Tina Anderson’s Stepfather, Daniel Leaf, Indicted

It was announced in the morning edition of the Concord Monitor (See below) that a grand jury has indicted Daniel Leaf  on two separate counts of felonious sexual assault against Tina Anderson.  The alleged assaults started with Tina (Dooley) Anderson was ten years old.

Christine Leaf is Tina’s mother.  According to Tina, she told her mother that Daniel Leaf had been molesting Tina once Daniel was committed to New Hampshire state prison.  Daniel Leaf was convicted of molesting a little girl in a fast food restaurant bathroom.

Daniel Leaf is a convicted sex offender with which Christine Leaf continues to remain married to and reside with to this day.   According to the following quote from the Concord Monitor, Christine Leaf still defends her sex-offender husband–even answering the door while he hid inside the house.

“Yesterday afternoon, Christine Leaf answered the door at the couple’s house in Tilton and said she did not think her husband, who was inside, would wish to comment.”

“Really, I don’t think we have anything to say,” Christine Leaf said, asked whether her husband maintains his innocence.”

Daniel Leaf was also convicted of Felony Child abuse in 1993.  He admitted to hitting Tina’s brother, Tom Dooley, with a belt ten (10) times.  Tina has told friends that she hid in the closet and lost count at seventy (70) strikes.

Man named in rape trial now indicted

Stepfather faces sex assault counts

August 23, 2012
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When she testified last year to being raped and impregnated as a teenager in 1997 by a married man who attended her Concord church, Tina Anderson told jurors she also had been sexually assaulted by her stepfather years earlier.

Anderson said at trial that her mother and her pastor at Trinity Baptist told her to forgive her stepfather, Daniel Leaf, for the abuse, and he never faced charges in connection with her allegations.

That changed last week, when a Merrimack County grand jury handed down two aggravated felonious sexual assault indictments charging Leaf with assaulting Anderson between 1990 and 1992, starting when she was 10 years old.

The indictments – which don’t name Anderson – accuse Leaf, 52, of Tilton of intentionally touching the girl’s genitalia with his penis in Concord during different time periods. Leaf is a sex offender listed on the state’s registry with convictions in 1993 for felonious sexual assault and indecent exposure.

He was also convicted of second-degree assault in 1992, according to the registry. Christine Leaf, his wife and Anderson’s mother, testified in court last year that her husband had been found guilty of the assault for spanking her son. She said he spent seven years in prison for the sexual assault conviction, which she said related to a victim who wasn’t one of her children.

Yesterday afternoon, Christine Leaf answered the door at the couple’s house in Tilton and said she did not think her husband, who was inside, would wish to comment.

“Really, I don’t think we have anything to say,” Christine Leaf said, asked whether her husband maintains his innocence.

The Monitor does not normally identify alleged rape victims, but through a friend yesterday Anderson confirmed she was the victim and gave permission to be named in the case. Anderson spoke to media outlets and appeared on ABC’s 20/20 after the 2010 arrest of Ernest Willis, the Gilford man and former Trinity Baptist member convicted last year of raping her twice in 1997.

Anderson, who was 15 at the time of the assaults by Willis, said she was made to stand before the Clinton Street church and apologize for becoming pregnant. She was then sent to Colorado to have her baby, and the Concord police said they were unable to find Anderson. The investigation stalled until 2010, when someone mentioned Anderson’s story on a Facebook page critical of fundamentalist Baptist churches.

Anderson, now 31 and living in Arizona, agreed to be interviewed by the police, which led to the charges against Willis. During last year’s trial in Merrimack County Superior Court, she testified that she initially didn’t tell anyone about being raped by Willis because then-Trinity Baptist pastor Chuck Phelps had told her not to pursue charges against Leaf, instructing her that “a good Christian forgives and forgets.”

Phelps, now the pastor at Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Indianapolis, testified during the May 2011 trial that Anderson never told him she had been sexually abused by Leaf and denied ever telling her to “forgive and forget.”

“I do not preach forgive and forget,” he said. “I teach confront.”

Christine Leaf also denied telling Anderson not to press charges and testified that she contacted the police in 1996 after her daughter said she had been abused by Daniel Leaf.

“She said to me, ‘He touched me,’ ” Christine Leaf said during the trial. Leaf said she reported the allegations about her husband – who was in prison at the time – to a Concord detective and the state Division for Children, Youth and Families, but her daughter “never wanted to talk to the police.” Anderson testified that she believed her mother had told the police she thought her daughter was lying.

The police received a report about Leaf in 1996, but “we weren’t able to proceed with a prosecution,” Concord police Chief John Duval said yesterday. He said he couldn’t provide details late yesterday afternoon about the report and why the police weren’t able to prosecute the case but described the indictments against Leaf as “a result of information that was obtained subsequent to the initial investigation of Willis.”

Anderson said in a 2010 statement that Leaf abused her several times a week when she was a child and her mother was out of the house. She said she didn’t feel comfortable telling anyone about the abuse until Leaf was in prison.

