Alabama evangelist Paul Acton Bowen has been sentenced to 1,008 years in prison – the maximum on all counts – for his guilty pleas to sexually abusing a half dozen teenagers. In addition, he was ordered to pay $840,000 in fines for all counts, also the maximum.
Bowen served for 12 years in a local church, led a citywide student Bible study in Gadsden and was also the host of xlroads TV, a worldwide broadcast viewed weekly by millions of teens and adults in every city in America and more than 170 countries around the world.
After his arrest last year Bowen was suppose to abide by the “Billy Graham Rule” and never be alone with a female other than his wife or with a male under 16 years old. Garmon acknowledges that the second half of that rule “was not always honored.” Dan Savage has photo evidence about that.
If kids got raped by clowns as often as they get raped by preachers it would be illegal to take your kids to the circus.” – Dan Savage
A professional referee says in a lawsuit filed Thursday that disgraced doctor Richard Strauss masturbated in front of him in a shower after a wrestling match at Ohio State University, and he reported the encounter directly to Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who was then the assistant coach.
“Yeah, that’s Strauss,” Jordan and then-head coach Russ Hellickson replied, according to the lawsuit, when the referee, identified in court papers as John Doe 42, told them about the incident. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Ohio, implies that Jordan’s response to the incident, which the referee said happened in 1994, was essentially a shrug.
John Doe 42 is the second person to say he told Jordan directly about either being approached or molested by Strauss, who was found by independent investigators to have sexually abused 177 male students over two decades.
In a new class action lawsuit on behalf of former male university students extreme right-wing Republican Jim Jordan has been named for failing to prevent sexual abuse perpetrated by a university doctor.
Jordan, the jut-jawed Republican and anti-gay crusader in the House, is singled out in the suit: He’s one of only three former school officials named, including Strauss, though the action is aimed at all the coaches, administrators and others in positions of responsibility at OSU who, it claims, stood by while students and student-athletes were repeatedly “sexually abused, harassed, and molested,” and “forced” to seek treatment from a well-known predator even after they complained. (Strauss was the sole team doctor for the wrestlers; the men say they either had to choose to let injuries go untreated, as the lawsuit says some did, or subject themselves to yet another assault.)
The lead plaintiff, “John Doe,” says he was groped, assaulted and molested at least 20 times. The other wrestlers have told reporters how Strauss allegedly used any excuse to make them expose themselves and grope them, and the lawsuit adds some sickening details:
“On one occasion, Plaintiff suffered a rib injury while wrestling and made an appointment to see Dr. Strauss for treatment. Dr. Strauss instructed Plaintiff to drop his pants so he could examine Plaintiff’s scrotum for a hernia. Plaintiff was young and believed that Dr. Strauss’ actions were medically necessary, but felt violated and helpless.”
The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that Strauss also took photographs of the men he was forcing to disrobe unnecessarily. It describes how he “regularly touched students’ genitals and breast areas, often at the same time, regularly measured students’ scrotums, all for the purpose of his own sexual arousal and gratification, and for no legitimate medical purpose and for no other reason than to satisfy his own sexual desires.
And Jim Jordan who was the wrestling coach at the time knew all about it.
*CAVEAT: This article originally appeared in Rolling Stone of September 2019. We call this news “new” because this issue and Jordan’s involvement has flown under the radar of many and has been ignored. While of course we expect the horrid Republicans to stay quiet on this sexual abuse case and Jordan’s involvement it’s extremely disturbing that the #MeToo movement has not said a word about this. Be sure if the abuse happened to female athletes instead of males they would lose their minds.
House Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan – a conservative firebrand from Champaign County – announced Thursday that he’ll run for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Should the American people entrust us with the majority again in the 116th Congress, I plan to run for Speaker of the House to bring real change to the House of Representatives,” said a statement Jordan released through a spokesman.
“President Trump has taken bold action on behalf of the American people,” his statement continued. “Congress has not held up its end of the deal, but we can change that. It’s time to do what we said.”
Jordan’s announcement comes amid recent accusations that Jordan was aware, as an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University three decades ago, that a team doctor allegedly was sexually abusing athletes.
Several former wrestlers have said the team discussed alleged misconduct with Jordan about Strauss touching them inappropriately during appointments and showering with them. Jordan denies all knowledge of the sexual abuse that happened.
A seventh former Ohio State University wrestler said Saturday that he believes Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) knew about inappropriate behavior that allegedly took place in the school’s athletic department three decades ago, as two more former team members came to Jordan’s defense.
David Range, who wrestled for Ohio State in the late 1980s, said Jordan had to have known about alleged sexual misconduct by Richard Strauss, an athletic doctor whose behavior is under investigation by the school, because it happened regularly to team members and people talked about it. Jordan has denied he knew, saw or heard about any inappropriate behavior while he was an assistant wrestling coach from 1987 to 1995.
“Jordan definitely knew that these things were happening — yes, most definitely,” Range told The Washington Post. “It was there. He knew about it because it was an everyday occurrence.”
As of this writing no politicians, Democrats or Republicans have called for Jim Jordan’s resignation.
Family Values and vehemently anti-LGBT GOP Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is being accused of knowing about and willfully ignoring the sexual abuse of the male wrestlers he coached at Ohio State University.
