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Carlson "rented" a .357 handgun from one of his fellow high school students, and then went home and waited for his parents to arrive home. Willie shot his father in the back of his head after he entered the dining room. Willie then fired a second shot into the forehead of his fallen father. Sandra Carlson arrived home about an hour later, and Willie shot her in the face. Willie Carlson then sexually assaulted his JW Mother's corpse. After thoughtfully returning the "rented" murder weapon, Willie fled to Canada in the family car, where he surrendered to Canadian authorities after wrecking the family car in a hit-and-run accident in Quebec.
William Carlson was described by teachers and fellow students as "very studious", "very nice", and "very clean-cut". However, Carlson was also described as being fearful, shy, and timid. Some of Willie's classmates told reporters that Willie had complained about all the WatchTower prohibitions that totally governed every facet of his life. Willie's "Elder" and "Elderette" parents reportedly were known to be even more strict than the average Jehovah's Witness Parent, and allegedly punished William Carlson for mere "pittances".
Neighbors of the Carlsons described the family as being overly close --with Willie being described as a "loner" who was kept from associating with non-JWs and particularly non-JWs of his own age. Father and son frequently worked in the yard together, and Elder Carlson was said to even occasionally take the teenager with him to work at his janitorial job at Abbott Labs. Willie was further described as a "little angel" who had been doing door-to-door Jehovah's Witness work with his parents since he was a young boy.
Willie Carlson's psychiatrist testified at his sentencing hearing that most of the time that Willie refused to discuss his relations with his JW Parents and the Jehovah's Witnesses except in the most idealized fashion. "They never did anything wrong. His parents were the best people in the world." However, when Willie Carlson was administered truth serum, he talked of long-standing physical and sexual abuse by his JW Parents.
Notably, several of Willie Carlson's Jehovah's Witness relatives, including a JW Elder named Craig C. Carlson, of Athens, Wisconsin, testified adversely against young Willie at his sentencing hearing -- particularly condemning Willie's allegations of sexual, physical, and mental abuse at the hands of his JW Parents.
In this case, a JW Male Teenager had consensual sex with a JW Elder's oldest daughter for 18 months from 1998 until 2000. That oldest daughter was 17 years old at the earliest stage of the relationship, and JW Male was then 19 years-old. However, from 2001-02, the by-then 22 year-old JW Male began another consensual relationship with the same JW Elder's younger 14 year-old daughter. When that JW Elder finally figured out why JW Male was spending so much time at his house for all those years, JW Elder did not worry long about "Jehovah's name and reputation" before he called the cops.
Although initially charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, once such were investigated, the local Prosecutor offered JW Male a deal to plead guilty to merely two counts of "child endangerment" in exchange for a probationary sentence. While one would assume appropriate the Prosecutor's response regarding the first affair, the second affair involved a 22 year-old male and a 14 year-old female, which is a scenario that normally yields serious prison time for the Perp. Does anyone else get the feeling that "someone" did not want that case to go to trial? Does the fact that it has been reported that Tom Balnkenship was once a WATCHTOWER BETHELITE clarify this puzzling scenario?
FBI investigators alleged that, in July 1997, Mark K. Toutjian traveled from his home in California to the girl's hometown of Sugar Land, Texas, spoke with her by phone, and ultimately went to her house. Toutjian and the minor allegedly had sex in his rental car and at his motel room. The F.B.I. traced Toutjian's credit card and registration information to the motel. The F.B.I. also discovered payment records for an airline ticket from Oakland to Houston. Mark Toutjian, who was a self-employed Computer Consultant, and married father of two children, was arrested at a San Ramon jobsite. In a failed attempt to gain Toutjian's release on bond, his attorney actually announced in court that Toutjian was a Jehovah's Witness, in order to gain an advantage with the federal judge. Media reports stated that Mark Toutjian was being supported by his fellow JWs, which would seem to indicate that he may have been an "Elder". It is reported that Mark Toutjian was a WATCHTOWER BETHELITE in the mid-1970s. Outcome unknown.
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FLORIDA v. FRANCIS CHRISTOPHER WONG was a 2012-13 Florida criminal court case which involved a Fort Myers, Florida, Jehovah's Witnesss Elder named Francis C. Wong, who is of Chinese heritage. From 2001 to 2011, Francis Wong reportedly molested seven or more young males, ages 11 through age 17, who attended the same Cape Coral Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. In January 2012, Wong, age 41, was arrested on multiple charges of lewd and lascivious behavior. After spending only one day in jail, Wong was released on bond, but thereafter fled to Brooklyn, New York. Wong was eventually caught, and in November 2013, Francis Wong was convicted of multiple counts of lewd or lascivious molestation, and battery. Wong was sentenced to life plus 60 years.