Chuck Phelps Returns To Board Of Bob Jones University

While the attention of the media, abuse survivors and others were on the trial of Ernie Willis for the rape and resultant pregnancy of Tina Anderson when she was 15, there was a sleight of hand going on.  While others were focusing on what was increasingly becoming known of the actions of Tina’s pastor, Chuck Phelps who made her stand before her congregation and apologize for putting herself in a compromising situation and getting raped, the cooperating board at Bob Jones University had quietly pulled a dirty trick.  While others were riveted on the fact that a 15 year old, under the direction of her pastor, the girls mother, sent her daughter to Colorado to live with friends of Pastor Phelps where she was home-schooled while the rapist paid for the plane ticket to Colorado, another move was in progress.  Tina Anderson’s story continued to gain momentum in the media and on April 8, 2011 Elizabeth Vargus correspondent with ABC News 20/20 aired “Shattered Faith.”  Pastor Phelps told a 20/20 producer that Tina had an ongoing dating relationship with a married man that had turned sexual in nature.

The next day or so, her former Pastor Chuck Phelps went live with a website stating Tina was untruthful.  Fundamentalist Pastors and laymen on Sharper Iron and elsewhere portrayed her as a little Lolita whose wily ways hooked an innocent man into her grasp. Pastor Phelps spoke to many pastors and individuals all over the country telling them that Tina was not being truthful and that she was pressing on with criminal charges against Ernie Willis to get money.

Never mind that criminal proceedings don’t pay a dime to the victim. Any civil judgement would be a separate issue.  At the time, Tina nor her husband had not filed any documents to do so.  It is not known now whether the Anderson’s have done so, although it is  certainly within their legal rights if they chose to.

Leaders in the IFB traveled and met every other month or so in different cities to “pray with Chuck Phelps.”

While this was going on, another magic trick was in progress in the Bob Jones University boardroom.

Then the trial rolled around.  David Gibbs, III who represented both Phelps and Tina’s mother Christine Leaf lost a last minute legal “hail Mary” ploy to keep Phelps’ copious notes out of being read into the record by trying to claim, “clergy-congregant privilege.”  The judge recognized that privilege belonged to the victim not the perpetrator. Furthermore any privilege that had applied died when Phelps spoke about it to all those third parties and anyone with access to the inter-web.

It was soon revealed that Tina had told the truth and Phelps had been more than dishonest from Phelps own sworn testimony in a court of law.  Willis was convicted and sentenced on five counts.  Because the statute of limitations is short for failure to report in New Hampshire, state prosecutors are unable to charge him.  It is a long-shot that federal charges could be brought against Phelps under the Mann Act.  It appears unlikely that federal authorities will be pursuing this route at this point.

Phelps left the Bob Jones University board in 2007 after he accepted the offer to become President of Maranatha Baptist Bible College. Phelps time at Maranatha was short, he was asked to leave May 2009.

Everyone’s attention was on the 20/20 report, the upcoming trial and then the trial testimony of Christine Leaf, Chuck Phelps, Ernie Willis and others.  After Willis was found guilty our attention turned to sentencing of Willis.  Tina was vindicated.  Phelps, however never apologized, he never removed his website, nor the lies he told.  Phelps even tried to take credit for Willis being convicted.

While all this was occurring elsewhere, Chuck Phelps was quietly put back on the 2011 Cooperating Board of Bob Jones Universityalong with others such as Ian Paisley,  Jerry Svinsky and John Vaughn. Chuck Phelps is on the board with the current Vice-President of Operations, Marshall Franklin.  Since the current president Dr. Stephen Jones is on medical leave it is widely known that Mr. Franklin oversee’s the day-to-day duties of President Stephen Jones. Mr. Franklin has been a long-term trusted friend of the Jones family, especially Stephen Jones. Chuck Phelps’ name is right there as plain as day between Evangelist Stephen Pettit of the Pettit Evangelistic Ministries and Fundamental Church Planter Robert Packer.

2011 Bob Jones University Cooperating Board Members listed in BJU Catalog Page 254

2011 Bob Jones University Cooperating Board Members listed in BJU Catalog Page 254

Chuck Phelps was on the board when 20/20 aired.  Chuck Phelps was on the board when Brian Fuller, who has openly stated that Phelps was his mentor, denied there was a network in the IFB.   Either Brian Fuller is a huge patsy, or he is as deceptive as the rest. 

Dr. Bob Jones, III was present when the American Council of Christian Churches passed its resolution on abuse at the ACCC Annual meeting October 19-21, 2011. Immediately upon finding this out this afternoon, Chuckles called a pastor who was present and claims he voted for the resolution to be passed and asked him if he knew about this.  The pastor said he did, but then remarked,

“We disagree on whether Chuck did anything wrong.”

Phelps spent months lying to many people’s faces, he  set up a website to commit libel against a victim of rape, verbally slandered the victim all over the country, lied to the media, both lied to and about the police. Apparently this kind of behavior is ok for a Cooperating Board member of Bob Jones University. It’s apparently fine for a board member to do so, but a student would be expelled for much less. 

This same man quickly added,

“Chuck didn’t do anything to hurt Ms. Anderson.”

No one has the right to say what she feels or not feel other than Tina. No one has the right to tell people how Tina should feel toward those who did hurt her. However doing so is typical fundamentalist trope. Leaders are adapt at telling others how they should feel about things, even how long a person should grieve, etc. Chuckles did remind this that man even Phelps has acknowledged his actions were hurtful during his testimony.

Leaders!

This is a perfect example of why many of us feel free to challenge your “genuineness.” Every time you are given a chance to prove yourselves, you once again prove that you are less than sincere.  You have once again proven you are deceptive.

