Children Placed Knowingly at Risk of Convicted Sex Offender by Wisconsin Pastor?~Let Us Prey

Thomas L. Fuller, Jr, Whitewater, WI.  Bob Jones University Vintage, Junior Classification, 1992. Fuller  was a BJU "preacher boy" for three years. Married a wife from Bob Jones University before transferring and apparently receiving his degree at some point from Marantha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, Wisconsin http://www.mbbc.edu/

Thomas L. Fuller, Jr, Whitewater, WI. Bob Jones University Vintage, Junior Classification, 1992.
Fuller was a BJU “preacher boy” for three years. Married a wife from Bob Jones University before transferring and apparently receiving his degree at some point from Marantha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, Wisconsin http://www.mbbc.edu/

What did Thomas Fuller, Pastor of Kettle Moraine Baptist Church of Whitewater, Wisconsin do when Pastor Fuller was notified a pastor from Michigan the middle-aged man named Dennis Rintala started showing up to services at the Kettle Moraine Baptist Church in 2005 was a convicted sex-offender who had proclivities for teenage boys?

Allowed, Dennis Rintala, a known sex offender work with children un-supervised.

According to
Reports

Despite these warnings, Rintala was allowed to regularly work and spend time with children he met through the church—often driving children unsupervised to events or to evangelizing around Whitewater, according to police reports and interviews with former members.

Rintala, 53, went on to prey on two boys between Dec 2011 and Aug 2012. Rintala was convicted and sentenced by Judges in Walworth and Jefferson Wisconsin counties to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting the minor boys. The boys who were both younger than 13 years old at the time the crimes were committed.

Fuller, who has been Kettle Moraine Baptist’s pastor since 2004, declined an talk via phone but has responded via email.

Fuller pined a Michigan pastor didn’t give an accurate comment of Rintala’s crime, and Fuller pined he didn’t find out about the sex-offender registry law until it was too late.

Fuller stated:
“We didn’t know behind in those days what we know now, No one did.” Really now, Pastor? No one knew…except you, of course.

The troubles under the leadership of Pastor Fuller go much further than Rinata.

In addition to Dennis Rintala, over a nine-month period Samuel Shelton, 18; and Matthew Vander Pluym, 19 plead guilty to allegations of sexually assaulting multiple children.

A month after Rinalta was arrested another male from Kettle Moraine Baptist Church was charged with fondling a minor girl and a few months before a third was arrested for assaulting children.

Matthew Vander Pluym, 19, plead guilty and was charged with one count of first-degree child sexual abuse. A plea deal gave him a suspended sentence and 5 years probation.

Between 2011 and 2012, another member, 18-year-old Samuel Shelton preyed upon 4 girls, all of them younger than 13.

Shelton told authorities he assaulted a fourth girl “about two times a week” during a Kettle Moraine Baptist Academy, a small elementary and high school operated by the church.

Shelton pleaded guilty in September to one count of sexual assault of a child and is scheduled for a sentencing in February.

Police say Shelton also assaulted girls during his home, located where Rintala worked: Camp Joy.

Camp Joy isn’t owned and operated by Kettle Moraine Baptist Church, though this site on a lists a church as one of a Thirty-Six “Association Churches” in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Questions arise over what the fate of the pastor should be, considering it is alleged he knew Rintala was a sexual deviant who preyed on boys. It seems as if Pastor Fullers Alma Mater, Maranatha Bible College hold Fuller up as example of someone “Leading by Example.”

“Kettle values engaging young people in ministry,” Clater said. “I greatly enjoy the opportunity to work with them and encourage them in their musical growth and their service for the Lord.”

“Encouraging students in spiritual growth and service for the Lord is a part of developing them to be “leaders for ministry in the local church and the world.” And as the numbers show, it’s a part that the Maranatha staff, faculty, and administrators all take seriously.”

With examples such as Fuller, one can only wonder how many other children will be preyed on while he hides the information from parents then when questioned feigns ignorance.

