Crime

PENNSYLVANIA: Catholic Diocese Releases List Of 51 Priests And Laymen “Credibly Accused” Of Molestation

Go Erie reports: The Catholic Diocese of Erie on Friday opened a long-locked vault of secrets and released the names of priests and lay people accused of sexually abusing minors while working in the diocese. The list is made up of 51 names — 34 priests, 21 of whom are dead, according to revised diocesan figures, and 17 lay people, …

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Christian College President Pleads Guilty In Kickback Scheme Involving State Grants Pushed By GOP Reps

Arkansas Online reports: Oren Paris III, former president of Ecclesia College in Springdale, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a fraud charge in a kickback scheme involving state grants for his school. Paris was scheduled to go to trial Monday alongside former state Sen. Jon Woods (R) of Springdale and consultant Randell G. Shelton Jr., formerly of Alma but currently of …

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Priest Sentenced To 90 Years For Child Molestation

Mexico News Daily reports: A Catholic priest was sentenced yesterday to 90 years in jail for aggravated rape, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and corruption of minors. Jorge Raúl Villegas Chávez, 50, the confessor and spiritual guide for the students of an all-girls’ private school in Guanajuato, was arrested in February last year after two mothers filed criminal complaints, …

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YouTube Shooter Was Angry About Demonetization

The New York Daily News reports: Suspected YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam drove more than 500 miles from San Diego to reach the tech giant’s San Bruno, Calif., headquarters because “she was angry,” according to her father. Ismail Aghdam feared his daughter had a bone to pick with the video company and spent the weekend trying to reach her by phone. …

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Boy’s Death Draws Murder Charge For Ride Designer

CBS News reports: The designer of the Kansas waterslide on which a 10-year-old boy was decapitated in 2016 was taken into custody in Dallas Monday evening after arriving on a flight from China, the U.S. Marshals Service says. John Schooley, 72, was detained at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. He’s charged with second-degree murder. Schooley will be held in the …

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Methodist Pastor Charged With Child Rape [VIDEO]

New Hampshire’s ABC outlet reports: A Seabrook man is being held without bail after he was accused of raping a child while he was serving as a pastor in the Methodist Church. Russell Davis, 65, faces several charges in Massachusetts. Seabrook police said they arrested Davis Thursday on a fugitive from justice warrant. The Essex County District Attorney’s Office said …

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Saks, Lord & Taylor Hit With Massive Data Breach

Reuters reports: Retailer Hudson’s Bay Co on Sunday disclosed that it was the victim of a security breach that compromised data on payment cards used at Saks and Lord & Taylor stores in North America. One cyber security firm said that it has evidence that millions of cards may have been compromised, which would make the breach one of the …

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TENNESSEE: Anti-Gay Pastor Charged With Molesting Eight Children, Allegedly Asked Them To Sit On His Face

The Tennessean reports: Metro police have arrested a pastor accused of molesting several children across two decades while he was leader of a South Nashville congregation. Matthew Dennis Patterson, known as Denny, served as pastor of Nolensville Road Baptist Church for more than 20 years. He resigned on Sept. 24. Days later, members of the congregation came to the police …

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Jared Fogle Names Trump In Plea For Release

The New York Post reports: Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle has issued another desperate plea for his release — this time calling on President Trump for help. The 40-year-old is currently serving more than 15 years for distributing child pornography and traveling to have paid sex with a minor after pleading guilty in 2015. He filed a petition this week …

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Priests Busted With Huge Stash Of Embezzled Cash

No kids involved. This time: A group of Catholic priests in Brazil have been arrested, accused of embezzling £426,000 of church donations, funeral fees and fundraising cash. The Bishop of Formosa, Jose Ribeiro, along with five clergymen and three lay people were detained in prison in Goiás this week charged with stealing over 2 million reais (£426,000) from church funds. …

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Texas Pastor Sentenced To 99 Years For Starving Child To Death Because He Was Possessed By Demons