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”  John 8:44

Hat Tip Dr. Camille K. Lewis, PHD.

11-27-2012 CLARIFICATION …

The blog first found out Phelps was reinstated around November 1, 2011.  His reinstatement dates back to 2010 and was reportedly kept “quiet” intentionally, presumably based on the upcoming trial that convited Tina’s rapist.  We apologize for any confusion this may have caused regarding the timeline.

Editorial Board of the Blog

Ernie Willis Sentenced~Chuck Phelps Lies Again.

Ernie on his way to prison

On September 6, 2011, Ernie Willis was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison for of three counts of forcible rape and one count of felonious sexual assault of Tina Anderson.  Tina Dooley Anderson was at the time of these rapes, … Continue reading

More Chuck Phelps Lies

Chuck Phelps After Trial Statement

 

Chuck Phelps has posted the above statement of his website.  More self-serving outright lies.  According to his website, interview with 20/20, and numerous other individuals, Phelps he repeatedly said Tina was in a covert dating relationship with a married man.” According to sworn testimony the Concord Police have no record of him making any report to them.  According to his own testimony he did not return the calls made to him by the police.   According to Phelps own sworn, under oath testimony, Phelps told the police Tina did not want to make a police report, and did not make her whereabouts known to the police.  Phelps conveniently left out of this statement that Tina was sent out of the Concord Police Jurisdiction to Colorado.  According to Tina, she was told not to tell the hospital staff when she gave birth who about the father of her baby.  Wonder if the “medical professional”  Phelps so readily through under the bus in his statement had all that information as well.  As a matter of fact, the Nurse Practitioner testified she did not know that Tina had been raped, let alone  by a 39 year old man.

Facts left out, that under oath, Phelps told the court that Willis admitted to him that Willis was the aggressor.

Fact left out,  Phelps KNEW that Willis payed for the airfare for Tina to be sent to Colorado.

There is much more, just read this blog.

Fact, Phelps may well think this is all over,  his arrogance is astounding.  If I were him, I wouldn’t be acting like the hero here and blaming the police.  The Feds may be on his doorstep anytime.

Hope they find this, and throw the book at him.

Editorial From Concord [NH] Monitor

By Monitor staff

Applaud Anderson for speaking out
June 1, 2011

Tina Anderson’s horrifying treatment by Concord’s Trinity Baptist Church made her story the subject of national attention. Anderson was 15 in 1997 when she was raped and impregnated by Ernest Willis, then a church member more than twice her age. In a scene that sounds like it occurred in a distant century, Anderson was called before the congregation by its then-pastor, Chuck Phelps, and told to apologize for being pregnant. She was sent by Phelps and her mother to live with a family Phelps knew in Colorado until the baby was born and could be put up for adoption.

The specifics of Anderson’s case were extraordinary in one other way too: Fourteen years later, she summoned the courage to return to Concord and confront Willis, not to mention Phelps and her mother. In doing so, she set an example for women everywhere who have been doubly victimized – first by their attackers and then again by their fear of seeking justice.

Anderson put a name and a face to a crime that usually goes unreported because women fear the attacks on their character and credibility that inevitably follow accusations of rape.

Confronted years later, Willis admitted to statutory rape and claimed the sex was consensual. But last week, a Merrimack County Superior Court jury also found him guilty of forcibly raping Anderson on two occasions. He is now awaiting sentencing. For Anderson, the trauma of testifying in open court – not just before a judge and jury but also for an audience that stretched far beyond Concord – was mitigated by the courtroom victory.

A distressing number of American woman are the victims of rape or sexual assault. One national study puts the figure at one in seven; a 2007 New Hampshire surveys found the number closer to one in four. Despite the national focus on sexual and domestic violence and the increasing empowerment of women, most rapes still go unreported. The National Institute of Justice estimates that just 31 percent are brought to the attention of authorities; a 2011 study published by the Journal of Interpersonal Violence puts the figure at 15.8 percent.

Rape is typically committed by someone known to the victim, and it is a crime that rarely has witnesses. It is a hard crime to prove. Earlier this year, a committee of the Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence published a report that argues that the criminal justice system fails to prosecute or win convictions in the vast majority of rape cases. It studied 344 female sexual assault cases in New Hampshire in 2006 and found that only 13 – or 3 percent – of the 344 offenders named either pleaded guilty or were convicted.

Indeed, Anderson’s case might have been forgotten altogether had a former Trinity member not discussed Anderson’s treatment by the church on a Facebook page founded by an activist to highlight what she believes are abuses by fundamentalist Baptist churches.

That activist, Jocelyn Zichterman, claims that when she was abused by a family member as a youth, her Baptist church pressured her into remaining silent. She now considers such fundamentalist churches to be cults and has made it her cause to support victims like Anderson. Whatever you make of Zichterman’s beliefs, the trial dramatized the importance for rape victims of having an experienced, caring advocate at one’s side while going through a grueling, emotional trial.

