Archive for Thursday, June 3, 2010

Lawrence couple accused of sexually assaulting two little girls makes first appearance in court

Bond set at $500,000 for man, $10,000 for woman

The 32-year-old Lawrence man was arrested on multiple counts of rape as well as sodomy and other charges. A local pastor from Heritage Baptist Church has been named as a witness in the case.

June 3, 2010


Lawrence police said Thursday they are investigating whether there may be more victims in a case involving a couple arrested for sex crimes against two young girls.

The Lawrence couple made their first appearance in Douglas County District Court on Thursday afternoon. Bond for the man was set at $500,000, while the woman’s was set at $10,000. The husband and wife were ordered to have no contact with each other or the victims, who authorities described as family friends.

Police said the parents of the girls, who are now 8 and 10, reported to officers that the girls said the man had raped both of them repeatedly during the past two years. The rapes, police said, reportedly occurred at a home in the north-central part of Lawrence.

The 32-year-old man was arrested on four counts of rape, three counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The man’s wife, 33, was arrested on charges of endangering a child and felony lewd and lascivious behavior.

The criminal complaint was made available Thursday. It named several witnesses, including the Rev. Scott Hanks, head pastor of Heritage Baptist Church.

A church official confirmed that the male suspect is a member of the congregation. It is unclear whether the male suspect had any involvement with the church’s youth programs.

In a statement Thursday, Hanks said, “The Heritage Baptist Church is ashamed and appalled at the actions of (the suspect). The church stands against rape, sodomy, and indecent liberties with a child. Such wicked and vile acts should be punished and not tolerated in or outside any church.”

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Lawrence Police Department at 832-7509 or CrimeStoppers at 843-TIPS (8477).

The Journal-World does not name suspects in sex crimes unless there is a conviction.


Steve Jacob 6 years, 11 months ago

Why in the world would the church even bring up they are members? Why talk about it?

And LJW, the "little" in "little girls" headline almost sounds infamatory.

Jonathan Kealing 6 years, 11 months ago

The church was mentioned — and we discussed this at length — because the victims volunteered there, according to neighbors and at least one member of the congregation, and police are looking for additional victims.

If your kids may have come in contact with these people, you'd want to know to talk to them. We tried to do that in a way without identifying the victims or the suspects.

Steve Jacob 6 years, 11 months ago

Not talking about the LJW mentioning them, but the church.

jackpot 6 years, 11 months ago

It was out on K.C. t.v. stations last night. I don't think the church was named. Maybe had info to get back to the church, so the church wanted to get in front of it.

overthemoon 6 years, 11 months ago

The victims or suspects are volunteers at the church?

Kelly Johnson 6 years, 11 months ago

I am assuming the church is mentioning it because they know that sooner or later it will come out that the accused couple are affiliated with the church, and if the church didn't say something right away it would make them look as though they are trying to hide something.

The part I find interesting about the church's statement is that it didn't say anything about assuming the couple is innocent until they are proven guilty...

Jonathan Kealing 6 years, 11 months ago

I should say, we did edit the statement lightly (where you see the ellipsis) because printing it as he wrote it (including the name of the accused) would have exposed us to considerable liability if the accused were not convicted. He actually did condemn the individual pretty explicitly.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 6 years, 11 months ago

When the prior story said "Baptist church", I assumed it was Heritage. They have an enmeshed, cult-like culture there. It's the sort of culture that breeds this kind of activity. What most Christians don't realize/acknowledge is that intensely legalistic churches historically are the very churches that have the MOST sexual issues. Read Paul's letter to the Galatians: the letter is about LEGALISM and FLESHLY SIN because that's what happens in legalistic churches. Where you have legalism, you always have compulsive behaviors and fear-bonded relationships.

Grace teaches us to say no to ungodliness (per Paul's letter to Titus).

Zachary Stoltenberg 6 years, 11 months ago

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 6 years, 11 months ago

My apologies to Heritage Baptist's leaders and members. I regret posting this. It's unfair and ingracious.

JovianaRex 6 years, 11 months ago

Members would value that statement, OldEnuf2B, and will find consolation in it's humility. No human is immune to error. Let him who is without sin, cast the first stone. That having been said: anyone who is concerned about this "trend" in churches, legalistic or otherwise, would be well advised to search a particular name. That name is Oliver O'Grady,( I believe). And also to rent the movie called "Deliver Us From Evil" which is a documentary on Fr. O'Grady's particular interpretation with regards to a Roman Catholic priest "role" in the life of his parishioners, and their children. The Roman church covered up his trail for 30 years and expedited him out of the country to avoid legal prosecution. He even wanted to come back and confess, because his conscience would not let him continue. The Vatican---and I was so despaired to see the RC church do this--- assured O'Grady that if he EVER went back to the States and confessed, he would be on his own, and his annuity for his retirement would be forfeit also. He did not come back. The Vatican refused to even speak to the now grown-up victims, several children that he had raped when they were 7 or 8. These two tragic crimes had similar exterior appearances except in one important difference.

  In contrast, in THIS case, there is an independent church, answering both to it's members and the community, NOT hiding or covering up, but stepping up, to open the door to the truth, and to make sure that "the price that Caesar demands", is the one that is paid in full, as our laws (which by their nature, tend to be very "legalistic") demand a punitive consequence, and rightly so, even in a secular point-of-view.
 In addition a statement of grief and compassion was made to both to church members and to citizens at large, by the pastor of the church.  Christ forgave the sinner next to him, when He died on the cross. But He didn't take that sinner down off of the cross that he was on. We are all of us imperfect, and none of us can "throw the first stone".

