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Wed Mar 17, 2021, 10:22 PM

Black Collar Crime Blotter

Originally published in the March 2021 issue of Freethought Today, a publication of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Arrested / Charged
Rogelio Vega, 50, Queens, NY: Attempted use
of a child in a sexual performance, attempted criminal sexual act, attempted disseminating indecent material to a minor and attempted endangering the welfare of a child. Vega, a deacon at St. Sebastian Catholic Church since 2011, allegedly began using the app Grindr in July 2020 to meet a 14-year-old boy for sex who was actually a detective. The married father of 4 allegedly asked for nude images, shared several photos of his genitals and set up a meeting. When Vega arrived, he flashed his headlights to identify himself and the officer climbed into the car and arrested him.
Source: NY Post, 1-22-21

Toddrick Gordon, 50, Muncie, IN: Dealing in a
narcotic drug, maintaining a common nuisance and 2 counts each of possession of meth and possession of a narcotic drug. During an interview, Gordon allegedly told a deputy he started selling meth and heroin after his longtime affiliation with a local church ended in 2018. He was community outreach pastor at Urban Light Community Church. An affidavit said he sold drugs at his home on 4 dates in December. He was arrested in possession
of a small amount of drugs and 10 syringes. Source: Star Press, 1-15-21

Jazmonique Strickland, 28, Kalamazoo, MI: 3
counts each of 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct and human trafficking of a minor and 2 counts of child sexual abusive activity. Her husband, Stricjavar Strickland, 37, pastor of Second Baptist Church, was arraigned in September on 11 similar counts. It’s alleged the pastor paid teen boys to have sex with his wife and to send him nude photos between
2015–18. She was pregnant with their 6th child
when he was arraigned. Source: WOOD, 1-14-21

Victor Philip, 66, Norfolk, VA: 6 counts of
indecent liberties against a minor (dates unspecified) when Philip was pastor at Norfolk Calvary Church of the Nazarene and chaplain at Lake Taylor Transitional Care. Phil Fuller, superintendent of the Virginia District Church of the Nazarene, said he was shocked to learn of the arrest: “Victor Philip has not been an employee of the Norfolk Calvary Church of the
Nazarene (or any Church of the Nazarene) since
June 1, 2020, when he officially retired. The Norfolk Calvary Church became inactive in June 2020 due to lack of attendance, finances and involvement.” Source: WTKR, 1-12-21

Jakirul Islam Jakir, 50, Gohelapur Boria,
Bangladesh: Rape. Jakir, imam of a local mosque, and 2 others are accused in a complaint filed by a 40-year-old widow who alleges she refused Jakir’s marriage proposal about 2 years ago. Jakir is accused of raping her Nov. 10 and beating her 4 days later. The woman alleges she told 2 local officials, but they urged her to not press charges and to take the case to financial arbitration. Source: Dhaka Tribune, 1-12-21

John R. Griffin II, 73, Daytona Beach, FL: 30
counts of possession of photos of sexual performance by a child. Griffin, pastor at Riverbend Community Church in Ormond Beach and an associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, allegedly had 251 pornographic images when arrested after a tip was received from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children. Griffin asked his wife to forgive him as police led him away in handcuffs, the arrest report stated. Images on his iPad showed girls ages 3 to 7 and 9 to
14 engaged in sexual acts with men. He had recently asked a state agency to license
him and his wife as foster parents for children and infants, the arrest report said. Source: News-Journal, 1-8-21

Kisha L. Clayton, 36, Paragould, AR: 5 counts of rape of a minor. Detective Robert Sexton said text messages between Clayton and the minor showed evidence of a “long sexual history” between them but that it wasn’t clear if she
met the alleged victim through her employment
at Children’s Home Inc., a “Christ-centered” youth organization. Source: KATV, 1-7-21

David A. Walker, 46, and Anna Walker, 39,
N. Ridgeville, OH: David Walker faces 7 counts of felony sexual battery and 1 misdemeanor count of sexual imposition. Anna Walker is charged with 2 counts of felony sexual battery.
The assaults allegedly occurred from May 2005
to December 2007 when David Walker was a youth pastor at Church Alive International in Cleveland and later at the Dwelling Place Family Worship Center in N. Olmsted. He was also a teacher and coach at the now-closed Cleveland Christian Academy. The indictment alleges forced intercourse. Police said the female victim, now 30, was a member of the youth groups at both churches and a parish-
ioner. Source: WJW, 1-6-21

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