FLORIDA v. JEWEL BARTHOLEMEW GRIER was a 2001-2011 Florida criminal court case which involved the "molestation" of four Jehovah's Witness teenagers by a then 30 year-old African-American Jehovah's Witness, named Jewel B. Grier. The four Jehovah's Witnesses were members of the Coconut Creek, Florida Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. The sexual encounters occurred over a period of several months in 1999-2000. The four JW Female Teens (two were 17 years-old , one was 14 years-old, and fourth was ??) kept the sexual encounters quiet until telling their JW Parents in May 2001. Jewel Grier was charged with seventeen counts, including lewd or lascivious molestation, lewd or lascivious conduct, attempted sexual battery, felony battery, battery, and sexual battery. Although there were four victims, the state only prosecuted Grier for crimes against three of the victims. Curiously, the fourth victim did not even testify in the prosecutions.
Sorting out this ten year old and still ongoing case is somewhat difficult because there were two prosecutions -- one with two victims, and a separate prosecution with a victim named Melissa Reynolds, a/k/a Melissa Holmes -- and multiple appeals in Florida Appellate Court and the Florida Supreme Court. The prosecutions may have been separated after the first conviction, in 2004, which was reversed on appeal, and had to be re-tried. Grier was finally sentenced to 15 years in state prison in 2008 (currently plus 3). He continues to appeal. Interesting excerpt:
The trial court severed the three counts involving one victim, M.R., and stayed the remaining counts involving the other victims. Prior to trial, the State made an ore tenus motion to present testimony from Grier's other alleged victims, L.R., L.H., and P.H., ... . The trial judge ruled that there were an "overwhelming number of points of similarity" between the testimony of the victim and the proffered ... witnesses. Specifically, the trial court noted the following similarities: all four met Grier through their association with the Jehovah's Witnesses; each girl started her "intimacy" with the defendant between the ages of fourteen and seventeen; Grier made comments on each girl's body; Grier was a family friend of each girl (except L.H.); each girl worked with Grier in some capacity; each girl testified that Grier touched her throughout her body; and the alleged molestations happened at both Grier's house and the girls' houses. ... ...
M.R. testified that Grier would kiss and fondle L.H. in her presence, and she related stories that Grier told her regarding L.H. Grier told M.R. that he rubbed his p___ on L.H.'s body and e_______ on her neck. M.R. also explained that Grier kept records where he would "rate" girls based on their looks, character, personality, and spirituality. One of Grier's records stated that M.R. was the "hottest thing on the planet" and asked rhetorically if he would "let things go with just a scratch or a sniff," i.e., whether he would pursue a more intimate sexual relationship with M.R.
Following M.R.'s testimony, the State presented the testimony of the two ... witnesses, L.R. and L.H. L.R. testified that she met Grier at the age of ten when Grier started working with her mother. L.R. explained that she looked up to and trusted Grier as a devout member of her faith. ...
That last statement possibly indicates that Grier had a position and title in the Coconut Creek Florida Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
FLORIDA v. HENRY WILLIAM HAUCH and FLORIDA v. HENRY WILLIAM HAUCH were two 2007 Florida criminal court cases. In June 2006, a 14 year-old Jehovah's Witness female told family members that a Jehovah's Witness ELDER at the Titusville Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, named Henry William Hauch, age 41, of Mims, Florida, had had sex with her in 1999, when she was only 8 years old. She alleged that the assault had occurred when she had stayed the night with, and slept with, Henry W. Hauch and his wife, Aurora Hauch. Police were initially unable to obtain an arrest warrant based on the testimony of the 14 year-old Jehovah's Witness female, but in January 2007, a second female came forward and alleged that Henry Hauch also had sexually molested her. Outcome of both cases unknown.
FLORIDA v. ALTON MCJUNKIN was a 1993-4 Florida criminal court case. In October 1993, Alton Gene McJunkin, age 47, the PRESIDING OVERSEER of the DeBary Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses was accused by an 18 year-old female of sexually assaulting her multiple times between 1986 and 1992. Outcome unknown. Alton McJunkin was a lifelong JW who had been prosecuted during the Vietnam War for refusing to be drafted into the military.
FLORIDA v. ROTELLA was a 2006 Florida criminal court decision. In October 2006, Anthony Wayne Rotella, of Jensen Beach, Florida, pled "guilty" to one count of solicitation to tampering with evidence, and received a 5 year prison sentence. In December 2006, Anthony W. Rotella again pled guilty to one count of lewd or lacivious conduct with a minor, which was the original charge for which Tony Rotella was arrested, and was sentenced to 7 years concurrent. Anthony Rotella was released in 2011, subject to 8 years probation.
In April 2005, Anthony Rotella, 42, was arrested for offering $20.00 to a 10 year-old boy to have sex with him in the restroom of a Port St. Lucie Super Wal-Mart. During the subsequent investigation, Rotella's computer was seized and found to contain child pornography. During the subsequent months sitting in the Martin County Jail awaiting various hearings, Rotella began to solicit the theft and destruction of his computer hard-drive from the property-evidence room. Rotella also discussed the possible solicitation of the murders of the 10 year-old boy and a former attorney whom Rotella had fired (for which prosecutors considered filing charges, but eventually did not do so due to having been unable to collect sufficient evidence -- see below). Rotella's solicitations came to the attention of the Sheriff in October 2005, and Rotella's visitation sessions and telephone calls were monitored and recorded.