Michael Capra 6 years, 11 months ago

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CowboyII 6 years, 11 months ago

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igby 6 years, 11 months ago

We shouldn't blame any church for these sex offenders that abuse children. They're everywhere, any many join churches, daycare's, youth groups and schools, so they can have contact with children. You just never know why some people's mind is thinking about doing to your children or why they're like they are.

Munsoned 6 years, 11 months ago

Well said. It makes no difference where the offender had access to kids. It's THAT he/she had access to kids.

Just_as_if 6 years, 11 months ago

Why is it that anyone thinks that Pastor Hanks is at fault in any way? The actions of the accused was clearly stated "the incidents occured in the home" not at the church. To say the this church is legalistic is a false statement, because if it was a legalistic church, they would be following all of the Old Testament Laws, which require burnt sacrifices, and worship services held on Saturday, etc...I don't see any altar with a burnt oxen on it over there.

fabian_zimbabwe 6 years, 11 months ago

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fabian_zimbabwe 6 years, 11 months ago

Touchy, touchy! I merely point out that further details to this story (important ones, like the names of the accused) are available on the KC Star Web site and I get removed?

Jonathan Kealing 6 years, 11 months ago

We do not allow the names of accused perpetrators of sex crimes to be posted.

Charlie Sabotage 6 years, 11 months ago

the church is the last concern to me of this article. those two people should be put to death. Horrible, horrible people

Just_as_if 6 years, 11 months ago

Justchuck-you are right, the church should be the last concern, but some people make an assumption that since they attended the church, that the church condoned or knew about the acts. Which from the pastor's statement neither are true.

Fabian_zimbabwe-I believe it was the fact that you copied their names into you post which got it removed.

CowboyII 6 years, 11 months ago

The Reverand Hanks knew about this months ago-maybe as long as a year ago !! The childrens parents and concerned parishners had spoke to Hanks. They were told that the situation was not to be talked about outside of the doors of HBC. (wouldn't want to taint the church name) Hanks found out that someone in the church was talking about it at their workplace and someone was going to call the police. Hanks then made the decision to make this pervert go public. This is a fear based cult !!! Now the concerned perishner who talked about it at work, was ostercised in front of the church members on Wed night !!! Punished for doing the right thing !!!

Just_as_if 6 years, 11 months ago

Hey CowboyII-your information is tainted and askewed. No one was brought up in front of the church on Wed night, or ostercised.

CowboyII 6 years, 11 months ago

Not according to the my sources. This was spoke about at a recent meeting at the church. When the pastor told those at the meeting about it being talked about outside the church, the individual referenced for talking about it got up to leave, the pastor told them to come back here. When they continued to leave, 2 decons followed them out. Talk about trying to intimidate a concerned individual doing right by the law and for the little girls raped.

Kelly Johnson 6 years, 11 months ago

If this is indeed the case, I'm very disturbed because the article states the girls were repeatedly raped over the last two years. Does this mean the girls were not protected from these people even after it was known they were being abused??

I am trusting that LPD is doing a thorough investigation here because as Dr. Phil says - for every rat you see, there's 100 more you don't.

Honeybeeee21 6 years, 10 months ago

Being a former member of the church...and the First to be ostercised by good ol Hanks, what 10 yrs ago?...this sounds extremely accurate.....that's just the way they runs things around there...sad =(

hercules2 6 years, 10 months ago

No one was brought up but someone did argue with Pastor and won't be allowed back, I bet.

Honeybeeee21 6 years, 10 months ago

Mr Hercules2 must still be a member...if he's calling him "pastor" God forbid anyone to argue with Mr. Hanks...since when is it "ok" to be kicked out for arguing?? Hanks tries to brainwash you...whatever he says or thinks goes...if you have an opinion outside of his..You're gone!! Yea ok...that's how a loving Pastor is suppost to run his church..or should I say God's church....the problem is...he truely does think it's HIS church.

ohseriously 6 years, 11 months ago

For All the News LJW Sees Fit Not to Print!

igby 6 years, 11 months ago

Then you should feel right at home in a (church), "the devil's tool", along with rock and roll, which over 80% of the lyrics in the songs mock God, his people, Christ, the gospel, or anything holy. Man has become so evil on Earth, that he has surpassed even Satan, the Devil. The Devil is in fact angry about it. God does not need him anymore and he feels lonely. He's use to the sport of deviling and frankly, the growling of demons eating the flesh of mankind. But, all the demons on earth have set up a system of computing that is practically hands free anymore and requires little work in the art of spoiling. He offered me a little taste, but I declined. Lol. I asked him why he was crying to me about his belly aches and pains about mankind. I offended him with the truth and he stormed off to hell to sulk for and hour. Then he came back riding on the ring of Saturn and wanted a vacation for 3.5 years. I told him that God had a replacement, "Horus". Bid him fare well, the door did hit him in the butt and Neptune forked and pinched his barbed tail as he was leaving.

I was just talking yesterday with the Devil and he said he could give a rats butt less about the churches or religion because he really has no claim on anything holy. Their not worth anything to him, however, he was rejoicing with the millions upon millions of people he was laying claim too and even called them "his children". He was bragging about what a fine sacrifice they were going to make him and all the souls that they were going to steal from them. In one hour, he bragged, he would snatch over 6.9 billion souls off the face of the earth. He did promise God his just reward and as God's most loyal servant, he will do as he is ordered under his contract from the beginning of time. The enforcer of the law, the devil, spoiler and king of the Air will do his duty. He did swear to it.

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