CALIFORNIA v. PHILLIP GARRIDO and CALIFORNIA v. NANCY GARRIDO are the notorious California criminal prosecutions related to the Jaycee Lee Dugard kidnapping, which have resulted in life prison terms for both Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Despite the criminal prosecutions, and the avalanche of media coverage, THE TRUTH about Phillip Garrido's past life is only now beginning to be made public.
Nancy Garrido was reared as a Jehovah's Witness, first in Texas, and then later in Colorado. The unmarried 25 year-old Jehovah's Witness, Nancy Bocanegra, was introduced to fellow Jehovah's Witness, Phillip Garrido, while Garrido was imprisoned in Leavenworth federal prison for a 1976 kidnapping and rape committed in Nevada. The "delayed" introduction reportedly was made in early 1980 only after Garrido's divorce from his first wife became final. Nancy Bocanegra was introduced to Phillip Garrido by one of his cellmates -- Nancy Bocanegra's Uncle, whom she occasionally visited. Phillip Garrido, age 30, and Nancy Bocanegra, age 26, were married inside Leavenworth Prison, in October 1981, by a non-denominational prison chaplain.
A 1978 mental evaluation conducted only 8-9 months after Garrido's arrival at Leavenworth states that Phillip Garrido was already, in March/April of 1978, a "very absorbed" Jehovah's Witness practitioner. Phillip Garrido has indicated that his interest in religion and GOD started sometime around 1973-74, and intensified around 1976-77 (Remember that the JWs were then in the middle of their largest recruitment period ever -- 1966 to 1975 -- when the WatchTower Society was predicting Armageddon to occur in October 1975. After 1975, it was "any day now".) During Phillip Garrido's first year at Leavenworth, Phillip Garrido even rejected the idea of a transfer from prison incarceration to an outside psychological treatment program so that he could complete the religious and secular education programs he had by then already started at Leavenworth. (Although the WatchTower Cult has since relaxed its teachings on mental health treatment -- due to the high incidence of mental illness amongst its members -- at that time, Jehovah's Witnesses were proactively discouraged from seeking treatment from mental health professionals.)
So, when did Phillip Garrido first join the WatchTower Cult? IT IS BELIEVED THAT PHILLIP GARRIDO FIRST STARTED ATTENDING A KINGDOM HALL OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES SOMETIME IN THE EARLY 1970s -- possibly even as early as 1969-70, when Garrido was only 19-20 years old. Garrido either attended the Brentwood, California Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, or the Oakley, California Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, or both, at various times. There is a vague lead which seems to suggest that Nancy Bocanegra was not the first female with JW connections in Phillip Garrido's life. Whether that possible female with JW connections was Garrido's first wife, one of many girlfriends, or even possibly his mother (which opens an enormous can of worms given that is with whom Phillip and Nancy lived all these years), I do not know. I do know that some older JWs in either the Brentwood and Oakley areas probably do know, but evidently are tight lipped.
I also know that Phillip Garrido was arrested and incarcerated multiple times from 1969 through 1974. If, in fact, Phillip Garrido "became a member" of the Brentwood or Oakley congregations during this time period, as one source alleges, then he would have been subject to one or more internal judicial actions by his congregation's Body of Elders. That would mean that Garrido's past history as a Jehovah's Witness would be known not only by one or both of those two California congregations, but probably also by WatchTower Society headquarters, in Brooklyn.
At any rate, it was Phillip Garrido's status as a long-time practicing Jehovah's Witness, plus his marriage to a life-long practicing Jehovah's Witness, that undoubtedly played a significant role in his gaining early parole in 1988 given that nearly every evaluation of any type over the years almost always made positive mention of Garrido's religious beliefs and practices.
Nancy Garrido worked within the healthcare community in multiple states at least as far back as 1981. Nancy Garrido was licensed as a Nursing Assistant in California in 1989 after the couple moved to California after Phillip Garrido's parole from Leavenworth, and 8 months served in a Nevada state prison, where Garrido served short time on a state charge related to the 1976 rape/kidnapping. Between 1994 and 1998, Nancy Garrido worked for a California community agency, Contra Costa ARC, that served adults and children suffering from developmental disabilities. Nancy Garrido reportedly also worked at multiple nursing homes.
Nancy Garrido is reportedly accused by Prosecutors of playing an equal role with Phillip Garrido in the abduction of Jaycee Lee Dugard. Prosecutors suspect that it was actually Nancy Garrido who forcibly put Jaycee Lee Dugard into the car driven by Phillip Garrido in June 1991. In 1993, Phillip Garrido was returned to federal prison for 38 days because of a parole violation. Prosecutors allege that Nancy Garrido was Jaycee Lee Dugard's sole kidnapper during those 38 days.
OHIO v. ARIEL CASTRO. America's latest "child abductor", or "child kidnapper", Ariel Castro, of Cleveland, Ohio, also has a Jehovah's Witness connection, if not "rearing", which, like the "Phillip Garrido Case", will probably not be fully disclosed even until well after the criminal prosecution has been long completed. Ariel Castro's age 70s mother, Lillian Rodriguez, aka Lillian Castro, is unquestionably a Jehovah's Witness. In the 1960s, Lillian Rodriguez and her four children separated from the father, Pedro Castro, aka Nona Castro, and moved from Puerto Rico to Reading, Pennsylvania, to join Lillian Rodriguez's Rodriguez Clan parents, multiple brothers and sisters, nieces, and nephews. In 1975, Lillian Rodriguez and her four children reunited with Pedro Castro in Cleveland.
INDIANA v. EMILY CASTRO. Emily Castro, the youngest of Ariel Castro's four children with ex-wife Grimilda Figeroa (deceased), was convicted in Indiana, in February 2008, of trying to kill her 11 month old out-of-wedlock daughter Janyla Gonzalez, and is currently serving a 25 year prison sentence. Emily Castro apparently attempted to cut the throat of her own baby after getting into a fight with her Fort Wayne, Indiana "baby daddy". Emily Castro thereafter also attempted suicide.
SEPTEMBER 2013 UPDATE: As most readers already know, Ariel Castro hung himself in his prison cell only one month after being imprisoned. Multiple media outlets reported that Castro's JW Mother and one sister had been repeated visitors to see Castro.
CROWN v. UNIDENTIFIED JEHOVAH'S WITNESS CHILD PORNOGRAPHER was a 2008-12 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada prosecution of an extremely active internet child pornographer whose online moniker was "Uncle V" . From October 2008 through January 2009, "V.L.", emailed child pornography from both his home and work computers to an Ottawa undercover police officer. "V.L." was arrested in February 2009. "V.L." was then 53 years-old, married with a four year-old son, and had been employed as a Software Programmer for twelve years with the same Ottawa based computer consulting company.
Electronic data from seventeen different devices was seized, amounting to twenty-one computer hard disk drives with a total data storage capacity of 2.1 terabytes, plus a digital camera and other data storage devices. Just from the "unencrypted portions" of the twenty-one computer hard disk drives, a total of 2097 child pornography pictures, 1763 child pornography stories, and 574 child pornography movies were counted. This child pornography cache amounted to a total of 12.1 gigabytes of data from all devices.
Analysis by the police forensic investigator revealed a long history of online accessing and referring to child pornography dating back to January 1998. "V.L." had organized all his data into neat folders, sub-folders, and file structures, and had regularly backed it up, and had encrypted much of it. "V.L." was a very frequent user of Internet newsgroups, channels, discussion forums, and chatrooms. Notably, V.L.'s collection contained a higher proportion of "very young" children, including babies, than that of other similar cases on which the police forensic investigator had worked, and included a focus on younger children and acts of full intercourse, digital penetration, oral sex, ejaculation, forced sex, sex between children, pain on a child's face during sexual intrusions, and incest.
Many hundreds of online chats between 2000 and 2008 revealed copious amounts of chatting time where "Uncle V" advocated incest and all kinds of sexual acts with children. In some emails, he publicized his interest in having sex with teenaged children. However, no evidence was found indicating that "V.L." had ever produced any of the child porn that he distributed. "V.L." had also exchanged chats and emails with a limited number of underaged females, and had even sent them pornography, including child porn, but there was no evidence that he had ever attempted to meet with them. The police forensic investigator did find on V.L.'s digital camera and three computing devices pictures of his own 4 year-old son's "naked genital area" (but could not prove pornographic intent).
Amusingly, like several other documented instances of Jehovah's Witnesses who have been jailed for sex related crimes, "V.L." refused to go through phallometric testing, because such involved the viewing of sexually explicit materials, which violated the dictates of his WatchTower religion, which he was once again attempting to live by now that he had been caught.
