SANFORD, FL — Rev. Cedric Cuthbert, 49, was arrested Monday on child pornography charges after police say he was viewing child pornography on his computer while on the job at a Disney resort.
Police were first notified about Cuthbert’s actions after Disney contacted them in April after discovering that Cuthbert was trying to access blocked websites while at work at Disney World’s Port Orleans Resort. He was a housekeeping manager there for more than seven years.
Investigators said Cuthbert, a pastor at the St. James AME Church in Sanford, wrote sermons on the same computer he was using to look at young girls performing sex acts on YouTube. He was also accused of reaching out to some of these young ladies in an attempt to offer them guidance.
“you are so cute! Great sexy bodi! Send me a private vid,” he allegedly wrote to one girl. According to the arrest affidavit, semen was found in Cuthbert’s Disney office.
Cedric Cuthbert was arrested and charged with soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct and possession of a sexual performance by a child.…Continue Reading
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Police say 65-year-old Henry Clifford Byrd Sr., a registered sex offender, is in custody after being accused of raping a 10-year-old girl at a church in Winston-Salem last week.
Police began investigating after being called to the church over allegations that a young girl had been sexually assaulted during a church event at the New Bethel Baptist Church.
Byrd, who served three years for taking indecent liberties with a minor back in 2000, had been invited to participate in church activities. We all know pedophiles and churches go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong, and during the evening’s festivities, Byrd sexually assaulted the girl.
Henry Clifford Byrd Sr. was arrested at his home without incident, and charged with first-degree rape and with taking indecent liberties with the girl. No details were released about how Byrd was able to molest the girl without attracting the attention of others.
Police said Byrd was placed in the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond and is scheduled to be back in court on April 25. Police are continuing to investigate and ask anyone with information to call the Winston Salem Police Department at 773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 727-2800.…Continue Reading
Baltimore, MD – Police have arrested 67-year-old William Steven Albaugh, a deacon for Baltimore’s St. Joseph’s Church, after Verizon found he was storing child porn on their servers.
Detectives first became aware of Albaugh after Verizon Online notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that that Albaugh, a subscriber to their Verizon Online Backup and Sharing, was storing child porn on their online cloud storage system.
Albaugh was arrested on March 1st, and admitted he had been viewing child porn since the ’70s but that he would never harm a child. Police would discover child porn on both his Verizon account and on a flash drive, and would seize two PCs and an iPad.
Police do not feel any of the images they found depict children from St. Joseph’s, its school, or the Fullerton community. The Archdiocese of Baltimore released a statement stating they have never received any prior allegations against Albaugh, who was ordained in 1996.
Albaugh was charged with possessing child pornography and has since been released on $75,000 bond as the investigation continues.
While any story concerning child pornography is concerning, I also find it a bit concerning that Verizon is checking out the files their customer’s are backing up.…Continue Reading
COUDERSPORT, PA – An elementary school music teacher walked into a Sunday church service and shot his ex-wife while she played the organ. He returned minutes later and shot her again to ensure she was dead.
Darlene Sitler, 53, was seated at the organ during the Sunday morning service at First United Presbyterian Church of Coudersport when her ex husband, 53-year-old Gregory Eldred, walked in through a rear door behind the choir.
According to the pastor, Eldred leveled a handgun at Sitler and then shot her. Sitler fell into the organ pit as Eldred walked out of the church. Witnesses say he went to his truck in the parking lot but returned five minutes later.
Some of the congregation tried to keep Eldred from entering, but Eldred said he had to “finish this” and threatened to kill anyone who got in his way. He then walked over to his ex-wife, who was believed to still be alive, saying, “I got to see if she’s dead,” before shooting at her two more times.
Having had enough of his antics, the members of the church where finally able to subdue Eldred and take the gun away from him.…Continue Reading
FOREST HILL, TX – The pastor for Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church was beaten to death with an electric guitar by a man who drove his car into the church and was later found dead in the back of a police car.
At about 11:15 a.m. Monday, 33-year-old Derrick Birdow drove a car into the side of the church before getting out and assaulting Pastor Danny Kirk. According to a secretary who had locked herself inside an office, Kirk and a church custodian had been scuffling with Birdow inside and outside of the church moments before Birdow beat the pastor to death with a guitar.
