Former Kansas City Associate Pastor George Spencer Arrested on Child Molestation Charges

PASTOR GEORGE SPENCER ARRESTED:  George Spencer, 58, a former associate pastor at Greater Works CME Church in Kansas City, Mo., was arrested in New Orleans on charges of child molestation and forcible sodomy of a child.

Fox4KC reports, Spencer was charged by Jackson County prosecutors with statutory sodomy, forcible sodomy, three counts of child molestation and two counts of sexual misconduct involving a child.

George Spencer’s arrest stemmed from the FBI field office in Kansas City that received information of his alleged attack on a 13 year old girl in February 2012 while he served as associate pastor of Greater Works. The teen told police he molested her.

Franciscan Friar Stephen Baker, Accused of Abuse in Two States, Commits Suicide

Friar Stephen Baker, 62, a Franciscan friar accused of sexually abusing students at a Catholic high school in Ohio and Pennsylvania, committed suicide Saturday morning at St. Bernadine Monastery in Hollidaysburg, Pa.

The police declined to say what type of self-inflicted wounds were found on Stephen Baker or whether a suicide note was found.

Friar Stephen Baker was named in a legal settlement last week involving 11 men who accused him of sexually abusing them at a northeast John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, Oh., from 1986-90.

Former FL Wrestling Coach John Hackney Wanted by Roswell GA Police Over Molestation Accusation

Roswell, Ga., police have issued an arrest warrant for John Hackney, a former youth wrestling coach in the Brevard County, Fla., school district, after he was accused of molestation.

Hackney, 51, is accused of molesting youths during a stopover at a hotel in Roswell last month. The youths had attended an Amateur Athletic Union wrestling camp at Appalachian State in Boone, N.C., and was returning to Astronaut High School in Titusville, Fla., when they made the stopover in Roswell, according to a report in Florida Today.

Nike Drops Joe Paterno’s Name from Child Care Building After Investigators Report Shows Cover-Up

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Nike Drops Joe Paterno’s Name from Child Care Building After Investigators Report Shows Cover-Up (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nike just dissed Joe Paterno big time or Joe Paterno dissed Nike. In any case, the company is cutting its last remaining ties with the former Penn State football coach by removing his name from the child care building on the corporation’s campus. Nike’s move comes hours after independent investigators revealed Paterno helped cover-up facts about the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Nike President Mark Parker said in a statement, “With the findings released today, I have decided to change the name of our child care center at our World Headquarters.” Nike founder Phil Knight added, “It appears Joe made missteps that led to heartbreaking consequences.” PSU sports teams have been outfitted by Nike since 1996. Source:  TMZ

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BREAKING NEWS: Ex-Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky Guilty on 45 Counts of Child Molestation, Faces Life in Prison

BREAKING NEWS: Jerry Sandusky Guilty on 45 Counts of Child Molestation, Faces Life in Prison



Jerry Sandusky found guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child molestation. The charges carry up to 442 years. This means his wife could face civil charges and Penn State University walked into a lion’s den eagerly and will face a myriad of civil suits, as they should. Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly says parents must be vigilant of their children’s interactions. Jerry Sandusky’s bail was revoked and he was remanded in police custody.

Youth Leader Antoine Johnson Gets Life Imprisonment for Molesting Two Boys, Sex Crimes Against Children Continues

Youth Leader Antoine Johnson Gets Life Imprisonment for Molesting Two Boys, Sex Crimes Against Children Continues

COMMENTARY:  Former Gwinnett County youth leader Antoine Johnson was given a life sentence by Superior Court Judge Timothy Hamil for molesting two boys ages 13 and 14 and attempting to lure a third child in 2008. Johnson was a former intern and summer camp organizer at Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, Ga., the  Gwinnett Daily Post reports. Judge Hamil characterized what Antoine Johnson did to these children was “absolutely diabolical.” The evidence included a taped interview, in which Johnson mimics the falsetto voice he used as “Kristen” while talking to boys, the newspaper reports. Many kids have been violated by people in positions of trust from as far back as I can remember. All through history from the days of slavery, when slave-owners raped women and girls, many being impregnated in the process, right down the line to present-day. It is sick and despicable and leaves a trail of mental anguish for many years to come.

On a personal note, I was called for jury duty on Monday and boy was I pissed off. Yes, I know that’s my civic duty as an American but I was more bothered that it would disrupt my daily life and could force me outside my comfort zone. That it did. As luck would have it, or the lack thereof, I was selected for a trial. I had no idea what type of case it was, but since it was a Superior Court case,  I knew there was a good chance that it could be a criminal case and it was. When we entered the court room, the defendant and I made eye contact. He was a tall, strapping black man, who had a smug look on his face. I’m not sure if he was being cocky or confident. Don’t know, but I didn’t want to be on that jury. What I didn’t bargain for was the fact this case was about to stir up feelings of pain that I hid in the very fabric of my being for so long.

