and if, he is extradited to the U.S. In 2010, Thaindian News noted: “Quoting church documents, media reports have said the Vatican was alerted to the accusations against Jeyapaul more than three years ago but did not respond. The priest has received only a minor punishment and is currently working in his bishop’s office processing teachers’ appointments for a dozen church schools” in India. Story: NDTV, April 5, 2010; New York Times, April 5, 2010; Thaindian News, April 6, 2010; CNN, April 6, 2010; NDTV, March 18, 2012

Allan Eugene KeateConviction upheld: Allan Eugene Keate, 60, member of Warren Jeffs’s branch of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and one of 12 men arrested on sex abuse charges during a 2004 raid at the FLDS compound outside Eldorado, Texas. Charged with one felony count of sexually assaulting a child (a 15-year-old girl), Keate was convicted in 2009 and sentenced to 33 years in prison. Story: KCSG, March 17, 2012

Glenn Andrew NeashamLicense revoked: Glenn Andrew Neasham, 52, Lakeport, California, insurance agent and devout Mormon “priest” convicted of felony theft from an elder and sentenced to 90 days in jail. Neasham is appealing his conviction; a hearing is scheduled for March 20, 2012. Story: Conservative Babylon, March 6, 2012

United KingdomAcquitted: Nigel Parkin, 56, former organist, St. Andrew’s Church, Wiveliscombe, Somerset, U.K., & former radio host, of 10 of 17 charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of two young girls. “After nearly 12 hours of deliberations, the jury of five men and seven women were unable to reach verdicts on the remaining three charges of indecent assault and four of sexual assault,” reports the Guardian. “The prosecution now has six days to decide whether to pursue a re-trial on the outstanding charges,” notes the Somerset County Gazette. Story: Conservative Babylon, March 8, 2012; Guardian, March 16, 2012; Somerset County Gazette, March 16, 2012

Louis 'Skip' ReVilleIndicted: Louis “Skip” ReVille, 32, former youth Bible study leader, Eastbridge Presbyterian Church, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (and who also, notes Shawn Rine at The Intelligencer, “on his own, led Bible studies on weekday mornings at a Mount Pleasant doughnut shop and at other times at Velocity Sports Performance,” where, reports the Charlotte Observer, he “hosted ‘lock-in’ sleepovers for groups of boys … that mixed basketball, Bible study and other activities”); Citadel graduate (chair, 2002 Honor Committee) & former counselor at The Citadel’s summer camp; former assistant principal, Coastal Christian Preparatory School (Mount Pleasant); former teacher & coach, Pinewood Preparatory School (Summerville); as well as various other “teaching, coaching and volunteer positions at … Bishop England High School, Moultrie Middle School, Rollings Middle School, Mount Pleasant Recreation Department,” et al.; former foster parent; husband & father of three; on 22 charges of sexually molesting and showing pornography to 22 boys (i.e., “hosting porn and masturbation gathering for boys at [The Citadel's] summer camp in 2002,” reports the Post and Courier). More charges are expected. According to the Post and Courier, Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson “said The Citadel will not face charges for failing to report in 2007 a 2002 incident involving Reville, boys and pornography. The school had no legal duty to report suspicions of sexually inappropriate behavior.” (Meanwhile, a “former student of ReVille’s filed [a] lawsuit against [Pinewood Preparatory School] and its former headmaster, Glyn Cowlishaw, accusing the school of failing to protect him from sexual abuse,” reported the Post and Courier in 2011.) After his arrest in 2011, the Observer reported that “ReVille admitted to the allegations when confronted by police Oct. 28, affidavits stated,” and was arrested the same day, shortly after attending special training to help teachers and administrators prevent child sexual abuse.” In custody ever since, ReVille is being held on a $1 million bond; his trial is expected to begin in June, 2012. Story: Intelligencer, November 6, 2011; Charlotte Observer, November 13, 2011; Summerville Patch, November 14, 2011; Charleston City Paper, November 23, 2011; Post and Courier, December 13, 2011; Charleston City Paper, December 16, 2011; Post and Courier, March 6, 2012

William VelasquezConfessed: William Velasquez, 26, altar server, St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Midland, Texas, to sexually molesting a six-year-old boy inside the church in May, 2011, according to NewsWest 9. Charged with sexual assault of a child, Velasquez is being held on a $100,000 bond. Story: NewsWest 9, March 17, 2012

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