Black Collar Crime Round-Up: September 26, 2012

James W. Cain, Jr. • Kevin Foster • Kris Gowdy • Henry Lackey • Gary Miller • Bradley Moss • Trina Rocker

James CainSentenced: James William Cain, Jr., of Orrum, North Carolina, former Baptist pastor (of, we believe, Community Baptist Church, Bladenboro), to 16 to 20 months in prison, suspended, and three years’ supervised probation after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the 2002 poisoning death of his wife and mother of two of his five children. The Fayetteville Observer reports: “Norma Cain died March 26, 2002, after ingesting a lethal dose of the prescription narcotic Temazepam, which was prescribed to James Cain as part of treatment for a host of medical issues, according to a news release from the Bladen County District Attorney’s Office.” Norma Cain’s death was originally ruled a suicide; seven years later, authorities found reason to believe it was a homicide. Cain was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in 2009, “but the case was never dealt with in court.” Story: Fayetteville Observer, September 25, 2012

Kevin FosterArrested: Kevin Foster, 36, choir director, Westlake United Methodist Church, Westlake, Ohio, and charged with providing alcohol to two underage women he tutored in music. Foster is due in court September 26, 2012. Story: Cleveland.com, September 21, 2012; Newsnet5.com, September 21, 2012

Kris GowdyCase adjourned: Kris Allan Gowdy, 42, former lead pastor, extremely anti-gay Kingston West Church (Free Methodist), Kingston, Ontario; former student ministries pastor, Trulls Road Free Methodist Church, Courtice, Ontario; former director of youth ministries, Lakeview Church (also Free Methodist), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; to November 2, 2012. Gowdy, who is reportedly HIV-positive, is accused of using the Internet in an attempt to to arrange a meeting for sex with a 15-year-old boy, who turned out to be an undercover police officer. Story: Conservative Babylon, August 10, 2012; Conservative Babylon, August 17, 2012; StarPhoenix, September 25, 2012

Henry LackeyCharged: Henry Ellis Lackey, 59, pastor (and son of the founder), Free Will Pentecostal Church, Buford, Georgia, with one count each of enticing a child for indecent purposes, aggravated sodomy and child molestation, allegedly committed against a 10-year-old some four years ago. Lackey, who denies the charges, is being held without bond. Story: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 26, 2012; AccessNorthGa.com, September 26, 2012; WSBTV, September 26, 2012

Gary MillerResigned: Gary Miller, Roman Catholic priest, as pastor of St. Bernadette Parish and principal of St. Bernadette Catholic School, Evergreen Park, Illinois, “following an allegation received by officials of the Archdiocese of Chicago on June 30, 2012 that he had engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor while assigned to St. Leonard Parish in Berwyn, more than 30 years ago,” according to a statement from the Archdiocese. “The Archdiocese’s Independent Review Board determined there is reasonable cause to suspect that sexual abuse of a minor had occurred and recommended that Fr. Miller be withdrawn from ministry. Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, has accepted the Review Board’s determination and recommendation. Fr. Miller is now residing in a private setting away from the parish. He has agreed to be in the Prayer and Penance Program administered by the Archdiocesan Office for the Protection of Children and Youth.

“In accordance with canon law and the norms established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Fr. Miller’s case will now be sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith at the Vatican. The Congregation will instruct the Archdiocese as to the next step in the canonical processing of the decision for permanent removal from ministry. … Any parishes where Fr. Miller served are being notified of these developments so that others who may have been abused may come forward.” Story: Archdiocese of Chicago, September 23, 2012

Bradley MossCharged: Bradley William Moss, 38, pastor, Victory Empowerment Center International, Hickory, North Carolina, with indecent liberties with a child, whom he reportedly met through his church. Moss is married and the father of at least five children. Story: Hickory Daily Record, September 25, 2012. See also “Bradley Got Power Moss,” Facebook.

Trina RockerArrested: Trina Rocker, 41, secretary, Landmark Christian High School, operated by Landmark Baptist Church, Haines City, Florida, and charged with five counts of unlawful sex with a minor, reports the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, “after detectives learned Rocker had engaged in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student” which “began in November 2011. The victim has since graduated from the school and no longer has contact with the suspect. The victim’s parents discovered the relationship and confronted the victim who admitted the sexual encounters occurred while he was a student at the school. Rocker was booked into the Polk County Jail on no bond. ” Story: Polk County Sheriff’s Office, September 26, 2012

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2 Responses to “Black Collar Crime Round-Up: September 26, 2012”

  • anonymous says:

    Kevin Foster isn’t a right-winger and if you’re assuming that every single Christian church authority figure is right wing then you have no credibility for this entire site. Check your facts. He is a published composer and his most popular piece is about his gay friend who died of cancer and all of the people telling that gay man what to do his entire life. It’s called Voices and Kevin is nothing short of a critical thinking bad-ass. Also, aside from the fact that he isn’t guilty, you posted about him before he even had his bail hearing. This website is trying to out hypocrisy but instead you’re making all of us fighting hypocrisy look like assholes looking for trouble. Get it together.

    • ConBab says:

      What does his having gay friends have to do with anything? But, OK, since you brought it up, let’s talk about that: If your friend were some great champion of gay rights, he wouldn’t belong to a church that condemns homosexuality. If he’s such a friend to gays, he should think about a joining a denomination that doesn’t go out of its way to actively hurt gays — or are you not aware of the official stance of the United Methodist Church? (If not, it’s not our job to educate you — go ask Jimmy Creech, to name just one UMC minister who was defrocked for daring to bless same-sex unions.) We suggest your friend look into the United Church of Christ, the Quakers, or Metropolitan Community Church, for starters.

      To put it another way: Joanna Brooks is a swell gal and proven staunch LGBT ally, but as long as she continues to support, enable, and otherwise prop up an institution that makes life hell for everybody else — in this case, the Mormon church — she’s part of the problem, too.

      And no one (here, at least) is assuming Foster is guilty; if you have a problem with him getting his name in the paper, take it up with the paper — Cleveland.com has a comments section where you can rail against the unfairness of reporting an arrest.

      If the charges are dropped, or if Foster is tried and acquitted, we’ll be happy to relay that information. The key word is “relay”; we don’t make this stuff up, you know — and we’re not the ones responsible for your friend getting his name in the paper.