“Never have I seen him practice what he preached, and I heard him preach a lot.” Source: _Arizona Daily Star_ 3/13/92; _Boston Herald_ 5/7/92; _Lincoln Journal_ 5/14/92. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America removed Rev. Groton Sunday School teacher Leslie Richard Danielson, 63, was sentenced to 5-10 years after pleading guilty to sexually abusing 6 children under 14 years. A jury convicted Baptist minister Edward Quakenbush, of New Testament Baptist Church, town of Wyoming, of raping & molesting a teenage boy in his church over a 4-year period, starting when he was 12. In July he checked himself into Pine Rest Christian Counseling Services in Grand Rapids. The associate pastor, volunteer bus driver & a third church member are believed to have fondled some & raped others, ranging in age from 3 to 10, on church buses & property.
Wendell Henkenmeier of Marblehead from the ministry after a panel found him guilty of sexual misconduct & destructive practices during counseling of 5 victims. He is already serving up to 10 years for a 1991 conviction involving 4 other children, but will be eligible for parole in 4 years. Members of his church & family sobbed & shouted at jurors & a police detective who testified that the pastor had confessed to the molestations. Charges involving 10 victims were brought against Associate Pastor Timothy Lee Leonard, 32, of North Sharon Baptist Church near Grass Lake, & volunteer Sunday school bus driver, church deacon Mark Foeller. The suspects went to low-income housing projects or trailer parks in 4 counties, telling parents they would “take the children to church & teach them about God”, according to Det. Men would walk up to children in their yards, coaxing them with treats to come to weekend services or summer _Bible_ school.
Terms of probation prohibited practicing aspects of his religion such as nudity, fondling children, and having non-related children spend the night. Dirk van der Linde, 43, pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Waterloo, was charged with intent to commit sexual abuse of a boy, 14. Relatives complained about a 2 month delay in arresting him.
In 1986 prosecutors interviewed about a dozen girls and their mothers who described a religious ritual in which they would strip and fondle each other at Williams’ command. The Illinois Appellate Court, which denied him a rehearing, received more than 2,000 letters in his behalf. An aunt said she believed the delay stemmed from racism, because the victim is black & the minister white.
The Baptist minister recently received the highest recognition awarded a VA chaplain, “the Award for Excellence in Chaplain Service”. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” Brigden wrote his wife about the 4-year-old, whom he described as “4 going on 400 years old”, saying she invited him to spend the night in her bed, & was mad that he declined.