A longtime anti-gay activist, California Prop 8 donor, and elementary school teacher was taken into custody on August 17th after admitting inappropriate contact with young boys.Caleb Douglas Hesse, a teacher for the Morongo Unified School District since 1987 (most recently, he was teaching first grade at Friendly Hills Elementary School in Joshua Tree) and a longtime youth volunteer with the virulently homophobic Evangelical Free Church of Yucca Valley, has confessed to sexually abusing “numerous underage boys,” with authorities believe the crimes occurred between the early 1980’s and as recently as a week ago.”
Investigators say Hesse met the majority of the victims during overnight outings with a youth group at the Evangelical Free Church
During his arraignment on August 21st Hess recanted his confession and changed his plea to “not guilty”.
Hess’s bail was set at 2,5 million dollars.
*The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone who may have been a victim of Hesse’s or who may have additional information to call (909) 387-3615
53 thoughts on “Anti-Gay Activist and Prop 8 Donor Charged With Sexually Assaulting Young Boys”
I guess when you reach a point where you can’t trust Priest with little boys, why would you think you could trust those that work with the Priest? When did the Church get a get out of jail free card? When did the Church become above the law? This disgusting Pedophile went after our defenseless and completely trusting children. He has done damage to them that will last a life time. It is way past time to unveil this organization and compel them to follow the law just like everyone else. Trust me, God will be on the side of those that protect the weak and the Children. Pedophile Priest and want to be Priest have to be dealt with and now. What are we waiting for? Force Government to do its job and protect those who’s rights have been violated.
Please note that the Evangelical Free Church of Yuca is most likely an independent church NOT affiliated with the catholic church or priests like Alfred Montague seems to be assuming.
Next, this is horrifying and I hope this bastard rots in prison and is never allowed near another child for as long as he lives.
Prop 8 should never had been passed. I hope the repeal the Supreme Court issued sticks and that Marriage Equality for All is soon the law in California.
Also, I am not defending the church, the Vatican and all Dioceses need to hand over every single priest with evidence against them to local authorities. By sheltering them, they are just encouraging more pedophiles to become priests.
the catholic chursh is nuts re gays marrying. The evangelicals (most of them) are crazy, they are trhe successors to slavery and segregation and hate everyone
ONe particular exception – I’d change the church name if I was in charge – the Evangelical Lutherans allow gay ministers in reltationships and some of their churches do gay marriage ceremonies. Cant complain about them.
He wasn’t a priest, he was a church volunteer. It doesn’t make what he did any less disgusting, but those two professions are completely different.
They have a distinct similarity, why are you ignoring it? Some things aren’t worth letting children get raped over.
@ Jim Strathmeyer comment “They have a distinct similarity, why are you ignoring it? Some things aren’t worth letting children get raped over.”
Some things?! Try NOTHING is worth letting ANYONE get raped over.
You’ve never been able to trust priests with children…they have a long history of abuse.
blaming a church for the actions of an indervidual is like me blaming America for all the racists in the world. wake up. The reason these kids got abused is becuase this guy was evil.
I wish I could say I’m surprised. We have consistently seen that the more homophobic people are, the more baggage that they’ve got in their closet.
This is exactly what The Ancient Gender War, Part 1 – The Patriarchal Indo-European Perspective is all about. Explaining the difference that homosexuality does not equal pedophilia, that the patriarchal Indo-European religious cultures creates pedophilia and yet hypocritically reviles and prosecutes, what we know of today as homosexuality. It is a damaging and hypocritical system that needs to be exposed. We need gender/sexual equality. http://historicalbaggage.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-ancient-gender-war-part-1.html
Another front runner for the person who should be raked over the most hot coals competition.
Hence why I don’t allow my son to go to church.
This isn’t even surprising.
“Same-sex marriage will harm children!” – Gets drunk and crashes boat into a boat full of children.
“Gays hurt children!” – Molests children.
