Aloha, OR – David Michael Schedin, 40, loves the Lord, a good button-up polo shirt, and juvenile girls.Â The part-time teacher atÂ Palace of Praise Academy in Aloha was arrested on Thursday after one of his students told her parents that Schedin had taken her to the Beaverton High School parking lot and sexually assaulted her.Â Â I guess the girl didn’t buy his “coming under male spiritual authority” doctrine.Â
Palace of Praise Academy is a private school attached to Palace of Praise United Pentecostal Church, also in Aloha.Â Â Their website offers an interesting look into the Holiness church doctrine regarding anything approximating sexual behavior.Â From their website page on educational doctrine:
We disapprove of school students attending shows, dances, dancing classes, theaters, engaging in school activities against their religious scruples, and wearing gymnasium clothes which immodestly expose the body.
We disapprove of school students being forced to take coeducational classes which involve boys and girls being mixed together in swimming, calisthenics, baseball, and other mixed athletics while clothed in ungodly attire which immodestly exposes the body.
We disapprove of school students being forced to take any classes in which, under the guise of health classes, sex education is taught coeducationally or films or lectures are given that promote amoral or unnatural behavior.
We disapprove of school students being forced to be taught by or listen to those who promote or advocate sexual activity of any kind other than that within the bonds of the marriage relationship of husband and wife.
So pretty much, the goal is to keep the kids docile and ignorant as much as possible.Â Â The Holiness or United Pentecostal churches forbid makeup, cutting women’s hair, and their idea of immodest dress, which generally includes pants or skirts at or above the knee for women.Â Â Pentecostal doctrine also emphasizes the man’s superiority in matters spiritual.Â Women are not recognized as capable of ministry or even of getting a church-approved divorce, although men can do both.
Given the church doctrine and the very closed nature of the church and school, it’s a credit to the victim in this case that she told her parents, and a credit to them that they called police rather than their pastor.Â In fact, the child victim went home immediately and told her parents, and by 3:18 p.m. on Thursday – the day of the assault – Schedin was arrested.
Schedin spoke to a reporter briefly and said “I’m not innocent” when asked about the charges against him.Â Further, he saidÂ “I’ve done wrong.Â I’m sorry for what happened, I’m sorry for hurting the family, I’m sorry for hurting the church.”Â Â You’ll notice a distinct lack of apology to the victim herself.
No doubt he’s sorry he picked a girl with enough sense to tell.Â One wonders how many other girls haven’t said anything.
David Michael Schedin is charged with third-degree felony sexual abuse and third-degree sodomy.Â He is out on bond from the Washington County Jail.Molestation