An NBC News report published Tuesday alleged the powerful Ohio congressman was aware of allegations that a doctor was molesting members of the wrestling team when he was an assistant wrestling coach from 1986 to 1994, but that he ignored those claims of abuse.
Ohio State University announced in April it was investigating abuse allegations against Dr. Richard Strauss, who died in 2005, for allegedly abusing team members from the mid-1970s to late 1990s. Three former wrestlers told NBC News it was known that the doctor would shower regularly with the students and touch them inappropriately during appointments.
Did he know of allegations that a team doctor was molesting members of his team? “I never heard of abuse, plain and simple,” the Ohio Republican told me over the phone. “No one ever reported or talked about abuse. I never heard of it.”
Two other former wrestlers dispute that claim.
“I considered Jim Jordan a friend,” DiSabato said. “But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn’t know what was going on.”
Mike DiSabato, a former wrestler at OSU who is one Strauss’ many victims, told CNN there is no question in his mind that Jordan “knew it all.”
DiSabato said during his time at OSU, Strauss’ alleged abuse of athletes was widely known and discussed. “We trained every day together. His (Jordan’s) locker was located next to Doc Strauss. It was a common uncomfortable joke that “Doc likes to hold your penis”.
DiSabato said there were many conversations in which Jordan acknowledged Strauss’ alleged actions. Jordan’s response would be along the lines of: “If he ever touches me, I’ll kill him.”
Jordan, responded to allegations denying that he turned a blind eye to sexual abuse during his time as an assistant Ohio State wrestling coach.
He and Pace interviewed in March 2016 for jobs at “The Pines,” an enclave of bars and restaurants which cater primarily to the LGBTQ community, according to their Brooklyn federal court filing.
Rapuano-Novella was “hired on the spot” via Skype during a bizarre interview in which Priola asked him to take off his shirt, the suit says. Pace, a Long Island resident, was asked to report for his interview to Priola’s hot tub on the island, the suit alleges.
Before Rapuano-Novella even got to Fire Island, Priola, who was twice his age, allegedly sent him “inappropriate texts,” noting in one that “you’re perfect” and asking for explicit photos, the suit says.
Rapuano-Novella charges in the suit that Priola repeatedly asked him to sleep over and “groped his penis.”
In addition, Rapuano-Novella claims he was forced to promote live sex shows, which was never discussed as a part of his job description prior to starting employment. (That is a new one on me.)
I haven’t yet come forward with my #metoo story because I was waiting for the right moment. A lot of people know I worked on Fire Island last year. My time on the island was abruptly cut short when a series of dark harassments and assaults at the hands of my boss drove me from the place.
So lets get this straight. Well as much as we can.
“Rapuano-Novella was “hired on the spot” via Skype during a interview in which Priola asked him to take off his shirt” But he still continued wanting the job.
Priola, sent him “inappropriate texts,” noting in one that “you’re perfect” and asking for explicit photos.” BEFORE the job started. But RN still wanted the job.
He was told to “Report to Priola’s hot tub on the island foe his interview.” And went and still took the job.
Now these are some seriously major red flags Rapuano-Novell should have noticed.
Look sexual harassment and abuse is a serious problem. But suddenly the floodgates are open and all kinds of accusations are spilling forth. Some true and some perhaps not so true. But with both Rapuano-Novella and Pace being 22 years old and all the warnings that were had before they started the job. Something just does not seem quite right.
Now I am not saying they are lying or telling the truth. I am just saying we must all be careful.
As for the live sex shows on Fire Island? Anyone got the address?
A 24-year-old gay Brooklyn man was robbed of his cellphone at “fake” gunpoint, beaten, and then sexually assaulted around 3:30 a.m. on September 5th, the victim was approached by a man who pretended to have a gun at Myrtle and Throop Avenues.
Police are seeking a 21-year-old Julius Wright (pictured) who after taking the victim’s phone, asked the victim his sexual orientation, began berating the man with anti-gay slurs and then sexually assaulting him.
The victim was later taken Woodhull Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.
Meanwhile police are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Wright (described as 6’1″, 170 lbs. with the word “Slim” tattooed on his right forearm) to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
Nine out of the 12 jurors found Boy Scouts of America and its local body, the Portland-based Cascade Pacific Council, negligent in the lawsuit brought by plaintiff Kerry Lewis, who is now 38. The Boy Scouts of America said in a statement on its Web site that it plans to appeal the verdict. “”We are gravely disappointed with the verdict. We believe that the allegations made against our youth protection efforts are not valid… We are saddened by what happened to the plaintiff. The actions of the man who committed these crimes do not represent the values and ideals of the Boy Scouts of America.” he jury found that the Boy Scouts of America was liable for 60 percent of the negligence and the Cascade Pacific Council was responsible for 15 percent. Together they will have to pay Lewis $1.05 million.
The scoutmaster involved had confessed to the LDS church and Boy Scout leaders that he molested at least 17 scouts, yet he was allowed to remain in contact with the boys. The LDS does not have to pay their portion of the judgment because they settled out of court with the plaintiff last year.
The punitive damages portion of the trial begins next week. Lawyers for the plaintiff are asking for another $25M
There is supposedly a whole file on the BSA, ( a 1,000 case file, it is reported.) containing such abuses. And the Mormon church is one of the main sponsors of the BSA and they are distancing themselves quickly with confidentiality agreements.
As horrible as this is and it IS horrible. Misery does loves company. The Catholic Church must be so relieved.