Black Collar Crime Round-Up: May 10, 2012

Kenneth Neal Allen • Alejandro Jose Castillo • Alton Dorrough, a.k.a. “Pastor Gene” • Christopher Fowler
Florida Baptist Convention / Douglas W. Myers • Graham Preston • Tim Wolf and Jeff McGown

Kenneth Neal AllenCharged: Kenneth Neal Allen, 36, pastor, Grace Apostolic Church, East Prairie, Missouri, with three counts of first-degree statutory sodomy allegedly committed against three children under the age of 13, and possession of child pornography. Authorities say there may be four additional victims. KFVS reports: “According to court documents, Allen admitted to having adult porn on his computer and sleeping in bed with boys in their boxers. Police took computers, a cell phone, and digital camera from Allen’s home. Court documents claim Allen told police he looked up video on the Internet to educate boys about circumcision.” Allen, who is married, is scheduled to be arraigned May 16, 2012. Story: AP, May 10, 2012; KFVS, May 10, 2012

Alejandro Jose CastilloArrested again: Alejandro Jose Castillo, 58, Roman Catholic priest; former pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Ontario, California; for a probation violation; the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that Castillo — was convicted of sexually molesting a 12-year-old boy (and who, police believe, may have molested four other victims over a decade) — “allegedly attended a gathering in his honor where children were present upon his release from jail.” Story: Conservative Babylon, November 2, 2010; Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, May 9, 2012

Alton DorroughCharged: Alton “Gene” Dorrough, 62, pastor, Church of God of Exeter, Exeter, California; founder, Mirror Image Ministries, Inc.; and police chaplain, Exeter Police Department; “with 14 counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor under the age of 14, four counts of using force during a sex crime against a minor, four counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor 14 or 15 years of age, and one count of oral copulation on a minor,” reports the Visalia Times-Delta. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department reports that detectives “responded to Exeter Police Department were a female juvenile victim wanted to report that a known suspect had been sexually abusing her for several years. … During the course of the investigation the suspect was arrested … and was booked at the Tulare County Main Jail where he is being held in lieu of $1,050,000.00 bail.” The front page of the Mirror Image Ministries website says: “Founded on August 6, 2010, Mirror Image Ministries, Inc. is a non-profit ministry. … Gene and Linda came to Exeter, CA in November of 2005, knowing that they were to start a Celebrate Recovery program in Exeter. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ Centered 12-step program for hurts, habits and hang-ups. The program started in March of 2006 at the Church of God of Exeter, and is still going strong with new Ministry Leaders in place, and Gene and Linda becoming the Recovery Pastors in March of 2011. The vision for Mirror Image Ministries started with the idea of needing more meeting rooms for Celebrate Recovery…” Dorrough and his wife are the parents of a daughter. Story: KMPH, May 8, 2012; Visalia Times-Delta, May 9, 2012

Douglas W. MyersSued: Florida Baptist Convention for negligence by a 19-year-old Eustis, Florida, man and his mother six years after he was sexually abused at age 13 by Douglas W. Myers, 63, former pastor, Dunkirk Baptist Church, Dunkirk, Maryland; Concord Baptist Church, Russellville, Alabama; Harbor Baptist Fellowship, Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida; and Triangle Community Church, Eustis, Florida; currently serving a seven-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to molesting the boy. The plaintiffs hold that Myers was not properly investigated by the FBC, which “trained Myers and gave him grant money to open new churches,” according to the Orlando Sentinel, which notes that although “he had no prior criminal charges,” Myers reportedly “faced allegations of abuse” and “inappropriate behavior with young boys” at the Maryland and Alabama churches. Story: Orlando Sentinel, May 9, 2012

Christopher FowlerCharged: Christopher Fowler, 32, youth leader & janitor, Bethel Baptist Church, Aumsville, Oregon, with 15 counts of encouraging child sex abuse and invasion of personal privacy, “five months after a video camera was found in the stall of the church’s women’s bathroom” and police seized Fowler’s computers, reports KOIN. Story: KOIN, May 9, 2012

Graham PrestonSentenced: Graham Preston, 57, Brisbane, Queensland; home church leader; “friend” of OIKOS Australia, Inc. (“a servant ministry seeking to advance God’s Kingdom purposes in our land by supporting and encouraging Home Churches both within and independent of the traditional church”); and anti-choice activist who “protests” abortion clinics by blocking access to facility entrances; to nearly eight months in jail “after failing to pay $8000 worth of court-issued fines for offences including trespassing and resisting arrest, which have accumulated over a decade,” reports Ninemsn, which notes that authorities have “contacted Mr Preston more than 100 times over the past 10 years in a bid to get him to pay the fines.” Says one clinic manager: “He stands there and intimidates girls and women as they try to walk in. He shows them photos of full-term babies, which is not what we do.” Story: Ninemsn, May 3, 2012

Tim Wolf and Jeff McGownCharged: Tim Wolf, former boys’ basketball coach, Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School, Lafayette, Indiana, and Martinsville High School, Martinsville; and Jeff McGown, second-grade teacher and Martinsville High girls’ tennis coach; each with three felony counts of child seduction “involving relationships with the same 17-year-old student,” reports the Journal and Courier, which notes that Wolf, who “was charged with public indecency after being found partially nude in a vehicle Feb. 12 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis,” and McGown “were charged as a result of a subsequent investigation.” Story: Journal and Courier, May 9, 2012

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