Black Collar Crime Round-Up: May 16, 2012

Dustin Cassady • Terrill Dalton • Nicole Jacques • Robert A. “Bob” Lyzenga
Ira Parmenter • Michael Porter • Benjamin Lee Shelton

Dustin CassadyGuilty plea: Dustin Scott Cassady, 31, Mormon priest and youth pastor, Carmichael, California, to one count of sharing child pornography. The DOJ reported at the time of his indictment in 2011 that Cassady “was arrested by the FBI after an undercover investigation into online distribution of child pornography using a file sharing network. The investigation revealed that Cassady’s involvement with children through his church might have been putting children at risk of exploitation.” KXTV notes: “Agents said he had taken pictures of some of the boys [at the church] without their knowledge, including several pictures with boys not wearing shirts.” Cassady, a newlywed and father of an infant at the time of his arrest, is scheduled to be sentenced August 28, 2012; he could receive anywhere from five to 20 years in prison. Story: Conservative Babylon, January 21, 2011; U.S. Dept. of Justice, February 3, 2011; KXTV, May 15, 2012

Timothy Terrill Dalton and Geody HarmanSentenced: Terrill Raemon Dalton (left in photo), 45, self-proclaimed “Holy Ghost and father of Jesus” and president, Mormon breakaway sect Church of the Firstborn and General Assembly of Heaven, to six years to life in prison following his March conviction of raping a 15-year-old girl after ordering his second-in-command, church co-founder / first counselor Geody Harman (right in photo), 38, to rape her first. Harman, who has pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree felony unlawful sex with a minor, is scheduled for sentencing June 8, 2012. Story: Conservative Babylon, March 22, 2012; Conservative Babylon, March 26, 2012; Conservative Babylon, April 17, 2012; Salt Lake Tribune, May 11, 2012

Nicole JacquesPreliminary hearing waived: Nicole Jacques, 25, former church teacher, Calvary Baptist School, Lansdale, Pennsylvania, charged with 20 counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault and corruption of a minor, plus 10 counts of unlawful contact with a minor, stemming from allegations she engaged in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male student. “In exchange for waiving the hearing,” reports The Reporter, the assistant D.A. “agreed to dismiss 10 counts of involuntary sexual intercourse, 10 counts of statutory sexual assault and one count of corruption of minors.” Story: Conservative Babylon, March 27, 2012; Reporter, May 15, 2012

Robert 'Bob' LyzengaArrested: Robert A. “Bob” Lyzenga, 55, former senior pastor, Sunrise Christian Reformed Church, Lafayette, Indiana; and trustee (2011-12), Christian Reformed Church in North America; on suspicion of felony video voyeurism after hidden cameras were discovered in the church’s women’s restroom, one of which “a woman found … inside what appeared to be an air freshener when it fell off a stall door,” reports AP. The woman found a second device in the next stall. “Detectives,” reports the Muncie Star Press, “were able to download data from the cameras’ memory cards, which showed that two women and a minor female had been recorded using the restroom on separate dates,” and that “video footage from one of the cameras also included a brief visual recording in” what appeared to be Lyzenga’s church office. Lyzenga, who had been senior pastor since 2002, was fired immediately after his arrest on May 10th, and the entire church website has since disappeared and been replaced by a site for an Ohio bed and breakfast. Lyzenga’s now-missing bio noted: “Pastor Bob is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was in business for ten years before going into full-time ministry. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Calvin College and his Masters of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary. Pastor Bob served for eight years as pastor of New Life Church in Houston, Texas, before coming to Sunrise in 2002. Pastor Bob and his wife, Sue, have been married for more than 30 years and have three children: Michelle, David, and Paul.” Story: Muncie Star Press, May 15, 2012; AP, May 15, 2012

Ira ParmenterCharged: Ira Parmenter, 33, former youth pastor, Colwood Pentecostal Church, Victoria, British Columbia, with sexual exploitation of a teenager, stemming from allegations he engaged in a sexual relationship with one of his congregants, a girl who was 16 (while Parmenter was 28) when the alleged relationship began. Currently free on his own recognizance, Parmenter is due in court June 21, 2012. Parmenter, who is married, listed T.D. Jakes among his favorites on his now-deleted MySpace page. Story: Times Colonist, May 15, 2012; The Province, May 15, 2012

Michael PorterCharged: Michael Porter, 25, former University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball player; former star player, Modesto Christian High School, Modesto, California; and former youth group leader, Southland Christian Church, Lexington, Kentucky; with six felony counts of third-degree sodomy and two felony counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Porter, who is married and the father of a young child, and described as “deeply religious,” is accused of carrying on a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl he met “when he was a group leader at a church function.” Currently free but strapped to an ankle monitor, Porter, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing June 4, 2012. Story: Charlotte Observer, May 15, 2012; Courier-Journal, May 15, 2012

Benjamin Lee SheltonTrial begins: Benjamin Lee Shelton, 50, former youth group leader and Sunday school teacher, Eastview Baptist Church, New Hope, Mississippi, who was arrested in January, 2009, and charged with three counts of sexual battery allegedly committed against a 17-year-old boy during a church camp outing. Story: Dispatch, August 7, 2010; Dispatch, May 12, 2012

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