V.L. pled "not guilty" and maintained his innocence up until one day before trial, when he changed his plea to "guilty". The Canadian "hanging judge" first thoroughly condemned V.L. and his crimes, before then doing everything that he could possibly do to reduce V.L.'s time in jail. The judge started out by sentencing V.L. to only five years in prison; then allowing non-mandatory double-timed served credit, which reduced V.L.'s jail time to 2 years and 29 days; then reducing that to 2 years MINUS one day, so that V.L. could qualify to go to a specific facility with a treatment program, which meant that actual jail time was probably less than 12 months. V.L. also received one year's probation after release, during which further treatment was mandatory.
NOT ALL CHILD MOLESTORS ARE MEN
My Jehovah's Witness Relatives have long maintained a certain degree of prestige within the local JW community due to my family's JW Matriarch having professed to be "one of the anointed remnant", or, "one of the 144,000", since that distinction in the JW ranks was made by the WatchTower Society back in the 1930s.
Although "Anointed JW Matriarch" never worked outside the home, she also was well-known, or infamous, throughout the local non-JW community as a decades-long preacher of the WatchTower Society's "gospel". Anointed JW Matriarch was a "child" of the "Judge Rutherford" era of the WatchTower Society. She was arrested in the 1940s when other JWs were being arrested. In the 1950s, she had a monthly pro-WatchTower column published in the local newspaper, which brought her even more local notoriety. In 1958, Anointed JW Matriarch was amongst the record-setting attendees at the WatchTower Society's much heralded International Convention held in Yankee Stadium.
Anointed JW Matriarch reared three sons and two daughters, and sadly, many of her grandchildren --- for various reasons, including lack of parenting skills and lack of maternal and paternal instinct on the part of Anointed JW Matriarch's own children. Despite the fact that it was known that Anointed JW Matriarch liked her sons better than her daughters, only her two daughters became and remained JWs.
Both JW Daughters have repeatedly professed that they each look forward to living in the WatchTower's promised earthly paradise -- which they both believe will be co-ruled by their own Mother. Although the two daughters were reared as third-generation Jehovah's Witnesses during the far less morally corrupt 1940s-50s, Youngest Daughter became pregnant out-of-wedlock when she was only 16 years-old, in 1959. After a disastrous marriage and divorce from first Baby-Daddy, Youngest Daughter found her second non-JW husband by breaking up his first marriage. Youngest Daughter did not get baptized until 1973 -- just before Armageddon occurred in October 1975. In the early 1960s, baptized Oldest Daughter did manage to graduate from college before then stupidly marrying a JW Immigrant whom she met at a NYC WatchTower Convention, but that incompatible marriage lasted only briefly. Oldest Daughter shortly thereafter began an affair with an elderly, married non-JW work supervisor, and she was eventually disfellowshiped after the local Body of Elders finally discovered that both Oldest Daughter and Anointed JW Matriarch had kept that first adulterous affair hidden from the congregation. Oldest Daughter thereafter began a relationship with and eventually married another much older non-JW.
Although all of JW Matriarch's grandchildren from children #2 through #5 sporatically attended the Kingdom Hall during their formative years, only three of Anointed JW Matriarch's multiple grandchildren ever became JWs, but none of the three are JWs now. None of Anointed JW Matriarch's great-grandchildren nor great-great-grandchildren ever became JWs.
Although known to be Anointed JW Matriarch's "favorite" child, her oldest Son totally rejected not only his JW Mother's WatchTower faith, but even faith in God and the Bible. As soon as he graduated high school in the latter 1940s, he enlisted in the military, and eventually became an airborne ranger. After the military, Oldest Son settled his family about two hours drive from his JW Mother and siblings. Over the decades, Oldest Son visited his JW Mother only infrequently, and then, only briefly.
The remainder of Anointed JW Matriarch's children married and lived locally. Anointed JW Matriarch's second oldest child, "Second Son", also never became a JW, although he occasionally attended meetings into his early 30s. Second Son earned a public reputation for sexual promiscuity during his teen years (1950s), and thereafter even into his senior years. Second Son gradually developed into a psycho-sociopath. Amongst many others, he was known to have propositioned his own mother-in-law early in his marriage, and later in life, he even propositioned at least two of his own daughters-in-law.
Third Son, ... , well let's just say that he is still living, and may eventually read this. Politely, Third Son also completely rejected his mother's WatchTower faith until the WatchTower Society forecast Armageddon for October 1975. Third Son and wife joined the JWs around 1973, but quickly became inactive as soon as it was apparent that 1975 was just another WatchTower false alarm. Third Son was eventually disfellowshipped after several years of inactivity -- for "adultery" Overall, Third Son was only slightly less "messed up" than was Second Son.
One day, about 12+ years after the death of "Anointed JW Matriarch", one of JW Matriarch's many grandsons mistakingly thought it time to reveal something that had long haunted him. Grandson revealed to Anointed JW Matriarch's Oldest Daughter -- by then a JW Pioneer -- that he had once been propositioned by Anointed JW Matriarch when he was a child.
Grandson related that when he was about 11 years old, he had spent the night at his grandparents' house. Sometime after everyone had gone to bed, and after he had fallen asleep, he was awakened and surprised by Anointed JW Matriarch crawling into bed with him. Anointed JW Matriarch, who reeked of wine, and who was dressed only in a bra and panties, snuggled up to him, and began relating an incident of fornication she had committed in her younger years. Grandson ignored Anointed JW Matriarch as much as possible, turned over and away from her, and pretended to go back to sleep. Drunken Anointed JW Matriarch soon fell asleep, and was gone by the morning.
Grandson also revealed to Oldest Daughter something else that he had never revealed to anyone. Even before he was old enough to enter grade school, he had begun to have the same nightmare that repeated itself until he was 8 or 9 years old. Even as a youngster, Grandson could never remember what about the nightmare so scared him, but only that "it" always occurred in his grandparents' bed.
JW Pioneer Oldest Daughter glared silently at Grandson as he revealed these "secrets". When he had finished, JW Pioneer Oldest Daughter proceeded to denounce Grandson as a "liar", and quickly departed in a "huff" -- never to raise the issue again, even after she did eventually start speaking to him again.
Grandson gradually repeated his "secrets" to some of his other non-JW relatives over the years. While not called a "liar" by the non-JWs, neither was there much of a reaction from them -- not even shock nor surprise. Time passed. Then, one day, Grandson not only told his "secrets" to the widow of "Second Son", but expressed his puzzlement as to why noone in the family had much of a reaction, except for JW Daughter's denunciation.
Second Son's Widow then told Grandson something that she had been keeping a secret since Second Son's death. Widow related that shortly before Second Son's gradual death, he revealed to her that his Mother, Anointed JW Matriarch, had regularly sexually molested him when he was a youngster. The molestation had even included full intercourse, which continued until Second Son reached puberty.
A clue had always been there. Anointed JW Matriarch's lifelong "pet name" for Second Son had been, "My Little Man".
JEHOVAH'S WITNESS INCEST. In the late 1970s, a family of Jehovah's Witnesses "NEEDGREATERS" moved from southern California to serve with the Mount Vernon, Kentucky Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Needgreaters are JW families who move to areas where there are few JWs, and the entire family door knocks 20-25 hours per week. Various family members -- parents and children -- thereafter regularly pioneered and regularly auxilary pioneered for years. In the latter 1980s, the newlywed husband of the last daughter to marry from this JW Needgreater family discovered that his newlywed wife was no novice when it came to sexual matters. She eventually disclosed that she and her father had been regularly having sexual relations for years -- since she was a young teen -- and this allegedly was a family practice that had involved her older sister(s), and was allegedly practiced with the knowledge of the JW Mother. The newlywed JW Husband took this information to the Mount Vernon, Kentucky Body of Elders. Incestuous JW Father, who was then a Ministerial Servant, Literature Servant, and Pioneer, reportedly lost all his "privileges" in the congregation, and was "publicly reproved", but without the reason(s) for such being publically disclosed to the other members of the congregation. In fact, inquiring members were told that Incestuous JW Father had been co-mingling funds while acting as Literature Servant. Shortly thereafter, Incestuous JW Father and Mother relocated themselves and their residential carpet cleaning business to Corbin, Kentucky -- a small southeastern Kentucky city only 40 miles away. No report was ever made to California nor Kentucky authorities, despite the fact that in succeeding years that numerous JW Elders in neighboring southeastern Kentucky congregations were told of this criminal scenario.