If rapists are going to be convicted, more victims will need the courage to do what Anderson did: confront their attackers and endure difficult questioning in the name of justice. In this case, at least, that bravery paid off.

http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/260299/applaud-anderson-for-speaking-out?CSAuthResp=%3Asession%3ACSUserId|CSGroupId%3Aapproved%3A0EC42FCA21B0F0920CF0C5D9AB54D921&CSUserId=14461&CSGroupId=1

Under the Wheels of the Chuck Phelps Bus

Yesterday afternoon, David Gibbs III, who represents both Chuck Phelps and Christine Leaf, lost last minute legal wrangling citing “pastoral privilege.”  According to reports,  David Gibbs III argued that should not be included since Chuck Phelps’ “copious notes” had been handed over to the Concord Police Department without his knowledge.  Judge Larry Smukler ruled against the argument of pastoral privilege by David Gibbs III.

Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Larry Smukler talks with Assistant County Attorney Wayne Coull, left, and Public Defenders, Brooksley and Donna Brown, during a hearing for Ernest Willis.

It appeared that Chuck Phelps may have forgotten he was not preaching to his flock, but instead testifying in a court of law.  When asked a question, Phelps did not just answer the question, he talked and he talked and he talked.

Of course, making sure to only make eye contact with the jury.

Pastor Phelps says people in his church are taught that pre marital sex is wrong but they are not taught to look down on those who sin. He is describing the guidelines at the school regarding dress codes and behavior.

Chuck, you are such a joker.   Really?  This is like saying a Catholic doesn’t need to go to confession.

Chuck Phelps “copious notes” that were turned over to the Concord Police without his knowlege contained some interesting things.

In Chuck Phelps interview with 20/20 Phelps said he did not know that Ernie Willis was the father of Tina’s baby.  Phelps said that Tina accused a man of a crime but did not know that a crime had been committed.

According to Phelps testimony, his “copious notes” revealed,

Pastor Phelps just checked his notes from October 8, 1997 and says that Ernie told him he had two encounters with Tina about a month apart and that in a meeting later that same day with his wife present he told the Pastor that he was the ‘aggressor’. He [Phelps] says it was then revealed that Tina was with child.

uh OH!

Chuck Phelps pulled one of the oldest trick in the Independent Baptist Fundamentalist, preacher play book.  He turned on the waterworks.  Phelps cried as he recounted that he was concerned Ernie Willis may have been suicidal, after Willis had admitted that he was the ‘aggressor’ on Tina Anderson.  Absent from Phelps testimony was any crying, and concern over the fact that a teenage sexual assault victim may be suicidal.  Wonder why, Chuck didn’t call the Concord Police, or escort Willis to the Concord Police Department where Willis would have been “safe” on suicide watch in the county jail?

Phelps also testified that he that he knew the family in Colorado that homeschooled their three boys. Phelps testified that this family would be perfect to keep Tina during her pregnancy.

Is it a wise decision to send this vulnerable teen girl halfway across a continent, to a place where she would not know anyone, to live in a home with a family of only boys?

Wait a minute. He knew the family….perfect…keep Tina?

Thought Phelps had no say in sending Tina to Colorado. Didn’t Mrs. Leaf testify to that earlier?

uh OH!

Later in the testimony, Phelps told the prosecutor that he wanted to be on the side of the prosecution for over a year.

Really?  Phelps you are such the joker!  Why didn’t you come forward, cooperating with the investigation, not attacking the victim on your website, etc?

Phelps complained he was thrown under the bus by the media.

Chuck, the floorboards under the drivers seat of the bus you were driving were rotted through.  Chuck you just fell under the wheels of the bus you were driving.  Chuck Phelps took Ernie Willis and Christine Leaf under the bus tires along with him.  Furthermore, Phelps proved that Tina was telling the truth.

Meanwhile, the boys club over on Sharper Iron are still arguing over whether Tina should have been Church disciplined or not.  Even fight over what the word “aggressor” means.

Oh how Chuckles longs for the sound of silence by the Sharper Iron folks.