In February 2006, during a series of telephone calls to his sister, Janet, Rotella attempted to use a cryptic "numbers-equal-letters" code, based on the text on page 3 of the January 15, 2006, issue of the WATCHTOWER magazine, to relay a message to his brother, John Rotella, to give a $300.00 money order to the supposed "crooked" Deputy, who Rotella had been led to believe would arrange to steal Rotella's hard-drive from the property-evidence room, and then destroy such.
Although Rotella's mother reportedly nixed the scheme, at least one local media source quoted a local law enforcement official as claiming that Rotellas's siblings wanted to follow through with it, but none of Rotella's family were ever charged. (The "Rotella family" were described as "Jehovah's Witnesses", but the membership status of the aforementioned individual Rotella family members is not known. Notably, Tony Rotella's coded message to his sister required that both he and his outside family members have possession of the exact same back-issue of the WATCHTOWER magazine.) It was the nixing of the scheme to have Rotella's hard-drive stolen and destroyed that prevented the Sheriff's "sting" to continue to its next stage -- the purported murder solicitations -- during which it might have been possible to collect sufficient evidence to charge Rotella with soliciting two murders.
FLORIDA v. CHARLES LEE PEARCE was a 2012-13 Florida criminal prosecution of a 67 year-old Jehovah's Witness Minister named Charles L. Pearce, of Pensacola, Florida. In August 2012, Charles Pearce was arrested on charges of LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS MOLESTATION of a victim less than 12 years of age. (Online commentary alleges that the victim was a young female child of another JW -- probably a relative.) In what appears to have been a plea deal, in October 2012, charges were reduced to CHILD ABUSE-NEGLECT. In May 2013, Charles Lee Pearce was reportedly sentenced to 36 months probation. Pearce allegedly still attends the East Hill Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Pensacola.
FLORIDA v. CHRISTOPHER DALE ROWLES was a 2012-13 CHILD MOLESTATION prosecution of 43 year-old Christopher D. Rowles, of Naples, Florida., whose 13 year-old son, Jonathan Rowles, had shot and killed their JW Wife/Mother back in August 2010. In March 2012, Chris Rowles, was arrested and jailed on charges of sexually molesting an unidentified girl (believed to be his daughter or step-daughter) repeatedly while she slept when she was 14 years-old to 17 years-old. Rowles confessed such to police. In June 2013, Rowles was convicted of one count of lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim 12 to 15 years old, and was sentenced to 4 years in state prison. Release date is 10/2015.
GEORGIA v. LEONARD BERNARD PALMITESTO was a 1996-97 Georgia state criminal prosecution of a "mobile" Jehovah's Witness who uses multiple aliases, aka Leonard B. Palmitesto, aka Leonard Palmitesto, aka Leo B. Palmitesto, aka Leo Palmitesto, aka Lenny B. Palmitesto, aka Leon B. Palmitesto, aka Leon Palmitesto, aka Lenny Palmitesto, plus inaccurate spellings of his surname, etc. Palmitesto is originally from Brooklyn, NY; has lived in multiple cities in Florida -- Port Richey (where his elderly DEVOUT JW MOTHER lives), Inverness, and Citrus County; and currently resides in Brunswick, Georgia. Leonard Pamitesto is now a Registered Sex Offender.
Leonard B. Palmitesto, then age 43, was convicted of one count of Statutory Rape and one count of Child Molestation committed in June 1996, and was sentenced in June 1997 to 15 years in prison. Palmitesto was released in September 2010.
FLORIDA v. PALMITESTO, and FLORIDA v. PALMITESTO. Palmitesto was arrested in Port Richey, Florida, for parole violations in 2011 and 2012. He apparently relocated back to Brunswick, Georgia thereafter.
FLORIDA v. KENNETH DONALD WEAVER (1995), FLORIDA v. KENNETH DONALD WEAVER (2000), and FLORIDA v. KENNETH DONALD WEAVER (2008). Kenneth D. Weaver (multiple aliases), born 2/27/1951, is designated by the State of Florida as a SEXUAL PREDATOR.
In September 2000, Kenneth Weaver, aka Conrad Weaver, aka Donald Weaver, was convicted on three counts of theft, plus the charge of "Sexual Battery/Coercion of a Child (Female) by an Adult", in Pinellis County, Florida, and was sentenced to 7 years in prison. Released in 2005.
In April 2008, Kenny Weaver was convicted on the charge of "Failure To Register", in Gulf County, Florida.
The ST. PETERSBURG TIMES has TWICE published info about Weaver, once in 1978, which was about his mysterious disappearance, which included info that such was not his first disappearance, and that Weaver had been medically discharged from the military. In a 2002 article about the shunning of a former Jehovah's Witness who was once in the same St. Petersburg Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses as Weaver, his wife, and daughter, the newspaper published the following info regarding a 1995 interaction with law enforcement:
She became even more disillusioned in the mid 1990s when, she said, elders dismissed her suspicions that a fellow Witness was sexually abusing his 8-year-old daughter. No one called the police. But law enforcement authorities eventually got involved, and the girl was found in a trashed home, having eaten ketchup sandwiches to quell hunger, Jackson said. Some months later, Kenneth Donald Weaver was arrested and placed on community control in 1995 for sexual activity with a child. Weaver, who has a lengthy criminal history, is now in prison.