That was not the last time that the Body of Elders at the Mount Vernon, Kentucky Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, concealed criminal activity of a sexual nature committed by one of their members from local and state law enforcement. In 1998-9, a married Jehovah's Witness Husband-with-child was caught by his JW Wife carrying on a casual sexual affair with the 13 year-old granddaughter of their elderly non-JW female neighbor. JW Husband had somehow become acquainted with the 13 year-old girl while employed by one of the local JW Elders, whose home and contracting business were located next door to the home of the teen and her grandmother. Shortly after switching employment, JW Husband and family moved to a house which also was next door to the home of the non-JW GrandMother and her granddaughter. It is not known if the sexual affair began while JW Husband was working for JW Elder, or later, after JW Husband moved next door. However, when JW Wife went crying to the Body of Elders with the news of JW Husband's infidelity, JW Wife told the BOE that she had already had multiple conversations with the 13 year-old's GrandMother regarding the situation. Presumably to determine the extent of the spread of bad publicity, and the possibility of conducting damage control, JW Elder hurried to meet with the non-JW grandmother, first, and then later, with other JWs to whom JW Wife had blabbed before warned against such by the BOE. Whatever JW Elder did or said during his meeting with non-JW GrandMother is not known, but the end result was that the crime was not reported to authorities, and local JWs were tactfully advised not to spread knowledge of the crime any further. Eventually, JW Husband was merely "privately reproved" for this minor indiscretion of committing statutory rape.
The result - results? Around 2001-2, JW Husband was "investigated" for alleged attempted sexual assault on a sleeping 17 year-old female non-relative, who along with a teenage female relative of JW Wife, were spending the night at their home. In 2004, this same offender was arrested and did limited jail time for carrying on a sexual affair with his wife's 14 year-old cousin, who had temporarily moved in with his family due to issues with her own parents. In this instance, the 14 year-old eventually revealed the sexual affair to a school friend, who in turn disclosed the "secret" to her own Baptist Pastor, who in turn notified authorities.
KENTUCKY v. DANIEL MUDGE was a 2006-7 Kentucky criminal court case which involved Daniel Scott Mudge, age 25, of Danville, Kentucky, in Boyle County, Kentucky. Given that Daniel S. Mudge is the son of prominent Jehovah's Witness Elder, Donald Mudge, a/k/a Don Mudge, whose status as a Jehovah's Witness Presiding Overseer and Special Pioneer has been featured in multiple media articles in New York as well as Kentucky, including one that indicated that he and his son were "partners" in Super Clean Carpets Inc., it is likely that Dan Mudge was also a JW Elder at the time. Notably, no mention was made of Mudge's status as a Jehovah's Witness Minister in the local media's extremely abbreviated coverage of this criminal matter. (A now-retired prominent local JW Elder may still have been employed at the time by the entity that reports/controls news for that area.) In June 2006, the married-with-child Daniel Mudge traveled to an adjacent county to meet a 15 year-old female for sex. Mudge was highly disappointed when he was met by law enforcement officers, who informed him that he had been communicating via computer with a police sting operation. In January 2007, Mudge pleaded guilty to charges of criminal attempt to unlawfully transact with a minor under 16, and distribution of obscene matter to a minor (certain photos of himself). Mudge was sentenced to five years in prison, but did not serve the entire sentence. Notably, Dan Mudge had served only one day in local jail prior to prison sentencing, which indicates that someone hurried to bail him out of jail when he was initially arrested.
KENTUCKY v. GEORGE VERNON was a 1992-3 Kentucky criminal court case involving a Jehovah's Witness Elder or MS named George Vernon, of the London, Kentucky Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, in Laurel County, Kentucky. In the late 1980s, George Vernon befriended the three children (two boys and a girl) of a single JW Mother (an elementary schoolteacher) in the London congregation, supposedly due to there being no fatherly presence. At some point thereafter, one or more of the children told the JW Mother that Vernon was touching them inappropriately. The JW Mother reported this to the local Elders, but Vernon denied such. When the Elders told JW Mother that Vernon had denied such, and no more could be done, JW Mother mentioned reporting such to the local police. However, the Elders warned JW Mother that she could be disfellowshipped (excommunicated) for defaming Vernon. Thereafter, JW Mother and family were allegedly "marked" and shunned within the congregation. Much later, the "touching" was reported to a school authority by one of the children. The school dutifully reported the matter to the police, who investigated and charged Vernon. The local Prosecutor thought that he had a slam-dunk case. That was, until the trial. The Prosecutor got little if any cooperation from anyone other than the victims and their mother. Each session, the seats behind Vernon were packed with local JWs supporting him; with the seats behind the victims being nearly empty. Vernon was ultimately convicted on a lesser charge that resulted in only one year in county jail. Afterwards, the Prosecutor naively sent a futile letter to the WatchTower Society outlining the injustices at the hands of the local JWs that had occurred during the investigation and prosecution, along with his disgust.
KENTUCKY v. THOMAS DEWAYNE STRATTON was a 2010-11 Kentucky criminal court case. Thomas D. Stratton, age 37, of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, was indicted by a Mercer County Grand Jury, in November 2010, on the charge of first-degree sexual abuse, for allegedly subjecting a girl under the age of 12 to sexual contact, between January and June of 2010 (rumored to have been Stratton's step-daughter). In July 2011, in what was probably a plea deal, Thomas Stratton was sentenced to four years in prison on the amended charge of second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor. Apparently, noone had bailed Stratton out of county jail given that he received credit for 266 days served.
CROWN v. QUINLAN? was a 1994 Queensland, Australia criminal court case which involved an incestuous Jehovah's Witness Family. The 66 year-old unidentified JW Father was charged with 24 counts relating to incest and indecent assault dating back to 1960s. The 62 year-old unidentified JW Mother was charged with carnal knowledge against nature and deprivation of liberty. During this prosecution, it was learned that the incest had been revealed to the family's local JW Elders during judicial committee hearings in 1972 and in 1993-94. Elders from both hearings refused to assist in the prosecution by claiming "confidentiality" and "clergy privilege".
CROWN v. LYLE SAMUEL SCHNEIDER was a 1995-2000 Queensland, Australia criminal court case which involved an incestuous Jehovah's Witness Family. In 1995, a nearly 40 year-old Jehovah's Witness Father living in Nanango was charged and convicted on eleven counts relating to the molestation of his then 14 year-old daughter. The charges included one count occurring in 1986 when the family lived in Ipswich, when the daughter was 6 years-old. The balance of the charges allegedly occurred between 1993 and 1995, when the daughter was 12-14 years old. The sexual assaults allegedly occurred when the mother was away from home on vacation, when father-daughter were traveling, when the family was sleeping, etc. On appeal, all eleven counts were quashed. Acquital was ordered on three counts due to lack of evidence. Retrial was ordered on eight counts due to trial errors. Retrial outcome unknown.
INDIANA v. JEFFREY CHARLES BUZZARD is an ongoing March 2013 Indiana criminal court case. Jeffrey C. Buzzard and his newly wedded wife, Stacy Alane Buzzard, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, were the subjects of multiple articles published in the general media and medical journals back in 2009, which chronicled Stacy Buzzard's much heralded "miraculous" recovery after a complicated surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor . Stacy Buzzard died in January 2012. Stacy Hendry Buzzard also left behind a teenaged son and daughter from a previous marriage.
In March 2013, Jeffrey Buzzard, age 43, was arrested on five counts of child molestation and five counts of child seduction after an unidentified 19 year-old female alleged that Jeff Buzzard had started molesting her when she was in the 4th grade, and had started having intercourse with her during her 6th grade in school, and continued such until she reached age 18, in June 2011. The alleged victim told police that Buzzard had threatened to commit suicide when she informed him of her plans to report him to authorities. Jeff C. Buzzard has denied these allegations. Jeff Buzzard reportedly is a member of the local Fort Wayne, Indiana, Edgewood Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
ZAMBIA v. DENNIS BWALE is an ongoing 2012-13 Rape prosecution criminal court case which is illustrative of the internal workings in Kingdom Halls all over the world. Dennis Bwale, age 28, is an Elder at the Kanyama Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Bwale is "single", but reportedly was engaged to a fellow JW at the time of the alleged rape. The alleged Victim is the unmarried daughter of JW Parents who are also members of the Kanyama Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
The Victim alleges that in July 2012 that Bwale telephoned her and said that he needed to talk to her, and asked her to meet him and his nephew at their local Kingdom Hall. Once there, Bwale asked the Victim to go for a walk, where they could talk away from the nephew. When alone, Bwale allegedly initially attempted to seduce the Victim, and when that failed, he forcibly raped her.
TYPICAL of WatchTower-indoctrinated Jehovah's Witnesses all over the world, instead of reporting her rape to local police, the victim reported her alleged rape only to her local JW Elders.
TYPICAL of WatchTower-indoctrinated JW Elders all over the world, the JW Elders not only did NOT report the alleged rape to local police, but even instructed the Victim that she was NOT even to tell her JW Parents, and that if she did, she would be Disfellowshipped.