Police arrived on the scene and had to use a Taser to subdue Birdow. He was found unresponsive in the back of a patrol car and then later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Birdow’s children may have attended the church, according to his cousin, but there was no known conflict between Birdow and Kirk. Birdow’s brother said that his sibling didn’t know the pastor at all and had become increasingly paranoid in the last week, claiming people were trying to kill him and that someone had stuck a needle in his arm.…Continue Reading
NEWPORT, Ky. — I have stated my opinion on women drivers multiple times on this site and every time I do, someone inevitably gets angry with me and I get hate mail. But I am in a good mood this morning so I will bite my tongue and not use this tragic story to rail on you females and how, by and large, you all are horrible, horrible drivers.
Kimberly Riggs, 40, and her 15-year-old daughter had just left church services at the Newport Church of God on Sunday when Riggs wanted her daughter to practice her driving skills in the parking lot. That’s when an unbelievable chain of events occurred, leaving Riggs dead and her daughter unlikely to get behind the wheel of a car for a very long time.
According to Newport police, Riggs was standing outside of a car in the parking lot as her daughter sat in the driver’s seat. Witnesses said the car suddenly lurched backward and the open door hit Riggs, knocking her to the ground.…Continue Reading
DEEP GAP, N.C. – Here’s a tragic story out of North Carolina where a 4-year-old girl was killed last Friday after a tombstone fell on top of her.
While waiting on Vacation Bible School classes to begin, Peyton Elizabeth Townsend and her older sister were with several other children playing in the backyard of Mt. Paran Baptist Church. The church’s backyard doubles as a small cemetery where about two dozen people are buried.
As the children were running around the graves, a stone cross–estimated to weigh anywhere from 1,000 to 1,200 pounds–somehow fell off a tombstone and landed on top of Peyton’s chest.
Peyton’s parents where there at the time of the freak accident. Her father is a paramedic, her mother a nurse, and both of them frantically tried saving their daughter’s life after moving Peyton from underneath the stone slab. Peyton was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee where she later died.
Seth Miller, a member of the church, said the grave belonged to his cousin.
“There’s no more smiling or thinking of good things after this,” said Miller.…Continue Reading
Corona, CA - The pastor and two other men affiliated with a Heart of Worship Church in Corona, California have been charged of with kidnapping and torturing a boy as a form of discipline for bad behavior.
Pastor Lonnie Remmers, 54, Nick Craig, 22, and Darryll Jeter, 28 are all facing charges including kidnapping, criminal threats and assault.
According to police, the teen’s mother took him to a men’s group home group home operated by the church for intervention because she believed he had been involved in ‘sexual misconduct.’ Corona police said it was unclear if she knew how the men were planning to discipline her son.
Investigators say Remmers instructed Craig and Jeters, who lived at the home, to ‘scare the boy.’ Police said Craig and Jeter drove the teen about 100 miles to the Barstow desert, forced him to dig a grave, threw dirt on him, and beat him with a belt. The boy was then reportedly driven back to Remmers’ house where the pastor used a pair of pliers to inflict pain on the boy, police said.…Continue Reading
St. Petersburg, FL – A pastor’s daughter was shot in the head while in church on Sunday after a man accidentally discharged a gun he was showing to another church member.
Police say 20-year-old Hannah Kelley was shot in the head after a gun her boyfriend, Dustin Bueller, and two other men were looking at inside a closet at St. Petersburg’s Grace Connection Church after Sunday’s service.
The men were looking at a 9mm owned by Moises Zambrana, a licensed security guard who has a carry permit for the firearm, after Bueller informed Zambrana that he was interesting in purchasing a handgun.
Zambrana was in the process of showing the firearm’s safety features when it discharged a round. Turns out he had removed the gun’s clip but did not check to see if there was a round chambered. There was. The bullet passed through the closet they were standing in and struck Kelley in the head.
Kelly, whose father is the pastor of the church, was rushed to Bayfront Medical Center where she remains in critical condition.…Continue Reading
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A former teacher at a church school in Colorado Springs has been arrested, accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student. Two pastors at the school and the school’s former principal were also arrested for allegedly failing to report the abuse.
The Hilltop Baptist School teacher, 32-year-old Terah Allyn Rawlings, is accused of having a sexual relationship with the boy during the 2007-2008 school year and the following summer, ending when he broke up with her. They didn’t keep the relationship very discrete, leading to teachers and students reporting the abuse to the principle, the school’s senior pastor as well as the school’s athletic director and associate pastor. These people did not contact police and reportedly tried to covered up the relationship.