FLORIDA v. HUGH BENJAMIN MARTIN was a 1994-95 Florida criminal court decision. In February 1995, a Jehovah's Witness Elder at one of the Clearwater, Florida Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, named Hugh Benjamin Martin, then age 61, pleaded "guilty" to two charges of Lewd and Lascivious Behavior with a Child under the age of 12, and was sentenced to a mere two years of house arrest, followed by 13 years' probation.
On June 24, 1993, during the 1993 summer WatchTower Convention, held in St. Petersburg, Florida's ThunderDome, Hugh B. Martin fondled and twice digitally penetrated his 9 year-old grand-daughter while she was in his care at the stadium. Later that same day, at his home in Clearwater, Florida, Hugh Martin again sexually molested that same granddaughter. Circumstances leading to discovery of the attacks and Martin's arrest are unknown.
FLORIDA v. RONALD LEE ALLEN JR was a 1989 Florida criminal conviction. In May 1989, then 26 year-old Ronald L. Allen, then of Sarasota, Florida, was convicted of Sexual Battery on a child less than 12 years-old, and was sentenced to 25 years in state prison. Released in July 1999.
FLORIDA v. RONALD LEE ALLEN JR. In August 2011, Brother Ron Allen, then 48 years-old, then of Wildwood, Florida, but currently of Ocala, Florida, was arrested on two counts of violating Sex Offender Registry requirements. Outcome unknown.
In 2001, XJW Parents named "Clemens", who live in Mount Shasta, California, publicly alleged that in 1996 that their then 11 year-old son had told them that the 16 year-old daughter of a PROMINENT fellow Jehovah's Witness Elder had been molesting him repeatedly during the six years that the JW Parents had used her as a babysitter, (her JW family lived only a few blocks away in the same subdivision). The JW Parents reported their son's accusation to the BOE at the Mount Shasta Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, who apparently questioned the 16 year-old daughter of their PROMINENT fellow Jehovah's Witness Elder. When she denied the accusation, the BOE reported back to JW Parents that since it was their 11 year-old son's word against the word of the 16 year-old daughter of a PROMINENT fellow Jehovah's Witness Elder, then there was nothing that they could do. A "second witness" to the molestations was required. XJW Parents reported that they later learned that the JW Daughter was working at a local daycare center.
CALIFORNIA v. SABRINA E. was a 2003 criminal prosecution of "Sabrina E." for stalking and sexually assaulting an unidentified 16 year-old male who is believed to have been a fellow Jehovah's Witness congregant of the perpetrator. Sabrina E.'s status in that Jehovah's Witness congregation is unclear due to her JW Mother's statement that after Sabrina was arrested/prosecuted for the aforementioned crimes, that Congregation's BOE had warned JW Mother to keep Sabrina away from that congregation's teenagers. (JW Mother's public statement appears to be intentionally misleading given that the JW Elders would have done more to remedy such a situation than merely "warn" JW Mother to keep her daughter away from the congregation's teenagers.)
Sabrina E., who probably was 18-22 years-old at the time of the stalking/assault, was herself a victim of repeated child molestation committed by her deceased father. Sabrina was psychiatrically hospitalized after her arrest. Notably, JW Mother (named Cynthia S. and married a second time to Roger S.) alleged that her deceased first husband's family were all sexual predators.
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 re-offend 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.
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 Jehovah's 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 Jehovah'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.
CALIFORNIA v. THOMAS LEROY HENNAGAN (2000 and previous). HENNAGAN v. DEPT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES was a 2007-8 federal California civil case which appears to relate to Thomas L. Hennagan's conviction and imprisonment for the sexual molestation of his biological minor daughter, Charlotte R., although only convictions for multiple auto thefts can be located. Only sketchy details available. This appellate opinion seems to indicate that Thomas Hennagan comes from an extended family which includes multiple Jehovah's Witnesses. Hennegan became an adamant JW once in prison, and attempted to convert Charlotte to the JWs, or he at least used the farce of such as a means to communicate with Charlotte, who at the time was extremely confused as to what type of relationship existed between her father and her. One note from Charlotte even indicated that some of the relatives were questioning whether Hennagan was even her father, and/or whether he was her child's father.
CALIFORNIA v. JIM DEAN WOLFENBARGER (2003-2009), CALIFORNIA v. JIM DEAN WOLFENBARGER (1988), and NEVADA v. JIM DEAN WOLFENBARGER (1980s). Jim Dean Wolfenbarger did prison time in Nevada for the kidnapping and rape of a female cab driver, and thereafter, Wolfenbarger did prison time in California for the kidnapping and rape of a 6 year-old girl. From 2003 through 2009, multiple California courts have declared Wolfenbarger to be a "sexually violent predator" -- a legal label which requires Wolfenbarger's continued incarcerated in a California mental health facility.
