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Friday, March 28, 2008

Youth Pastor Watch

posted by on March 28 at 10:00 AM

We’ve got a three-fer, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to Marquette Manor Baptist Church in Illinois:

A former Downers Grove church youth minister was sentenced to 4 years in prison Thursday for sexually assaulting an underage female student. Edward E. Greene, 38, of Asheboro, N.C., pleaded guilty Thursday in DuPage County Circuit Court to criminal sexual assault while in a position of trust with the girl, who was 13 to 17 years old when she attended Marquette Manor Baptist Church and its school in Downers Grove….

Similar charges are still pending against John Puga, 36, of Aurora, a former youth basketball coach at the school charged with sexually assaulting an underage female church member…. A third man, Frank Stima, 64, a former church deacon who now lives in Washington state, pleaded guilty in 2006 to criminal sexual abuse of an underage female and was sentenced to 2 years’ probation.

So at one church—Marquette Manor Baptist in Downers Grove—three different men were sexually assaulting underage girls. One church. And unlike a restaurant that accidentally poisoned a handful of diners, Marquette Manor Baptist is still open for business. According to the church’s website, members of Marquette Manor Baptist seek “to exalt the name of Jesus Christ in everything we do”—really? everything? even child rape?—and visitors are encouraged to “get a feel for what goes on at Marquette.” Thanks but no thanks, Marquette.

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Interestingly, Mr. Stima does not seem to be registered here in Washington State as a sex offender...hmmm.

Posted by Tlazolteotl | March 28, 2008 11:05 AM

okay, i know this is obvious, but it's kind of funny that the catholics are molesting boys while the protestants are molesting the girls. so mommas, put your girls in the mass choir and put your boys in sunday school. or just go to brunch on sundays instead. yeah, definitely brunch.

Posted by el | March 28, 2008 11:38 AM

So, what's the countdown for when Mars Hill starts making headlines for Youth Pastor Watch?

Posted by Tiktok | March 28, 2008 2:15 PM

The "Marquette Manor" in the church's name refers to a SW Chicago neighborhood that is now over 50% black and 35% Hispanic. So by moving to Downers Grove, the church is apparently racist as well.

Posted by white flight | March 28, 2008 2:56 PM

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