No one is surprised anymore. There’s too many hypocrites.
funny how it is always the straight guys who seem to molest children, but they always point their fingers at us. I am sure there are some gay guys who would do this sort of shit too.
We have to fight harder to make sure this stops, school teachers and priests are supposed to be there as safe people for children to talk to, but I have been through all this myself and have had to learn to live. There were many times I went into self destruct, lucky I had a few friends who cared enough to help me.
It’s not really that surprising. People tend to hate most what they see in themselves and project that image onto others, believing everyone else is like them. There was a study recently about college students which demonstrated that the ones who believed other students were cheating were themselves more likely to cheat. Similar studies have been done about people who believe others are thieves, etc.
It’s a pretty fair bet that anyone who believes gays are pedophiles are themselves sick in some way. Most child sexual assault isn’t strangers, it’s Dad, Reverend SoandSo, Coach, etc. The people who have access to the child and think about the child all the time and insert the child into their fantasies.
htis sort of prob seems to be tied to being religious / religious leaders,
My Jewish wifes rabbi (tossed out 7 years ago despite a lifetime contract) we finally got the story why
He had sex with a woman who he was counseling
And the fool got her pregant.
Its the old “I’m a god speaker I can do anything mentaltity. BEt you that that creep Akin and Murdoch are rapists – they sure are sexist b!!tches
I am sure he will pull the Jesus card. Everything’s and will be alright with the rest of the hypocrites
Hope he’s ready for prison! Bubba’s waiting!
WOW!!!! this kind of thing needs to be shared every where to show people its not the LGBT community molesting kids its these supposed church people who are fighting against our rights
This goes with my long held belief that anyone who is anti-gay, I automatically assume, is diddling little boys.
Mentally if not physically. Most people dont realize that we have a repeating 9-11 of about 3000 gay kids driven to suciide every year by the right wing extremist / religious hate groups
We ought to do what germany and Israel have- its off to the pokey for hate speech
BTW I just realize that slang name for a jail – I’ve read that molesters really get focused on by the other prisoners because many criminals were molested in their youth and got all screwed up about humanity
Think now of hte catholic church of the endless hidden molestation of childre and the other God fearers whose god is the butt of little kids.
Please do confuse pedophilia with homosexuality. Just because the victims were same sex does not mean that CALEB HESSE was gay. CALEB HESSE is a pedophile whose sexual preference involves the brutalizing of children.
Wouldn’t molesting only male children make you a gay pedophile?
Just further proof that homosexuals don’t abuse children, pedophiles does. I hope this SOB spends the rest of his pathetic life in jail.
This puts a sad tarnish on religion’s otherwise spotless record.
Best comment ever!
10 points for concise sarcasm
Hilarious the last push on Prop 8 was the absurd claim that “educational teachers would indoctrinate children into homosexuality.” And then here, we have a school teacher fully admitting to misconduct who supported the movement for Prop 8.
Ok, so we have already proven that homophobia is a side effect of repressed homosexual urges… So, if you have children and you know someone who is FIERCELY anti-gay you shouldn’t leave your child with that person!
Send your kid to camp at an virulently homophobic church camp and they will probably be molested. This is God’s Will.
hypocrites and zealots. Not surprised in the least.
How long before folk learn to listen to their inner voice? If you give up control to some lizard-brain-licking pastord, you help to perpetuate this kind of horror. PROTECT CHILDREN.
This is disgusting. Not only the amount of hypocrisy but the actual fact that anyone can harm an innocent child. It’s funny how unsurprising it is. Sick people.
this guy kind of makes the case for the organizations he was part of … you know, homosexuals and pedaphilia. This guy is gay, right?
More like “YUCK-a” Valley, amirite?
While this is unsurprising and good to lay bare for the world; I find it offensive to so casually make the implication that pedophilia is at all related to homosexuality. A man attracted to young girls is not a heterosexual and a man attracted to young boys is not a homosexual. Yes, we still live in a world where this distinction needs to be made explicitly.
Surprised? No, me neither.