In September 2012, the pressures of keeping the Rape and the Kingdom Hall Judicial Hearings a secret from her own JW Parents became too much for the Victim, and she ran away from home and went to stay with an older sister, and eventually a friend's grandmother. Failing to convince his daughter to return home, JW Father decided to telephone the Coordinator of the Body of Elders to ask the Body of Elders to help find out why his daughter had ran away, and why she refused to return home.
To JW Father's surprise, the Congregation Overseer told him that the Elders were in fact preparing to telephone him for a meeting to inform him that his daughter had accused one of the local JW Elders of having raped her. The Congregation Overseer also instructed JW Father not to say anything to anyone "as the matter could be sorted out quietly without people knowing". JW Father, still having a few un-indoctrinated brain cells, reported the alleged rape to the police.
JW Father and Mother were thereafter able to reconcile with their JW Daughter, who told them about being threatened with "disfellowshipping" by the local JW Elders. JW Daughter explained that she could not keep her rape a secret from them while continuing to live with and see them constantly.
Unbelievably, even during official court proceedings in December 2012, the Lawyer for the accused JW Elder attacked JW Father for having reported the alleged rape to police, since the local JW Elders were "capable of sorting out such matters".
OKLAHOMA v. STACEY GARRETT BEGAY and OKLAHOMA v. TERRY D. BEGAY were related 2011-12 Oklahoma criminal court prosecutions. In April 2011, Tahlequah, Oklahoma police rushed to the rental home of Stacey Begay and Terry Begay after neighbors heard gunfire. There, Tahlequah police discovered that Terry Begay had fired a 9mm pistol four times at her husband, Stacey Begay, and once at her own 16 year-old daughter. Neither were struck by the shots -- although four bullet holes were found in the walls, and another in a couch. Terry Begay told police that she had just returned home and discovered her husband and her daughter engaging in sexual activity. Stacey Begay, age 46, was arrested on child abuse charges, while Terry Begay, age 46, was arrested on multiple assault charges. Stacey Begay later admitted that he and his "adopted" 16 year-old daughter had been engaging in sex for about five months.
The local Okie Prosecutor dropped the assault charges against Terry Begay, and gave her immunity, in exchange for her testifying in the prosecution of Stacey Begay. However, during the September 2012 trial, Terry Begay refused to uphold her side of the bargain, and she was arrested and charged with perjury. Outcome unknown.
At the September 2012 trial of Stacey G. Begay, not only did Terry Begay refuse to testify against her husband, but Stacey Begay recanted his earlier confession, and claimed that he did not remember making the confession, and that he had signed the confession while in a "zombie state", while on unspecified "medication". Presently, not only do Stacey and Terry Begay now claim that their "adopted" daughter was lying about having had a sexual relationship with Stacey Begay, but even that "adopted daughter" has now recanted her previous statements, and says that there was no sexual relationship.
Despite such, Stacey Garratt Begay was convicted by a jury of his peers. In November 2012, Stacey G. Begay was sentenced to 30 years in prison, where he will have to serve at least 85% of the sentence. Interestingly, three members -- probably the "Elders" -- of the Tahlequah, Oklahoma Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses submitted positive "character" statements to the court on behalf of Stacey Begay. According to the pre-sentence report, Stacey G. Begay asked the court to consider his plea for parole so that "I can keep on doing Jehovah’s will."
CALIFORNIA v. CHARLES JONES (1991) and CALIFORNIA v. CHARLES JONES (1996-2012). Described as "very religious", Charles Jones has been a Jehovah's Witness since 1980. Jones has testified at trial that he considers his WatchTower religion to be "very important in his life". At least two psychologists have also labeled Jones a "pedophile", and the state of California has adjudged Jones to be a "Sexually Violent Predator". Jones has repeatedly blamed his personal problems on a dysfunctional marriage, including the fact that his wife was not a Jehovah's Witness, and the fact that his own WatchTower religion discouraged him from divorcing her. Jones has admitted to one psychologist that as early as 1985 that he would visit public swimming pools in order to "touch" young children. Jones' first pedophilia-related prosecution came in 1991, when he molested a 4 year-old girl at an apartment complex, while working at his window blind cleaning business. Jones was convicted of that assault, as well as on charges that he exposed himself to another 7 year-old girl and a 3 year-old boy during that same assault. Jones was sentenced to one year in jail, probation, and mandatory counseling.
Jones claims that at the time of the 1991 offense that he was then "disfellowshipped" because of his habit of visiting prostitutes due to his wife's failure to maintain a normal sexual relationship with him. Jones was "reinstated" in 1994, and Jones was encouraged to begin participating in door-to-door recruiting. In 1996, while still on probation from the 1991 offense, and while continuing to receive court ordered counseling, Jones molested a five-year-old girl while cleaning window blinds in that girl's home. Jones was sent to prison for a total of six years for that offense. Jones chose to stay in county jail at the end of his prison sentence, rather than be transferred to a state hospital where he would receive treatment for his mental illness. In November 2007, the DA filed a petition for Jones's commitment under California's Sexually Violent Predators Act. The trial court determined that Jones was an SVP. The court committed Jones to the Department of Mental Health for treatment and confinement in a secure facility for an indeterminate term. In February 2012, the California Court of Appeals affirmed that Jones was a SVP, but remanded Jones' case back to trial court on the issue of length of confinement.
Interestingly, similar to the CARY VERSE case summarized below, Charles Jones has indicated that if he is released that he plans to reside with a fellow Jehovah's Witness in Coalinga, California, and that he has arranged for a job and a circle of support in Fresno. Jones claims that he last went house-to-house to share his WatchTower beliefs in 1994 or 1995, but says that he does not think he would reoffend if he went door-to-door in the future -- because the "brother" with whom Jones would go out in service would supposedly be informed of Jones' history of child molestation.
CROWN v. TABEEL LEWIS was a 2003-12 MURDER case. In October 2002, on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, a 62 year-old retired female schoolteacher and Jehovah's Witness Minister, named Dayah Ramsook, started a secret sexual relationship with a 17 year-old boy, named Tabeel Lewis, who also attended the same Siparia Trinidad Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. That illicit affair ended a year later, in November 2003, when Lewis killed Ramsook.
Living next door to her brother Dipnarine Ramsook, Dayah Ramsook directed Lewis to stealthily come to her home at around 4:00-5:00 AM for their ongoing sexual encounters. By November 2003, Tabeel Lewis decided to end the potentially embarrassing affair with the elderly Ramsook before it was discovered. However, on the morning that Lewis informed Ramsook of his intention to end their affair, Ramsook became extremely upset and threatened to make their affair public if Lewis broke up with her. Lewis was observed driving away from Ramsook's home later that day in Ramsook's car. When Ramsook was not seen for two days, local police were notified, and they found Ramsook's corpse hog-tied, gagged, and wrapped in a piece of cloth inside her house.
At the 2006 trial, although Ramsook had also suffered manual strangulation to her neck and severe blunt force trauma to her head, the forensic pathologist testifed that Ramsook died as a result of asphyxiation due to the gagging and hog-tying. After a nine day jury trial, Tabeel Lewis was convicted of "murder", and given the mandatory death penalty. In Lewis's failed 2007 appeal, he did not deny the killing, but asserted that he was merely guilty of "manslaughter" because he had not intended to kill Ramsook or cause her any serious bodily injury. In Lewis's successful 2011 appeal, Lewis argued that the trial judge should have allowed the jury to consider the mitigating factor (under British law) whether Ramsook had "provoked" Lewis into losing his self-control and committing the violent assault by her threat to pubicly expose their secret sexual relationship, which would cause Lewis's great distress and embarrassment. Such could dictate a lessor conviction than "murder" and its mandatory death penalty. The case was remanded for reconsideration on this issue. Outcome unknown.
TEXAS v. SERGIO LUEVANO and NEW MEXICO v. SERGIO LUEVANO were separate child molestation criminal prosecutions involving an illegal Mexican Jehovah's Witness named Sergio Luevano. In October 2012, an El Paso, Texas jury convicted Sergio Luevano, then age 42, of indecency with a child under the age of 12 years-old after he was proven to have molested an 8 year-old relative in April 2010. At this trial, a second female relative from New Mexico testified that Luevano had molested her for 13 years. Sergio Luevano was sentenced to 20 years in prison on the Texas charge. Status of New Mexico prosecution unknown.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA v. HENRICUS STEPHANUS LANDMETER (2005-06) and SOUTH AUSTRALIA v. HENRICUS STEPHANUS LANDMETER (2012) were two separate District Court of South Australia criminal prosecutions of a serial Jehovah's Witness child molestor believed to have been either an Elder or Ministeral Servant at the time of the crimes. Born around 1938, Henricus S. Landmeter immigrated to Australia from Europe in 1968.
