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Chris

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#1 12 years ago
A church minister who pleaded guilty to 35 counts of child abuse, including two charges of raping an 11-year-old boy, has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Reverend Simon Thomas, 44, of Hythe, Hampshire, admitted the charges at Southampton Crown Court.

The court heard he had used internet chatrooms to groom his victims. A judge said Thomas, a former minister at United Reformed Church, must serve a minimum of eight years before he is eligible for parole.

Thomas, who had worked in Hythe for 10 years and was married, was suspended by the United Reformed Church pending disciplinary proceedings. The charges against him included inciting children to engage in sexual activity, meeting children following sexual grooming, indecency with a child, sexual activity with an 11-year-old and making indecent photographs of children. Most of the offences took place during the last three years, the court heard.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/5223624.stm

Is it just me or are more and more church ministers and church workers being involved in this kind of thing recently?

... for a minister to do this is sick. He's undermined people's trust.




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#2 12 years ago

This is why jokes involving priests and children exist. What’s worse is that the ratio of reported, is well below the actual. As is the case with nearly all sex crimes. What we know, isn’t the real tragedy. I'm glad to finally see a national sex crimes registry in the works.

Any adult who victimizes children with sexual acts should be dealt with in the harshest ways.




Cap'n Rommel

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#3 12 years ago
... for a minister to do this is sick. He's undermined people's trust.

its sick whoever commits rape




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#4 12 years ago
Is it just me or are more and more church ministers and church workers being involved in this kind of thing recently?

Well, when a certain group monopolizes a particular institution, they often drive away the other groups. In this case, its child molestors in the clergy. They support other child molestors and favor them over normal people.




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#5 12 years ago

Got to love the way it says a minimum of eight whole years for a life sentence.




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#6 12 years ago

Its amazing how easy it is to get off on "good behavior". :rolleyes:




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#7 12 years ago

Oh yeah, this judiciary system sucks!




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#8 12 years ago

It's the only one we've got though, and it works eight times out of ten.

He's a minister, what can I say?




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#9 12 years ago

Personally I'd tap Mary Magdelene, Jesus gives her an 8/10.




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#10 12 years ago
J.C. DentonOh yeah, this judiciary system sucks!

Deterrment is very important. If criminals know that they will receive no sympathy at all once convicted, they would think twice before doing something foolish. Unfortunately, we seem more concerned about the bastard's "rights" than punishing him.