Black Collar Crime Round-Up: March 16, 2013

Bob Buss • Lisa Franklin • Epifanio “Pete” Nevarez • Matthew David O’Meara
Aaron Springer • Barry Thomas • Artelino Vallada

Bob BussCharged: Robert A. “Bob” Buss, 49, catechist (religion teacher), St. Anthony’s Catholic Parish, Dubuque, Iowa; member, (typically homophobic) St. Anthony Knights of Columbus Council 8384; and missionary to Haiti; with misdemeanor dissemination of obscene material to a minor; i.e., sending nude pictures of himself to a 16-year-old Haitian boy he met on one of his youth mission trips. The Telegraph-Herald reports: “Police said they were provided email records, Facebook messages and photos that had been sent between Buss and the male, who is now 18 years old, but was (more…)

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Lesson: Don’t Be an Ass to TV Reporters, Or They’ll Check Your Criminal History and Show You Up As a Hypocrite

Bill AlbaughDaniel William Garrett

On March 5th, we wrote about William Steven “Bill” Albaugh (left), the Maryland Roman Catholic deacon allegedly stupid enough to store child porn on his Verizon cloud account. Now ABC2 reports discovering that Albaugh’s son-in-law, 31-year-old Daniel William Garrett (right) — “who angrily defended” Albaugh — is himself a convicted sex offender. Sheesh!


Black Collar Crime Round-Up: March 14, 2013

Michael Baker • Angela Calcagno • Eusebio Martinez • Julio Guarin-Sosa
Vincent Mercer • George Spencer • Greg Sweeney

Michael BakerSettled: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles for $9.99 million to resolve four sex-abuse cases, including that of former priest Michael Stephen Baker, who was convicted of molestation in 2007, reports NBC Los Angeles, which notes that in 1986 Baker met with Cardinal Roger Mahony — who was “particularly hounded by the case” in the days leading up to his resignation — “and confessed to molesting two brothers for nearly seven years. … Mahony sent Baker for psychological treatment but eventually put him back in ministry, where he molested again. (more…)


Black Collar Crime Round-Up: March 13, 2013

Wendel Palmer • Jason Ray • Robert Ruark • Bruno Tucci • Eddie Velez • Patrick Williams • Piotr Zaloba

Wendel PalmerCharged: Wendel Palmer, 44, 22-year Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police officer and youth choir director, Bethuel Temple Churches of Christ Apostolic, Inc., founded by his father and now led by his brother, “Bishop” and “Presider” Winston R. Palmer, and “First Lady” Sonya Palmer, (which believes “sinner [sic] are driven by the MIND OF THE DEVIL, which in scripture is known as ‘THE CARNAL MIND’”), with first-degree child sexual abuse. Palmer is accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl repeatedly over the course of two years, beginning in 2004, inside the pastor’s (more…)


Black Collar Crime Round-Up: March 12, 2013, Part 2

Joel Hodges • Paul Johnson • M. Kapyola • Jaison Kollannur • Charles Laub • Jack Lawlor • Samuel Lyte

Joel HodgesCharged: Joel Kent Hodges, 31, former “contemporary worship leader,” Gardendale-Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, Gardendale, Alabama, with felony solicitation of a child by computer and traveling to meet a child for sex, also a felony. Story: North Jefferson News, January 2, 2013; WBRC, January 17, 2013. Just a few weeks after Hodges’s arrest, Gardendale-Mount Vernon’s pastor, Terry Greer, was arrested and charged with the shooting death of his wife. See backstory here and here. (more…)


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 (more…)


Black Collar Crime Round-Up: March 10, 2013

Glenn Douglas Barton • Richard Bellingham • Joseph Finnigan • Thomas Allen Houle
Nathan Leuthold • Ted Simpson • Carole Lynn Spivey

Glenn Douglas BartonCharged: 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 (more…)


Black Collar Crime Round-Up: March 5, 2013

Bill Albaugh • David Keith Benson • Emilson Soares Corrâa • Crystal Dycus
Marukudiyil C. Velan • Michael Wilkerson • Unnamed pastor, Judah African Revival Mission Church

