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CITYNAMENEWS EXCERPT
ALAMANCE COUNTYRev. James Preston Tyndall

A former Burlington pastor charged with sex crimes has left his Danville, Va., church after reportedly admitting to deacons there that he acted inappropriately with a child. Many members of the Danville church pastored by the Rev. James Preston Tyndall were shocked Sunday to learn that he had been charged with six felony sex crimes Thursday and had resigned Friday evening. “I would say our people were shocked. But some of them had heard about his arrest on TV prior to the Sunday service,” Bruce Hutcheson, chairman of the deacon board at Stokesland Baptist Church, said Monday of Tyndall’s departure. Hutcheson and other deacons who met with Tyndall after his release from the Alamance County Jail have said that he admitted to them that he engaged in inappropriate conduct with the child. Burlington authorities said the girl, now 14, was 8 and 9 years old when the alleged offenses occurred in Burlington. (4/10/2002, Alamance County Times-News)

BRIDGEWATERLeonard "Sonny" Laymen

A children's pastor with a Rockingham County church has been arrested and accused of a sex crime involving a child.

A member of the congregation from the Spring Creek Church of the Nazarene tells WHSV that an announcement was made Sunday regarding the arrest of the church's children's pastor.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Leonard "Sonny" Layman was arrested over the weekend for a sexual crime involving a child. We're also told he is in jail without bond and waiting for a first court appearance Monday morning. (whsv.com, 8/11/2014)

CULPEPPERRev. Charles Shifflett

A Virginia pastor who pleaded guilty to fraud and other charges will spend four years in prison and must pay $25,000 in restitution.

The Rev. Charles Shifflett received sentences totaling 100 years Wednesday but Judge John McGrath suspended all but four years of the terms.

In addition to the restitution, McGrath ordered Shifflett to pay $14,500 in back taxes and penalties to the state.

Shifflett had pleaded guilty in June to nine counts of obtaining money by false pretenses from his former congregation at

Calvary Baptist Church, three counts of filing fraudulent documents to obtain a worker’s compensation award, five counts of obtaining money by false pretenses from two insurance companies and three counts of making false statements on state income tax returns.

The 57-year-old Shifflett is pastor of First Baptist Church, also in Culpeper. (WHSV.com, 10/9/2008)

LURAYJames Richard Daley

A Page County grand jury Monday handed up indictments of 12 counts of aggravated sexual battery of a child less than 13 years old against the former pastor of a church in Shenandoah County.

Page County Sheriff John B. Thomas said the defendant, James Richard Daley, 70, now pastor of the Beth Eden Lutheran Church in Luray, was arrested after someone reported him to the Luray Police Department. Daley remained held without bond in the Page County Jail on Tuesday afternoon.

Daley was pastor at the Lebanon Lutheran Church in Lebanon Church for several years in the 1980s.

Daley’s wife, Margaret, also was charged with failure to report child abuse and keeping a child in a dangerous environment.

Thomas said the indictments against James Daley span a period from Jan. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012. (nvdaily.com, 7/23/2013)

MANASSASJames Elrod Ogle

A former minister was convicted of suggesting to a parishioner that they kill each other’s wives.

James Elrod Ogle, 46, entered Alford pleas to charges of attempted capital murder and solicitation of a felony. In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction.

Ogle, former pastor of the defunct Bull Run Bible Fellowship in Manassas, will remain jailed without bail until his sentencing. He could get up to life in prison.

Police said that during a Feb. 24 telephone conversation, Ogle suggested to Scott Jinks that they commit murders for each other. Ogle was counseling Jinks and his wife about their marriage at the time. Jinks told police, and testified against Ogle during a preliminary hearing.

Prosecutors say Ogle typed instructions on how Jinks should kill Ogle’s wife, suggesting a drive-by shooting at night while Ogle was driving and his wife was in the passenger seat.

The documents also instructed Jinks to wear gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints, prosecutors said, and asked how much it would cost to buy a silencer, adding that he would “be glad to pay for it.” – (AP, 6/28/1999)

NORFOLKDavid William Smith

A Virginia pastor is in jail after being charged with 10 counts of possessing child pornography.

According to the website for Trinity Evangelical Lutheran in Norfolk, David William Smith was installed as the church’s seventh pastor in November 2010.

Our sister station there said Smith surrendered to police voluntarily. (nbc12.com, 3/28/2013; updated 4/7/2013)

PETERSBURGClyde L. Johnson

The Rev. Clyde L. Johnson, pastor of the largest Baptist church in Petersburg, Virginia and a popular city council member for 14 years, was convicted of the rape and sexual battery of four girls, aged nine to 16, in his congregation. Despite the conviction, and Johnson’s cruel and slanderous statements about the young girls made in an effort to protect himself, he received continuous religious support, including prayers, rallies, money and special services. “The bottom line is that all of us . . . has [sic] some skeletons in his closets. That’s not our job to judge. It’s the Lord’s job,” said clergy supporter Rev. Kenneth Arrington of the Union Fellowship. One church member, Melvin Harwell, who was angered by this widespread support of a child rapist, commented: “Some people worship preachers.” (Source: Washington Post, 4/24/1987)

RICHMONDGeronimo Aguilar

Following an 8News Investigation exposing accusations of sexual misconduct against the pastor of a large, well-known church in Richmond, Virginia, officials in Texas confirm they are investigating the pastor on allegations of child molestation and lewd acts with two children.

