Religion Youth Pastor Watch
posted by March 28 at 10:00 AMon
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.