In 2005-06, Henricus Landmeter pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault on an unidentified 12 year-old girl during January-February 1984. At the time of the assaults, Landmeter was a married 46 year-old Jehovah's Witness Minister. The victim's mother was also a Jehovah's Witness, and a longtime friend of Landmeter's wife. Mother and daughter lived alone, and were frequent guests at the Landmeter's Para Hill West home. "Uncle Harry" became the main adult male figure in the victim's life.
However, as the victim became older, she also started to visit the Landmeters by herself. In December 1983 through February 1984, Harry Landmeter began to sexually molest the victim in a garden shed -- kissing and french kissing, then forced mutual fondling, then alleged digital penetration, then alleged external sex. Probably afraid of being reported, Landmeter confessed to his wife, and then either he or she reported the matter to the Congregation's Elders. Because Landmeter and the victim supposedly only mentioned the kissing and fondling during the judicial committee hearing, Landmeter was merely "publicly reproved" for a nine month period, which included loss of his positional "privileges". The crimes were NOT reported to the authorities. However, one of the JW Elders did testifiy at this trial held 22 years later. Sentence unknown.
As testimony to the righteousness of the WatchTower Society's SOP of non-reporting, in June 2012, Harry Landmeter was again prosecuted for sexually assaulting a second child victim from 1988 through 1998. This time, Landmeter pleaded not guilty to three counts of indecent assault, one count of unlawful sexual intercourse, and one count of persistent sexual exploitation of a child. Outcome unknown.
STATE OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA v. GORDON WILLIAM INSTON was a 2007-09 criminal court case in which an elderly and sick Jehovah's Witness Elder was convicted of repeatedly sexually molesting two of his granddaughters during the 1980s and 1990s. Because of his age (76), health, and the fact that he had attempted suicide post-conviction, the judge sentenced Gordon W. Inston to only four years in prison with 15 months minimum. A closer look at this already well publicized case seems to reveal much more -- read between the lines.
Granddaughters A an B were born in 1978 and 1982, and were the children of one of Gordon W. Inston's own daughters. Around 1983, A and B, their parents, and two brothers moved next door to their grandfather, grandmother, and their youngest child, a son (Gordon Inson had a total of six children). G-A alleges that soon thereafter that her grandfather started putting his hands all over her when she was frequently at the grandparent's home. Often such would occur in what could be interpreted as innocent tickling, playing, and normal handling of a child. Over the years, Inson gradually began to fondle G-A's breasts, groin, and rearend -- initially through her clothing, and eventually under her clothing. Later, G-A was digitally penetrated in both areas. The "playing" would often occur when other adult family members -- including G-A's mother and grandmother -- were not only in nearby rooms, but even while in the same room -- but NEVER when G-A's father was around. G-A also alleged that her Jehovah's Witness Elder grandfather would sometimes tell crude sexual jokes to other JW family members in the presence of A and B, and exhibit sexual behaviour in front of all.
G-B alleged that starting when she was around 4 years-old that her Jehovah's Witness Elder grandfather began to molest her using the same/similar modus operandi -- including doing so when other family members were in the same room, or nearby -- but also NOT when her father was around. However, G-B also alleged that Inson would frequently give her baths, and take photographs while doing so.
Both granddaughters alleged that at least on one occasion that they had been assaulted while on special group Congregation "field service" trips with other Jehovah's Witnesses. G-A related that when she was 11 years-old, and on a group "field service" outing, while stopped for a picnic lunch, that her Jehovah's Witness Elder grandfather came up behind her while she was getting items out of the car's trunk. Inston ran his hands up beneath her blouse and bra, and while fondling her breasts, dry-humped her rearend with his erect penis. G-B related that when she was around 7 years-old, that her Jehovah's Witness Elder grandfather came up behind her and slid his hand down the back of her skirt and panties and fondled her vagina during a similar picnic stop during a group "field service" excursion.
G-A alleged that the sexual assaults on her continued to around 1990, when she was around 13 years-old and finally old enough to realize that such was not normal behavior between a grandparent and a granddaughter. She suffered an anxiety attack when she was 15 and was committed to a hospital. G-A continued to experience emotional harm throughout her teen years into adulthood. G-B alleged that the sexual assaults on her continued until her family moved away in 1993, and thereafter when she returned to the grandparents' home for visits in 1983 and 1994, when she finally was around 12 years-old.
In 2002, G-A and G-B finally acknowledged and discussed their molestation to each other, and in 2003, on G-A's insistence, they disclosed the lessor forms of molestation to the local Jehovah's Witness Congregation. A Judicial Committee was formed and hearings held. Gordon Inston denied the granddaughters' charges, and apparently because there were no other "witnesses", Elder Inston was eagerly exonerated by his fellow Elders.
In 2007, G-A and G-B finally went to the police, which led to Inston being criminally prosecuted and found guilty by a jury on only a limited number of charges. Gordon William Inston maintained his innocence throughout the trial, and even during a subseqent failed appeal. Interestingly, Gordon Inston was supported throughout by not only his local Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, where he remained an Elder, but also by his JW Wife and youngest son, whom had been present or nearby when many of the sexual assaults occurred. G-A and G-B continue to deal with the negative consequences of years of Jehovah's Witness INCEST.
FYI: It has been publicly alleged that a longtime close Jehovah's Witness friend of Gordon Inston has been "privately" accused of incest by one of his daughters, but never reported to authorities. One can't help but wonder if there was/is a nest of Pedophiles in South Australia practicing incest and using the cover of being Jehovah's Witness Ministers to hide their criminal activity.
WASHINGTON v. JASCHA GABRIEL KOZELISKY was a 2002 state of Washington criminal case. According to state records, Jascha G. Kozelisky was convicted (possibly a plea bargain) of fourth-degree assault in 2002. Reportedly, Kozelisky had assaulted (non-sexual) a young female child. (Some former members of Josh Kozelisky's congregation have publicly alleged that the "original" charge/investigation was "sexually-related".)
PENNSYLVANIA v. HECTOR CAMARA JR was a 2011 Pennsylvania criminal court case. In November 2011, a Jehovah's Witness named Hector Camara Jr., age 65, of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to nine counts of sexual abuse, including aggravated indecent assault, statutory sexual assault, and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. Camara was sentenced to 20-40 years in state prison. The victim was the teenage son of Hector Camara's next-door neighbors. Camara began sexually molesting the boy when the boy was in the seventh grade, and continued almost weekly into the boy's latter high school years. During this lengthy period of abuse, the victim suffered mental and emotional turmoil that manifested itself through outbursts of anger resulting in trouble at both home and school. The boy was eventually diagnosed as bi-polar, and was placed on medication. The boy had to have a classroom assistant at school to help him manage his anger. However, since finally reporting the molestation to his parents, and thereafter, the police, the victim no longer is on medication, and his entire life is now on a course of healing.
Hector Camara reportedly served as a Ministerial Servant in his local Jehovah's Witness congregation. The victim's parents testified that Camara was an ideal neighbor who helped them with their yard work and even painted their home. Indications are that Camara used his position as a Jehovah's Witness Minister to conduct the JW's infamous "Weekly Home Bible Study" with the young victim. At trial, Camara stated, "I'm not a monster", claiming that he had never forced himself sexually onto the child victim, and claiming that the ongoing sexual relationship was "something that just happened". The trial judge told the Jehovah's Witness Minister, "... you are the devil in disguise." The local Pennsylvania newspaper refused to identify Hector Camara as one of Jehovah's Witnesses -- mysteriously claiming that Camara's status as a Jehovah's Witness Minister had nothing to do with the case. We suspect that the newspaper has a JW connection. Even the folks at the Shady Rest Gazette are not that ignorant.
TEXAS v. ROBERT ALLEN LEE was a 1992-1997 Texas criminal court case. In February 1993, Robert A. Lee, age 43, was indicted for aggravated sexual contact with a child under 14 years of age. Pursuant to a plea bargain agreement, Robert Lee pleaded guilty to the reduced offense of sexual assault. Lee was sentenced to 10 years in prison, probated for 8 years, and a small fine. Bob Lee was released from prison in April 1995 under multiple terms of probation, including that he have no contact with anyone under the age of 18.
In June 1995, Lee reported to his probation officer that he was spending two days per week in field service activity. Lee stated that he was going door-to-door in residential neighborhoods and "witnessing" as a Jehovah's Witness, along with other members of his JW congregation. Lee refused to identify the neighborhoods; refused to specifically define "witnessing", and refused to identify the JWs who accompanied him. Lee's probation officer concluded that through these activities Lee could come into contact with children in violation of a condition of his probation. Upon receiving the probation officer's report, the trial court conducted a hearing and ordered Lee to stop witnessing door-to-door. However, Lee was told that he could continue "witnessing" in places where there were no children, such as nursing homes.
