God's men in jail -- another update.
I haven't done my regular report on men of God who are spending time in jail. As usual I only report recent arrests. Of course it's not exhaustive, I'm sure I only see the tip of the iceberg.
Itsushi Ehara is a 73 year old Buddhist priest in Tokyo. He was arrested for paying a 15 year old girl to have sex with him. He blamed it on stress. Police say they believe he has done this several times.
Father James Hanely, 69, was arrested again. His previous arrest was for molestation. This time police say he he was threatend a man with a baseball bat.
Father Joseph Coonan, 58, has been charged with assaulting his mother and his sister. Coonan was living with his mother after being placed on administrative leave for sexual misconduct. Police say the priest was drinking during the recent incident.
Father George Silva of Raton, New Mexico was arrested for sexual misconduct. The incident apparently took place during a pilgrimage to Lourdes and Fatima.
Father Paul Clogan, of Marble Falls, Texas, was arrested after he fondled a teen age boy. The boy says he was sitting in a movie theater watching the film King Kong. The priest came in and sat beside the boy and reached over and grabbed his crotch. The boy left the theater and called the police.
Rev. Tim Evans, 43, of Fort Collins, Colorado has been arrested for numerous cases of molestation. It's in the news now because the arrest affidavitt has just been made public.
Kevin Williams, 41, was the minister of music for the New Bethel Baptist Church in Silsee, Texas. But police arrested him for strong arm rape of a child.
Rev. Eugene Marriot, 41, is the pastor of one the largest African Episcopal Methodist Churches in Maryland. His recent arrest revealed his secret life of group sex, bondage, whipping, spankings, and such. He had a mistress unknown to his wife. And even though he and she had broken up she had called Marriot for a date. On the date he became violent and raped her.
And just to show all things are not a one-way street we have the case of a criminal who became a reverend as opposed to a reverend who became a criminal. James Tramel, a convicted murderer, was recently released from prison. He went directly from jail to his new job as minister at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in West Berkeley, CA.