Suicide: Brother Stephen Baker, 62, Franciscan friar, St. Bernardine Monastery, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, “named in legal settlements last week involving 11 men who alleged that he sexually abused them at a Catholic high school in northeast Ohio three decades ago,” reports AP. “The undisclosed financial settlements announced Jan. 16 involved his contact with students at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, Ohio from 1986-90. … After the settlements were announced, the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese in central Pennsylvania said it received complaints in 2011 (more…)
As noted in the September 25th Black Collar Crime Round-Up:
Not guilty plea: Paul A. LaCharite, 65, priest, formerly of St. James Episcopal Church, Somerville, Massachusetts, to charges of sexually abusing a boy, whose family were members of the church, for more than ten years. CBS Boston quotes Middlesex District (more…)
Convicted: James Richard Harris, 64, a Belle Glades, Florida, minister, on charges including lewd and lascivious battery, unlawful sexual activity with a minor, promoting sexual performance by a child, and showing obscene material to a minor; i.e., forcing a 15-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him, videotaping the boy masturbating while a porn movie played in the background, and videotaping his 16-year-old godson having sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend. (more…)
A newly released Gilbert police report describes the terrifying (more…)
From the Daily Mail, May 31, 2012, “Church warden found dead in bath by vicar after killing himself with overdose of Viagra pills”:
A church warden found dead in a bath by the vicar of the church where he volunteered had killed himself by taking a ‘massive’ sex drug overdose, an inquest heard. …
Claims to fame: Republican Tennessee state representative (1993-2002); former chief deputy, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department; county executive, Sullivan County (1986-90); law enforcement instructor, Walters State Community College (1976-780; U.S. Air Force veteran (1964-68); husband; father of two; suspected exhibitionist; Seventh Circle club member — i.e., a suicide
Moral apex: Arrested in June, 2002, on seven felony counts of exposing himself to (more…)
Claims to fame: Assistant U.S. Attorney (U.S. Department of Justice), Northern District of Florida; member, Florida State Bar; Republican; husband; father of three; self-described “family man”; president, Gulf Breeze Sports Association; girls’ basketball coach; accused would-be child molester; Seventh Circle club member (suicide) (more…)
Claims to fame: Republican; chairman, St. Petersburg, Florida, City Council; husband; father of five; divorcé; apparent multiple-child molester; suicide
Moral apex #1: Sexually molested his two teenage adopted daughters, as well as his family’s barely-legal nanny.
Moral apex #2: Committed suicide just hours after turning in his resignation from the city council.
Anything else? No, that’s about it.
Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Bryan:
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
— 1 Corinthians 6:19
Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Bryan’s enablers, who should have spoken up, but didn’t:
But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
— Matthew 5:37
Claims to fame: Aurora Township (Illinois) Republican Committee Treasurer; Republican candidate for Kane County Board; husband; father of four young children; accused child molester; suicide
Moral apex: It’s a tie, between molesting two teenage girls, and killing himself three days after he was charged with 26 counts of sexual abuse (and the loss of his party’s endorsement). (more…)