The Dallas News reports: Aracely Meza cradles the limp body of a 2-year-old boy, praying for God to bring the starved toddler back to life. The moment was captured on videos that a Dallas County jury watched this week before finding the Balch Springs pastor guilty Friday of felony injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. The 52-year-old will …

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Man Arrested For Threatening To Murder GOP Rep, Previously Sued Feds For Non-Enforcement Of Pot Laws

Roll Call reports: A 69-year-old Virginia Beach resident was arrested Friday for threatening to murder his congressman, GOP Rep. Scott Taylor. Wallace Grove Godwin is being charged with threatening to murder and assault a U.S. official, a crime that carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison if convicted, Tracy Doherty-McCormick, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District …

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Austin Bomber Belonged To Christian Survivalist Group

The Independent reports: The Austin bomber was involved in a teenage Christian “survivalist” group that discussed weapons and dangerous chemicals, according to a childhood friend. Mark Anthony Conditt reportedly took part in a conservative outdoors club called Righteous Invasion of Truth (RIOT), in which home-schooled young people studied the Bible and were taught gun skills. Conditt attended RIOT events with …

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MICHIGAN: Police Raid Catholic Diocese And Bishop’s Home, Cite Lack Of Cooperation In Sexual Abuse Probe

Flint’s ABC affiliate reports: Police were serving search warrants Thursday in connection with the investigation of Saginaw area priests. A contingent of law enforcement officials from multiple agencies raided Bishop Joseph Cistone’s residence, the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw offices and St. Mary’s Cathedral in Saginaw. Police obtained the three search warrants that were being executed as part of the investigation …

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Buffalo Diocese Names 42 Pedophile Priests [VIDEO]

The Buffalo News reports: For more than 30 years, Timothy J. Clark lived with the emotional scars of being sexually abused by a parish priest. The name of the man who allegedly assaulted Clark remained a closely guarded secret. Clark didn’t want to talk much about it. Bishops for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo refused to acknowledge anything about priests …

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Austin Bomber Left 25-Minute Video Confession, Motive Still Unknown, Debate Rages Over “Terrorist” Label

The Austin Statesman reports: Austin bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt left behind a 25-minute video confession recorded on his phone, which authorities found with him after he killed himself with an explosive device early Wednesday, interim Police Chief Brian Manley said in a news conference Wednesday evening. Manley said the recording – which officials believe was made between 9 and …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Trial Begins For Parents Charged In Faith Healing Death Of Their Two Year Old Daughter

The Reading Eagle reports: After a roughly six-hour process, attorneys selected a jury to hear the case of an Upper Tulpehocken Township couple who did not seek medical attention for their 2-year-old daughter before she died of pneumonia. Jonathan Foster, 35, and Grace Foster, 33, are being tried on charges of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child …

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Feds Name Austin Bomber: Mark Anthony Conditt

Heavy.com reports: The suspect in five bombings that left two people dead and five others injured in Austin, Texas, has died after a confrontation with police in Round Rock, authorities said Wednesday morning. He has been identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, NBC News reports, citing two federal law enforcement sources. Conditt, a 24-year-old white male, was identified as the serial …

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Austin Bomber Kills Himself As SWAT Team Closes In

NBC News report: The suspect in a spate of bombings that terrorized residents of Austin, Texas, died early Wednesday after detonating an explosive inside his vehicle as a SWAT team tried to apprehend him on the side of a highway, officials said. Authorities had tracked the suspect — a 24-year-old white man — to a hotel in Round Rock, a …

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Austin-Bound Package Explodes At FedEx Facility

CBS News reports: The San Antonio Texas Fire Department says a package bomb bound for Austin has exploded at a FedEx distribution center in Schertz, Texas, hurting 1 person, a FedEx employee who apparently suffered a non-life-threatening “percussion-type” injury from the blast. The FBI and ATF are at the scene. An FBI agent told CBS “it’s more than possible” that …

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