Now why would a religious school be so quick to hide the illegal relationship between one of their teachers and one of their students? The fact that the senior pastor, 63-year-old Franklin “Wayne” Knight, is Rawlings’ uncle and the associate pastor, 57-year-old Raymond “Alan” Knight, is Rawlings’ father may have something to do with it.…Continue Reading
A mother told police she was leaving church but could not find her 11-year-old daughter. After locating her 10 minutes later, her daughter informed her that she had been having sex with 17-year-old Pierre Tony inside the 7th Day Adventist Church’s bathroom.
The girl repeated the story to police during questioning and Tony must have done something similar after voluntarily arriving at the police station with his father. After his interview with police, he was arrested and charged with sexual battery before being transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
I had sex in church with my girlfriend multiple times as a teen. She was my same age, but church was the only place she was allowed to go without her strict parents. So every Wednesday evening we skipped Bible study and would bump uglies in a locked youth room equipped with a foosball table, a television, and more importantly, a couch.
All these years later I vividly remember looking up from my bent over girlfriend’s back and into the eyes of Jesus, who was in a painting on the wall surrounded by sheep and children, realizing that if there was a Hell I would surely be visiting it at some point.…Continue Reading
Irvington, AL - Two arrest warrants were issued after an argument over a paycheck escalated to a fight which led to a church pastor being tased and that assailant’s mother being stabbed in the arm.
The whole incident took place inside the New Welcome Baptist Church on Sunday. Simone Moore, a self-described R&B artist who also made an unsuccessful run for the US Senate some years back, was working as the church’s minister of music.
On Sunday, he received his final paycheck and was informed by Pastor Daryl Riley that his services were no longer needed . Moore took issue with the amount of the check, and the argument soon escalated to violence. Moore allegedly used a taser on Pastor Riley.
The fun didn’t stop there, though. Several other people joined the scuffle, including Moore’s mother. Agolia Moore was apparently stabbed in arm during the fray by church deacon Harvey Hunt.
The wound required 19 stitches according to deputies. Both Moore and Hunt have warrants issued in their name as a result of the incident.…Continue Reading
Henryetta, OK - A minister is facing charges after he allegedly expressed his desire to comfort a teenage girl with his rod and staff via a series of lewd text messages.
Joseph Monroe Leal, 36-years-old and pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, has been charged with using technology to engage in sexual communication with a minor. The minor in question was only 14 when she met Leal at the Summit Church Camp back in 2009.
She says that initial conversations between the two were strictly on spiritual subjects, but by the next summer, the messages she was receiving from Leal started to turn sexual in nature. She started saving the messages this past spring after they became increasingly more explicit.
News outlets haven’t released any of the juicy contents of these texts, if they exist, but have mentioned some hilarious snippets that supposedly include Leal complimenting the teen’s body and admitting he felt guilty that his wife was home sick and all he could do was think of her “gorgeous face and smoking hot body.”
I’m not sure what’s the bigger crime here.…Continue Reading
Fairview, Oklahoma — Tommy Pitts, the pastor at the Midway Assembly of God Church, is being held on a $1 million bail after being accused of raping his three adopted daughters who are between the ages of 6 and 12.
Police say the abuse had been going on for months, and was stopped by an observant wife who noticed something was not right in the house and did her own investigation. When she confronted her 51-year-old husband with her suspicions, he confessed to his crimes. She called police.
“We got a call from Mrs. Pitts,” Major County Sheriff Steven Randolph said. “She said that her husband was going to commit suicide. She said he just confessed to her that he had molested their three adopted daughters. We sent out two deputies to try to locate him. About 20 minutes after going out, we had a report that vehicle matching the description had hit semi south of Chester.”
Pitts had unsuccessfully tried to shoot himself before running his vehicle into an oncoming semi.…Continue Reading
ALBANY, Ohio – A 20-year-old man has been accused of raping two young boys at a church function being held in the Albany Community Center in Albany, Ohio on Saturday.
It was a statewide church convention sponsored by The Albany Bethel Apostolic Church that lasted throughout the weekend with church youth groups from around the state participating. One of the attendees was 20-year-old Richard Merryman. He traveled to the convention on a bus with family who were members of a church in Canton, Ohio.