Is the ACCC serious about the Abuse resolution? What About Ron Williams?

The American Council of Christian Churches adopted a resolution decrying abuse in what the ACCC termed, “professed fundamentalism.”  One of the member organizations is the Independent Baptist Fellowship of North America (IBFNA).

The executive secretary of the ACCC is Dr. Ralph Colas.

The Independent Baptist Fellowship of North America (IBFNA) is a member of the American Council of Christian Churches.  Dr. Colas has been a member of both the IBFNA and ACCC since the IBFNA split from the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches (GARBC) in 1990.  This split occurred because they believed the GARBC was comprising in the area of separation.

June 20-22, 2000, Dr. Ralph Colas and two other men were recieved the “Watchman Reward”  at Bethel Baptist Church, Sellersville, Pa.

Dr. Colas and the two other men were given this reward, “in recognition of their steadfastness, courage, and boldness in guiding the IBFNA in its earliest stages, including its days as the “Regular Baptists For Revival”.

Skip ahead until 2011.  In the February 2011 the IBFNA Review (pages 4-8) published an interview with the Director of Hephzibah House, Ron Williams. Much like the Sword of the Lord’s famous “phone interview” with Chuck Phelps,(Sword Phelps interview pages one, two, three) The Review interview with Williams is completely one sided. None of the students of Hephzibah House were interviewed.

Since the alleged abuses at Hephzibah House have been taking place for nearly four decades, one has to wonder if the ACCC has rethought its position on Hephzibah House?  One has to wonder if they will once again turn a deaf ear to these women?  Chuckles wonders if Ralph Colas, other leaders of both the ACCC, and IBFNA would interview several former Hephzibah House ladies?

Is the ACCC serious about its resolution on abuse? Is the resolution just a paper dragon? Are leaders of the ACCC going to speak with the IBFNA and encourage them to really speak and really listen to former students of Hephzibah House?  It shouldn’t be too hard for Colas to do so since he has many personal friends who are leaders of the IBFNA.

Roar!

Roar!

American Council of Christian Churches Approves Resolution on Abuse

The American Council of Christian Churches (ACCC) was founded under the leadership of the controversial and militant minister Dr. Carl McIntire in 1941. It was started as Fundamental Separatist Church group by Carl McIntire, and remains a Fundamental Separatist group today. Prospective members must be in agreement with the doctrinal statement, and be admitted with a 3/4 vote by current members.  Membership is denied those who have any affiliation with the World Council of Churches (WCC), National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), anyone associated “Ecumenicism” or the Charismatic Movement.

Current Member Churches and Organizations:

  • Association of Ministers of the Reformed Faith (AMRF)
  • Bible Presbyterian Church
  • Evangelical Methodist Church of America
  • Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches
  • Free Presbyterian Church of North America
  • Fundamental Methodist Church
  • Independent Baptist Fellowship of North America
  • Independent Churches Affiliated

The ACCC 70th Annual Convention took place in Lancaster Pennsylvania October 18-20th.  The ACCC passed six resolutions, including one on the issue of abuse in what the ACCC termed “professed fundamentalism.”

At first glance it is encouraging that a fundamentalist Church organization such as the ACCC is at long last recognizing that physical and sexual abuse is a problem within fundamentalism, however there are some problems with this resolution.

The first glaring problem, is that no matter where one stands on homosexuality, it should not be put on the same level as Pedophilia, Rape of Minors, and incest.  Homosexuality takes place between two consenting adults, where the latter three do not.  Furthermore, whether they like it or not, homosexuality is not illegal, the latter three most definitely are illegal.

Second, there are many adults who have been victims of sexual assault and rape.  Most are women, not all.  Why are these overlooked?