Trial Transcript Day 2 by Amy Covino

Good Morning. There has been a delay in the start of the trial due to the probation hearing on a different case in this same courtroom.
by Amy Coveno
Lots of negotiating for seats here in Courtroom 1 at Superior Court. More media has arrived today.
by Amy Coveno 
At one point Attorney David Gibbs III who we are told is here on behalf of the Fundamental Baptist Church was seated next to where the victim Tina Anderson was sitting. Prosecutor Wayne Coull worked to rearrange the seating and move Gibbs further down the bench from Anderson.
by Amy Coveno
Chuckles here:  Doesn’t it appear strange to anyone but me that this wasn’t “accidental?” Does it appear to anyone by me, that it was a strategy of some sort? David Gibbs III is representing both Chuck Phelps and Tina’s mother, Christine Leaf. How is it that an an experienced attorney would not know that he could not sit next to the victim at her rapists trial when one of his clients has been labeled a ‘hostile witness’ by the prosecution?
Christine Leaf is on the witness stand. We are waiting for the arrival of the jury and Judge SMurkle.
by Amy Coveno 
The jury has just arrived and so has the judge. Prosecutor Wayne Coull is continuing his direct examination of Christine Leaf who is Tina’s mother. Tina testified that the two do not have a relationship at this point.
by Amy Coveno 
“Who is Barbara Kingsbury?” Coull asks. “My sister-in-law.” Christine Leaf answers.
by Amy Coveno
“Do you deny that people were trying to reach out to Tina when she was sent to Colorado?” Christine Leaf: no. People were trying to put their arms around her.
by Amy Coveno 
Now Coull is asking about Pastor Phelps role in the decisions made after Tina disclosed that she was pregnant and the father was Ernie Willis.
by Amy Coveno 
Christine Leaf is now answering questions about the apology from Ernie Willis to Tina- “He apologized for having sex with my daughter,” Said Leaf. This happened at the Phelps home.
by Amy Coveno 
Leaf is testifying that she has no recollection of time because it was 14 years ago and a ‘difficult’ time. The prosecutor is asking yes/no questions to Leaf about her decision to send Tina away during her pregnancy.
by Amy Coveno 
Leaf admits in court that she told Concord Police that Tina Anderson did NOT want to talk with them.
by Amy Coveno 
Tina’s brother Tom Dooley is in court today. He just left the courtroom, seemingly, upset. His mother is testifying about how “Tina was mean to her when she was pregnant and called her a ‘ditz’.
by Amy Coveno 
State: You made no effort to follow up with police did you? Christine Leaf: Why should I? They have the information.
by Amy Coveno 
The prosecutor is now presenting a letter that is posted on Dr. Chuck Phelps website. Christine identifies it as the letter. She says it was sent for the 20/20 program about this case.
by Amy Coveno 
State: in that letter you say that Tina is out for money. Leaf: yes. State: But Tina never asked for money. Leaf: That’s not true. She needed money for the down payment of a house and we sent her some money from a worker’s comp settlement. She paid back half.
by Amy Coveno 
Christine Leaf: This whole trial is supposed to be about Ernie Willis, not me. She isn’t interested in getting even with him.
by Amy Coveno
Tina Anderson is quietly weeping during her mother’s testimony.
by Amy Coveno 
The state has handed this witness over to the defense who is now conducting cross examination. Donna Brown is asking Mrs. Leaf about a 1997 meeting where Tina told her she was pregnant. Tina said it was consensual, correct? Christine: She never said that to me but she never said it was rape.
by Amy Coveno 
Christine Leaf: Tina did not want me to report this to the police. She yelled at me. Donna Brown: If she had said she was forcibly raped you would have gone to the police. Leaf: yes.
by Amy Coveno 
Brown: You didn’t push it with police was because Tina never said it was forcible rape. Leaf: Correct.
by Amy Coveno 
Christine Leaf says she has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice as well as an MBA so when her daughter claimed that Daniel Leaf ‘touched her sexually’ Christine said she knew she had to report her claim.
by Amy Coveno 
Pastor Phelps was involved with the incident with Mr. Willis because he was called by someone else. Pastor Phelps did not run my daily life, says Christine Leaf.
by Amy Coveno 
Pastor Phelps had no authority to tell Tina to go to the prison to forgive Daniel Leaf because DCYF was in my life, says Christine Leaf.
by Amy Coveno 
Attorneys are now having a sidebar discussion with the judge.
by Amy Coveno 
Ernest Willis is seated at the defense table, his face does not reveal any emotion.
by Amy Coveno 
The jury of eight men and six women appears rested and attentive.
by Amy Coveno 
Donna Brown is asking Christine Leaf to explain her statement that she believes her daughter is ‘out for money’. From either the church and/or Pastor Phelps.
by Amy Coveno 
The state now has the witness on re-direct. No matter what, a crime occurred, right? Yes, sir, answers Christine Leaf. Leaf says police had reports by two people. State: did you think it was in your daugther’s best interest to NOT speak with police. Leaf: I didn’t ask them to NOT speak with her.
by Amy Coveno 
Leaf: I can’t force my daughter to do anything. Prosecutor Coull: Except force her to move to Colorado to live with strangers and be away from her family and friends. Leaf: It was the right thing to do.
by Amy Coveno 
Christine Leaf has been excused. Now Barbara Kingsbury is now on the stand. She is married to Jerry Kingsbury, they live in Boscawen. She says she was born in NH. Barbara says she has two children, 25 and 33 years old. She says Tina Anderson is her niece.
by Amy Coveno 
Barbara is telling the court that Tom and Tina came to live with her after Christine Leaf realized there were marks on the kids and she didn’t want Arizona authorities to take the kids so she wanted to get them out of the same house with her husband, Daniel Leaf.
by Amy Coveno 
Tina Anderson is seated in the front row and is nodding at this testimony at times as if she agrees.
by Amy Coveno
Cross examination underway now of Barbara Kingsbury. Tom Dooley has taken his seat in the courtroom again.
by Amy Coveno 
The cross by defense attorney Brooksley Belanger was brief. She questioned the closeness of the relationship between Christine Leaf and Barbara Kingsbury. Kingsbury has been excused. We are now waiting on the next witness.
by Amy Coveno 
Matt Barnhart is now on the stand. He is a business owner, he delivers Pepperidge Farm Bread.
by Amy Coveno 
His wife is Chrisine Barnhart. They have four children. He formerly worked for Fidelity Investments. He is a former member of the Trinity Baptist Church.
by Amy Coveno 
Matt Barnhart is recalling the discipline service at Trinity Baptist Church where Ernie Willis admitted to being unfaithful to his wife and Tina Anderson admitted to being pregnant and apologized for allowing a ‘compromising situation.’
by Amy Coveno 
Matt Barnhart is excused. We are now waiting for the next witness to be called. The judge has called counsel to the bench.
by Amy Coveno 
Christine Barnhart, Matt’s wife is now being sworn in. They have been married nearly 19 years. She says she was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in 1994 they joined. She helped with the nursery and the Kiawana program that teaches the kids bible verses. She taught the four year olds.
by Amy Coveno 
Christine is recalling meeting Tina Dooley(now Anderson) She describes her as a social butterfly and this makes Tina smile a little court.
by Amy Coveno 
Christine recalls Tina ‘quiet’ in 1998. She was present for the admission from Tina at the end of a church service. They called it “church discipline”.
by Amy Coveno 
Christine says Ernie Willis and Tina Anderson were brought forward to the front of the church. She says pastor brought Willis first- he was disciplined for a marital affair. She believes just Pastor Phelps spoke. Then Tina was brought forward, she was disciplined because she was pregnant. She was spoken for says Christine, Chuck Phelps did the talking.
by Amy Coveno
 