Lee supposedly stopped witnessing door-to-door, but began witnessing by telephone. Lee's probation officer then became concerned that Lee might be telephoning children. In July 1995, Lee refused to answer questions whether he was having contact with children, and Lee also refused to answer questions about his telephone witnessing activities -- contending that his "witnessing" was none of the probation officer's business. For those, and other probation violations, Lee's probation was revoked, and he was sentenced to 7 years in prison. On Lee's appeal, the Texas Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's sentence, stating in part:
In applying the three Simpson factors for determining whether probationary conditions are valid to a determination of whether [probation officer's] questions were valid, we note that [probation officer's] questions regarding appellant's religious activities, although probably poorly phrased, were directly related to the crime of sexual assault, were directly related to criminal conduct, were designed to prohibit conduct that was reasonably related to future episodes of sexual assault, and served the statutory ends of probation that appellant successfully complete his probation without committing further acts of sexual assault. [Probation officer] was attempting to determine whether appellant was complying with the condition of his probation prohibiting contact with minors. Restricting a sex offender's right to roam residential neighborhoods and telephone strangers contributes significantly both to the rehabilitation of the convicted person and to the protection of society.
In applying Simpson's analysis of this issue to our case, we note that [probation officer's] questions did not relegate to a nonjudicial officer the unrestricted right to make appellant's religious decisions, were not subjective and ambiguous, and did not exceed the diminished expectation of privacy of a probationer allowed to remain at conditional liberty after conviction of a crime. Any convicted sex offender can expect questions from his probation officer regarding his or her contact with minors, even if this contact is made in connection with "religious activities." ... ...
In applying the Macias factors to [probation officer's] questions, we note that [probation officer's] questions were reasonably related to the purposes of probation because they were designed to provide [probation officer] with information necessary to determine whether appellant was contacting minors in violation of a condition of his probation. [Probation officer's] questions also advanced the probationary purposes of protecting society from the wanderings of a sex offender and deterring appellant from using his religious activities as a means for finding potential victims. We conclude that application of the analyses of both Simpson and Macias to this case leads to the reasonable conclusion that [probation officer's] questions were not unduly intrusive into appellant's religious freedom.
CALIFORNIA v. MICHAEL JAMES SMITH is a 1994-2011 ongoing California case involving a Jehovah's Witness named Michael J. Smith. In 1994, Michael Smith was charged with 56 counts stemming from his molestation of four boys in their early teens. Smith met all of his victims through his painting business. In each case, Smith "groomed his victims" by offering them employment, and then befriending them, buying them gifts, taking them on trips, and inviting them into his home. After establishing a trusted relationship, he would molest the boys. Smith pled guilty to 2-3 counts against each of the four victims; and in exchange, the remaining 45 counts were dismissed, and Smith was sentenced to 21 years in state prison.
In May 2005, Smith was released from prison and placed on parole. One of the conditions of parole was that he not have contact with anyone under the age of 18 without the permission of his parole officer. Smith secured full-time employment as a parking lot attendant manager. Smith attended a relapse prevention sexual offender treatment program three times per week. As a Jehovahs Witness, Michael Smith also attended a Napa County Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at least three times per week.
In December 2005, Smith's parole officer gave permission for Smith to move to an apartment building where there were children. In February 2006, while doing some painting for his landlord, Smith paid an 11 year-old neighbor's boy to help him paint. Thereafter, Smith started buying the boy presents and inviting him to Smith's apartment. In July 2006, the boy's parents finally learned that Smith was a registered sex offender, and advised Smith's parole officer about Smith's relationship with their son. While being detained for his parole violation, a petition to commit Smith as an "Sexually Violent Predator" was filed. At the conclusion of a five-day court trial, the court found that Smith qualified as an SVP, and committed Smith to the custody of the Department of Mental Health for an indeterminate commitment. Smith's attempts to be released have thus far been unsuccessful.
CALIFORNIA v. DANE SCOTT is an EXTREMELY INTERESTING 2001-11 California criminal court case. From Summer 1999 until Summer 2000, Dane "Scotty" Scott worked with fellow Jehvah's Witnesses Jose X and Elder James McQueen at the same Santa Clara, California home improvement company, which was owned by Jehovah's Witnesses, and whose employees were mainly Jehovah's Witnesses.
In December 1999, then 39 year-old Jehovah's Witness Dane Scott "coincidentally" met a 12 year-old Jehovah's Witness, named "Jamie" at a Santa Clara Mall. Starting a few days later, Scott began visiting Jamie's home while her JW Parents were at work. Scott would leave Jamie small amounts of money after she allowed him to fondle her. Over the next 12 months (2000-2001), the sexual conduct gradually progressed to full intercourse. Jamie's JW Mother caught her with a pregnancy test kit in January 2001, and Jamie revealed the affair. Interestingly, it took three days for Jamie's JW Mother to call the police. After a month of investigation, Scott was arrested in late February 2001. By the time this case went to trial in November 2001, Jamie already had been impregnated by some other male.
In July 2000, then 40 year-old Dane Scott, who had by then changed employment, stopped by the home of former co-worker and fellow Jehovah's Witness, Jose X, during the middle of the afternoon. Jose X's 14 year-old daughter Sandra supposedly told Scott that her father was not home and went back to drying her hair after a recent shower. Coincidentally, only a few minutes later, Sandra went into the backyard to pick up after the family's two pitbulls, where Sandra found Scott sitting -- with at least one the family's two pitbulls present. Sandra supposedly ignored Scott, and began picking up after the pitbulls. Scott supposedly embraced Sandra from behind for about five minutes, while fondling her breasts and rubbing his erect penis into her backside. While one of pitbulls watched, Scott dragged Sandra into the garage, forced her onto a couch, and began unbuckling his pants. Sandra then summoned the pitbull, so Scott let her go. Sandra ran into the house, locked the door, and woke up her sleeping JW Mother. Sandra told JW Mother that Scott "had tried to embrace her". Mother and Sandra locked all the doors and windows as Scott went around trying such and hollering for Sandra to come out. JW Mother telephoned Jose X at work, and told him only that Scott was at their house, and was acting strange. Jose X arrived quickly as Scott walked down the driveway. Scott simply hung his head as Jose X chastised him for coming to his house when Scott knew he wasn't there, and scaring his wife and child. Scott was ordered never to return.
Jose X reported Scott to the JW Elders at Scott's Santa Clara Kingdom Hall. Former co-worker Elder James McQueen and Elder Sal Palma met with the family to investigate whether "porneia" had occurred. Sandra reported only that Scott had touched her breasts through her clothes as he embraced her from behind. Sandra denied any direct contact with her breasts or genitals, and did not tell them that Scott had pulled her into the garage. After discussing the matter, and feeling that the matter had been solved by Jose X's ordering Scott to stay away, the two JW Elders and two JW Parents decided not to call the police, and Elder James McQueen even destroyed his notes.
Although Dane Scott was arrested in February 2001, Santa Clara Police did not learn about the "Sandra Incident" until August 2001, when Sandra disclosed the incident to her "psychotherapist". Sandra and her family, and probably every JW in the greater Santa Clara area, knew that Scott was in jail for his affair with Jamie -- the 12-13 year-old Jehovah's Witness. Although Sandra told her psychotherapist that Scott was in jail, and the Jamie affair was discussed with her psychotherapist a week later by both Sandra and her JW Father, at trial, Sandra testified that she did not know that Scott had been jailed for his affair with Jamie until some time after those meetings with her psychotherapist.
At the November-December 2001 trial, for the "Jamie Affair", Dane Myron Scott was convicted of three counts of lewd touching, one count of digital penetration, and one count of sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 14. For the "Sandra Incident", Scott was convicted of one count of lewd touching and one count of misdemeanor assault. Because Scott had four prior convictions for residential burglary and possession of stolen property, and had served two prior prison sentences (before being hired by the Jehovah's Witness Home Improvement Company),California's "three strikes' law kicked in. Scott was sentenced to prison for 100 years to life, and more. Scott's conviction and sentence was affirmed in 2004 by the California Court of Appeals, and he is still "appealing" in 2011.