Third problem is the wording of this part of the resolution:

“The glorious heritage of Christ’s Church is badly stained when such abuse occurs, and more so when those who deal with the abuse fail to address it. The result is that those who reject our message feel free to challenge our genuineness. But for worse, these scandals reproach the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, giving His enemies an opportunity to blaspheme. (2 Samuel 12:14)”

It appears to me, that they are still trying to blame those who where abused in fundamentalism, and/or those who advocate for those who are abused because many of those people have questioned the genuineness of fundamentalist leaders.  Most fundamentalist leaders have turned a deaf ear to the plight of those who were abused. As I see it, they should not refer to those who question these fundamentalist leaders genuineness and imply those who do reject the message, and may be enemies who blaspheme against Jesus.

For example Dr. Bob Jones III spoke on October 19, 2011 at the ACCC 70th Annual Convention.  The title of Dr. Jones’ message wasKeep Your Eyes Open and the Doors Shut.  Would it be wrong to question the genuineness of Dr. Bob Jones stand against child abuse when he endorsed a book written by a man who is still incarcerated in a Texas State Prison for holding down an 11 year old Hispanic boy while his brother (and co-pastor) beat the boy with two sticks until the little boy went into kidney failure and nearly died? The testimony from Caleb Thompson’s appeal is even worse than all the newspaper articles. There is enough information for an objective, third party to understand the gruesome details of the case and the need for the sentence which was handed down. If Bob Jones, III is truly interested in the facts then he should be willing to read this Appeal and rescind his endorsement.

“Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth.” Galations 4:16 (KJV)

Michael Scheeler, Pervert Extraoidinaire

Michael Scott Scheeler

Chuckles has been following the case of Michael Scheeler (pictured left) since he was first arrested in January 2011 for videotaping three Korean foreign exchange students living in his home.  According to police reports, the three students were part of a Faith Christian Academy, Sellersville, PA, exchange program.  Faith Christian Academy is ministry of Faith Baptist Church, Sellersville, PA.  According to a statement from church officials at the time of Scheelers arrest, he was a “volunteer” at Faith Baptist Academy.

Scheeler has turned out to be a quite a pervert.  He had wired video cameras in bedrooms and bathrooms. Secretly videotaping the boys.

In May, after found to have actually been videotaping seven teen boys, he plead guilty.

However, in August, Scheeler asked to withdraw his guilty plea.  It appears, he may have a problem with the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board decided that Scheeler met the qualifications of a violent sexual predator.

Predatory:  An act directed at a stranger or at a person with whom a relationship has been established or promoted for the primary purpose of victimization.

Sexually Violent Predator: A person who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense as set forth in section 9795.1 (relating to registration) and who is determined to be a sexually violent predator under section 9795.4 (relating to assessments) due to a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes a person likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses.

On September 22, 2011, Scheeler changed his mind again.  He told Senior Judge Lawrence J. Brenner, that he wanted to plead guilty again.  He was originally supposed to begin his trial proceedings that day.  Judge Benner decided to revoke Scheelers $50,000.00 bail and put him back in the gray bar hotel.  Judge Brenner said, “I do find that he is a serious threat.”  Scheeler is scheduled to appear before Senior Judge Lawrence J. Benner on October 20, 2011.  Scheeler could get a maximum of 44 years.

Yesterday, Chuckles spoke with officials close to this case.  Officials wonder if Scheeler may be planning to try to again change his plea to extend his case through the system. Guess, we’ll have to see until his next court appearance.

Are you dizzy trying to follow this?  So is Chuckles.

Twelve Things to Never Tell a Sexual Assault Survivor

A few days ago, I posted thirteen positive suggestions to those who find themselves needing to help a sexual assault survivor.  Neither of these lists are all-inclusive.

1) Don’t tell Sexual assault a sexual assault survivor that  God is punishing the survivor  for some misdeed by allowing the assault to occur.

2)  Don’t ever ask a sexual assault survivor if the survivor liked any part of the assault.

3) Don’t tell a sexual assault survivor why such a thing would never happen “to you,” or someone you know, and why.  That is very demeaning.  Sexual assault occurs across all socioeconomic, racial, gender, “beauty” and religious backgrounds.