Christine says she was mortified. She says they were presented as two separate events.
by Amy Coveno 
No cross examination of Christine, she is excused. The fifth witness of the day is Dawn Fisher. She lives in Concord NH, of and on for ten years. She is 30 years old with two children. Her husband works for State of NH in weights and measures. This witness smiles easily.
by Amy Coveno 
Dawn Fisher says she went to Trinity Christian School with Tina Dooley ( Now Anderson). She says there were 12 students in her graduating class.
by Amy Coveno 
Dawn says the church and the school were a big part of her life growing up and that she was taught that pre marital sex was absolutely forbidden.
by Amy Coveno 
She says it was something that was understood, that it wasn’t ‘pounded over our heads’. Dawn Fisher is recalling knowing Ernest Willis. She is now recalling being asked to leave the church at the end of a Sunday evening service.
by Amy Coveno 
Christine Barnhart has been excused, no cross examination. We are now waiting on the next witness.
by Amy Coveno 
The sixth witness of the day is Frances Earle. She has a grown son and two grandchildren. She is retired. She has apartment rentals that they own in the city. She does accounting and office work for the rentals.by Amy Coveno

Frances is recalling knowing Tina Dooley(Anderson) from Trinity Baptist Church. Frances was the church clerk for 14 years.
by Amy Coveno
Frances left the church ten years ago.
by Amy Coveno
Frances says she met Tina when she was 7 or 8 years old.
by Amy Coveno 
Frances is being asked to recount the discipline session at the church involving Tina and Ernie Willis. Frances says Ernie’s wife got up and left and Pastor Phelps got up in front of the church and explains to the congregation that Ernie Willis has been unfaithful to his wife. I was stunned says Frances and she asked her husband why is that our business…that should be worked out between them and not the congregation.
by Amy Coveno 
“Pastor Phelps said it was very unusual to have two types of discipline on one night and then Tina got up and they made her read a letter aloud.” Frances Earle testifies. Frances says never did Pastor Phelps say the two were connected. Frances says Tina looked scared to death.
by Amy Coveno 
We are back inside Courtroom 1 here at Superior Court in Concord. We’re told that Pastor Phelps will testify next. The gallery is very full. We’ve been advised there could be a strong reaction from many in the gallery during Pastor Phelps’ testimony.
by Amy Coveno
Counsel just left the courtroom. We’re not sure what the delay is about.
by Amy Coveno 
We are still waiting for the trial to reconvene.
by Amy Coveno
Defense Counsel has just returned to the courtroom, Ernie Willis is taking his place at the defense table. Prosecutor Wayne Coull is coaching the gallery telling them this will probably be an emotional moment when Pastor Phelps takes the stand. Many have not seen him for years. The prosecutor warns the gallery to refrain from any emotional outburst as that could prompt a mistrial.
by Amy Coveno
Pastor Chuck Phelps is taking the stand now. But the Jury is not here yet. The prosecutor has some ‘housekeeping’ questions to address with Phelps ahead of the jury’s arrival. He was Senior Pastor in 1997 of Trinity Baptist Church in Concord.
by Amy Coveno 
Pastor Phelps is defining “congregational governance” to the court saying he had not control over the finances and other fundamental elements of the church. He says there were 600-700 parishioners in 1997.
by Amy Coveno
Pastor Phelps is recalling a distress call that had him and his wife respond to the Leaf home for a meeting with Tina Anderson, her mother and other. He learns that Tina is with child from Ernie Willis. Tina was 16 at the time of disclosure. He realizes she may have been 15 at the time of conception.
by Amy Coveno
The next day Pastor Phelps says he reached out to Ernie Willis.
by Amy Coveno
Phelps is recounting confronting Ernie Willis with the information. He says Ernie told him what happened. Phelps was conducting a bit of an investigation about the behavior that some of his parishioners were engaging in.
by Amy Coveno 
Phelps is recalling additional conversations with Tina, his wife and her mother were present as well as additional meetings with Ernest Willis.
by Amy Coveno 
Ernie confessed to his wife abut sexual activity outside of marriage with Pastor Phelps and his wife present.
by Amy Coveno 
Ernie Willis and his wife are since divorced according to those close to this case in the courtroom.
by Amy Coveno 
Phelps: Ernie told the congregation that he violated his marital vows.
by Amy Coveno 
The Dr. Chuck Phelps.com website is now being discussed particularly with reference to this case. Phelps says he is trying to protect himself and his family from death threats they have received. He referencing 20/20 program and the Concord Monitor’s article that ‘blamed’ him when the story broke in 2010.
by Amy Coveno
Phelps says he uses his website to combat untruths that are coming out about his involvement in the Tina Anderson sex assault and subsequent pregnancy.
by Amy Coveno 
No more questions from the State regarding disclosure. Now the defense is conducting ‘voir dire’ again this is all prior to the jury being brought in. It appears Pastor Phelps web page is at the center of this q and a prior to jury involvement.
by Amy Coveno 
We’ve learned by talking with prosecutors that at issue are notes that Pastor Phelps made during counseling sessions with Ernie Willis that were turned over the Concord Police without Pastor Phelps knowledge. Phelps’ attorney are arguing a violation of Pastoral Privilege and trying to make the notes inadmissible. The judge is now deliberating his decision and we are in recess.