MISSOURI v. CLARENCE BOUSE was a 2002-2004 Missouri case in which Clarence K. Bouse was convicted of three counts of attempted sexual misconduct involving a child for transmitting a series of six photographs of his genitals via the internet. In November 2001, Clarence Bouse, then age 38, and then working for the Sedalia, Missouri school system, thought he was emailing the photos to a 13 year-old girl living in Livingston County, Missouri, but was in fact exchanging emails with the Sheriff of Livingston County. Bouse made plans with "Carrie" to meet so that they could engage in sex. He also e-mailed several pictures of unidentified couples engaging in sexual activity. Bouse and Carrie eventually made plans to meet at a motel on November 16, 2001, and on November 19, 2001. Bouse, however, never showed up at the motel on either of the planned dates.The state charged Bouse with two counts of attempt to commit statutory rape in the first degree, two counts of attempt to commit statutory sodomy in the first degree, and three counts of attempt to commit sexual misconduct with a child. Bouse waived a jury trial. At the conclusion of the state's evidence, the circuit court granted Bouse's motion for judgment of acquittal on the attempted statutory rape and attempted statutory sodomy counts. The circuit court found Bouse guilty of three counts of attempted sexual misconduct with a child. Bouse's conviction was upheld on his appeal, which mainly dealt with the then poor wording of the relevant Missouri statutes.
Although it is not known if they are one and the same individual, in 1993, a Jehovah's Witness, named Clarence Bouse, of Harrisonville, Missouri, (two counties west of Sedalia, Missouri) filed a federal lawsuit alleging religious discrimination against Capital Cities ABC Inc. and its' newspaper subsidiary, The Kansas City Star, which had fired Bouse from his job as a pressman, in June 1992. (Did Bouse receive his "pressman" training at the WatchTower Society's world headquarters, as have a multitude of former Bethelites who have gone to work for newspapers after leaving "Bethel"???)
CROWN v. RUDOLFO ALBERT DELEON was a 2000 British criminal court case which involved a then 24 year-old American Jehovah's Witness who is now living back in the United States. In 1998, the then 22 year-old Rudolfo A. Deleon had relocated to live in Scarborough, England after meeting a presumably-female Jehovah's Witness from Scarborough who was vacationing in the United States. After having lived for 18 months in England, in March 2000, Rudolfo Deleon was arrested and subsequently charged with 28 counts of indecent assault against an unspecified number of underage girls over the previous 12 month period -- presumably children of local Jehovah's Witnesses. Deleon pleaded guilty to 14 charges. He was sentenced to three years and 11 months in prison in August 2000.
NORTH CAROLINA v. JOHN NICOLL (2005) and CROWN v. JOHN NICOLL (2010) are multiple criminal cases in the United States and Scotland involving John Nicoll, who was reared with a strict Jehovah's Witness upbringing. John Nicoll's Scottish parents immigrated to Wendell, North Carolina in 1983, when he was one year-old. John Nicoll graduated from East Wake High School in 2000. In March 2005, John Nicoll was convicted in North Carolina for sexually assaulting a 10 year-old girl as the child slept in her own bedroom. Nicoll broke into the sleeping family's home in August 2004 for the sole purpose of attacking the child. Nicoll was sentenced to state prison for a period of 19-23 months, but his prison sentence was suspended -- possibly because of his status as a "Jehovah's Witness". Nicoll was placed on probation and ordered to reside at a state-run specialist residential unit for a 12-month period. However, Nicoll failed to comply with the conditions of probation, and he was sent to prison to serve out the full term of his original 19-23 month sentence.
After John Nicoll's release from prison and placement on the sex offender's registry list, Nicoll moved to Scotland, in 2008, to be with his father, who had returned there after splitting with Nicoll's mother in 2003. In February 2010, John Nicoll pled guilty in Scottish Court to entering a local home without permission. Although details are unclear, Nicoll evidently entered a stranger's home during an onging party, and he was discovered snooping through the bedrooms. Thereafter, in mid 2010, John Nicoll was sentenced to 12 months in Scottish prison on possession of child pornography charges that resulted from a police investigation that grew out of the aforementioned criminal case. The court was told that John Nicoll had been assessed as posing a "very high risk" to the public by both social workers and psychologists who had worked with him.
VIRGINIA v. PAUL SUTHERLAND was a 2011-12 Virginia criminal court case. In April 2012, Paul Sutherland, age 46, of Lebanon, Virginia, pleaded guilty to 15 counts of carnal knowledge of a minor and three counts of forcible sodomy related to his having sexually molested his youngest daughter over a lengthy period of time. In May 2012, Sutherland was sentenced to 90 years in state prison, of which, 45 years must be served. Two to four local JWs reportedly testified on Sutherland's behalf during the sentencing phase of the trial.
Local JW leaders attempted to claim that Sutherland was merely a recent convert, whose recent conversion led him to ceasing the molestation. However, other locals have alleged that Sutherland's wife and other family members were longtime Jehovah's Witnesses, and that Suherland had "been around" the WatchTower religion for several years. Interestingly, they also allege that the molestation had continued throughout Sutherland's "conversion", and for eight months thereafter, until the molestation was finally made public after Sutherland and his wife separated -- possibly after JW Wife discovered that Sutherland had a girlfriend on the side.
MISSOURI v. JIM MAZUR was a 2005-07 Missouri state criminal court case. In June 2005, Jim N. Mazur, then age 63, who then lived in Missouri Valley, Iowa, was charged in Taney County (Branson), Missouri with statutory sodomy relating to the February 2005 molestation of his 7 year-old granddaughter while he and his wife, Bonnie Mazur, visited overnight at the home of a son living in Branson. In June 2007, Mazur pleaded guilty to an amended charge of first degree child molestation, and was sentenced to five years in state prison. Mazur served less than his full sentence. After Mazur's release on bond after arrest, and until time of trial, Mazur allegedly lived with Jehovah's Witness in-laws in Blair, Nebraska -- allegedly a JW Elder and Elderette. This court case was submitted by a tipster who alleges that Jim Mazur was a longtime JW Elder (for several years the Presiding Overseer at the Fort Scott Kansas Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses) who is a member of a large extended, multi-generation family of Jehovah's Witnesses (including family names other than Mazur) who have held prominent Elder and Presiding Overseer positions in Jehovah's Witness Congregations and WatchTower circuits located in Missouri, California, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and possibly other western states. A second tipster insider alleges that this large, extended MAZUR Family of prominent JW Elders and JW COBEs has multiple secret alchoholics and multiple secret child molestors which has resulted in many of the family's children being "messed up" as adults, plus alleges that there even has been at least one suicide by a family incest victim. Additional documented info welcomed.
KEVIN ROY v. LAKE COUNTY JAIL, ET AL was a 2009-2010 Indiana federal court case. Kevin Roy, approximately age 50, and confined in the Indiana Department of Corrections, filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Lake County Jail officials violated his right to practice his WatchTower religion while he was confined at the jail as a pretrial detainee for nine months in 2007-2008. In 2010, the USDC denied the defendants' motion for summary judgment. Here is a pertinent excerpt:
Roy alleges that the defendants prevented him from practicing his religion while he was at the Lake County Jail. He specifically asserts that he is a Jehovah's Witness, that jail officials would not allow Jehovah's Witnesses to conduct group worship in the jail chapel even though other denominations were allowed to do so, and that jail officials made it difficult for his minister [a local JW named CHASE] to give him spiritual guidance and eventually refused to let him come in the jail. ... "
Googling key terms yields a sex offender website, which lists a Kevin Roy, who then was a 47 year-old African-American male, who had been charged in Lake County, Indiana, under Indiana Criminal Code 35-42-4-3: Child molesting. Googling key terms also yields a Kevin Roy who held a school teacher's certificate (Physical Sciences) in the state of Indiana from 1989 until August 2006, when such expired.
NORTH CAROLINA v. OSCAR OMAR OSORTO was a 2004-07 North Carolina criminal court decision. Despite being one of the most outrageous cases of its type, this OSORTO case has received only limited coverage. In November 2005, Oscar Omar Osorto Sr., 47, of Liberty, North Carolina, was convicted of using his position as a Jehovah's Witness Elder to repeatedly have sex with two 13-15 year-old sisters -- sometimes inside the Siler City Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. The jury convicted Osorto on 12 counts of sexual misconduct with minors under the age of 15. The jury also found the "aggravating factor" that Osorto had used a position of trust or confidence to commit his crimes. Oscar O. Osorto Sr. was sentenced to 25 - 30 years in prison. In February 2007, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled against Osorto and his assertion that a number of technical errors occurred during his trial.