Bill AlbaughCharged: William Steven “Bill” Albaugh, 67, Roman Catholic deacon, St. Joseph Church, Fullerton, Nottingham (Baltimore County), Maryland, with one count of possession of child pornography, according to the Baltimore County Police Department, which reports: “Detectives began the investigation last month when Verizon Online notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that one of its subscribers had stored images of child pornography on the online ‘cloud’ storage system. … The investigation shows that Albaugh saved images of child (more…)


Black Collar Crime Mega-Round-Up, Commandment No. Seven* Edition: February 28, 2013

Charles Agbu • Mary Ann Aten • Caesar Belchez • Edward Belczak • Julius C. Blackwelder
Isaac Brooks • Romey Coles, Jr. • Archie Larue Evans • Peter Hesketh • Rose Hinson
Paul Haskell Lane / Katherine Hope Lane • Peter Nitschke • Demario Thomas
Sonya “Cheri” Tucker • Pam West • Paul Wolfe

Charles AgbuGuilty plea: Charles Agbu, 58, pastor, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Carson, California, “to conspiring with doctors, the operators of fraudulent medical clinics, street-level patient recruiters, and others to defraud Medicare of more than $11 million,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Copping to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of money laundering, Agbu “faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine” at his scheduled sentencing on May 16, 2013. Co-conspirator Dr. Juan Tomas Van Putten is scheduled for (more…)


Black Collar Crime Round-Up: February 27, 2013

Raymond Roland Collette • Johnny De La Cruz • Lowe B. Dongor
Phil Jacobs • Rene Paul Emile Labelle • Vincent Toppo • Ryan Tyna

Raymond Roland ColletteSentenced: Raymond Roland Collette, 40, former media director, City on the Hill Church, St. Petersburg, Florida, “to 14 years in federal prison for using his computer to solicit and arrange for sex with a 4-year-old child” after pleading guilty in November, reports U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “According to court documents, between March and July 2012,” Collette, using the alias “April Love,” “posted an advertisement on Craigslist seeking a person to engage in sexual acts involving his shoe fetish. Collette began communicating online with a person identified as (more…)

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Black Collar Crime Round-Up: February 26, 2013

Jeremy Caraway • Edward Fairley • Derrick Wayne Jones • Mark Mauer
Shane Montgomery • David Radtke • Unnamed Catholic brother & Catholic teacher

Jeremy CarawayTrial date set: Jeremy Dewayne Caraway, 38, former pastor, Loyall Church of God, Harlan, Kentucky, who was indicted in 2011 on two counts of second-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and one count of use of electronic communications systems to procure a minor to commit a sexual offense, allegedly involving a girl under the age of 14 who belonged to his church; for April 30, 2013. Story: Conservative Babylon, August 17, 2012; Harlan Daily, February 8, 2013 (more…)

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Black Collar Crime Round-Up: February 25, 2013

Chaim Halpern • Donald Jung • Bryan Lindberg • Dennis W. Myers
Nelson Santiago-Colon • Valerie Sonnier • Joshua Waguespack

Chaim HalpernArrested: Chaim Halpern, 54, haredi (ultra-Orthodox) rabbi, Golders Green, London, England, on suspicion of sexual assault, along with three other, unnamed Orthodox men (on suspicion of perverting the course of justice), related to allegations Halpern sexually assaulted as many as 30 women he was supposed to be offering marriage counseling. Despite maintaining his innocence, Halpern resigned from leadership of his synagogue (and as “religious judge and as a rabbinic adviser to several London institutions”) after the allegations came to light in November, 2012. In (more…)

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Black Collar Crime Round-Up: February 19, 2013

Gary O’Brien • Nathan David Rabinowich • Pedro Emilio Vallejos • Jose Mendez Vazquez
Ralph “Woody” Veerkamp • David Elifar Verduzco • Unnamed ultra-Orthodox Israeli

CanadaCharged: Gary O’Brien, 64, educational assistant, Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School, Burlington, Ontario, with possession of child pornography, according to the Halton Regional Police Service, which adds that O’Brien “has been suspended from his duties by the Halton Catholic District School Board.” Story: Halton Regional Police Service, February 15, 2013

