Black Collar Crime Round-Up: March 12, 2013, Part 1

Matt Abid • Louis Bristol • Haden Conrad • Tim Dampier • Michael Elder • Alex Gillespie • Jim Hadinger

Matthew AbidSentenced: Matthew “Matt” Abid, 30, former youth ministry leader, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Alpine Township, Michigan, to just six months in jail, less 34 days served, plus five years’ probation and sex-offender registration, after pleading guilty in January to second-degree criminal sexual conduct (amended from third-degree criminal sexual conduct, which is defined as “penetration”), committed against a 15-year-old girl who belonged to Abid’s “Credo” youth group. WOOD adds: “Investigators say Abid admitted to touching the teenage girl and that there were several other incidents of sexual contact between Abid and the victim after she turned 16.” Story: Conservative Babylon, September 8, 2012; Conservative Babylon, January 23, 2013; WOOD, February 19, 2013

Louis Joseph BristolCharged: Louis Joseph Bristol, 28, assistant hotel manager and high school youth pastor, Carpinteria Community Church, Carpinteria, California, with “multiple counts of child molestation, child rape, lewd acts upon a child and furnishing an illegal substance to minors,” according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, which reports: “The arrest follows an investigation into allegations that Mr. Bristol used his position as a High School Youth Pastor at the Carpinteria Community Church and his job as an Assistant Manager at the Holiday Inn Express in Carpinteria to commit crimes against two female juvenile victims. Detectives have reason to believe there may be more victims out there.

“Mr. Bristol met the two teenagers at church and is alleged to have sent them inappropriate text messages and photos. The investigation revealed that Mr. Bristol sexually molested and raped the victims. For one of the victims, the abuse happened on more than one occasion. The crimes took place between late 2012 and early 2013 in vacant rooms at the hotel that Mr. Bristol had access to as an employee. The investigation also revealed Mr. Bristol furnished and sold marijuana to the victims and others in the youth group. Mr. Bristol is in the Santa Barbara County Jail awaiting arraignment. His bail is set at 2 million dollars.” Story: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, February 28, 2013

Haden ConradCharged: Haden Dandridge Conrad, 32, pastor, Chesapeake Avenue United Methodist Church, Chesapeake, Virginia; and (until his arrest) chaplain, Chesapeake Police Department; formerly pastor, Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Bremen, Georgia; with one count of felony computer solicitation of a child under 15 — who was actually a sheriff’s deputy posing as a 14-year-old girl in a cybercrime sting. Conrad is also accused of exposing himself and masturbating via webcam from inside a bathroom at the church. Conrad and his wife have two foster children; the children have reportedly been removed from the home.

The church’s Facebook page, Conrad’s Facebook page (cache) and Conrad’s blog have all been deleted. A cache of the blog shows Conrad’s most recent sermons; the one dated February 17, 2013 (“Tested by No. 666”) ends: “Satan does not show up with a pitchfork, he is not George Burns or Al Pacino whispering in our ear, taking delight when we choose evil over good. … This season of Lent is a time for each one of us to ask if we have given into the temptation, the temptation to serve a God of Me. I invite all of us to truly live into the spirit of this season, to challenge ourselves and be open to where the God of Thee is leading and have the courage to follow where we are called. Sometimes it does not lead us to an easy thing. The task is not always easy. The work is not always pleasant. It took Jesus to the Cross. Where will it take you? Where will it take us? And will you have the courage to go? In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.”

Story: Search warrant affidavit, February 25, 2013; Search warrant, February 27, 2013; WAVY, February 28, 2013; WTKR, February 28, 2013; WTVR, March 1, 2013; WAVY, March 4, 2013

Timothy DampierSentenced: Timothy Lavell Dampier, 39, minister and singer-musician at numerous Seattle, Washington-area churches and youth programs, including Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church; New Hope Baptist Church; Union Gospel Mission; Samuel House; Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center; et al.; former foster parent; and, according to a MySpace page, son of “the Late Rev Ellis Wortham Sr.,” who played at the House of Blues; to 22 years in prison following a September, 2012, guilty plea to 22 counts of sexually abusing ten boys from the age nine to age 17 between 1997 and 2011. Story: Conservative Babylon, September 16, 2012; Bellevue Patch, February 22, 2013

Michael ElderCharged: Michael Elder, 53, senior pastor, Cross Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with the first-degree murder of his son-in-law, Gary Davidson, 27, who had filed for divorce from Elder’s daughter. Citing a police affidavit, KOCO reports: “Just a day before the fatal shooting, Davidson called 911 to report that his father-in-law had stolen his truck. … Davidson’s estranged wife, April Davidson, had made arrangements to get their daughter in exchange for the truck. Michael Elder tagged along for the exchange. However, court documents indicate, that Gary Davidson refused to agree to the exchange. At that point, April Davidson began to drive away. Court documents indicate that Gary Davidson ran from the house, jumped in the passenger seat of the truck as it was moving and grabbed April, trying to pull her from the truck. April Davidson said that her husband had his foot on the gas while she had it on the brake. Meanwhile, court documents indicate that Elder ran along the passenger side of the truck and shot Gary Davidson as April Davidson, Elder’s daughter, yelled for help.” Story: KOCO, February 21, 2013; KOCO, February 22, 2013; KOCO, March 5, 2013

James 'Alex' Gillespie
Dennis Jenks

Charged: James “Alex” Gillespie, 48, music director, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Middleton, Wisconsin, with two counts of sexual assault of a child under 16. The Middleton Police Department reports: “The victim is a 14-year old boy who had been missing from his Beloit home since October of 2012. He had been living with Dennis Jenks on Raymond Road in Madison until contacted by Middleton detectives on February 13, 2013. Middleton Detectives notified Madison Police of the relationship between the victim and Jenks and then developed probable cause to charge Gillespie. Gillespie is alleged to have assaulted the victim in his Century Avenue residence.” Dennis Jenks, 44, is a Mount Horeb police officer (currently on suspension) who was charged in February with repeatedly sexually assaulting the same boy between November, 2012, and January, 2013; Jenks is also accused of taking nude photos of the boy. Story: Wisconsin State Journal, February 27, 2013; Middleton Police Department, February 28, 2013; Wisconsin State Journal, March 4, 2013

Jim HadingerCharged: James Paul “Jim” Hadinger, 43, pastor, Faith Gospel (Independent Fundamental) Church, Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia, where he “led several youth groups at the church,” according to WSAZ; and substitute teacher (for “the last several weeks,” according to the Point Pleasant Register), Hannan Junior/Senior High School, Ashton, West Virginia; with two counts of sexual abuse by a person in a position of trust.

WSAZ reports that, according to authorities, Hadinger “became involved with the female, underage student” after meeting her at a grocery store and attending a basketball game together, after which deputies say they “drove to an abandoned house along Ball Chapel Road in Ashton where he allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with her.” Hadinger is currently in custody on $200,000 bond.

A Facebook profile features shared images titled “Liberal Hypocrites” and “The Hillbilly 10 Commandments,” and states that he is married and holds a “Master in Ministry” from Baptist College of America. “Favorite quotations” include: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything,” and “Not until I went to the churches of America and I heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good…and if America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. -Alexis de Toqueville.” A recent post appearing to come from Hadinger’s wife reads: “All I can say and ask is please please, pray for my family we sure do need it!” Hadinger appears to be the father of several children. Story: Point Pleasant Register, February 22, 2013; WSAZ, February 22, 2013

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