Judge Ural Glanville took the bench shortly after 3 p.m. and court was brought to order. He introduced himself and did some housekeeping activities before telling us what the case was all about. It involved a sex crime — the defendant had been accused of burglary and sodomy. Once I heard the word sodomy, I was gripped with fear because I would have to relive some painful memories. Right then I realized I was not the juror the prosecution or the defense was looking for. Why? I had been molested as a child by a woman and my father’s friend, Jimmy Harding, who has since died, tried but I was able to get away from him. I wasn’t the juror either side wanted and I knew it. It brought back a lot of memories for me and I was deeply saddened and troubled. You see, I never acknowledged what my father’s friend did to my mother until this year, when I turned 45. I haven’t told her about Althea and what she did.

Children are vulnerable and the people you least expect can try to take their innocence and send them in a tailspin for years. When I looked at the defendant, I saw the two people who victimized me and, boy did I hate him for nearly two days because of what he represented to me. I don’t know if this woman is alive or dead. I don’t even know if I could confront her about what she did when I was nine. I know it left me struggling with my identity for many years because I knew what she did wasn’t supposed to happen. It was wrong and I felt dirty, but I grew up in a society where children were to be seen and not heard. Discussions about sex were taboo in my household, so how could I have told my parents what happened to me. I went through life being seen and not heard. My parents and I didn’t have that “talk.” But that’s for another commentary.

As an adult, the past has had an impact on me. There were many times when I had something to say about a particular issue, and I just couldn’t bring myself to speak. I have kept so much inside that there were times when I felt I was going explode or implode, depending on the situation. Child molestation is real and it has far-reaching effects and implications for victims. I watch my kids like a hawk because I don’t want them to go through what I did. The incident and the pain that follows.

There are some things you remember vividly from childhood and I remember both incidents clearly. I blamed myself for a long time because I went to these people willingly. I went because I trusted both and never imagined in a million years that they would have taken advantage of me, a mere child. After all, Jimmy Harding was my father’s good friend. They used to go fishing and hunting together. We visited his home and he visited ours. Althea was also well-known to us. She was the housekeeper for our neighbor. We weren’t as close to her employer as we were to Jimmy Harding, but we knew them quite well.

During the jury selection process, I was asked by the prosecutor about my views on sex crimes. It took a lot for me to be candid. I told her I had been molested by a woman and managed to get away from a male family friend’s advances. Then she asked me if I could be impartial in the case against the defendant and I said no. I know people are wrongfully accused of crimes every day, some languishing in prison for decades, but I also know that many children, men and women are also the victims of sex crimes and their attackers are often people you least expect like Althea, Jimmy Harding, Jerry Sandusky,  and Antoine Johnson. On that basis, I couldn’t sit on a jury and judge this defendant having been the victim myself. I don’t know what transpired after I left, but instead of feeling relieved I was dismissed, I felt sadness . I felt sadness at the memories of what happened to me as a child and how those acts shaped me as an adult on so many levels. Sadness at what this victim must be going through. Sadness indeed.

GA Teacher Shannon Alicia Schmieder Sentenced to 40 Years for Affair with 14 Year Old Family Friend

GA Teacher Shannon Alicia Schmieder Sentenced to 40 Years for Affair with 14 Year Old Family Friend (Daily Mail)

Shannon Alicia Schmieder, teacher’s assistant at Jefferson Parkway Elementary school in Coweta County, Ga., was jailed for 40 years for having sex with a 14-year-old student, that’s the toughest sentence handed down by a U.S. court to an educator for underage sex. It’s about time. Shannon Alicia Schmieder will have to serve 20 years of the 40-year sentence.

Daily Mail: The 39-year-old knew the boy since he was born and was at one stage like a mother-figure to him, according to his family.

His mother said: ‘She was a close family friend. We had gone to the same church together for 10 years. Our children were friends. Our families were friends. We did everything together. It’s impossible to describe how we felt to find out this was going on.’

The victim’s parents noticed a change in the relationship between their then 13-year-old son and Schmieder, saying she was acting more like a friend than a parental figure.It was when they opened the boys Facebook page they realized something was wrong.

The mother said: ‘Never in a million years did I think I would find what I thought was evidence of inappropriate behavior between them. But there it was.’

The district attorney said it best, “we believe that children deserve to be protected. This woman groomed and enticed a young boy she knew from birth to engage in these sexual acts. I crafted the sentence to take these things into account.”

Former LA Teacher Mark Berndt Being Held on $2.3M Bail for Molesting 23 Kids Ages 7-10

SHAME: Mark Berndt, a former Los Angeles elementary school teacher, was arrested after he allegedly gagged and made bondage photos of nearly two dozen children, possibly inside a classroom, Fox News reports.

Mark Berndt, 61, was arrested at his Torrance home on Monday and remained jailed Tuesday on $2.3 million bail. He has been charged with committing lewd acts with 23 boys and girls ages seven to 10.

Mark Berndt worked for more than 30 years at Miramonte Elementary School before being fired. I’m pretty sure there will be more victims.