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What Wouldn't Jesus Do?: John Fiala Apprehended For Gunpoint Sexual Assault

By Chris Parker in Lists, bad clergy
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 9:00 am
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Priests are persuasive, and even more so from the other side of a barrel. Fugitive Rocksprings, Texas preacher John Fiala was arrested in Lawrence, Kansas after plying a 16-year old boy with gifts and then forcing him to commit sex acts at gunpoint. Fiala's our top perp in this week's What Wouldn't Jesus Do?...
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5. Chester King, Jr.

Retirement can be perplexing. With so much time on your hands, what do you do? Retired priest Chester King decided to spend time in the park. The 71-year old Converse, Texas holy man spotted what turned out to be an undercover park police officer, and made a head nod to say, "Hey come here, I want to show you something."

Needless to say the officer was not particularly pleased to find King sitting in his car with a fistful of bologna trying to squeeze juice out of it. He told the arresting officers that he was a priest and occasionally visited the park before church. I suppose it was a needed tension release before seeing the congregation bowed down on their knees before him.

King retired last year after 27 years with the Diocese of the Rio Grande, but still filled in when other clergy went on vacation. More support for the the theory, idle hands are the devil's playground. Just be sure to wash up after going down the slide.

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4. Darryl Todd

What does a 32-year old Laurinburg, South Carolina preacher have to talk about with a 14-year old girl? How whack Ke$ha is? Of course, we don't know that Pastor Darryl Todd said anything short of "bend over bitch" during the three incidents of statutory rape he's charged with committing in April and May of this year.

The senior pastor of Spring Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Todd also serves as President of the Union for the Pee Dee Missionary Baptist Educational Association. The married father of two has worked with several other area Baptist boards or organizations. Police indicated that he didn't know the girl through church without elaborating. He was released on an unsecured $50,000 bond.

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3. Derwin Pasley

Derwin Pasley's behavior finally caught up with him. The 33-year old youth minister and pee-wee football coach plead guilty on Friday to molesting three boys, two 13 and 14-year old former players on his Black Hills Junior Football League team in Olympia, Washington last year, and one 13-year old while he was a youth pastor at Risen Faith Fellowship in 2002.

The latter case was actually reported to police, but they felt there was insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges. Pasley was also charged with two counts of sexual battery of a minor in Miami-Dade County in 1994, though he was acquitted.

Pasley coached the team of second through eighth grades for nine years before his arrest last October. One boy claimed Pasley gave him a ride home, exposed himself and locked the doors as he demanded the child perform a sex act. He fondled the boy before letting him out of the car. According to prosecutors, several other boys that played on his football teams came forward, though Pasley was only charged in two cases. The prosecuting and defense attorney's are recommending a 12 1/2 year prison sentence.

Doesn't it seem like after the 2002 accusation they'd keep an eye on a potential pedophile priest who coached a kid's football team, rather than let him run up more "conquests" the next seven years? it all makes football coaches' typical "good job" pats on the ass seem even creepier.

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2. William Spencer

When bad things happen to good people, you can generally find a slimeball like William Spencer in the vicinity. The 68-year old Franklin, Tennessee man was an elder at the Fourth Avenue Church of Christ, and solicited more than 100 friends, family and fellow parishioners to take part in his investment fraud.

Eighty percent of the investors in his ponzi scheme were elderly members of his church who gave him their life savings. He promised returns of 10 to 12 percent and gave them a promissory note, pledging his personal assets and life insurance as collateral with repayment due in six months to a year. However, that was rarely the case. Some faced foreclosure, were unable to make needed home repairs or buy medicine because of the money he took. For twelve years Spencer ran his scam extracting nearly $1.9 million, which he never invested but rather used to pay for personal expenses.

Spencer, who actually worked as a legitimate broker for several investment firms over the years lost his job in 2008. In August of last year he was charged with violating FINA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Rules, and in April he was indicted. Last month he was sentenced to six and a half years in prison and ordered to make $1.4 million in restitution.

It seems like it's easier to find a trustworthy mechanic than investment broker.

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1. John Fiala

Beware of priests bearing gifts -- they may want something unspeakable in return. Such is the case of John Fiala, a 51-year old Catholic priest from Rocksprings, Texas who first eyed his 16-year old victim playing basketball for the local high school.

He showered the teen with gifts -- a laptop, cell phone, MP3 player, alcohol and a car. (What kind of parent isn't suspicious of a priest who buys their high school kid a car??) Fiala evidently felt the teen owed him something and leveraged the car into making the teen perform oral sex. Indeed, he molested him up to twice a month from January to August 2008, during private catechism classes. (Religious instruction that suggests the distant, faint refrain of Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It.")

Once Fiala took the teen to visit his girlfriend in Big Springs, Texas, three and a half hours away. On the way back they stopped at a motel where Fiala pulled a gun and forced the teen to pleasure him. He pulled the gun one other time to enforce his sexual compliance as well.

Naturally, this wasn't Fiala's first instance of questionable behavior. In 2002 a man came forward accusing the priest of making unwanted advances toward him while preaching in Omaha, Nebraska in 1985, when the man was a minor. They found the claim credible and paid for the man's counseling. The Nebraska church alerted Fiala's supervisors, who failed to act. This despite the fact the Archdiocese of San Antonio settled a lawsuit for $4million in 1998, filed by seven boys from the Rocksprings area sexually abused by pedophile priest Xavier Ortiz-Dietz. (Is there some point where they begin to take this stuff seriously?)

Fiala was removed from his position in October 2008, when the latest charges came to the church's attention. A lawsuit followed in April, and law enforcement eventually got involved. A week ago Friday Fiala was apprehended by U.S. Marshalls in his red and black Mustang. Last Monday he was indicted by a grand jury. He faces four counts of sex crimes against children.

Hopefully the judge will give him something to wipe that smug smile from his face.

Read last Tuesday's What Wouldn't Jesus Do?: Johnny Cabe Fondles Boy At Illegal Church Clinic.

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