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Onward 'Christian' pervs…

How about this youth minister in Arkansas? The avalanche of hypocrisy out there by these so-called religious “values voters” is astonishing. I cannot possibly keep up with it all. Blender Konagod passed this one on, from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

Joseph G. Stevens, 33, was charged Monday in Bradley County Circuit Court with attempted first-degree sexual assault and Internet stalking of a child. Authorities say Stevens, a youth minister at the First United Methodist Church in Warren, used instant messaging to arrange a sexual encounter with a teenage girl under the age of 16. He was arrested Friday at his home. Authorities later seized a laptop from the church office and sent it to the State Crime Laboratory for analysis, Warren police Lt. Shaun Hildreth said.

Hildreth declined to say whether Stevens and the girl knew each other through the church. He said the girl was not physically assaulted.

“I hope that no other children were harmed and that this incident was isolated,” Hildreth said. Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen of the 10th Judicial District, however, hinted more charges were forthcoming.

“This investigation is not over by a long shot,” he said. Stevens was released on a $10,000 bond.

Konagod commented: “Methodists seem to be infringing on the Catholic & Baptist territory.”

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But wait, there’s more…

AME Church Relieves Minister of Duties After Sex Abuse Allegations.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church has relieved a Los Angeles minister of his duties after concluding that he sexually molested two underage victims, according to a spokesman for the church, even though no criminal charges have been filed and the pastor denies the allegations.

The Rev. Sylvester Laudermill Jr., a prominent minister in the AME Church, assumed the pulpit of Ward AME Church in 2004 after pastoring a church in St. Louis for 10 years. He has maintained his innocence since allegations against him first surfaced in December 2005, when a 25-year-old man told St. Louis police that Laudermill began a sexual relationship with him when he was 14 that continued until he turned 21.

Another accuser then came forward in Los Angeles, but neither church officials nor police will elaborate on the nature of his allegations, except to say that he is a minor.

H/t, Jasmyne.

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