Nathan Leuthold • Ted Simpson • Carole Lynn Spivey
Charged: Glenn Douglas Barton, 62, senior pastor, Calvary Way MInistries, a Pentecostal church which also operates Calvary Way Academy, a pre-K-12th school, as well as a daycare program, Kilgore, Texas, with aggravated sexual assault of a child. Barton is accused of sexually assaulting the alleged victim over a period of four years, beginning when the child was younger than 14 years old. KLTV reports that the “investigation included recorded audio conversations between the victim and Barton. The [arrest] affidavit states that Barton is recorded as saying,’I expect you to do what we’ve always done and that’s cover for each other.’ The statement was followed by Barton asking the victim if he was being recorded. It was enough information to put Barton behind bars in Rusk County.”
The church website states: “Rev. Glenn D. Barton was raised in the church that stood on this piece of ground. After answering the calling on his life to preach, at age 33 he nursed then-Emmanuel Gospel church back to health. During this time he and childhood friend, Wilma Meyer, were reintroduced and later married. In 1986, the Bartons and their young daughter, Krystal, headed for New Mexico, then Washington, and finally Idaho, where they started churches, fostered home missions’ works, and in general, spread the truth and love of Jesus. Finally, they settled back in Kilgore, and in 1999 were again voted in as the pastors and kept the doors of Calvary Way from closing.” Story: KETK, March 4, 2013; KLTV, March 5, 2013; Longview News-Journal, March 5, 2013
Sentenced: Richard Bellingham, a.k.a. Richard Lyons, a.k.a. Richard Goldstein, 57, former senior member of the now-shuttered Church of Our Saviour, Concord Township (Concordville), Delaware, to 18 to 36 months following a guilty plea in December to four counts of indecent sexual assault without consent and two charges of corrupting the morals of a minor, according to Main Line Media News. Bellingham was arrested in June, 2012, on multiple charges of repeated sexual abuse and extreme physical abuse — including “up to 50 lashings with a leather belt or piece of rubber hose” — of four girls, aged four to 15, during the 1980s. One alleged victim stated that the abuse was “basically a daily occurrence for six years.” Story: Conservative Babylon, July 1, 2012; Main Line Media News, March 6, 2013
Guilty plea: Joseph Finnigan, 73, former deacon/pastoral associate, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Grand Haven, Michigan, to two counts of larceny after stealing some $20,000 from church collection plates over two years. The plea deal guarantees a charge of felony embezzlement will be dropped if Finnigan remits $120,000 in restitution before his sentencing date of April 22, 2013. Story: MLive.com, November 12, 2012; WZZM, March 1, 2013; WWJ/AP, March 2, 2013
Arrested: Thomas Allen Houle, 46, member, board of directors, St. Croix Catholic School, Stillwater, Minnesota, and girls’ softball coach, St. Paul Catholic Athletic Association, “for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover police officer” during a prostitution sting that netted 19 arrests — including that of Hill-Murray School football coach Mark Mauer — according to the Stillwater Patch, which reports that, like Mauer, Houle allegedly “responded to an ad police placed in the escort section of the website backpage.com.” Story: Stillwater Patch, February 28, 2013
Charged: Nathan Andrew Leuthold, 37, of Peoria, Illinois, believed to be a Hyles-Anderson alumnus, and described by GateHouse News Service as a “Baptist missionary who traveled frequently to Lithuania over the past 15 years with his wife and children to start churches and sports- or music-centered outreach efforts,” with the first-degree murder of his wife, Denise Leuthold, 39, who was found shot in the head inside her parents’ home on Valentine’s Day; Nathan Leuthold is accused of staging the scene to look like a burglary gone wrong. The Times-Bulletin notes that the “Leutholds had been back in the United States for more than a year, living with Denise Leuthold’s parents, while Nathan Leuthold traveled the country raising money for additional missionary work overseas.”
CINewsNow.com reports that during a March 7th hearing, “prosecutors revealed Nathan Leuthold had a relationship with a young Lithuanian student currently living in Chicago.” Peoria police detective Jason Leigh “described Leuthold’s relationship with the 20-year-old Lithuanian student the couple sponsored, Aina Dobilaite. He said after being kicked out of a Florida Christian College for an inappropriate relationship with Nathan Leuthold, she moved to Chicago where he shared a bank account with her and funded 90 percent of her living expenses.” Leuthold is currently in custody on a $2 million bond.
Denise Leuthold’s obituary notes: “Denise was a 1992 graduate of Faith Baptist Christian School in Pekin. She was a member of LaMarsh Baptist Church in Mapleton.” (The couple’s missions, however, were sponsored by other churches, including First Baptist Church of Clinton and Cornerstone Baptist in Groveland, where Denise Leuthold’s funeral was held.) “She and her husband served as missionaries in Lithuania since 1998. While Denise enjoyed many things, her greatest joy was that of being a wife and mother.” The youngest of the Leutholds’ three children is of preschool age.
Story: Journal Star, February 15, 2013; Journal Star, February 15, 2013; Denise L. Leuthold obituary, February 17, 2013; Journal Star, February 18, 2013; GateHouse News Service, March 6, 2013; CINewsNow.com, March 6, 2013; CINewsNow.com, March 7, 2013. See also Nathan Leuthold’s Facebook profile.
Arrested: Ted Simpson, 83, Roman Catholic priest, Church of the Holy Ghost and Mary Immaculate, a.k.a. Olton Friary, and school governor, Our Lady of Compassion Catholic Primary School, Solihull, West Midlands, England, on suspicion of sexual activity with a minor. Story: Birmingham Mail, March 7, 2013
Charged: Carole Lynn Spivey, 51, former bookkeeper, Callie Self Memorial Baptist Church, Greenwood, South Carolina, accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the church. Story: Index-Journal, March 7, 2013
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