DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The Archdiocese of Detroit says a child sex abuse allegation has been “found to be credible” against a late Roman Catholic priest and pastor who served in about 20 parishes across southeast Michigan.
The Rev. David West was ordained in 1964 and served in many high-profile positions, including on the faculty of Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, as a minister at Wayne State University and as chaplain at Bishop Gallagher High School in Harper Woods. He died in 2004 at age 65.
According to a recent news release from the Archdiocese of Detroit, the allegation against West was brought forward to a review board and found to be credible years after his death.
An archdiocese spokesman says church officials “put no deadlines or time limits on reporting the sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons and other personnel.”
West has worked at the following parishes, according to the archdiocese:
Our Lady of Sorrows, Farmington
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Harper Woods
St. Anastasia, Troy
St. Andrew, Rochester
St. Dennis, Royal Oak
St. Joan of Arc, St. Clair Shores
St. Matthew, Detroit
Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe Woods
St. Agatha, Redford
St. James, Ferndale
St. Louise de Marillac, Warren
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Temperance
St. Aidan, Livonia
St. Basil the Great, Eastpointe
St. Joseph, Maybee
St. Mel, Dearborn Heights
St. Michael, Livonia
St. Victor, Rockwood
By Sophia Beausoleil, KXAN
AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — The former pastor of First Baptist Church on Heflin Lane in East Austin is accused of sexually assaulting a child from the church. Authorities believe there are other victims.
Court records state Rev. Dr. Henry McGee, 68, had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old youth member for more than a year.
Reverend, Doctor, pedophile - another legacy shot to hell.
Williamson County records say the relationship was initially reported to the Austin Police Department, but later referred to Round Rock Police because McGee is accused of having sex with the minor at a Round Rock hotel in October.
|First Baptist Church on Heflin Lane|
|A black piece of tape covers where McGee’s name was listed|
“For this individual to take advantage of this young girl, it’s just a terrible situation to find yourself in,” said Bernie Villegas, a detective with Round Rock Police Department. “I don’t wish that on anybody especially the parents who have to find out that you do everything to protect your child and for you to know that’s been going on behind your back it’s just a terrible thing.”
Villegas said McGee turned himself in with his attorney present and has bonded out since.
The Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center interviewed the girl who said the sexual relationship started in June 2014, when she was then 13-years-old.
The teen told investigators the first encounter happened at a storage unit in Georgetown and the relationship continued at the pastor’s house when his wife was away. The last time they met was at a hotel in Round Rock on Oct. 9.
“He would tell the parents that he would take her down there with his grand kids who are the same age,” said Villegas in regards to how McGee is accused of getting the teen to his home.
The teen told detectives she had sex with McGee more than 15 times and would also have sex in his church office.
First Baptist Church on Heflin Ln. is the oldest black Baptist Church in Austin.
KXAN contacted the church and the interim pastor who said the church recently voted McGee out. A black piece of tape covers where McGee’s name was listed on the church sign.
“Based on the information that we obtained, we believe that there may be other victims out there,” explained Villegas. “I will be contacting her parents and hopefully if she’s willing to talk to us, we’ll be scheduling an interview at the Williamson County Advocacy Center.”
Round Rock Police say McGee was with the church for 15 years.
“It really breaks my heart because my heart because it’s like some people pretend to have the faith and they use it to hurt other people and that’s not right,” said Jordan King, a neighbor who has lived across from the church his entire life.
King said he’s attended the church once before when McGee was preaching.
“A pastor is supposed to be like a Shepard, supposed to lead us into the new day and be a good example and for him to do that, that’s not right,” said King. “Why would you hurt somebody’s child, why would you hurt God’s child like that.”
ANCHORAGE - Alaska
A former child daycare owner has been arrested and charged with one count of sexually abusing a minor, Anchorage police said Tuesday.
Police investigated, interviewing children and adults and conducting an extensive background check on Orand. She was arrested and charged on Nov. 24 and has since been released on bail, police say.
“Detectives are concerned there could be additional victims and are urging anyone who used Marcela Orand as a child care provider to speak with their children to determine if they may be a victim of sexual abuse,” police said in a statement Tuesday.
Anyone who believes their child was a victim of sexual abuse is asked to contact the Anchorage Police Department at 786-8900.
Kelsey O'Connor, Ithaca journal
|Photo: TOMPKINS COUNTY JAIL|
An Ithaca, New York man accused of sexually abusing children pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Tompkins County Court.
Ever Benites, 35, is accused of sexually abusing two children less than 11 years old. Benites was indicted last week on charges of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
According to the indictment, incidents from one count of sexual abuse allegedly took place on or about May 2, 2003, through about May 1, 2004 and involve a victim born in 1997. On the second count, the incidents are listed as taking place sometime between Jan. 20, 1999, through Jan 20, 2001. The victim in the second count is listed as being born in 1995.