4) Don’t tell a sexual assault survivor that it was God’s will the assault occurred.  Imagine if you were the one being told that God was the one sent, allowed, or influenced someone to hurt another person in the most heinous way short of murder. This is not useful and further skews the survivors view of God.  May I suggest, that the focus be on how God helps the survivor heal.  Examples such as how He acquainted with our sufferings.  The Focus should to be  on His love and care for the survivor at this time.   

 5)  Don’t tell a sexual assault survivor not to talk about it.

 6)  Don’t ever say anything to a sexual assault survivor about how she responds after the assault is sin.  Often people berate the survivor.  Instructing the survivor to not be angry, not be depressed, etc. Then label such things as sin.  Whatever sin’s there may or may not be, leave that to the Holy Spirit to deal with.  The Holy Spirit doesn’t need your help.

 7)  Don’t tell a sexual assault survivor to go to the attacker and ask the criminal (whether convicted or not) for forgiveness for anger and bitterness that the survivor may have against the person who committed this crime against them.

8 )  Don’t tell a sexual assault survivor about how others have it worse than they do.

9)  Don’t blame a sexual assault survivor for what happened.  

10) Don’t tell a sexual assault survivor what happened to them was “no big deal.”

11) Don’t say to a sexual assault survivor such things as,  “Well, it’s been six months (a year, 5 years, 15 years, etc.) and ask why the survivor isn’t “over it” yet. 

12) Don’t ask or insinuate that a sexual assault survivor  could have done anything different before or during the assault to avoid it from occurring.


Survivors of Institutional Abuse Conference~February 24-26

Received the following from a volunteer for the Survivors of Institutional Abuse Conference that is going to take place in  in Long Beach, CA aboard the Queen Mary on February 24-26, 2012.  The volunteer who asked me to pass this along did such a great job writing about this, the editorial committee here are Chuckles Travels decided that it was best to post as recieved.

IMPORTANT NOTICE! SIA (Survivors of Institutional Abuse) a non-profit org for which I have (and will continue to) volunteer(ed) my time and resources to, has officially announced the “United With One Voice” convention on February 24-26, 2012 in Long Beach, CA aboard the Queen Mary. For those who would like to attend, all information is provided on the following website:

http://sia-convention.org/

You will also notice the “donate” button in the mid-left area of the home page. All contributions to this convention and the SIA org are tax deductible. Everyone who knows me can confirm that I am not one to post solicitations for money. This exception is being made because I have a personal and vested interest in this organization because *I* myself am a survivor of a confirmedly abusive “Christian Boarding School” called New Bethany in Arcadia, LA. I (and several other survivors) agreed to be interviewed for an article that developed into a 6 pg. expose’ written by the author of the book “Quiverfull” (Kathryn Joyce) that was featured in the July/August 2011 issue of Mother Jones magazine.

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/08/new-bethany-ifb-teen-homes-abuse

http://motherjones.com/slideshows/2011/08/abusive-religious-reform-homes/new-bethany-residents

 

Just a few months prior to the release of the Mother Jones expose’, the ABC news website posted an article about other confirmedly abusive “Christian Boarding Schools” in the mid-west, New Beginnings and Circle of Hope:
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/independent-fundamental-baptist-discipline-call-tough-love-abuse/t/story?id=13310172&page=4

On August 31, 2011 SIA partnered with CFI-West and held a panel discussion about the rampant abuse still occurring in these “schools”:


For the most recent exposure, on September 1, 2011 Anderson Cooper 360 featured another confirmedly abusive “Christian Boarding School” in Indiana, Hephzibah House:

