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Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa’s lawyers attempt to get a Child Molestation lawsuit against the “parent church” dismissed

Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and CCOF are still battling a Child Molestation Lawsuit in Idaho. Chuck Smith's lawyers are attempting to get one of the two pending lawsuits dismissed, claiming they have "no connection" to other Calvary Chapels.


COEUR d’ALENE - Attorneys for Pastor Robert “Bob” Davis of North Country Chapel in Post Falls and the California-based parent church Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa asked a judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them alleging a failure to protect children from a sexual predator.

The lawsuit, filed in August 2011 in 1st District Court, names four men as plaintiffs who said they were sexually abused as teenagers in 2000 to 2003 by a man who was known to have targeted boys in the past.

The lawsuit names the perpetrator as Anthony L. Iglesias, who is currently being held in a Boise prison because of convictions in Kootenai County for lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor. Iglesias was in his early 20s when he allegedly had sexual contact with the four boys. The alleged victims today are in their early 20s.

A separate and previous lawsuit names North Country Chapel and Calvary Rathdrum as defendants, saying Iglesias provided youth services for both institutions while targeting the boys. That case is pending.

Also named in the newer lawsuit, and asking the court for dismissal, is Calvary Chapel Outreach Fellowship, which like Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa is based in Santa Ana, Calif. Calvary Chapel Outreach Fellowship affiliates new pastors and churches to the Calvary Chapel family of churches.

District Court Judge Benjamin Simpson didn’t rule on the requests for dismissal following arguments from the defendants’ attorneys and Coeur d’Alene attorney Leander James, who represents the four alleged victims in the two church cases.

Pastor Bob Davis’ attorney, Virginia McNulty Robinson, called allegations “absurd” that Davis withheld Iglesias’ criminal sexual past from members of North Country Chapel while Iglesias was working in the church’s youth ministry.

The lawsuit said Iglesias had been charged as a teenage juvenile in California with having sexual contact with a younger boy. It said he was removed from youth ministry for a Calvary Chapel church in Diamond Bar, Calif., at the time due to that charge.

It also said he had sexual contact with multiple underage teenage boys while working as an adult missionary in Thailand.

Attorney Randall Adams, representing Calvary Chapel Outreach Fellowship, said, “The plaintiffs are stretching to keep the deep pockets in this lawsuit.”

Adams said there is no evidence of a connection between his client or Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and the four alleged victims or Iglesias. He said the two don’t operate in Idaho, and had no information about Iglesias’ past before the alleged abuse of the four boys.

Adams also said the alleged victims brought their claims too late.

James blamed the defendants’ actions for the delay in filing the lawsuit.

James said the lawsuit is about protecting children and holding people accountable who don’t.

He said Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and Outreach Fellowship and Pastor Davis had a policy and practice described as “restoration,” in which they help people like Iglesias turn their lives around.

James said forgiving others is fine, but letting people like Iglesias who commit crimes work in youth ministry is negligent and puts children at risk. Not telling parents of Iglesias’ work at the church is concealment, he said.

Adams said, “Mr. James has a distorted definition of restoration.”

Robinson said there is no evidence that Davis preached restoration or supported the policy.

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Posted by on June 23, 2012.

Categories: CC Legal Cases

10 Responses

  1. Simple question. Was Iglesias employed by any Calvary Chapel after he had been accused and found guilty of any form of child molestation? If yes, then I believe CC is responsible for endangering children in this instance. No institution in this country today will allow someone with that record to get anywhere near children. Forgive them, then restore them to some kind of work that doesn’t involve innocent children.

    by Bryan on Jun 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm

  2. According to one of the lawsuits, Iglesias was an employ as a volunteer youth leader and had access to kids.

    The suit alleges that Calvary Chapels and some Calvary Chapel leaders knew that Iglesias has a problem with pedophilia and was removed from ministry with kids and then later “restored” to ministry.

    Iglesias moved around the Calvary Chapel Movement/System and molested kids.

    Chuck Smith says he has no connection other Calvary Chapels in an attempt to cover his assets and not take any responsibility for his Movement that he licenses the name, logo and rights to under his entity CCOF (of which Chuck Smith is “president” in IRS Documents).

    Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel should have System-wide checks and balances in place to help prevent these types of molestations from happening. They don’t do a good enough job in protecting children and rather than take responsibility, they’ve lawyered up and will tell half truths, lies etc to try and defraud these defendants IMO.

    It’s not right and they might get away with it here in this existence, but I think they’ll suffer loss at judgment for it.

    by Alex on Jun 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

  3. I think the Orange County Police authority or FBI or someone in a law enforcement capacity should launch an investigation, similar to the Jerry Sandusky Molestations, to look into who knew what and when, as Iglesias molested more kids after Calvary Chapel and leaders allegedly “knew” about his molestation issues, yet allowed him to represent the church as a Youth Leader and volunteer helper etc.

    by Alex on Jun 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm

  4. Why are the CC’s above the law?

    They have their own standard for “restoration” under the guise of Christianity.

    Why would they put someone back in ministry?
    Do they have an obligation to warn the public?

    This is a huge miscarriage of justice.

    by Hannah on Jun 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

  5. Alex at 3 said: “I think the Orange County Police authority or FBI or someone in a law enforcement capacity should launch an investigation, similar to the Jerry Sandusky Molestations, to look into who knew what and when…”

    Seeming Parallels between the Penn State & Calvary Chapel too striking to ignore:

    ***Jerry Sandusky, assistant coach at Penn State, defensive coordinator.
    ***Jerry Sander, assistant pastor at CCFTL and its senior pastor Bob Coy’s most ardent defender.

