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5th sexual offender identified at Toledo COGIC church

June 25, 2012 8 comments

How is it possible one church can harbor so many sexual criminals and continue functioning and representing the Church of God in Christ?  That would be the question Bishop Charles Blake, Sr should answer.

Today, Report COGIC Abuse confirmed that the St James Holiness COGIC in Toledo, OH, now has the dubious distinction of having had 5 sexual offenders in its ministry ranks. St. James Church is also known as “The Armory” [website here]. The church is a part of the Ohio North Jurisdiction where Bishop Edward Cook presides.

According to law enforcement officials at the Lucas County (OH) Jail,  Eddie Jordan, a Sunday School teacher at the church, is incarcerated and awaiting trial on 3 counts of kidnapping and 2 counts of attempted rape.

In November 2009, RCA broke the heinous story of this same church who had harbored 4 other convicted pedophiles in leadership positions.

“St James Holiness Church of God in Christ in Toledo may have a set a nauseating new low. The church has had four convicted pedophiles operating in ministry with the Pastor’s knowledge. But that’s only the beginning of this shocking story which truly symbolizes why drastic reform is needed in COGIC now.

The pastor of St James, William James, Jr. didn’t put the men out of the church, it took legal action against them to stop their predatory activities.”

The pedophiles who were on payroll at St James:
James Jones organist
Arthur Bishop saxophonist
Bryan Watkins minister
Nathan Fullove organist

A  representative at St. James church refused to deny or affirm Eddie Jordan’s position at the church.

Its unclear if COGIC will enact any of its zero tolerance policies against the church or the pastor who appears to have a predeliction of harboring people with extremely questionable moral behavior in his church.

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COGIC official pleads guilty to child sex crimes

An update on the case of Pastor Milton Wells, first reported on this blog April 13.  A Michigan news outlet reported March 8th that the brother of General Board member Bishop Nathaniel Wells had been ordered by a Michigan judge to stand trial on multiple counts of criminal sexual assault of two young girls who were members of his local church.

Wells had served as a Southeast Regional Administrator for the Western Michigan COGIC Jurisdiction  and was a well known community activist.  News media reports say that after an investigation was launched in 2010, Wells “stepped down” as pastor of the Open Door Ministries COGIC in Kalamazoo.

But now, Wells has pleaded guilty. [source]

Milton Wells, 63, pleaded guilty Friday to one count each of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He is free on a $10,000 personal-recognizance bond, and is scheduled to be back in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court June 29 for sentencing.

Two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and seven counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct against Wells are to be dismissed at sentencing, court documents show.

According to Michigan Penal code 750.520c. criminal sexual conduct in the 2nd Degree (there are four degrees) is a felony, which means Wells could spend up to fifteen years, but not more than in prison and with significant fines. In addition, “second degree” refers to the type of crime committed. It means that an individual had sexual CONTACT (penetration is 1st degree) with a minor, a person between the ages of 13 to 16.  Other “variables”  are also considered such as was the victim related to the accuser, did the accuser use a weapon, or force and coersion, etc.  He could also be forced to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

This story will be updated again after Wells’ June 29th sentencing.