Also, several survivors from New Bethany published a book about their personal experiences of being physically, emotionally and sexually abuse as residents there:

http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/new-bethany/16600238

In closing, I want to mention another organization that I volunteer for called HEAL-online, founded by another survivor of a confirmedly abusive “boarding school”, (Provo Canyon), Angela Smith. Angela and HEAL have made huge contributions toward the exposure of these fraudulent and abusive facilities:

http://www.heal-online.org/invite.pdf

I know times are hard financially. but whether hard or easy, parents, pastors, guardians and church members are being defrauded on a daily basis by the directors and supporters of these unlicensed institutions. If you have $10 in change in a bowl on your nightstand or dresser, or are looking for a worthy cause to donate ANY amount to, please consider making that donation to SIA and to HEAL-online! SIA is also inviting corporate sponsors who wish to advertise their business at the February 2012 convention to contact them:

More Churches Found to Support Mack Ford

In its July/August 2011 edition, Mother Jones magazine published a expose and slide show citing former residents accounts of physical, emotional, psychological abuse of Independent Fundamental Baptist Boarding Homes for “troubled teens.”  One facility in particular, several survivors tell of horrific and systemic sexual abuse that even sickened a S&M blogger.  This facility was New Bethany which was located in Arcadia, Louisiana.  New Bethany is closed .  In June 2011, it came to Chuckles attention that under the orders of pastor Ronnie Baity, Berean Baptist Church, of Winston-Salem, NC was still financially supporting Mack Ford and New Bethany.  Mr. Baity’s response can be read here.

Yesterday it has come to Chuckles attention that there are other churches that continue to support New Bethany Homes, alleged child abuser, child torturer, alleged child rapist Mack Ford.

Calvary Baptist Church, Sulfur Louisiana. W. T. Darnell, Pastor.

New Testament Baptist Church, Centralia, Illinois.  Don Smith, Pastor.

Faith Baptist Church, Spokane Missouri.  James Mohler, Pastor *Note:  The very first “missionary” on the churches missionary list is “Mack FordNew Bethany Home P.O. Box 764, Arcadia, LA 71001.

Why are these churches and pastors sending missionary support money to a ministry that is no longer operational?

Update:

A complilation of stories as told by several New Bethany Survivors was recently released by Mr. Roger Kiser.  Their stories are heartbreaking and horrifying.

NEW BETHANY By Mr Roger Kiser – The American Orphan Foundation

The Horrors of Hephzibah House

The goal of this post is to educate fellow Christians and the public about Hephzibah House of Winona Lake, Indiana.  Hephzibah House has been in operation since the 1970′s and is operated as a “boarding school” for troubled teen girls from fundamentalist Christian homes by Ron and his wife, the late Patty Williams.  A few years ago, Ron Williams, son, Don Williams took over the ministry from his parents.

Hephzibah House is one of the longest continuously running such schools that was patterned after Lester Roloff’s “ministry” of Lighthouse Home for boys, and Rebekah Home for girls in Corpus Cristi, TX.

Most of these teen girls are not what most people would think of as juvenile delinquents.  None of them are placed at Hephzibah House by a judge for sentence. ALL of them come from physically and emotionally abusive homes, and most from sexually abusive homes as well.  Conservative estimates are that over 70% of the girls who found themselves at Hephzibah House were sexually abused before being sent to there.  Other estimates postulate that the number is actually closer to the 90% range.

Hephzibah House takes girls as young as 12-17 1/2.  The usual length of stay is 15 month, however some girls have stayed as long as 3 years.  Over the last few years it appears that Hephzibah House does not beat the girls anymore, but Hephzibah House does use psychological “white torture” methods that were used by the Chinese in POW camps during the Korean War are said to be more effective than beatings.  White Torture has seen a resurgence in recent years in Iran.

Hephzibah House and homes like it are not regulated by the state other than  fire inspections because it hides its abuse under a church and meets out abuse in God’s name.

Here are links to two Hephzibah House survivor blogs.

http://hephzibah-girls.blogspot.com/2010/03/lea-devers.html#comments

http://www.formerhephzibahgirls.webs.com/

I am quoting, in entirety, a pamphlet written by Ron Williams in which he instructs parents how to beat their children, even babies under 1 year of age.  He instructs parents how to beat their children and not get caught by authorities for abuse.  Ron Williams used to have this up on the net but has since removed it.

