Black Collar Crime Round-Up: January 24, 2013

Luis Jose Cuevas • David Lawson • Juan Pablo Mata • Balázs Tarnai
Arturo Tenorio • Nechemya Weberman • Evan Zauder

Luis Jose CuevasSentenced: Luis Jose Cuevas, 68, former parish priest, St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Long Beach, California, to five years’ probation, 40 hours’ community service, one year of sex-offender counseling, and sex-offender registration, following a no-contest plea to one felony count of lewd acts with a child and eight misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. Story: Conservative Babylon, July 31, 2012; NBC Southern California, January 23, 2013

David Wayne LawsonNot guilty plea: David Wayne Lawson, 38, former youth minister, Christ’s Church in Mandarin, Jacksonville, Florida, to four counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a 15-year-old. Lawson is currently free on bond, although, notes First Coast News, according to the arrest report, “due to Lawson making suicidal statements as a result of the incident” — i.e., his arrest — “police Baker Acted him” (i.e., had him committed involuntarily to a mental-health facility for observation, which in Florida is usually for 72 hours). A pretrial hearing is scheduled for February 21, 2013. Story: ActionNewsJax.com, January 3, 2013; First Coast News, January 4, 2013; WOKV, January 4, 2013

Juan Pablo MataArrested: Juan Pablo Mata, 29, kitchen worker, Santa Catalina School (an exclusive, private preK-8 for boys and girls and 9-12 girls-only boarding school run by the Dominican Sisters), Monterey, California, on suspicion of plying two 14-year-old students with liquor in exchange for lewd photos. The girls have since been expelled, while Mata, currently in custody on $250,000 bail, has pleaded not guilty to ten felony counts, “including contributing to the delinquency of a minor, sending harmful material to a minor, and committing lewd and lascivious acts against minors,” according to KSBW. Story: KSBW, January 23, 2013; KSBW, January 23, 2013

Balazs TarnaiSentenced: Balázs Tarnai, 36, Hungarian-born former assistant professor of special education, Seton Hill University (where the “Catholic identity of Seton Hill University is a distinguishing mark of the University today, as it has been since its founding by the Sisters of Charity in 1918″), Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and autism expert; to 15 years in prison following a guilty plea to production of sexually explicit material of young boys. Indicted in November, 2011, “on charges of receipt and possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor,” according to U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton, Tarnai was indicted a second time in July, 2012, on new charges of producing of child pornography. Story: Conservative Babylon, July 15, 2012; AP, January 23, 2013

Arturo TenorioConvicted again: Arturo Tenorio, 59, of Midvale, Utah, fake marriage counselor who was recommended by a local church bishop to Mormon couples, “of sexually abusing a second woman during their sessions, less than half a year after the man was convicted in an identical charge involving a different woman,” according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Charged with two felony counts of forcible sexual abuse committed against the women, whom he was supposed to “counseling,” Tenorio is scheduled to be sentenced in February, at which time he could receive up to 15 years for each offense. Tenorio is the brother of Octaviano Tenorio, former general authority and member of the First Quorum of the Seventy (and now emeritus general authority) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Story: Conservative Babylon, January 12, 2011; Conservative Babylon, August 10, 2012; Salt Lake Tribune, January 24, 2013

Nechemya WebermanSentenced: Nechemya Weberman, 53, ultra-Orthodox rabbi and unlicensed “therapist,” Brooklyn, New York, to 103 years in prison following his conviction on charges of raping a now-17-year-old girl during “counseling sessions,” beginning when the victim was just 12. Convicted on 59 out of an original 88 counts of sex abuse, Weberman, it is believed, will probably see his sentence cut to less than half; i.e., 50 years. See previous ConBab entries for details regarding the way the local ultra-Orthodox community backed Weberman — and reportedly compunded the continued assault on the young victim through bribery, threats, and ostracization. Story: Conservative Babylon, June 10, 2012; Conservative Babylon, June 22, 2012; Jewish Daily Forward, January 22, 2013; Capital New York, January 23, 2013

Evan ZauderGuilty plea: Evan Charles Zauder, a.k.a. Aryeh Klonimus Zauder, 27, former sixth-grade teacher, Yeshivat Noam, Paramus, New Jersey, “to charges of using the Internet to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity and to receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, which reports: “Between April and November 2011, Zauder used the Internet to entice a minor in New Jersey who was 14 to 15 years old at the time to engage in sexual activity and to attempt to entice the minor to do so a second time. Zauder also received and distributed files containing child pornography from his desktop computer between December 2010 and May 2011 and possessed hundreds of images and videos of child pornography on four devices that were seized from his Manhattan apartment in May 2012.” At sentencing, scheduled for May 22, 2013, Zauder faces a minimum of 10 years to a maximum sentence of life in prison, plus a maximum $250,000 fine. Story: Conservative Babylon, May 7, 2012; U.S. Attorney’s Office, January 22, 2013

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