Nosson Dovid Rabinowich, a.k.a. Nathan David RabinowichArrested: Rabbi Nosson Dovid Rabinowich, a.k.a. Nathan David Rabinowich, 59, mara d’asra (rabbinical authority) / dean, Ahavath Torah Institute, Brooklyn, New York, and CEO and scholar-in-residence, Jewish Heritage Tours, in an Internet sex sting, according to the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, which reports that Rabinowich “has been charged with sending sexually explicit messages to a person he had met online and whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl and with whom he was attempting to meet for (more…)

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Black Collar Crime Round-Up: February 15, 2013

Jerry Duane Barham and Melissa Renee Loman • John Crews • Robert Coles
Keith William Dutson, Jr. • Lindsay Hutchinson • Jeremy Pierce • Unnamed South African pastor

Jerry Duane Barham and Melissa Renee LomanArrested: Jerry Duane Barham, 66, pastor, Grace Fellowship New Testament Church, Shawnee, Oklahoma, and Melissa Renee Loman, 33, by the FBI in a federal child pornography investigation, according to KOCO, which notes: “There are very few details because the affidavit is sealed. It will not be unsealed until formal charges are filed, investigators said.” It appears that Barham’s wife, Sydney, is co-pastor of the church. Story: KOCO, February 8, 2013 (more…)


Black Collar Crime Round-Up: February 13, 2013

Fredd Adams • Jacques Faucher • Richard Lee • Thomas L. McLaughlin
Mic Mohler • Arturo Tenorio • Unnamed Catholic school teacher, Chichester, U.K.

Fredd AdamsSentenced: Fredd B. Adams II, a.k.a. Freddie Bob Adams, Jr., pastor, St. Paul Baptist Church, San Angelo, Texas; owner, Adams & Starks Funeral Homes; and, until his resignation in January, San Angelo City Council member; to 10 days in jail, seven years’ probation, 160 hours’ community service, and a $1,500 fine after pleading guilty to felony drunk driving. The Standard-Times reports that Adams “has been embroiled in legal problems since late last year, when he was arrested on allegations of drunken driving. No court date has been set for his most recent arrest Nov. 18. Previous (more…)


Black Collar Crime Round-Up: February 11, 2013

Herman Cassista • Jay Griggs • Kenneth O’Keefe • Ronald Pyles
Terrence Rafferty • David Young • New Hope Church, Durham, North Carolina

Herman CassistaSentenced: Herman Cassista, 69, former deacon and teacher, Les Compagnons-de-Cartier, Quebec City, Quebec, to seven years in prison, less 13 months already served, follow a guilty plea to “16 counts of sexually assaulting nine men and boys between the ages of nine and 28,” according to Sun News. Radio Canada reports that one of the victims “ran away twice” to report Cassista — who “offered religious seminaries for children under the responsibility of the diocese of Quebec” — to the Directorate of Youth Protection (DPJ), but: “Each time the boy was returned to his (more…)

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Black Collar Crime Round-Up: February 10, 2013

Stephen Berry • Humberto Cervantes • Alvaro Javier Gámez Torres
Paul Edward Holmes • Bill Kokesch • Charles Vasser • Unnamed Gloucester minister

Stephen Douglas BerrySentenced: Stephen Douglas Berry, 39, former associate pastor, New Life Baptist Church, Union County, South Carolina, to 15 years in prison following his conviction of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor (a 15-year-old girl), according to the Union Daily Times. The Times reports that, following his 2011 arrest in this case, Berry was arrested a second time in 2011 “for sex/lewd act upon a child under 16 for allegedly inappropriately touching a 13-year-old girl on numerous occasions during the summer of 2008,” and then arrested a third time just a few months later “for criminal (more…)

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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 (more…)


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 (more…)


Black Collar Crime Round-Up: February 1, 2013

Broch DeGraff • Meredith Howard • Thad MacMoran • Christopher McKenzie
Efrain Umana, Sr. • Curtis Wehmeyer • Dustin Werneburg

Broch DeGraffNot guilty plea: Broch Clyde DeGraff, 27, Mormon “priest” and former kindergarten and pre-K teacher and soccer coach, Liahona Preparatory Academy, a private and extremely conservative Mormon charter school founded and owned by his father, Brent DeGraff, and stepmother, Kolleen DeGraff, Pleasant Grove, Utah; to one count of first-degree felony forcible sodomy and nine counts of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse allegedly committed against two 16-year-old girls, both Liahona students, with incidents allegedly occurring both on school property and in the (more…)