While there, Merryman allegedly lured a five-year-old boy into the restroom stall where he removed the child’s pants and then performed oral sex on the child. Afterwards the boy’s family noticed something wasn’t right and asked him what was wrong. He told his parents who, along with the church pastor, called police. Merryman was arrested on the church bus before it left the parking lot. He was charged with one count of rape and is being held under $500,000 bond at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville.…Continue Reading
CLEVELAND — The website of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church mentions their pastor’s “commitment and love of children.” But I’m pretty sure they had no idea just how creepy that comment would seem after Rev. Dr. Mark Griggs, 48, was arrested and charged with 112 counts that include downloading, trading and possessing child pornography. The pastor got snagged, along with 30 other people, in the latest investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Prosecutors say that Griggs downloaded, saved and traded images of children being sexually abused; using his home and church computers to do so. Grigg’s attorney says his client is no child pornographer and plans on fighting the charges. He claims that the poor pastor was simply using Limewire. “If you’re downloading files from Limewire, you don’t have any control of what’s coming into your computer,” Jay Milano says (*pulls up pants so the increasing levels of bullshit doesn’t get on them*). But police say that this isn’t a case of an image or two finding their way on Griggs’ computers.…Continue Reading
LEESBURG, Fla. – A 40-year-old music teacher at First Academy, a private Christian school in Leesburg, was fired from his job after surveillance video captured him sharing a passionate kiss with a 15-year-old student. Police were notified after a church employee reviewing video footage observed Frisbie making out with the teen girl inside the sanctuary. Frisbie was fired immediately. When the Florida Department of Children and Families interviewed the pair, they admitted to the two-month long relationship that included “kissing, hugging and touching all over” that began one month after the death of Frisbie’s wife. They never had sex, though, as they did not have time and were afraid they would be caught in the act. Frisbie told investigators that at the time, he did not feel the relationship was inappropriate. This doesn’t help quell the outrage felt by some parents at the church one of which sounded like a DD member. “It would take everything in me to not want to go hunting,” said First Baptist church member Steve Brown, who is also a parent.…Continue Reading
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Police have arrested a teen who they say set fire to a church with a youth group still inside. Tou Chai Lee, 18, was arrested after police say he intentionally lit up the foyer of Faith Alliance Church while 18 members of the church’s youth groups were in the basement of the church. After hearing the alarm and smelling smoke, the group found the entryway engulfed in flames. They were able to escape through a side door. Once outside, several witnesses described seeing Lee driving away from the scene. A motive has not been officially released, but they are revealing that Lee knew some of the members in the church at the time of the incident, one of them being his ex-girlfriend. If you watch the video at the link provided, one of the teens says that Lee had joined the group on some occasions in the past. That same teen is also one of four people who found their tires slashed outside the church. Luckily no one was injured and the church suffered minimal damage conducting Sunday service as normal.…Continue Reading
LADDONIA, MO. -- I learned of this story from one of our members after she made a Facebook comment about it. After doing a little checking this morning, it looked like enough material for a front page post. The pastor of Laddonia Christian Church is facing first degree assault of a law enforcement officer charges following a property dispute. Police say they arrived at the church Friday night to find pastor Ryan Finley Price, 53, pacing outside and holding a semi-automatic handgun. They found church member and law enforcement officer Noel Scott, 61, face down on the ground with serious neck and head injuries they say were caused by him being struck with a blunt object. Scott told police Price told him that if he moved, he’d kill him. Scott was life flighted to the university hospital in Columbia. Price was also charged with armed criminal action, felonious restraint and unlawful possession of a firearm. I couldn’t find any details into what the dispute was about so please, feel free to speculate.…Continue Reading
Atlanta, Georgia – You know what I enjoy more than watching a snake oil salesman work his craft and fleece the stupid of their hard earned money? Watching the media expose a snake oil salesman before his peers, revealing what he truly is. In the case of Bishop Eddie Long, the leader of Atlanta’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, he is being exposed as a manipulative, homosexual hypocrite along the lines of Larry Craig and Mark Foley. The man marched against same sex marriage, and his anti-gay stance was so tough that civil rights leaders refused to attend the funeral of Coretta Scott King that was held at his megachurch. But surprise, surprise, the good old gay-hating bishop was doing what he could to make life for gays miserable in one hand, while allegedly caressing the dicks of 17-year-old boys in the other. Four young men have now came forward, charging Long with using his position to force them into sexual relationships while treating them to gifts, trips in private planes and stays in luxury hotels.…Continue Reading