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This Week In Holy Crimes

Over the last seven days...

South Carolina: Pastor Charles Ledford arrested for embezzling over $250K from his church.
Louisiana: Pastor Elijah Mealancon busted for stealing $100K from an elderly parishioner.
New Brunswick: Father Charles Jean Picot found guilty of child molestation.
Georgia: Pastor Kenneth Terrell pleads guilty to embezzling $200K from his church. Terrell has been arrested 27 times in the past.
Missouri: Father Martin T. Sigillito charged in $52M Ponzi scam.
California: Father Antonio Cortes sentenced for child molestation.
New York: Rabbi Gavriel Bidany found guilty of groping the genitals of a sleeping female on a flight from Tel Aviv to JFK.
North Carolina: Pastor John Jackson arrested for using church money to insure his five Cadillacs.
Nevada: Pastor Raymond Mosley charged with molesting a four year-old girl.
Britain: Father Wojciech Jasinski charged with exhuming the corpse of a child saint in order to move the bones closer to his mother's grave. Happy Mother's Day!
Wisconsin: Pastor Travis Gandy convicted of child molestation and possession of child porn.
Arizona: Christian school teacher Joshua Carroll charged with child molestation.
Arkansas: Pastor Joel Church pleads guilty to possession of child pornography.
Wisconsin: Pastor Leon Piepenbrink charged with embezzling $68K from his church.
Missouri: White supremacist Pastor Robert Joos loses federal appeal on weapons possession conviction.
Virginia: Pastor Steve Dean charged with child molestation.

This Week's Winner
Ontario: Bishop Raymond Lahey has pleaded guilty to possession and importation of child pornography. Lahey was arrested at the Ottawa airport after nervously denying that he possessed a laptop. Noting that his passport contained stamps from countries infamous for child pornography, customs agents confiscated a computer and a memory stick found to contain over 500 images of young boys being "enslaved and degraded." In 2009, Lahey had brokered a $15M settlement from his diocese to victims of molestation by priests, saying at the time, "I want to formally apologize to every victim and to their families for the sexual abuse that was inflicted upon those young people who were entitled instead to the trust and protection of priests of the church."

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