The two teenaged girls were the daughters of a single Jehovah's Witness Mother of four, who looked to Oscar Osorto, with his position as a JW Elder, as someone who could help her with counseling her teenagers on spiritual matters. Osoto alleged that he uncovered that one or both sisters were having sexual intercourse with their boyfriends, and that he set up rendevous for them at local motels in exchange for the sisters agreeing to also have sex with him only a few times. The girls denied such, and testified that Osorto had started molesting them in 2000, when the oldest reached 12 years of age. The incidents allegedly continued until Osorto was arrested in July 2004. By that time, Osorto had allegedly also been pressuring a third younger sister to have sex with him. Although not charged with offenses relating to the third sister during this trial, she alleged at trial that Osorto had also abused her. At the sentencing hearing, Oscar Osorto Jr., told the judge that his father was a man who gave his strength, love, and compassion "to anyone who needed it", and that his father had always supported his family and others.
ILLINOIS v. GERSON CARNALLA-RUIZ is a 2006-9 Illinois criminal case which has escaped public attention as belonging in the category of Jehovah's Witnesses Molestation cases. The reason for such is that this family ALLEGEDLY were Mexican illegal aliens, who had limited fluency in English. In 2009, Gerson Carnalla-Ruiz, 38, of Des Plaines, Illinois, was convicted of three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child for three separate incidents involving his 10 year-old disabled, wheel-chair bound daughter, in 2005. Ruiz was sentenced to 40 years in prison. There was an alleged fourth sexual assault for which Ruiz was not charged because such occurred out of jurisdiction.The sexual assaults occurred when the Mother, now the remarried Victoria Uribe, went back to Mexico for three months in the summer of 2005 -- leaving Ruiz to care for their son, Hidel Carnalla-Ruiz, and the victim, who required catherization every four hours. The daughter did not tell anyone about the assaults until the summer of 2006, when she finally told her mother, after the mother threatened to again leave her alone with her father. The victim also stated that her disclosure was motivated by her having read in a WatchTower publication that parents should not touch their children's privates.
PATTERSON v. PATTERSON and OHIO v. JAMIE LEE PATTERSON were related 2004-5 Ohio civil and criminal court cases which involved a Jehovah's Witness Family in Alliance, Ohio. In 2003, Jamie L. Patterson, then age 35, and Regina Patterson, then age 33, had three children -- the oldest being a boy, and the two youngest being girls. Gina Patterson began to observe situations which made her suspect that improper sexual activity was occurring between her husband and their oldest daughter, who was only six years old. After an incident in October 2003, when her daughter had physical signs of molestation, and told her that such were caused by touching by the father, Gina Patterson separated from Jamie Patterson, and filed for divorce in February, 2004. Gina Patterson reported the situation to Department of Family Services, who in turn notified local police. After a thorough investigation, Jamie Lee Patterson was indicted in December 2004 by the Stark County Grand Jury on a charge of Gross Sexual Imposition On a Victim Under Age 13. A jury found Jamie Patterson guilty of one count of Gross Sexual Imposition. The trial court sentenced Patterson to a three year term of imprisonment, and adjudicated him a sexual predator.
CALIFORNIA v. JOSE LUIS MARTINEZ was a 2006-7 California criminal court case, which involved a 43 year-old Jehovah's Witness, named Jose Luis Martinez, of Fresno, California, who owned and operated Jose's Tires, and worked as a janitor at St. Agnes Hospital. In May 2006, Jose L. Martinez was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting three schoolgirls, ages 6 to 9, walking to and from Greenberg Elementary School, in Fresno, on three separate occasions, in April-May 2006. Police believed that Martinez was responsible for other sexual assaults against children, and eventually charged him with two additional assaults which occurred in 2005; one against a 5 year-old girl. At trial, police testified that Jose Martinez would pull up to the walking children and tell them that he knew their parents, and offer them a ride, and treats. Sometimes he would even buy them fast-food, before taking then them somewhere to "play games".
CALIFORNIA JEHOVAH'S WITNESS RAPIST. In 1995 and 1996, an early 20s age Married JW Male reportedly sexually assaulted two different teenaged JW females living in his city, but he was never prosecuted. Married JW Male was convicted of sexually assaulting a youthful non-JW coworker in the early 2000s, and served a short prison term.
JW Teen #1 alleged that in 1995, when she was only 14 years-old, that Married JW Male, who occasionally worked for her JW Father, unexpectedly came to her home, while she home-alone, and persuaded her to go with him to his home to see his new pet birds. After showing JW Teen his pet birds, Married JW Male allegedly showed JW Teen his other "bird", and forced her to perform oral sex on him. JW Teen #1 claimed that she did not tell anyone about that first incident because she was afraid she would be disfellowshipped, and that it would break up Married JW Male's marriage.
JW Teen alleged that Married JW Male continued to come to her home when her parents weren't there, but she would not let him inside. JW Teen #1 further alleged that, in August 1996, on a day when she was again home alone, and while she had been smoking marijuana and drinking wine, that Married JW Male entered her home through an unlocked door. Married JW Male and JW Teen ended up performing oral sex on each other.
JW Teen #1 has publicly stated that she EVENTUALLY confessed the events to her local Jehovah's Witness Elders, and that it was only SOMETIME THEREAFTER that she reported the alleged sexual assaults to the local police.
JW Teen #2 publicly alleged that she was also sexually assaulted by that very same early 20s aged Married JW Male during the same time period that he sexually assaulted JW Teen #1. JW Teen #2 alleges that around 1995/6, when she was 15 years-old, that she attended a pool-party "get-together" at the home of a fellow Jehovah's Witness, which was also attended by Married JW Male and his JW Wife. JW Teen alleges that that JW Wife left the party at some point. JW Teen claims that when the other partying JWs eventually went inside to eat, that Married JW Male got into the jacuzzi with her. Married JW Male allegedly
proceeded to fondle her. He also allegedly forced her to masterbate him. JW Teen #2 eventually told her Psychologist about the sexual assault, who encouraged that such be reported to the police. Again, Married JW Male was never prosecuted.
It was not until the early 2000s that these two former Jehovah's Witness Females took the witness stand and told their stories during Married JW Male's later prosecution and conviction for having sexually assaulted a youthful non-JW co-worker. Does anyone else suspect that there is more to these accounts, and that the lack of the two earlier prosecutions were not the fault of the local police or the local Prosecutor's office? Me suspects that the local JW Elders did not become anxious to nail Married JW Male until after he was disfellowshipped after being publicly charged for sexual assault by his non-JW co-worker.
In the early Monday AM hours of August 9, 2004, the five bodies of an entire family of Jehovah's Witnesses were discovered by firefighters inside a burning house near Lake Wylie, North Carolina. Suspiciously, all five corpses were found in the same bedroom. The corpses were fully dressed, and it appeared as if noone had tried to escape the burning house. The bodies were identified as Jose Denis Meza, 39, Marbely (Zeldon) Meza, 30, Denia Meza, 14, Denise Meza, 8, and Jairo Meza, 5.
Their neighbors and landlord described the Mezas as a "kind" and "nice" Jehovah's Witness family, who regularly attended their local Kingdom Hall, and devoted their free time on weekends to WatchTower activities. Both parents were described as "hard-working" people, who always paid their rent on time. Jose worked as a landscaper, while Marbely was a stay-at-home mom. Before recently moving to the Rock Hill area, this JW family had lived in Fort Mill, NC for at least three or more years, where the Mezas had regularly hosted the weekly "congregation book study" -- a fact that would likely indicate that Jose Meza was at least a "Ministerial Servant", if not "Elder", in that congregation.
A fire scene investigation disclosed traces of gasoline scattered throughout the bedroom. Autopsies disclosed that all three children had been "drugged" and had had their throats slashed, and Denia Meza had knife wounds to both of her forearms consistent with "defensive wounds" which would be received while attempting to ward off an attack. Denia Meza's autopsy disclosed that she had been sexually assaulted just before she was murdered.Marbely Meza had a slashed left wrist, which could have as easily have been self-inflicted as having been a "defensive wound". Both parents also had drugs in their systems. Both parents died of burns and smoke inhalation.
Jose Meza was due in court on Monday, August 16, to answer to charges that he had been sexually abusing his oldest daughter for the past four years. In May 2004, the abuse apparently had been first reported to DSS -- possibly by Denia's 31 year-old cousin to whom she may have confided. As a consequence of the DSS investigation, Jose Meza agreed to move out and live with relatives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and to have no contact with his children. However, Meza ignored the DSS "safety plan", so he was arrested and formally charged with molestation in July. However, Meza was released on a $20,000 bond -- on condition that he not have any contact with his children. On August 7, Marbely Meza visited with her husband at his Charlotte apartment, and was overheard to say that she might as well be dead. Despite the court order barring Jose Meza from having contact with his children, neighbors reported seeing Jose Meza in the neighborhood, and specifically at the family home on the morning of Sunday, August 8. Thus, it is possible that he accompanied them to the Sunday meeting at the Rock Hill Spanish Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses -- something else that pointed to Marbely Meza possibly being sympathetic to her husband's plight.
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