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A child sex offender at your church? May 13, 2007

Posted by David in Child protection, Childrens ministry, church-kids.
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Jim Walton at Church Tech Matters, asks some important questions on how the church deals with a child sex offender in their congregation. He draw a distinction between: those aiming to offend and what the church should do to prevent that; and a former, reformed offender who is trying to put their former life behind them.

The man is open about the crimes he committed, he spoke to the congregation and shared some specific details of his past and is now wanting to be part of this church family. The crimes he was convicted of both involved children directly and one happened nearly 10 years ago and the other nearly 25 years ago.

On one hand, I would absolutely let him join the church and grow and serve and learn with the rest of us, and he would not be allowed to interact with the children at any level ever. However, what happens when he ends up alone in a bathroom with a boy or happens to be anywhere in the church and a child happens to walk in?

Jim suggests that churches should have a policy in place before something like this happens, so that the church can be ready to deal with it.

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1. carole - May 19, 2007

Doesn’t god forgive sinners who repent?
Who is to say that the person you sit next to in church is isn’t a burgular, murderer, theif, pervert? surley if they admit to their sins they are willing to change? are even asking for help?
Jesus embraced sinners, we as the congregation are charged with sharing gods message, his love and our faith so that people can change, learn and join gods family.
I know someone who was a regular church attender and is now on the sex offenders list, he never admitted his sin, and no one could guess by looking at him that he wasn’t a devout christian. These people are free to commit this crime again I have no control over them.
However my children are aware that some people are different and confused by their sexuality, they have been told what unusual behaviour to look out for, to say no, walk away and have been encouraged to report any uncomfortable situations to me so that we can discuss how to manage the problem.
I feel that everone should be welcomed to our churches and we are not here to judge them. Our faith in god should allow him to do this.

2. David - May 19, 2007

Thanks Carole for the comment.
I totally agree with you, but that is not to say that churches should not be prepared to deal with these situations before they occur.

3. Carol - September 28, 2009

Private schools do not do enough to look into the backgrounds of the people they hire. It has been my experience to witness first hand how a little 4 year old girl was molestation by the Vice Principal on school grounds, and how it was covered up. Someone needs to do some investigating. By someone, I don’t mean the police. They pass the buck and give the “that’s not in my jurisdiction” excuse. Parents need to come together and address this issue. Private schools also “pass the trash”, and it’s our job as parents and teachers to ask questions of our children, and give them a forum to speak freely. Many children have been hurt and have no place to vent their fears and/or confusion and hopefully never keep secret their injuries.

4. Keith Richard Radford Jr - February 20, 2011

I remember living behind a church were Brian Lamb, and a bunch of these Cspan guys used too have a wood shop. At that place of residence my mom thought I needed an exorcist, after playing in the mud the way very young children will sometimes with my uncle who mixed a glass of this red clay in water and told me it was chocolate milk.

After drinking it as he would force me to do thing all the time like the time he made me cut off the limb I was sitting on and the device came out of my shoulder being more powerful and in control I broke out with ring worm all over my body and my mom told me it was writing that could not be understood so she had priests come in from the church.

I guess my Dad did not know that one of the people at the church was in line for being my new dad but that was not in the cards because I guess he felt I was in need of discipline after an accident in the wood shop. I had been check out on the band saw by my grandfather who was a millwright in Arkansas/Washington etc. and to do some jobs the blade shield had to be removed. Some kids came in and wanted to use the saw, then got mad that I wanted to warn them to put the guard on and they told me they owned it all and I was not to tell them anything, and after this head strong kid cut his thumb off the other kids said they would tell their fathers it was all my fault, but it was not.

I had a fever of well over a hundred and I was a bloody mess with the infection. The priests came in with outer guys and one had a camera. The priests would throw me across the room well the other snapped a picture. I would fall on furniture and the floor and they would tell me get on the bed, don’t get off the bed very loud and when I would crawl back on the bed they would pick me up and throw me over and over again well the other priest would snap another picture and this went on till one guy said we have enough picture and they left me in the blood, mud, and bedding, then my aunt came in with some save that was for ring worm.

She spread the save and kidded me about dying when the rings got to my heart. After getting well I went back to the wood shop and the guys had made me a special shield and gave me my sword which were both made of wood and I had to fight one of the guys in my shorts because I did not want to remove them and the other guy was naked (he know who he is). I was still not up too speed and lost the battle. They then called me the bad guy and this group was supposed to be my gate keeper or something like that appointed by the priests. My Dad did not like them much also but that did not matter much because someone at the church was going to be my new dad till he said no, my mom cried allot, my dad was gone, I healed up, but I still have a case.

Please know that there is nothing any of you can do to make what you and the rest of the ones involved can do to make this my fault. See at the time I was about seven years old. Since then the church has made an effort to kill me, to the extent of trying to pass laws to kill sex offenders.

Come on, keep it up, keep pushing laws that you as a group of very said individuals know have no value. Take me too court so I can own a network. I have met with your staff members in private since along with military personal and others.

Now lets note when this happened I was only a small child being thrown around a room like a rag doll by people that started all this clear back in the late fifty’s and the steering by very bad people that think abusing kids to make laws to stop abuse, Ha! these laws are bogus and the fact that they can not kill gays anymore does not justify the use of laws too kill someone set up by them to create some worthless set of laws by a fusion of church and state is wrong and realty designed by them to harm us all.

My case was pragmatic but more than that I know what was done and who was involved making vendetta laws that really have no bases in truth, and are based in lies.

Keith Richard Radford Jr

PSS don’t be cowards, let me know you received this e-mail through a response.

It’s time to communicate because I am willing to swear this is the truth and nothing bUtt the truth.


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