In Ron Williams own words

The Correction and Salvation of Children
By Ronald E. Williams

Believers Baptist Church, 508 School St., Winona Lake, IN 46590 (219) 269-2376

TWO DIRECTIVES OF SOLOMON FOR THE CORRECTION AND SALVATION OF CHILDREN

“Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.” Proverbs 23:13,14

THE FIRST DIRECTIVE: The perception of my duty and the promise involved if I carry out my duty

A. The perception of my duty

“Withhold not correction from the child.”

Through a negative admonition, “withhold not,” Solomon is encouraging us to perceive what our duty is with regard to our child. One might ask, Why is it necessary to be told what our duty is? Because we would naturally “withhold” instead of obeying. The Scripture indicates in Proverbs 13:24, “He that spareth his rod, hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” Many parents today are in a position where they Biblically hate their children because they are not acting against their natural feelings and disciplining themselves towards the Godly habit-pattern of consistent correction. In other words, it takes work, wisdom, self discipline, and

Godliness to correct children the way the Lord wants.

Fight your feelings

The concept of having to be told what to do in order that we can combat our natural feelings is illustrated in other areas of our lives. The Lord Jesus, for example, taught in Matthew 5:28 that it is wrong for a man to look lustfully upon a woman, implicitly telling us to not do that. One could ask, Why does He teach such a thing? Because men naturally look upon women in a lustful way. In fact, any man who claims that he has never had a problem in this area is either a liar or he is dead! Just as the Scripture indicates “the eyes of man are never satisfied” (Proverbs 27:20). Therefore, the Lord, recognizing our weakness, has admonished men not to look lustfully at women. Men must not operate on the basis of their natural inclinations, but on the basis of what is right, controlling their feelings and the flesh in the process.

Another example would be in the area of a man loving his wife. The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:25 says, “Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it.” Why did the Spirit of God believe it necessary to instruct a man through the Apostle Paul to love his wife as Christ loved the church? Because a man would not naturally do this. A man is naturally in love with himself even as that same chapter indicates in 5:29: “For no man ever yet hateth his own flesh but nourisheth and cherisheth it even as the Lord the church.” A man left to his own inclinations and desires will love himself supremely above all others. A Christian, however, who is obedient to the Spirit of God and to the Word of God, will love his wife and not submit to the natural inclination to love himself first; even as the Lord Jesus demonstrated through His supreme example in His love for the church. Therefore, when the Lord gives a negative admonition to parents to “withhold not,” it is in keeping with this Biblical principle of instructing parents to obey where they will have to overcome their natural inclinations, control their emotions and do what is right even when they do not feel like.

Whose job?

Who is to perceive this duty that Solomon outlines? The Hebrew language indicates in this passage through a second person masculine singular suffix that Solomon is probably addressing a man. The context of course, would indicate that the father of the household is the subject of Solomon’s admonition. Solomon, in doing this, is underscoring and agreeing with the rest of Scripture when it teaches that child-training and education is the primary responsibility of the father of that child. The primary responsibility for this vital task is not delegated by God to the mother, Sunday School teacher, pastor, day school teacher, grandparents, or any other person, but is the primary responsibility of the father. Obviously, these other individuals are an invaluable help to the father, especially his wife, but they are helpers only. A father will stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give an account for the spiritual, emotional, and physical welfare and training of his wife and children. It therefore behooves a father to be extremely judicious and cautious in whom he selects to be his helpers in the vital task of training and educating his child. Why?

