Black Collar Crime Round-Up: February 7, 2013

Scott Blair • William Casey • Arturo Flores • Nate Morales • Ira Smith • Michael Videau • Theldon Williams

Scott BlairCharged: Scott W. Blair, former elder, Southeast Bible Chapel, Springfield, Missouri, with three counts of statutory sodomy, one count of attempted statutory sodomy, two counts of child molestation and one count of attempted child molestation allegedly committed against “two young female relatives,” both under ten years old, according to the Springfield News-Leader. Story: Springfield News-Leader, February 7, 2013

William CaseyDefrocked: William Casey, former Roman Catholic priest and former pastor, St. Dominic Parish, Kingsport, Tennessee, a year and a half year after his 2011 conviction on charges of aggravated rape and criminal sexual misconduct committed against an altar boy beginning in the mid- to late 1970s. AP reports: “‘Why did it take so long?’ asked Nancy Vance of the Knoxville chapter of SNAP [Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests]… Vance said the Vatican was informed of charges against Casey on April 4, 2010. The bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville, the Most Reverend Richard F. Stika, removed Casey from clerical duties after he was charged, but he remained under church vows until Pope Benedict XVI laicized him in late 2012. Vance said the delay is beyond her understanding.” Casey is currently serving 30 to 40 years in prison. Story: AP, April 14, 2010; TriCities, November 23, 2011; AP, February 7, 2013

Arturo FloresSentenced: Arturo Flores, 56, former computer/technology teacher, St. John Berchmans Catholic School, San Antonio, Texas, to 60 years in prison — “three 20-year sentences for indecency with a child charges,” according to the Express-News, involving two girls, who were among five “young students” Flores was accused of groping in his classroom, during class. Flores is married and the father of at least two grown sons. Story: Express-News, February 4, 2013; Fox 29, February 4, 2013

Nate MoralesCharged: Nathaniel “Nate” Morales, 55. pastor, Open Door Community Church (Affirming Pentecostal Church International [APC/APCI]), Las Vegas, Nevada, on ten counts of sexually molesting four boys while working as a youth ministry assistant at Covenant Life Church and teacher at the church’s now-shuttered Montgomery County Covenant Life Academy, Gaithersburg, Maryland, between 1985 and 1990. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Covenant Life “until December was associated with Sovereign Grace Ministries, a Kentucky-based evangelical church group accused in a lawsuit in Maryland last fall of covering up allegations of child sex abuse by its members. The lawsuit was amended last month to name Covenant Life Church as among the new defendants.”

It appears the church knew about allegations against Morales and did nothing; the AJC quotes a police report in which a co-pastor stated he had “confronted Morales about the allegations. The pastor told police that ‘normally the church would appeal to the person to stop his criminal behavior and then, should it not stop, they would alert people that the person is not acting in a Christian manner. The person would need to show contrition,’” and “said that going to the police was in the ‘realm of possibilities,’ but that he took his cues from the families… Another pastor, Grant Layman, said he had communicated with Morales several years ago and that Morales had admitted to ‘alcohol abuse and homosexuality,’ the police report says. He said that Morales told him that he remembered having committed abuses and having confessed his past to an older pastor, but that Morales now said he was very ill and could not recall the specifics of anything that occurred.” A pretrial hearing is scheduled for February 8, 2013. Story: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 4, 2013; Washington Examiner, February 4, 2013; AP, February 4, 2013

Ira Dewayne SmithCharged: Ira Dewayne Smith, 33, pastor, Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, Cave City, Arkansas, with felony rape of a 15-year-old mentally disabled girl, according to AreaWideNews, which reports that mother of the alleged victim told police Smith “had forced the girl to perform oral sex on him in the home the day before, also touching her inappropriately during the incident. Records indicate that Smith had also been accused in 2009 of a similar incident but was cleared by the Arkansas Department of Human Services.” Investigators believe that three other children in the same home have also been molested. After failing to appear for a scheduled polygraph test, Smith was arrested and reportedly “admitted to forcing the child to the sexual act,” but “denied the accusations of molesting the other children,” yet “did admit to sexual fantasies about another child in the home,” age 16. Story: AreaWideNews, February 6, 2013

Michael VideauSentenced: Michael Videau, 58, former treasurer, deacon and driver, Second New Pleasant Zion Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, to life in prison without the possibility of parole following his conviction on seven counts of child molestation, including sexual battery, aggravated oral sexual battery, aggravated rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile. Videau’s victims — all “related through two of his marriages” — were a 25-year-old woman he raped when she was a child and the woman’s two daughters, just four and five years old. The Times-Picayune notes that the life sentence is “for one of the charges alone: the aggravated rape of” the four-year-old. The paper also notes: “After growing up and having two daughters,” the adult victim allowed the girls “to have contact with Videau, believing he had changed after becoming a deacon, she testified. He had not…” Story: Conservative Babylon, January 19, 2013; Times-Picayune, February 4, 2013

Theldon Williams, Jr.Charged: Theldon Williams, Jr., 44, Baptist youth pastor, Raleigh, North Carolina, with one count of statutory rape and one count of indecent liberties with a child, 14 years old, according to WBTW. Williams is currently in custody on a $525,000 bond. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety has a record for a Theldon Williams who received probation in 1999 for two separate offenses: driving with a revoked license and assault on a female. Story: WTVD, January 29, 2013; WBTW, January 30, 2013; WNCN, February 6, 2013

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