Is it just me, or does it seem like the flood gates on Christianist hypocrisy have broken wide open. Between the exposes of GOP pedophiles, GOP closet gays, and the surge in ministers and pastors who are being exposed for gay sex and/or sex with minors, it is becoming nearly a daily event for some Republican or "godly" preacher to be resigning or being arrested. This story from the Springfield, Missouri, State Journal and Register (http://www.sj-r.com/News/stories/17908.asp) is but one of the latest scandals. Here are story highlights:
Newspaper and court records researched Wednesday, along with interviews of concerned parents and business owners, indicate that, during a period of more than 30 years, Carlock almost always could be found working or volunteering in some way with children. The 57-year-old Carlock, . . . . was charged in federal court Tuesday with possessing child pornography and traveling to engage in sexual conduct with a minor.
When hired as a Springfield police officer in 1973, Carlock, a north-end native, said he previously had been employed by the state of Illinois at DuPage Boys School in Naperville. For four of his years as a Springfield officer, he served as a youth division detective. He was a minister at the Rosewood Heights Nazarene Church in East Alton, where a former church member said Carlock and his wife at the time would invite over children to watch movies and eat popcorn.
Carlock worked for four years for the Illinois Department of Public Health's Child Health Division. He served as the Grandview Police Department's certified juvenile officer. He volunteered with Big Brother Big Sister for a short time. He and his most recent wife performed as the clowns "Klutzo" and "Smilee" for more than 10 years, entertaining at children's events and school programs. He was a marriage and family counselor, too.
As Carlock was being released from a psychiatric facility Tuesday, federal authorities arrested him on charges that he went to the Philippines to photograph naked boys and that he had sexually abused three boys there. Immigration and homeland security officials allegedly found pornographic photos on his digital camera and laptop computer as he returned to the United States in June. Last month, though, Filipino authorities interviewed some of the boys in the pictures, and three said they had awakened to find Carlock fondling them in their sleep, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.
You could not make this stuff up if you tried. Sadly, I wonder how many other kids this guy may have abused over a 30 year period. More details on the investigation can be found here: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/1010071clown1.html