Dinah’s father was Jacob who was desired to marry Rachel.  Jacob was promised by Rachel’s father, Laban, that if he worked seven years he would be given Rachel in marriage. After working seven years, Jacob reminds Rachel’s father of their deal.  Laban however fooled Jacob and instead gave his eldest daughter, Leah to Jacob in marriage instead of Rachel whom Jacob loved.  Jacob was then forced to work an additional seven years for Laban in order to marry Rachel.  In this sermon, Ron Williams states incorrectly  that,  Rachel is Dinah’s mother.  In fact, Dinah’s mother was Leah. In his message on Dinah from the Old Testament, which Ron Williams teaches that the Bible says, Dinah was responsible for her own rape! The Bible does not teach this. As matter of fact, the meaning of the Hebrew name, Dinah means “justified”. In his sermon “How to Raise a Strange Woman” by Ron Williams, he states that Dinah (who he imagines is a young teen between 14 and 15) is a “strange woman.”  Not only that Williams preaches that Rachel was a strange woman as well who taught Dinah to be one.  Nowhere is this taught in the Bible. The term “strange woman,” that Ron Williams used is taken completely out of context here.  “Strange Woman as referred to in the King James Version in the book Proverbs as immoral women, seductress, adulteress, etc.

As I see it, Williams spewed an entire 120 minutes of  heresy.  Williams preaches things never intended or implied by this passage.

Now imagine being a young impressionable teenage girl who was sexually abused by your father, stepfather, grandfather, teacher, youth pastor, or other trusted male authority figure before being sent to Hephzibah House. Imagine being forced to listen to this and other similar sermons day and day out.  Imagine being a young girl who is told she would never be able to wear a white wedding dress because she had responsibility for being molested by a family member in a “counseling session” with Ron Williams while a student at Hephzibah House.  Imagine arriving at Hephzibah House and being strip searched and showered.  After this, imagine being taken into a closet where you are held down by staff members as a “nurse” preforms a forced pelvic exam without explaining what was happening to this scared, traumatized young girl whose parents had just left her in this place.  All of this has been reported to have happened to many of the teen girls who were “students” at Hephzibah House decades apart from each other.

“Tina’s Marine” Letter to ‘Ken Smith’

Jesus Knows by Nancy Bicknell

Ken,

I’ve been trying to understand why you have taken this so personal. You’ve latched your teeth into Tina and I wish I knew why. You commented on the I Support Tina Anderson blog and yes, I read your comments even though we did not publish them. You said some hurtful things but I won’t take that personal. If you believe that Tina is lying, that is your choice. You may post that wherever someone will let you. I fought for our country so that you might have that freedom. I have contemplated for days if I should or would respond to you. Well, I decided that I would address a few things.

First, please read http://www.scribd.com/doc/44495191/Tina-Anderson-s-Statement-to-the-Concord-Police. This is a copy of what Tina wrote to the police when they called us on my birthday about a year and a half ago and asked her to give a statement of what happened. We stand by what she wrote and what she swore under oath that her statement to the police was truthful.

Second, there were a couple things that the newspapers got wrong. Where it came from, I don’t know but someone said that Ernie was a deacon. You’ll notice in the police report that Tina never called him a deacon and never said that in the couple of interviews that she gave. That issue was quickly addressed and corrected in future articles.

Third, you say Tina lied when she agreed with Elizabeth Vargas on 20/20 that she “lost” her job. You are correct that Tina was not fired from being a teacher. We never said that she had been fired. I understand how you and others could understand it that way. There was no willful intent to deceive. The word lost was used in the context of “no longer in the possession, care, or control of someone or something” (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/lost) but it was not “lost” in the sense that it was taken away.

On purpose, we did not go into the details of why Tina put in her resignation. There were a lot of things that happened that made us realize that we could not continue at this church and school. This is the church that I grew up in since I was five years old. This is the place where I attended the Christian academy from kindergarten to 12th grade. This is the college that I achieved one of my bachelor’s degrees and almost completed my master’s degree (I’d have to complete three more classes). This is where I devoted over 20 years of my life. We chose to walk away. Although it’s been brought out by others, I don’t bring up the names of these organizations because I don’t want to drag them through the mud but it’s part of our life and it’s kind of hard to hide where you’ve spent about half of your life. I have deep feelings for that place. When I say I’ve “lost” friends, it means that us and them have chosen to part ways. It means that people I’ve known all my life and all the people that Tina got to know while she was there, don’t fellowship with us. Will some of those friendships be renewed? I don’t know, maybe. I still hold out hope. There are a couple families that we do see occasionally but six people out of hundreds is not very many.