Texas Police confirm they are investigating Geronimo Aguilar, the pastor of The ROC Church in Richmond, for accusations of sexual misconduct.

A group of Richmond faith leaders held a protest Monday, calling for Aguilar’s resignation. On multiple websites, Aguilar has been accused of sexual misconduct. 8News also discovered a Facebook page called “Richmond Outreach Center Recovery Group.” It has been set up for those who allege to be victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Aguilar.

8News has confirmed Aguilar was under investigation in California and Texas; a police report shows that he was alleged to have committed lewd acts on two children. Texas police are now actively investigating Aguilar. (wric.com Posted: Apr 29, 2013 5:19 PM CDT Updated: May 20, 2013)

ROANOKEMario ”Tony” Leyva, Rias Edward Morris and Freddie M. Herring

TRANSGRESSIONS. Dozens of boys who were the victims of sexual abuse along the Southern revival circuit looked on Tuesday as three Georgia evangelists were convicted of running an interstate boy-sex ring. Mario ”Tony” Leyva, Rias Edward Morris and Freddie M. Herring entered guilty pleas to charges they used the Tony Leyva Evangelistic Association Inc., based in Columbus, Ga., to recruit boys for homosexual prostitution. FBI Special Agent John Terry said an investigation by the agency uncovered dozens of the preachers’ victims in the South and Midwest. An indictment alleged the pentecostal ministers abused boys in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Ohio and Indiana. (Orlando_Sentinal 10/12/1988)

Rev. Joseph Jay Mayo Sr

The pastor of a Roanoke church has been sentenced to eight months in prison on federal tax and Social Security charges.

U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy says the Rev. Joseph Jay Mayo Sr. of Daleville will spend eight months on home confinement after he is released from prison.

The 53-year-old Mayo had pleaded guilty in May to submitting false tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service. He also admitted to stealing more than $106,000 worth of Social Security benefits that he wasn’t entitled to receive.

Mayo was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke.

Media outlets report that Mayo is the pastor of Paradise Cathedral in Roanoke. (WBOC16.com, 9/13/2011

WALDORFJohn Joseph Damba

After an emotional 6-hour court hearing, a judge sentenced a former Waldorf minister to 18 months in jail for repeatedly sexually abusing his 12-year-old stepdaughter throughout the spring of 1992.

John Joseph Damba, 42, one of the co-founders of the Gathering Place Churchhere, was sentenced to 10 concurrent years, all but 18 months of which was suspended, for the abuse, which took place over several months in 1992 at the family’s home. The victim, who is now 20, came forward to report Damba to the police this year after the emotional effects of the abuse resurfaced during premarital counseling.

In the lengthy sentencing hearing, Judge Steven G. Chappelle heard testimony from the victim, whom he called “brave,” and from a string of Damba’s supporters and church members who described Damba’s deep anguish over the repeated incidents of sexual fondling.

Indicted in May on 8 counts of child abuse and third-degree sexual offense, Damba pleaded guilty to reduced charges of 2 counts of child abuse in Sept.

Chappelle chastised Damba at the end of the hearing, saying that any man who went into a 12-year-old girl’s bedroom to touch her sexually was committing a “cruel and evil act.” Damba told his stepdaughter that he was ashamed of what he had done.

The young woman read from a prepared text with her head bowed, frequently overcome by emotion. She said that while she had initially forgiven her stepfather for the abuse, years of hurt and confusion had followed. “Nothing healed the pain,” she said. “I still felt alone.” She said that finally confronting the abuse, going through counseling and notifying the police has been a freeing experience. “I feel like I am myself again,” she said.

His wife, Darlene Damba, described a “broken, weeping” Damba who begged for his wife’s and stepdaughter’s forgiveness shortly after the girl told her mother of the abuse in June 1992. The mother said they tried family counseling and used Christian healing books. However, the victim said she had not gone to counseling at the time.

The Gathering Place, a non-affiliated Christian church established in 1996, has been shaken by the allegations against Damba, who was asked to step down from his position as “worship minister” shortly after the allegations surfaced this spring. The 100-member congregation has been deeply divided – with members supporting either the Dambas or the victim, who no longer attends church there.

“Mr. Damba has manipulated his religious community into shunning her,” Collins said during the hearing.

Church Pastor Paul Goodwin disagreed. “We’re really praying for the families, that there will be healing and restoration,” Goodwin said. “There are no winners in a situation like this. It saddens the whole church community.” (Washington Post, 11/7/1999)

WILLIAMSBURGRichard Wescott Weaverling

Plaintiffs in a sexual molestation lawsuit against Bruton Parish Church are alleging that a former priest abused children and had a sexual relationship with a male teen-age baby sitter.

The lawsuit stems from charges first filed against baby sitter Richard Wescott Weaverling, who was later convicted of multiple sex crimes and sentenced to 73 years in prison. Weaverling molested children in their homes and at the 300-year-old Episcopal church, where he baby-sat with his mother from Jan. 1993 until Sept. 1994. The plaintiffs allege that John A. Grubb, a church member, and Fr. Michael W. Jones, the associate rector, also took part in the abuse. The amended suit raises to more than $250 million the amount of damages sought by the 35 plaintiffs, who include more than a dozen children.

Jones, now rector in Chesapeake, denied the allegations. Grubb has an unlisted phone number and could not be reached. No criminal charges have been lodged against Jones or Grubb, but prosecutors said they are continuing to investigate the case. (AP, 10/14/1998)

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