Religion Youth Pastor Watch
posted by October 28 at 16:38 PMon
A Canadian Anglican youth pastor convicted of child sex crimes and imprisoned in Mexico is still being paid by his British Columbia church. The Rev. Paul Woehrle of St. David’s Anglican Church told The Province newspaper in Vancouver that 41-year-old Brad Firth has been receiving $1,000 a month since his arrest….
Firth was convicted in Mexico in July 2004 of sexually abusing a 14-year-old Mexican boy who attended a Bible church camp in the Baja Peninsula in 2001, and sentenced to 11 years, less time already served, the report said…. Firth is also wanted by police in Delta, British Columbia, on one count each of possessing child pornography and accessing child pornography, which he will face whenever he returns to Canada.
The Indianapolis Metro Police sex crimes unit is investigating a former youth volunteer at one of Indiana’s largest churches. Three teenage girls say the person they trusted for spiritual guidance at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on the north side crossed the line.
According to the police report, the encounter happened last year. The then-16-year-old girl came forward last week to recount how the 23-year-old youth volunteer kissed and touched her even after she told him to stop. Later, she says he continued the advances by “grabbing her buttocks at church functions, text messaging her and calling her.” She spoke up after hearing there were two others.
A lawsuit has been filed against Mark McDowell, a former Camarillo youth minister sentenced to prison last week after pleading guilty to molesting minors. Some of McDowell’s victims filed the suit, which also names as defendants Camarillo Church of Christ, where he served as a youth minister, and some yet-to-be-identified church elders, according to the plaintiffs’ attorney, Ron Bamieh.
McDowell, 48, was sentenced to three years and four months in prison after pleading guilty in July to two counts of molesting a minor and two counts of digital penetration.
Bamieh alleged that his law firm’s investigation revealed that church elders became aware of McDowell’s “improper conduct” with the first victim and did nothing to prevent McDowell from victimizing more girls.