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This Week In Holy Crimes

Over the last seven days...

Florida: Pastor Bernard LeCorn charged with grand theft, uttering a false instrument, forgery and exploitation of the elderly.
Connecticut: Father Michael Fadden claims that Bishop William Lori threatened to send him to a nuns' convent after Fadden helped expose another priest who had embezzled $1M.
Tennessee: Lawyers for Pastor John McCarroll claim that his arrest for indecent exposure was wrongful because the glory hole in a park restroom stall cannot be considered a "public place." SRSLY.
Kansas: Father Doug Campbell arrested in sex sting at Wichita park. KAKE-TV editorializes that "it is important to note" that the charges against Campbell "do not involve children." Why would people think that?
Georgia: Pastor Otis Ray Hope sentenced to three years in prison for conspiring to defraud a bank of $1.75M.
Texas: A mistrial has been declared in the case against Pastor Elbert Edginton, whose lawyer argued that the 800 kiddie porn sites found in Edginton's internet history were for research purposes.
Kentucky: Pastor Henry Humphrey indicted on 11 charges of defrauding the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Humphrey faces 160 years in prison and a $2.5M fine.
England: Father James Robinson extradited from the U.S. to face 22 counts of molesting young boys.
Illinois: Rabbi Marvin Berkowitz charged with filing $35M worth of tax refunds in the names of 3300 federal prison inmates.

This week's winner:
Florida: Pastor Kent Hovind's creationism theme park, Dinosaur Adventure Land, has been seized by the federal government three years after Hovind and his wife were sentenced to ten years in prison for refusing to pay employee payroll taxes and money laundering. The theme park depicts the "true 4000-6000 year history" of the Earth, in which dinosaurs and humans existed side-by-side.

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