by Amy Coveno 
The judge says he believes there is no privilege. The judge will provide a written order that causes him him to conclude that the rule of privilege does not apply. The judge is addressing Pastor Phelps about being asked difficult questions that he may feel he cannot answer them without violating pastoral privilege. The judge says the court is ordering the Pastor to answer the questions rather them the Pastor offering the information.
by Amy Coveno 
The jury has returned to their places. And Pastor Charles Phelps is being sworn in . He lives in Indianapolis Indiana with his family for the past two years. He was pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church here in Concord from 1989-2007.
by Amy Coveno
Pastor Phelps is addressing the jury directly. He is making eye contact and his body is angled toward the jury. He appears comfortable and confident.
by Amy Coveno 
Pastor Phelps says people in his church are taught that pre marital sex is wrong but they are not taught to look down on those who sin. He is describing the guidelines at the school regarding dress codes and behavior.
by Amy Coveno 
Tina Anderson is shaking her head and crying as Pastor Phelps denies on the stand that Tina ever told him about being physically and sexually abused by Dan Leaf.
by Amy Coveno 
Pastor Phelps says in 30 years of ministry he’s never forgotten a child who’s come to him to confide that he or she is being sexually or physically abused.
by Amy Coveno 
Tina Anderson is crying and struggling to maintain her composure. Her brother Tom is offering comfort.
by Amy Coveno 
Pastor Phelps: I never told Tina to go to prison to see her step-father. Forgive and forget is so contrary to my training and my philosophy, I teach confront.
by Amy Coveno 
The judge has just called counsel to the bench.
by Amy Coveno 
We are taking a brief recess. The jury is leaving the courtroom.
by Amy Coveno 
Court is back in session. Pastor Phelps is testifying about going to the Leaf Home at Concord Gardens where there is ‘a lot of crying and pain’ He says Tina and Christine are in tears.
by Amy Coveno
Again Pastor Phelps is speaking directly to the jurors. He says it was then revealed that Tina was with child.
by Amy Coveno 
Pastor Phelps says he has five children himself. He says that he assured the family they would keep this quiet and he encouraged her to get prenatal care.
by Amy Coveno 
Tina Anderson and her brother are not in the courtroom at this point.
by Amy Coveno 
Some of the jurors are looking directly at the Pastor as he speaks , others choose to look at the prosecutor.
by Amy Coveno 
Pastor Phelps says he contacted Mr. Willis the next day. He says what Willis did is wrong, he was married, over the age of 19 and not married when he engaged in sex with Tina.
by Amy Coveno
Pastor Phelps is now weeping on the stand saying he was very concerned that Ernie would commit suicide. At the time I left the Leaf home my priority was to get Tina to a medical professional.
by Amy Coveno 
Counsel is now conferring with the judge.
by Amy Coveno
The state is asking Phelps about “church discipline”. Phelps says what was going through his mind is: Is this a sin, will this lead to church discipline? Are we living in a way that would please God? But Phelps disputes the prosecution’s implication that Phelps was trying to determine whether standards of acceptable behavior have been violated.
by Amy Coveno 
Pastor Phelps just checked his notes from October 8, 1997 and says that Ernie told him he had two encounters with Tina about a month apart and that in a meeting later that same day with his wife present he told the Pastor that he was the ‘aggressor’.
by Amy Coveno
The reveal from Pastor Phelps notes about Ernie admitted to two encounters is a pivotal piece of testimony because the defense is disputing the second assault ever happened.
by Amy Coveno
Pastor: Ernie shared with his wife in what had happened. That he had been the aggressor in the relationship with Tina and that she was a child. There was a lot of crying.
by Amy Coveno 
Pastor: Tina didn’t want the police to be called. She was scared.
by Amy Coveno 
Pastor: We had a room in the house called the Prophet’s Chamber, nicest room in the house! It had a separate access. It had it’s own bathroom, telephone, television. That’s where Tina stayed for one night.
by Amy Coveno
State: She had been expelled from school for being raped.
by Amy Coveno
Pastor: she was expelled from school for being with child. She never used the word rape.
by Amy Coveno 
The Pastor is telling the jury about the Landry family in Colorado who home-schooled their three sons that he thought would be perfect to keep Tina during her pregnancy.
by Amy Coveno 
Tina Anderson is not in the courtroom for this testimony. Pastor Phelps is strongly refuting that Tina was in any way shunned from his church because of her pregnancy.
by Amy Coveno 
There was no money in the Leaf household to pursue other options according to the pastor. The pastor insists that the decision to ship Tina to Colorado was her mother’s not his, he was merely helping and not trying to obstruct the investigation.
by Amy Coveno 
As it is nearly four o’clock, court is adjourning for the day. Pastor Phelps will be back on the stand for more direct examination tomorrow morning starting at 10 am. We are signing off for now to prepare for our WMUR-TV coverage at five and six.
by Amy Coveno /

