Graphic details from the ongoing Calvary Chapel Molestation lawsuit (one is still pending) in the Idaho court system have emerged in an article in the OC Weekly here:
According to the article:
According to the lawsuit, in Idaho, Iglesias “dared” one victim to “touch his penis” and forced him to “perform oral sex” on him. The abuse also included “masturbation, fondling, anal penetration and other deviant sexual acts.” Iglesias allegedly told one victim that this behavior was “normal” and explained that “kids in Thailand do this all the time,” adding in reference to masturbation, “One kid pretended it was like driving a stick shift.”
The details are disturbing…and recently an Idaho Judge affirmed as “facts of the case” that the victims were introduced to the pedophile, Iglesias, through Calvary Chapel youth groups. The lawsuit alleges that Calvary Chapel knew there was a problem with Iglesias but allowed him to be “restored” to be with kids.
To date, Chuck Smith, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and CCOF (the licensing arm and previously reported accountability arm of Calvary Chapel of which Chuck Smith is President) have said they “don’t have any responsibility or control” over what goes on at “individual” Calvary Chapels…some 2,000 of them. Chuck Smith also clearly states, they don’t want any responsibility (read liability) or control either.
This begs the question…who is going to make sure that all 2,000 Calvary Chapels vet Sunday school leaders, youth group volunteers and children’s workers and pastors? Who is going to make sure that a known pedophile is not allowed to be with children at the Calvary Chapel you or a friend or a loved one attend and trust your children to?
The answer is: Not Chuck Smith, CCCM and CCOF.
Are your children safe in Calvary Chapel youth groups and Sunday schools? I don’t know. We know that “some” of the CC’s have standards and place…but many do not…and there is no one at the top of the Calvary Chapel hierarchy who holds this issue as a priority, nor do they want any part of it.
The terrible fact is, kids have been introduced to pedophiles / child molesters in the Calvary Chapel System. Kids have been molested through those relationships (due to trusting the Brand and the person representing the Brand). The parents should not have trusted Calvary Chapel in these instances.
The other terrible fact is, Calvary Chapel Pastor Chris Olague was recently arrested for molesting an 8-year-old girl in Huntington Beach, California, Calvary Chapel Pastor Dino Cardelli is currently serving time for molesting his foster daughter and physically abusing another child in his care, Pastor John Flores of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa was arrested for raping a teenage girl on the CCCM Campus (and insiders allege CCCM’s leadership initially tried to handle the issue in-house until the family got Gloria Allred’s office involved) and Calvary Chapel Pastor Bob Grenier is accused by his blood son Paul Grenier of molesting him when he was young.
Spread the word and be warned. Calvary Chapel is the Wild West and the next time you introduce your kids to a CC youth group leader or a Sunday school worker…they might be a Calvary Chapel that doesn’t have protecting children as a priority.