Numerous media reports make much of the fact that Jim D. Wolfenbarger supposedly "gradually converted" to the Jehovah's Witnesses, in 1996, while in prison. What most media reports fail to relate is that Wolfenbarger's mother and sister (Leah Harrington), and a cousin (Donna Valles), who have all publicly advocated his release, and possibly other relatives, are all Jehovah's Witnesses -- which raises the real PROBABILITY that Jim Wolfenbarger was actually reared in a Jehovah's Witness family.
NEELY v. DIRECTOR was a 2003-11 California criminal court case in which William Stewart Neely was convicted and imprisoned for sexually assaulting over a period of years his three step-daughters, whom were being reared as Jehovah's Witnesses by their JW Mother, Kumcha Neely. Although this legal opinion does not indicate that William Neely was a JW, it does indicate that he initially was a very strict parent to these step-daughters after marrying their mother. It is also a fact that Jehovah's Witnesses are highly discouraged from marrying non-JWs, although it is not known whether the Mother was a JW at the time of marriage. Does anyone know whether William S. Nelly was ever associated with the Wilton, California Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses?
CALIFORNIA v. CARY VERSE (1988), CALIFORNIA v. CARY VERSE (1989), CALIFORNIA v. CARY VERSE (1990), and CALIFORNIA v. CARY VERSE (1992) were California criminal court decisions which involved an African-American Jehovah's Witness homosexual named Cary Verse. Although older criminal convictions, Cary Verse received an avalanche of media coverage from 2003 until 2007 due to his extremely controversial "supervised conditional release" in 2004. Many such media reports insinuated or even outright stated that Cary Verse was an adult "convert" to the Jehovah's Witnesses during his supposed rehabilitation, with much ado made of Verse's baptism in 2003.
However, Cary Verse had been reared as a Jehovah's Witness by a strict Jehovah's Witness mother, named Tonnie Verse, of Oakland, California, who had married a career military husband after she was divorced from Verse's father. Verse wrote in 2004 that he first realized that he was a homosexual one day when he was 8 or 9, while looking at other boys while at a swimming pool. Verse wrote that later that same day:
"I continually asked Jehovah for forgiveness as I took that long walk home. I knew that he was glaring his powerful eyes down upon me. I knew from my [Jehovah's Witness] upbringing that gay people were wicked and doomed to fiery destruction. I didn't want to die like that. What was I going to do? I couldn't possibly be gay! I kept this experience to myself."
Reportedly, 11 year-old Cary Verse "bribed" a 6 year-old boy to fondle him. The victim reported the incident, but the boy's military parents would not press charges. When he was 12 years-old, Cary Verse forced himself sexually on another boy, but was caught. The DA's office offered Verse counseling rather than prosecuting him.When Cary Verse was a 17 year-old high school student, he "fell in love" with a 14 year-old male teammate on his high school track team. Verse invited the teammate to spend the night. While "wrestling", Verse pulled a knife and forced the teammate to allow Verse to kiss and fondle him. The teammate reported the assault, and Verse was finally prosecuted. Verse was confined to a juvenile detention camp for that 1988 conviction. Cary Verse befriended a 17 year-old inmate, who Verse convinced to escape. However, once the pair had escaped, Verse then sexually assaulted the 17 year-old inmate. Verse, who was 18 years-old by then, was sent to county jail, where he tried to sexually assault a cellmate. For that assault, Verse was sentenced to a 44 month prison term, in 1990, but Verse was paroled in February 1992. In March 1992, Verse, 21, beat up, tied up, and attempted to sexually assaulted a 22 year-old homeless man, while they both were in a Richmond, California homeless shelter. Verse was sentenced to 12 years in prison for that 1992 conviction.
Verse spent six years in prison before being sent to Atascadero State Hospital to join the Sexual Offender Commitment Program. There, Cary Verse made friends with another Jehovah's Witness inmate, and the pair apparently "spiritually-upbuilt" each other. After Verse's release in 2004, controversy followed Verse everywhere he tried to live. No one wanted Verse living in their neighborhood -- that is, except for Verse's fellow Jehovah's Witnesses. To make a point, one or more of Verse's fellow JWs even allowed Verse to be alone with their teenage son -- something that violated the terms of his release, and eventually got his release revoked. At one 2004 hearing, one Jehovah's Witness, named Birgitta Ericsson, testified on Verse's behalf, stating in part:
"There is a danger in knowing Cary Verse. The danger is that you will need to come to know yourself. You will need to come face to face with your own sins. ... I have known Cary for some time. I respect him, and the way he carries himself through these trials. ... I have never met a man who has come so close to walking as Jesus did."
