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But have you heard of the Iowa youth pastor who is walking free after confessing to raping boys to “cure” them of homosexuality?
Well, that’s precisely what happened in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Brent Girouex, 31, was arrested on 60 counts of suspicion of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist.
You would think Girouex’s crimes would send him to prison for the rest of his life. Outrageously, that’s not the case. The judge in the case sentenced Girouex to 17 years in prison last week, and then immediately suspended the sentence in favor of sex offender treatment and five years probation. All Girouex has to do is avoid violating his probation and he’ll NEVER spend a single minute in a prison cell.
A 68-year-old man convicted of sexually assaulting a child was sentenced and prosecutors say there may be more victims who haven't come forward.
A Pottawattamie County judge sentenced Bobby Ervin Smith to 20 years in prison and ordered him to be supervised by corrections officers for the rest of his life.
"It was wrong. It should have never happened. I'll pay for it. Not here, but with the lord, forever," Smith said.
Judge Greg Steensland, who scolded Smith in court Monday, called the evidence overwhelming against Smith, who was convicted in November of sexually abusing a boy in 1998.
"You violated one of the most sacred trusts a person could have. You were a mentor to a 12-year-old boy," Steensland said. "That is one of the greatest violations this society could ever every think of, and the fact that you did it through your church is even worse."
The victim, now 27, told investigators that Smith assaulted him at a Council Bluffs motel during a fishing trip in 1998.
Smith knew him through his role as a youth coordinator at First Baptist Church in Harlan; however, the fishing trip was not part of a church activity.
Prosecutor Dan McGinn hopes this is the first of many convictions.
"We have reason to believe there are a lot of other victims," McGinn said.
Prosecutors urge any possible victims to go to the authorities.
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Why would you be speechless, why are we even surprised by this at all?
I don't normally buy in to some of the theories thrown around but cases like this, the recent story about the teacher who got 30 days and so on are starting to make me think demons are real and possessing many authority figures.
UPDATED 7:55 AM CST Mar 08, 2012
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -
A former youth pastor accused of sexually abusing a half-dozen boys and men has been put on probation and ordered to get sex offender treatment.
A judge told Brent Girouex, "Because this is a sexual abuse case, you are committed to custody of the Department of Corrections for rest of your life."
Early in the case, dating to March 2011, Girouex faced 89 charges. Pottawattamie County prosecutors then consolidated the charges.
Girouex pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree sexual abuse in November. He also entered an Alford plea to two counts of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist, admitting that prosecutors had enough evidence to find him guilty.
Girouex's defense countered the prosecution's case, saying that the age of consent has to factor in and that some of the victims weren't necessarily victims because they were too old. But, for the two victims that were too young, Girouex admitted wrongdoing.
If Girouex violates his probation, he'll face the maximum penalty for two counts of sexual exploitation and one count of third-degree sexual abuse.
Prosecutors said Girouex's treatment at the sexual offender treatment facility could last anywhere between 90 and 120 days, or even longer. Once he's done with that, he'll be under the supervision of the Iowa Department of Corrections for the rest of his life.
Just goes to show that without proper qualifications and an umbrella authority to maintain a sembelance of legitimacy, any one can claim to be a counsellor or therapist.
So, this creep believes homosexuality can be cured by anal sex. Got it.
And the other creep says "No punishment for you, we'll cure you instead!". Got it.
It also appears that without any credible intelligence or brains to speak of, you can also claim to be a representative of the law and dish out your own style of justice.
Personally... and I take my own responsibility for it, I'd execute both of them.
representing no one but my own angered self. deviants in positions of authority of any sort, really bloody snap my man tits.
edit on 12-9-2013 by winofiend because: (no reason given)
reply to post by James1982
I understand your objection to people of faith, but the real problems of exploitation are in our public schools.
Conspiracy of Silence: US Public Schools Sex Abuse Goes Unreported and Unpunished
A Dept. of Education/Hofstra University study in 2002 estimated that over the course of a 12-year education, 4 million children are exploited in our public schools.
Now you can get indignant.