Black Collar Crime Round-Up: February 4, 2013

Kenneth Neal Allen • Daniel Ivan Ashby • Chukwuemeka Ezeugo • Yoel Malik
Daryl Robertson • Jordan Roseboom • Ryan Whitaker

Kenneth Neal Allen and Beth Lynnette AllenSentenced: Kenneth Neal Allen, 36, former pastor, Grace Apostolic Church, East Prairie, Missouri, to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of first degree child molestation, according to the Sikeston Standard Democrat. Allen was originally charged with three counts of first-degree statutory sodomy allegedly committed against three children under the age of 13, and possession of child pornography. Allen’s wife, Beth Lynnette Allen, still faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child; a state paid child care provider, she is accused of knowing about one instance of abuse and failing to report it. Story: Conservative Babylon, May 10, 2012; Conservative Babylon, May 19, 2012; Sikeston Standard Democrat, February 2, 2013

Daniel Ivan AshbySentenced: Daniel Ivan Ashby, 40, former principal, Community Christian School, operated by Calvary Community Baptist Church, Northglenn, Colorado, to 90 months in federal prison followed by five years’ supervised release, after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography (IP addresses were traced to Ashby’s church, at his home, and while on a church-”planting” Christian mission in Peru), according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado. “The defendant in this case ran a Christian school while possessing child pornography,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh. “His 90-month sentence demonstrates that those who possess child pornography, especially those in a position of trust, face lengthy prison sentences.” Ashby and his wife, who accompanied him to Peru, are the parents of three young girls. Story: Conservative Babylon, July 15, 2012; U.S. Attorney’s Office, January 30, 2013

Chukwuemeka EzeugoConviction and death sentence upheld: Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a. “Reverend King,” General Overseer, Christian Praying Assembly, Lagos, Nigeria, following his 2007 conviction on six counts of attempted murder and one count of murder in the death of church member Ann Uzoh. Ezeugo reportedly accused seven members of his church of “acts of fornication,” then poured petrol on them, struck a match, and set them on fire, killing Uzoh.

In September, OnlineNigeria News reported: “During the trial, witnesses, who were mostly his church members, narrated how Reverend King turned them to sex toys. The principal witness in the matter, Kelechi King, in her gory account told the court how she had aborted four pregnancies for the self-acclaimed ‘god’. She also revealed how Reverend King made her denounce her family and how she served him as his maid, attending to him naked.

“On the incident that led to the death of Ann, almost all the prosecution witnesses corroborated the fact that Rev. King actually set them on fire by pouring fuel on them. … While awaiting his appeal, he was accused of having sexual intercourse with female guests even in prison.” Ezeugo’s appeal has been rejected, and he is scheduled to be put to death by hanging. Story: OnlineNigeria News, September 20, 2012; News24 Nigeria, February 1, 2013; Leadership Newspapers, February 2, 2013; Naijaurban.com, February 2, 2013

Yoel MalikCharged: Yoel Malik, 33, ultra-Orthodox rabbi and co-owner and teacher, now-shuttered Yeshiva Ohr-Hamier, Brooklyn, New York, with “12 counts of sexual abuse, four counts of criminal sexual acts, 11 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and one count of forcible touching,” according to CBS New York. The alleged victims are four boys between 13 and 16 years old, all students at the yeshiva. The Wall Street Journal cites a law enforcement official who says Malik “told detectives he took two of his accusers to motels and spent time there, but denied any sexual contact with them or other boys linked to the case… He also denied giving the boys cigarettes or alcohol,” which Malik is accused of using to lure the boys. Malik denies all charges, and his mother has stated publicly that her son has been framed. The New York Daily News reports that, according to police sources, Malik “tried to convince cops that he was the victim rather than the predator,” blaming “his underage victims for trying to seduce him.” Story: CBS New York, January 31, 2013; Wall Street Journal, January 31, 2013; New York Times, January 31, 2013; New York Daily News, February 1, 2013

Daryl RobertsonArraigned: Daryl Robertson, 38, former music teacher, St. Thomas Aquinas High School (whose mission “is to transform the lives of our students through a rigorous Catholic education guided by the light of the Gospel”), Dover, New Hampshire; and local a cappella group tenor; on seven counts of possession of child pornography “depicting young boys engaged in sexual conduct,” according to the Union Leader, which reports: “Robertson was arrested Friday in Massachusetts on a fugitive from justice charge, after Greenland police obtained a warrant… Police searched the home of Robertson’s parents in Greenland on Jan. 31 at the prompting of investigators with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Greenland Detective Dave Kurkul said Monday that Robertson, who has been living in Eliot, Maine, is expected to face more charges in federal court based a search of his home by the U.S. Postal Service.”

In 2008, while still employed by St. Thomas Aquinas, Robertson was charged with sexually assaulting a former student, an 18-year-old male, in 2007, who claimed the assault occurred after Robertson convinced him and another former student to be photographed in “muscular poses” while wearing “tight spandex shorts.” Robertson was acquitted in mid-2009, and in 2010 fought unsuccessfully to have his arrest record wiped clean. Story: Fosters Daily Democrat, March 4, 2008; Fosters Daily Democrat, October 15, 2008; Fosters Daily Democrat, July 30, 2009; Fosters Daily Democrat, March 10, 2010; Union Leader, February 4, 2013

Jordan RoseboomSentenced: Jordan Lee Roseboom, 24, former youth ministry volunteer, Rock Point Baptist Church, Crawfordsville, Indiana, to 18 years in prison, three for each of six counts of molesting numerous boys under the age of 14 (one as young as ten), to which Roseboom pleaded guilty in November. Story: Conservative Babylon, March 2, 2012; Conservative Babylon, March 17, 2012; Conservative Babylon, August 13, 2012; WISH, January 31, 2013

Ryan WhitakerConvicted: Ryan D. Whitaker, 59, “well-known” family law attorney (with an emphasis on divorce) and Mormon “priest” and Sunday school teacher, Vancouver, Washington, on two counts of sexually molesting a nine-year-old girl at his Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Northeast Vancouver. KPTV reports that a judge “found him not guilty on charges of rape of a child and a third count of child molestation.” Whitaker is scheduled for sentencing March 15, 2013. Story: KPTV, November 23, 2011; Columbian, November 23, 2011; KATU, November 23, 2011; KPTV, February 1, 2013. See also: “Lawyer smears OWS for rape, later arrested for child molestation,” Amkon.net, November 28, 2011

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