Read more: http://livewire.wmur.com/Event/Trial_Of_Ernest_Willis_Continues#ixzz1NLkGEEYS

Despicable Mother of the Year Award: Christine Leaf

“Even wild jackals nurture their babies, give them their breasts to suckle. But my people have turned cruel to their babies, like an ostrich in the wilderness.”Lamentations 4:3 (The Message)


Yesterday the rape trial for Ernest Willis began in Concord, NH.  Tina (Dooley) Anderson was 15 when she was raped by Ernest Willis.  At the last-minute, Ernie Willis, admitted to the bare minimum that he did have consensual sex with Tina that resulted in her pregnancy. Tina was 15 at the time.  Willis should not get kudos for doing what he couldn’t get out of.

Tina Anderson was the first to testify.  Ernest Willis’ defense attorney, a woman, set up a large white tablet and asked Tina to recall her menstrual cycle from 14 years ago.  The defense attorney, Donna Brown, line of questioning was uncalled for.  Ernest Willis had already admitted, it is confirmed by DNA, that he is the father of Tina’s child she gave up for adoption.

Chuckles would like to thank some ladies helped Chuckles out by explaining this to a man who doesn’t worry about those things.

“I don’t remember my cycles from G. That was 5 years ago. 6, I guess. Do you REMEMBER (gentlemen, just excuse us here) how dingy we all were at 15? Good grief. I don’t think I even got the hang of it until I was married.” ~C

“Even if a 15-year-old were writing it down, why would she keep records of her cycles this long?!?!?! No woman does that!!!! To quote Tina Anderson, “Give me a break!” I’m praying the jury will.” ~W

I was actually hoping Tina would ask that defense attorney, “…do you remember the dates of yours from when you were 15?” ~W

To add further insult and emotional pain, Tina’s mother Christina Leaf took the stand.  Tina sobbed in the gallery when her mother was asked if she supported Tina responded:

“I only support the truth, not a lie.’’

Christine Leaf testified that her daughter ‘gave her a hard time’. She was ‘stubborn’. Christine admits her daughter had good grades and says she was not aware of any boyfriends or dating.   She testified that sending Tina out-of-state to have her baby “was my idea.” Christine Leaf at first testified that she wanted her daughter to move to Colorado to have a better life. Minutes later she stated,

“I needed to get her out of the house because she was very mean to me.”

Mrs. Leaf appears to be the most selfish woman.

Poor Mrs. Leaf, her daughter was raped by a trusted family friend, get’s pregnant, is not believed by her mother and the powerful pastor of her church.

Poor Mrs. Leaf, her daughter is mean to her after her 16-year-old daughter is made to stand before 100’s of people while her pastor read a letter that Tina was made to write, apologizing for “putting herself in compromising situation,” and getting pregnant.

Poor Mrs. Leaf,  takes back, lives with the monster that she knows molested her daughter, and had beaten both her children, after he is released from prison because she “needed him.”

Poor Mrs. Leaf, continues to attend the same church with her daughters rapist for many years.

Poor Mrs. Leaf sends her daughter hundreds of miles away to live with strangers, when Tina begged to go stay with her grandparents.

Poor, poor Mrs. Leaf you, “needed to get her out of the house because she [Tina] was very mean to me.”

Mrs. Leaf, we get it, you’re the victim.  Poor, poor Mrs. Leaf who made the decision not to protect her own daughter from first your child rapist husband, then the degenerate who likes to rape teenage girls, nor the pastor.  Poor, poor you.

Mrs. Leaf also testified that it was Tina’s sole decision to give her baby up for adoption as Tina sobbed and had to be consoled in the gallery.  Mrs. Leaf testified if she had her way, Tina would have kept the baby.

Christine Leaf’s husband Daniel Leaf is a registered sex offender.  He served 7 years in prison for molesting a child in a McDonald’s bathroom.  While he was in prison, Tina told her mother, Christine Leaf, about Daniel Leaf molesting her.  Before that, Daniel Leaf went to prison for a year and a half for felony child abuse.  He had severely beaten both Tina and her brother.

Mrs. Leaf’s response?  She took her daughter to Pastor Phelps for “counseling.”  According to Tina, she was told she needed to forgive her step-father.  Tina was then taken to the prison where she was told she needed to “forgive and forget” what her step-father had done to be right with God.  Before the trial, Tina’s mother has claimed she was told to do this not by Chuck Phelps but by social workers as part of a family reunification plan.  Chuckles has spoken to eight different child advocates, social workers, who work with Children who have parents in prison.  ALL had practiced in the 1990’s responded, even in the 1990’s, this was not recommended.

For those who doubt that Pastor Phelps may have told Tina and her mother to do this or not.  The type of pastoral Counseling taught at Pastor Chuck Phelps alma mater, tends to blame the victim.  Survivors of physical and sexual abuse are often told that unless they forgive their abuser, God will not hear their prayers.

In their view, forgiveness is not a destination one gets to after working through 5-7 levels, it is demanded as the starting point.

Tina, if you read this, I apologize in advance for what needs to be said about your mother.

Mrs. Leaf, you’re a pathetic human being.