Fourth, you’re concerned about The Tina Anderson Foundation and where does the money go and how much does Tina and I receive. There might be other concerns but I’ll address the one I know about. Tina and I do not receive any money from the foundation. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, during Christmas time, we were given gas money and our hotel room paid so that we could take a week’s vacation to spend time with friends out of state. The foundation also gave us some Christmas gifts that my kids still enjoy playing with. The purpose of the foundation is stated on the website. If people want to donate to help others, that is great! If people are not comfortable with donating to this foundation, don’t. This was set up to try and make a difference in people’s lives and to give a chance for others to help. I trust and support the people and their families who run the foundation. In fact, I love them like family. All of them have meant so much to me, my wife and my kids.

Finally, Ken. I know this will not answer all your questions and you may dismiss what I have to say. That is fine. I pray that God’s peace come upon you and that you have joy in your life. God has greatly blessed me and I pray that God will also bless you also.

Sincerely,

Tim Anderson

(As posted on I support Tina Anderson blog http://isupporttinaanderson.blogspot.com/2011/06/letter-to-ken-smith.html?spref=fb)

Dim Bulb

Leave it to our friends on Sharper Iron to come out with a overly simplistic theory on child sex offenders in fundamentalism.  Leave it up to one of the duller tools to take a portion of one paragraph from a FBI study out of context and make it the reason why sex offenders abuse children.

Regular dim bulb commenter, R. Pittman wrote the following on Sharper Iron:

“There are basically two types of abusers–the serial abuser and the opportunistic abuser. The serial abuse is one who actively pursues opportunities for abusing children. He or she may volunteer and seek out children’s ministries. Some serial abusers may abuse a hundred children before they are caught. However, background checks and policies typically frighten this type of abuser away from a ministry. He or she will usually leave and look for easier pickings.

The opportunistic abuser is one who is overcome by the opportunity and temptation of the moment. Many times, this may be a man or woman having marital problems or engaged in pornography. Background checks will not reveal or deter this type of abuser. Vigilant supervision, however, will prevent this type of abuser from fulfilling his or her lust because he or she is not willing to risk being caught and exposed. Abuse is a hidden sin that thrives in the darkness.”

While it is true that opportunistic or situational abusers differ in the number of victims they may violate. Thankfully, they’re are not as many predatory sex offenders like this guy. At the same time, it is not like they are just bumbling along one day on a business trip far from home.  Look across a hotel lobby, and stumble into an adultrous affair with a a consenting adult because he is having marital problems.  Sex offenders are not simply adulterous, they are criminals. The truth is, child sexual abuse is often a crime of opportunity. The abuser typically take advantage of situational opportunities to groom their victims over a long period of time so that they could build trust and create opportunities for abuse to take place.  While it is true that a sex offender may have marital problems, or engage in pornography that is not the reason the sex offender does what he does, it is a symptom.  Many opportunistic sex offenders actively seek out single mothers to get close to their minor children.  Many opportunistic sex offenders become coaches, teachers, youth pastors, Sunday school superintendents, etc. for the opportunity to be alone with children.  Many opportunistic sex offenders will befriend a child/teen, will encourage the child/teen to confide in the offender about their troubled home.  Then the sex offender will lavish the child/teen with lots of love and attention the child/teen never get’s from his/her parents.  This is the type of offender who will take a long time to “groom” the child/teen.

Fact is most sex offenders are opportunistic, rather than serial (or predatory).  Our criminal justice system processes more ‘opportunistic sex offenders’ per year than predatory. Both types seek out their victims in places where they feel safe to do so.

It is time to remove our heads from the sand, and admit this is a gigantic problem in Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches.  One quick Google search is enough to prove this.  This problem is not just out there, it is in here.