    RE JERRY SANDER (Bob Coy’s brother-in-law):

    ***The Second Mile: founded by Jerry Sandusky is a nonprofit organization for underprivileged youth, providing help for at-risk children and support for their parents in Pennsylvania.
    ***The Second Chance Thrift Store: founded by Bob Coy of CCFTL is a nonprofit organization for underprivileged youth, providing help for at-risk children and support for their parents in South Florida.

    **Joe Paterno (affectionately known as Joe Pa), revered head coach of Penn State; sudden diagnosis with lung cancer (never having smoked a cigarette in his life) shortly after the sex abuse scandal broke and the accusation that he failed to report Sandusky, died 2 months later.
    **Chuck Smith (affectionately known as Papa Chuck), revered head pastor of CCFTL; sudden diagnosis with lung cancer (never having smoked a cigarette in his life) shortly after his ‘fatwa’ on Alex from the CCCM pulpit…

    Is all of this coincidence or Godincidence? If the latter, what is God trying to show us? Is this a cautionary tale for CC to deal with its sex abuse and other abuse problems once and for all?

    by CF Lover on Jun 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

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  7. Alex,

    I hope all those that have been involved in past legal action against various Calvary Chapels take the time to obtain the court documents. Also, anyone who has received a letter from CCOF investigating the possibility of removing the Holy Dove from their church should forward copies to you. These documents can help this case. Like the Documents I sent you, they may show CCOF defending the CC pastor or church and implying they are the main overseers of the franchises. They (CCOF) will take the time, and claimed to have the power, to investigate and possibly remove a pastor who was defending a falsely accused brother in the Lord; surely they have the responsibility to investigate, report and remove (if true) one who is suspected of pedophilia.

    Chuck S.

    by Chuck S on Jun 24, 2012 at 9:06 am

  8. Several books have or are being written, by very substantial authors, that describe the state of the American Church today. I have suspected certain things as I watch the ‘progress’, if you can call it that, in my own church experience. The latest book entitled, Bad Religion, is getting a lot of traction. I haven’t read it yet but intend to.

    The accusations that have been thrust into the face of CC in recent years are just the tip of the iceberg regarding abuses occurring in many independent movements across the country.The stories are well documented and very similar in kind. I am very saddened by all this. Many of the church leaders today never would have appealed to me thirty years ago. They are all fluff compared to the depth in Christian men’s lives prior to the ’60s. Think of A.W.Tozer, Dwight Moody, and Jonathon Edwards for just a few examples.

    The way in which Chuck Smith spoke with Alex Grenier on a podcast was extremely disappointing. I know Alex to have his rough edges. He doesn’t hide it. Alex is see-through for the most part. But Smith castigated Alex for these character flaws rather than taking a seriously hard look at the accusations being trust into his face about a known abusive pastor. Smith did not investigate this matter thoroughly in anyway, shape, or form. He took Alex’s parents word for it, and assumed Alex to be a nut. Shameful but that is what the books are now recording is the MO for these independent churches.

    This blog has received in excess of 2 million hits since its formation. That doesn’t happen easily. Those numbers do not automatically make these accusations true. What it says is there is quite a lot of interest around this subject. The Grenier brothers have a problem that is seemingly widespread in the CC movement.

    I completely understand Chuck Smith’s reluctance to speak out about these issues from a legal point of view. He maintains he holds a loose association with other CC churches. The courts will decide if he or his heirs can maintain that view. From a biblical view, Chuck Smith has not followed scripture. He and many others have explained away the problem. Their theology is distorted. At least their practice of it is. And CC is one of many in America that is loosing it’s saltiness. I would rather sit under the leadership of a pastor in a third world country than under the Hawaiian shirts near Disneyland.

    Let us all search our hearts today. If we still attend a fellowship that has a record of abuses, and we have not stood up to these abuses as a faithful follower of Christ, then may we repent today. Will you come along side the many “Alex’s” and help them be heard? Will you be patient, diligent, and forthright in all your actions so you will not stoop to the level of insensitivity that many of these questionable pastors show? Pray for the American Church. Link with all those in the other churches around you who love God, and seek to do the real work of God in your daily life. The six days of the week have more potential for expanding the Kingdom than what goes on Sunday morning. Rise up and follow God. The Church must become holy again when God’s people become intolerant of sin in their leaders lives. May God be glorified.

    by Bryan on Jun 24, 2012 at 9:20 am

  9. Bryan wrote: “Many of the church leaders today never would have appealed to me thirty years ago. They are all fluff compared to the depth in Christian men’s lives prior to the ’60s. Think of A.W.Tozer, Dwight Moody, and Jonathon Edwards for just a few examples.”

    Precisely. But know that there are faithful pastors out there preaching the total truth, but you won’t hear about them, because they’re going about their ministry (notice I didn’t say going about their business, since so many modern preachers are really businessmen providing a product).

    The “cool pastor” thing is tiresome.

    by Andy on Jun 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm

  10. Yes Andy, I am well aware of these unsung heroes of the faith. I am still quite optimistic that the future could be bright. I think it is our responsibility to capsize these boats that are floating on crass commercialism. Get the pastor out of ‘business’, and mobilize those believers who are in business to model the Kingdom of God 5-6 days a week.

    by Bryan on Jun 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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