Topic / Crime

Bible used to justify leniency towards a violent criminal

Back in 2015, an unnamed man in Portugal was given a 15-month suspended sentence and a fine of 1,750 euros (around £1,5002)  for using a bat spiked with nails to assault his ex-wife, leaving her covered in cuts and bruises. The prosecutor, according to this report, had argued the sentence was too lenient and asked […]

Indiana pastor Gary Evans charged with molesting girls

The 72-year-old Rush County pastor, from the Baptist Temple in Rushville, faces three counts of child molesting, four counts of sexual battery, and five counts of child solicitation. According to this report, the charges arise out of a police investigation that began in September when a three-year-old girl reported an encounter with Evans to the police. The girl […]

Breast-loving pastor, 84, under investigation for sexual assault

Pastor Ralph Gordon Stair, above, is being investigated for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl and touching the breast of a 12-year-old girl in his church while the congregation watched. According to this report, South Carolina police said that video evidence had emerged of the radio evangelist’s behaviour. Stair, 84, who leads the Overcomer Ministry community in […]

Vatican hit by fresh scandals

Indonesian Bishop Hubertus Leteng, above, has resigned following allegations by dozens of priests in the Diocese of Ruteng of having a mistress and misusing tens of thousands of dollars of church funds. According to this report, Pope Francis accepted his resignation this week, though the bishop did not provide a reason for his departure. The […]

Food for the poor scam lands Chicago church couple in jail

Pastor Robbie Wilkerson and his wife Tasha have been jailed for defrauding a food scheme for under-privileged children. According to this report, Wilkerson, the founding pastor of New Birth Christian Center church in Chicago, received a 37 month prison sentence, and his wife was jailed for a year and a day. Wilkerson has also been […]

Christian rock singer faces prison for child porn possession

Mark Salling, above, a former Christian rock musician and star of the television series Glee has pleaded guilty to possessing more than 50,000 images of child pornography.  In 2008, Salling, who recorded under the stage name “Jericho”, recorded a Christian album entitled Smoke Signals under Jericho Records. Salling is likely to be sentenced to prison for […]

BC church couple charged with sexual assault & other crimes

Samuel Emerson and his wife Madelaine from the Cloverdale Christian Fellowship Church in Surrey, British Columbia, are facing more than a dozen charges including sexual assault. Police, according to this report, say the alleged assaults occurred between 2015 and 2017. Samuel Emerson, 34, has been charged with 13 counts of sexual assault, 11 counts of being […]

Anti-gun control politicians are now praying for Nevada victims

Yesterday, Barbara Comstock, above, a Republican congresswoman in Virginia and a Christian ‘extremist’ who opposes women’s reproductive rights and gay marriage, sent out the following tweet in response to America’s latest mass shooting: I am heartbroken by the mass murder that took place last night in Las Vegas and I am praying for the victims, […]

Devout Muslim, once jailed for rape, found guilty of assault

Soruth Ali, 42, who served a seven-year prison term in the UK for the 1995 rape of a 15-year-old girl when she was in her school uniform, has been jailed for 14 months after he admitted assaulting his daughter and her lover in Manchester. Ali, said to be a “strict” Muslim father, pleaded guilty in […]

Canadian police issue arrest warrant for Vatican diplomat

Ontario lawyer Robert Talach, above, has lashed out at the Vatican, alleging that it swiftly moved to protect a priest who is wanted by police in Canada where he faces child pornography charges. According to this report, Monsignor Carlo Capella, a high-ranking Catholic diplomat, was hastily whisked from the US to the Vatican earlier this month […]