CALIFORNIA v. VIRGINIA BURNS was a 1992 California juvenile court decision. In February 1992, an 86 year-old Jehovah's Witness Male, named Luther Louis Armstrong, Sr., was found stabbed to death in his Modesto area home. Armstrong's neighbors and fellow JWs decried the murder of this elderly man, whom they described as "gentle", "easy-going", "religious", and "thoroughly devoted to the Jehovah's Witnesses". Within a few days, a 14 year-old girl from Los Banos, California, named Virginia Burns, was arrested and eventually convicted of Armstrong's murder. Given the nature of this case, few details are available. However, it was disclosed that "Ginny" had once lived in Armstrong's neighborhood when she was younger. In fact, in 1988, Ginny had reported to Modesto authorities that she had been sexually molested by Armstrong. Although a warrant had been issued for Armstrong's arrest, that warrant had never been served. The family's move from the neighborhood possibly influenced such??? Burns was sentenced to to the California Youth Authority presumably until she reached majority.
CALIFORNIA v. DONALD LOWELL GLEW (DOB: 06-14-1951) was a 1989 California criminal court case in which a Jehovah's Witness Ministerial Servant named Donald L. Glew, then age 38, was convicted on four counts of child molestation and sentenced to 14 years in prison.
DOES v. GLEW (2004). In a 2004 California civil lawsuit, it was alleged that Don Glew had sexually molested a number of infants in the Santa Rosa Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and the Petaluma Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses where he had been appointed as a Ministerial Servant, including his own step-daughter. In the civil lawsuit, two males and two females alleged that Don L. Glew had molested them from 1982 through 1988, when they were one to five years old. The lawsuit further alleged that there had been other victims in other congregations dating back to 1980, and that JW Elders had been aware of that fact. Despite the fact that Donald Glew had served as a Ministerial Servant all the way back to the late 1970s, the WatchTower Society told reporters that Glew had never served in any "position of responsibility".
CALIFORNIA v. CHARLES DRUE SMITH was a 1980-82 California criminal court case in which a caucasian Jehovah's Witness named Charles D. Smith, aka Charles Dre Smith, then in his mid 30s, was convicted of LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS ACTS WITH CHILD UNDER 14 YEARS.
PENNSYLVANIA v. JAMES ARTHUR McQUEEN JR. was a 2011-14 Pennsylvania court case involving James A. McQueen, age 37, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and numerous previous New Jersey addresses. In September 2012, a Philadelphia jury convicted James McQueen (African-American) of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault, and corruption of minors. Those charges all related to Jim McQueen's repeated sexual assaults on his young stepdaughter from the time that she was 5 years-old until she told her JW Mother, Alethia McQueen, in March 2011, when the victim was approximately 13 years-old. James Arthur McQueen was sentenced to 32½-65 years in prison. Affirmed on appeal.
Reportedly, James McQueen began to orally sodomize his young step-daughter not long after he married her mother -- when she was around 5 years-old. When the victim was 7 years-old, McQueen began to sodomize her anally. Vaginal penetration occurred far less frequently. The victim first revealed her abuse to her Mother at their local Kingdom Hall while the entire family attended the Thursday night Theocratic Ministry School and Service Meeting. Alethia McQueen spoke with JW Elder Taylor Brandy, who advised that the abuse be reported to the police. Trial testimony alleged that McQueen's own Mother, Charlene McQueen, attempted to convince Alethia McQueen not to cooperate with the prosecution.
PENNSYLVANIA v. ADRIAN BEN WAGNER was a 2013-14 Pennsylvania criminal prosecution and conviction of Adrian B. Wagner, then age 38, of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Adrian Wagner was tried on 28 felonies relating to possession and distribution of child pornography after law enforcement seized from his home 115 videos containing child pornography and beastiality. Wagner was also charged with trading online these and other videos with other child pornographers. Outcome unknown, but Adrian Ben Wagner is currently incarcerated in Pennsylvania state prison.
Adrian Ben Wagner and four younger siblings were reared in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, by Jehovah's Witness Parents. Thomas Wagner, father, reportedly was a JW Elder who professed to be one of the "anointed", a/k/a "one of the 144,000". Adrian Wagner published online his association with Jehovah's Witnesses as recent as 2012 -- apparently at the same time that he was dealing in child porn.
PENNSYLVANIA v. ADRIAN BEN WAGNER was a 2001-02 Pennsylvania criminal prosecution and conviction of Adrian B. Wagner, then age 26, of York County, Pennsylvania, on charges of possession of child pornography. Wagner served only 11 months in state prison, but was required to register as a sex offender.
PENNSYLVANIA v. ADRIAN BEN WAGNER was a 1995 Pennsylvania criminal prosecution and conviction of Adrian B. Wagner, then age 20, of Columbia, Pennsylvania, on charges of child abuse, and spent 8 months in prison. Specifically, in April 1995, Adrian Wagner physically assaulted an unidentified 2 year-old girl by first beating her, and thereafter giving her a cold bath while the bathroom window was opened. Someone eventually took the child to the hospital where she was initially unresponsive and believed to be dead. That child barely survived that ordeal.
STATE v. STEPHEN VAN DER SLUYS was a 1986 New York criminal court case which involved Stephen Van Der Sluys, 34, who was an active minister in the Syracuse, New York; Farmington, New York; Mechanicsville, New York; and Canandaigua, New York Congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses. Van Der Sluys apparently first came to the attention of law enforcement in Spring 1985, when he was convicted and jailed for one year for sodomizing and raping a teenaged foster child ($$$) who had been placed in the family's home through the state foster care program. At some point, New York authorities also began to investigate the deaths of Stephen Van Der Sluys' three children, which had occurred in the late 1970s. Heath, age 16 months, died in 1976, supposedly from choking on a quarter. Heather, age 3 months, died in 1977, supposedly from SIDS. Vicki, age 14 months, died in 1979, supposedly from SIDS.