Wow(<no suprise here just sarcasm) proof that prop 8 groups consist of nothing but sick bastards
There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.
The tide I’m referring to is the growing realization by so many people that religion-all religion-is a barbaric and expoitative enterprise, attracting, as it has throughout history, so many sick and dangerous individuals, intent on their own aggrandizement, at the expense of human progress.What good they’ve done in the aggregate pales in comparison with the bad.
I say kill them all; let their various gods sort them out. They did as much to so many innocents and nonbelievers; It’s time to return the favor.
me thinks he doth protest to much
Here’s another tantalizing story about child molesters in California
no group is perfect. But the catholic church per SNAP raped 100,000 kids in the USA and even worse hid these vile crimes, covered up from the top down
If you google “Southern baptist molest children” (essentially they are evangelicals) I got a hunded thousand hits. Some day I’ll have time to rip their moral ass into the trash heap of history also.
Funny enough Prop 8 was actually trying the save guys like him from themselves…This is just tragic allover. He isn’t just a hypocrite, he had serious psychological problems–I mean really, calling this guy just a hypocrite doesn’t just end there.
Wow how messed up is that man, I say off with his head!
Obviously it’s absolutely sickening to imagine stuff like this going on, but I think we need to focus longer and harder on the social surroundings, personal and professional circumstances in the lives of those who choose to take advantage of children. I also think it’s socially irresponsible to draw statistics designed to accuse others of being pedophiles, for example priests.
At the end of the day people who work closely with children are perhaps in a riskier position if they already potentially look at children as viable sexual or emotional partners because of the close proximity? Perhaps they themselves become conditioned over time to disregard the typical student/teacher child/adult relationship for something more mutual and perhaps come to believe that there is little difference between them, and therefore it’s ok, but of course it’s not, but that is the exact moment when an individual should stop and assess their own life.
The Catholic church is an easy place to start, simply because it enforces celibacy on it’s staff. Despite the fact that there are so many workers in the church who do life changing work wanting little in return, they are faced with a lot of distrust from the public, based on generalised propaganda from a, let’s face it, pathetic faceless and corrupt media of tabloids who have the power to possess the weak and lazy, by suggestive headlines, speculative stories that often lack verification, in which case they use words like ‘believe’. There are however a handful of priests who do look towards children with unsavoury intentions. Being denied the one basic human right is a very dangerous demand to make. We all know that loving relationships can’t last without sex as it is after all a primal need, well what do you do? God or no god, a priest is going to struggle much more than we would, and without the empathetic guidance to help him handel his situation. Having sexual relations with a child can be a convenient way to carry out ones needs and desires in secret, as let’s face it, adults talk about their sex lives too much. This speech narrows down to two things; don’t go thinking that every priest is a pedophile. Rather than getting snippets of news between episodes of America’s Got Talent, go out and read a real paper so then you can make your own informed outlook on life, and two; get rid of the celibacy rule in church. The only reason marriage was conceived was as a way to legitimise sex between couples, so let them have it.
Let’s also bear in mind that a very large number of abusers were abused themselves as children. Only if we can try and better our understand of their childhoods can we aim to spot early signs and put a stop to it.
And one last thing. Ban those disgusting beauty pageants for kids. There doesn’t feel like a great gap between the members of the audience objectively gazing at a girl in a swimming costume, and a lone person in front of a computer screen.
As usual the anti gay are really just shining the spotlight on our gay family, because their own shameful life cannot stand in that glare. Evil man.
his master-signifier is showing…
Always, always you find the most vehemently anti gay people are trying to hide some deep secret, thinking if they are anti gay it will throw people off.
Anyone who has read ‘The Scarlet Letter’ should not be surprised by this sort of thing. Or the bard’ line: ‘Methinks he doth protest too much’.
This is the price our nation pays when a gay boy named Caleb Douglas Hesse (now pictured above) has to grow up secretly hating himself and his suppressed gay feelings. So what does he do–he turns his hate outwardly and punishes the world and little boys.