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Monday, September 15, 2008

Youth Pastor Watch

posted by on September 15 at 12:27 PM


From the age of 11, the boy known only as John Doe in LaPorte County court records was repeatedly sexually abused by a youth minister he trusted from his church, Mark Comford. Comford, 24, also of LaPorte, pleaded guilty Sept. 5 in LaPorte Superior Court to abusing the now 14-year-old…. Sometimes Comford’s abuse took place on the grounds of Faith Baptist Church in LaPorte, a small congregation located across from the LaPorte County Fairgrounds where his grandfather, the Rev. Jack Cox, served as pastor….

John Doe was particularly susceptible to Comford’s overtures. The eighth-grader’s mother died when he was 4. He doesn’t remember her. She was stricken with cancer as a child, spent much of her life in a wheelchair and succumbed to the disease at 23. She never revealed his father’s identity and married another man while pregnant with him. His stepfather was out of his life even before his mother died. During and after his mother’s illness, his maternal grandmother helped raised him until she died nearly four years ago….

Several weeks before Comford’s arrest, armed county detectives arrived and told Jane Roe that her nephew and three other victims—two young boys and a 32-year-old mentally challenged male—had also been sexually abused by Comford.

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I wish I believed in god, because then I would know that there is a special place in hell for this scumbag. As it stands, I can only hope he gets a proper baby rapist's welcome in jail.

Posted by Charm | September 15, 2008 12:36 PM

They call the kid "John Doe" but provide enough biographical details to make it clear to everyone in town who he is. The paper is as bad as the pastor.

Posted by Rich | September 15, 2008 1:27 PM

Christine Gregoire and crew have actually done a good job at building that hell. It is unfortunate for them that even with all their supposed 'quality' education they, by their own standards, 'law', if you please, will end up living in it.

Posted by Douglas Tooley | September 15, 2008 1:32 PM

Did anybody else notice that the Pastor's name is "Jack Cox?"

::off to wash potty mouth out with soap::

Posted by Wes | September 15, 2008 3:07 PM


Posted by Ivan | September 15, 2008 3:25 PM

I believe one of the fuck ups with sexual abuse is the instinctual side.

Posted by 4f...sake | September 15, 2008 8:16 PM

I get a newspaper every month that picks about 50 church staffers who are being sued for decades of sexual abuse of dozens of children each. Some are rapists, some are thieves, many are tax frauders, some are murderers, & many are compulsive gamblers who use church funds. The church seems to be the place to work if you're a self-loathing pedophile, rapist, aldulterer, polygamist, closet homosexual, tax cheater, murderer, or gambler.

Posted by Allaiyah | September 17, 2008 8:26 PM

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