OREGON v. ROGER MATTHEWS WALTERS (1995) and OREGON v. ROGER MATTHEWS WALTERS (1981). The latest information that we could find on a Jehovah's Witness named Roger M. Walters is from September 2008. In August 2008, Roger Walters, then age 64, was paroled from state prison to the Benton County Transition Center, in Corvallis, Oregon, where, until 2020, Walters will live under a 5:00 PM to 8:00 AM curfew. It is assumed that by 2014 that Walters has completed both required psychological treatment and a class on obtaining gainful employment. One can only wonder whether Walters is going door-to-door in field service.
In 1981, Roger Matthews Walters was convicted (plea bargain assumed) merely of "sexual abuse" of a 13-year-old petite blond haired girl in Lincoln County, Oregon. Roger Walters served five years in state prison. In 1980, Walters had approached a 13 year-old girl and attempted to persuade her to help him find his lost dog. When she refused Walter's offer of money, Walters forced her into his automobile, drove her to his trailer, where he raped and sodomized her.
In August 1987, only a few months after being released from prison, Walters approached another 13 year-old petite blond haired girl and asked her to help him find his lost dog. This girl also refused Walters offer of money and rode her bicycle home where her mother was conducting a yard sale. The girl's mother telephoned police. Before the police arrived, Walters stopped at the yard sale and even spoke to the mother. An overeager jury convicted Walters of attempted kidnapping, attempted rape, and attempted sodomy, but that conviction was eventually overturned by a federal court. In 1995, Walters was convicted only of attempted kidnapping. Only Walters "dangerous offender" status kept him from serving a short term.
CONNECTICUT v. RAYMOND BAGLEY was a 2007 Connecticut appellate court decision. Around 2004/5, in a jury trial, a Connecticut Jehovah's Witness, named Raymond Bagley, was convicted of sexual assault in the fourth degree and risk of injury to a child. In July 2001, an unidentified female minor, who was visiting a male minor at Bagley's apartment, fell asleep on Bagley's bed. She awoke to find Bagley sexually molesting her. On appeal, Raymond Bagley did not dispute his guilt, but rather disputed whether he was legally competent to stand trial. Both prior to, and during his trial, Bagley had refused to discuss his case with medical staff or his attorneys. Bagley claimed that his Jehovah's Witnesses beliefs prevented him from participating in his own defense. When questioned, Bagley generally remained silent. When he did answer, he would cite Bible passages which supposedly supported his decision not to assist his defense.
In April 2002, Bagley was initially found incompetent to stand trial, and he was committed to Connecticut Valley Hospital for 50 days. At the end of the initial period, the staff reported that he had been uncooperative with their attempts to evaluate his competency, and suggested that he remain for another 60 days. At the end of that second period, he was deemed "competent", and released from the hospital. In December 2003, Bagley was again found "incompetent" to stand trial, because he refused to discuss his case, or assist his attorneys in preparing his defense. In January 2004, Bagley was again found "competent", because his refusal to communicate with his attorneys was deemed to be a "deliberate choice", rather than a "function of any psychiatric impairment". Bagley would cooperate and openly talk with everyone, so long as the topic was not his defense. Thus, his refusal to participate in his defense was judged to be his choice, and that he fully understood the situation. The appellate court affirmed the trial court's decision to find Bagley legally competent to stand trial. Sentence unknown.
AMANDA QUALLS v. FRANCHISE STRATEGIES INCORPORATED is an ongoing May 2012 Kansas federal discrimination court case. Qualls was employed until September 2010 as a Bookkeeper for F.S.I., which constructs and remodels stores for Wal-Mart, Safeway, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, LJS, DQ, etc. Qualls alleges that she was hired by Wichita, Kansas based FSI after meeting corporate President Stanley Stover at the Kingman Kansas Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, where Stanley Stover is one of the Congregation Elders. Qualls alleges that Stover made it clear that her joining the Jehovah's Witnesses was a requirement for continued employment with Franchise Strategies. However, Quall stopped attending the Kingman Kingdom Hall in March 2010. Qualls alleges that Stover thereafter began treating her abusively and calling her names, and counseled her to return to attending the Kingman Kingdom Hall. Qualls alleges that in August 2010 that Stover stated that his wife was upset with him due to "playing inappropriately" with their foster daughters. Qualls' fiance reported Stanley Stover to Child Protective Services on September 1, 2010. Qualls was fired two days later.
MISSOURI v. TIMOTHY GLEN GARDNER was a 1997 Missouri criminal court case. In November 1997, Timothy G. Gardner, then age 33, was convicted of Second Degree Statutory Sodomy of a 14 year-old male victim. Tim Gardner reportedly was then a Ministerial Servant at the Richmond Missouri Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses (greater Kansas City area).
SOUTH DAKOTA v. AARON LEE SCHNITZLER was a 1999-2008 criminal case. In 1999, a Jehovah's Witness named Aaron L. Schnitzler, then age 26, pled guilty to sexual contact with a child under the age of sixteen, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Aaron Schnitzler was eligible for parole in 2007, but was still incarcerated in 2010, because Schnitzler has refused to participate in the DOC sex offenders treatment program, because Schnitzler claims that the program violates his religious beliefs by requiring his participation in explicit group discussions of a sexual nature, as well as viewing certain images which he deems "pornographic".
"Kimberly Jones-O'Brien, a police officer at G.S.'s school, testified that G.S. told her that (1) Smith began sexually abusing G.S. when G.S. was five years old, (2) Smith would enter G.S.'s bedroom in the middle of the night and fondle ... , (3) the abuse stopped when G.S. was about 14 years old, and (4) Smith physically abused G.S. throughout her childhood. Jones-O'Brien also testified that G.S. appeared afraid because Smith 'was still showing up at Kingdom Hall' and that G.S. felt that she had been stalked by Smith."G.S.'s two siblings testified that they never witnessed any physical abuse of G.S. and that G.S. never told them about the abuse. Further, Sallie Sonntag, a close friend of the family, testified that she had personally been abused as a child and that G.S. never reported any abuse to her and she saw no signs that G.S. had been abused.... ... ... ...."... G.S.'s siblings and Sallie Sonntag, who testified for the defense. G.S.'s siblings testified that they never witnessed any physical abuse of G.S. and that G.S. never told them about the abuse. Sonntag testified that she had been sexually abused by a neighbor when she was a child and that she was 'very conscious of the character that strangers, or even familiar people may show ... especially toward young girls.' She stated that she 'did not see at any time [G.S.] showing any signs of that.' ... ... ..."Third, Smith claims that defense counsel should have objected to testimony that Smith violated a restraining order at the Kingdom Hall. But on redirect examination of Smith, after the prosecutor had asked about the restraining order, defense counsel asked whether any referee found that Smith violated the order. Smith replied, 'None whatsoever.' Defense counsel also asked whether Smith obeyed the order even though he did not agree with it. Smith replied that he did. ... ... "
One of the women told police that when she was 12-13 years old that her family and Shumaker's family had visited a Maryland state park when Shumaker had repeatedly sexually groped her while tubing and swimming. She said that was her only incident with Shumaker, because she told on Shumaker about six months later, in 1984. When Shumaker was confronted with her accusation by the JW Elders, he claimed the groping had been "accidental", and he was made to telephone the victim and "apologize" for the "accidental" contact.
A second victim told police that Shumaker started molesting her when she was around five years-old. The abuse began with touching, and eventually progressed to oral sex when she was around 7-8 years-old -- around the same time that Shumaker married Donna Shumaker. The incidents took place in a house and a shed at a home in Baltimore County, and stopped in 1984 when the first girl made the "unbelieved" groping allegation against Shumaker. Her molestations ended because her parents kept her away from Shumaker after the first girl accused Shumaker.
The third victim told police that Shumaker had begun to molest her when she was around 5-6 years-old. Shumaker also allegedly eventually forced her to perform oral sex at the same aforementioned residence in Baltimore County, when Shumaker was about 18 years-old.
ILLINOIS v. LOUIS PAUL ROLOFSON JR. was a 1995 Illinois criminal court decision. In December 1995, a Jehovah's Witness, named Louis Paul Rolofson, Jr., 51, of Dewitt, Illinois, was convicted on aggravated criminal sexual assault charges, and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Louis P. Rolofson Jr. was among several JW adults who took a group of youngsters from the Clinton, Illinois Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses on a congregation field trip to Grant's Farm and Six Flags near St. Louis, Missouri. While Rolofson was rooming with the two sons of a divorced JW Mother, he sexually assaulted the younger ten-year-old boy. The ten-year-old boy testified that the assault occurred at the Collinsville, Illinois Holiday Inn, in August 1994. Typically, the ten-year-old was forced to give "unshakable testimony" at the trial, because numerous Jehovah's Witnesses from Louis Rolofson's congregation lined up to testify in his behalf, despite the fact that Louis P. Rolofson Jr. previously had been convicted of embezzling his bank employer in 1969. Notably, Louis Rolofson had attended the 1953 WatchTower International Convention held in Yankee Stadium, along with his JW Mother and younger brother.
ILLINOIS v. DERRICK A. JENKINS was a 1995 Illinois criminal court case. Incomplete details. In January 1995, a 28 year-old Jehovah's Witness, named Derrick A. Jenkins, was charged with molesting a 12 year-old boy in the boy's apartment. Allegedly, Derrick Jenkins had first made the acquaintance of the 12 year-old boy while Jenkins was selling WATCHTOWERs door-to-door in the boy's Chicago area apartment building. The alleged molestation supposedly occurred a couple days later when Jenkins performed what JWs refer to as a "return visit". Outcome of prosecution unknown.
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