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January 6th, 2024
- Last week, Minick read articles covering how SBC and others reached a confidential settlement in a six-year suit accusing Pressler of sex abuse and alleging that others including First Baptist Church of Houston were responsible for covering up crimes.  - "It just left me wondering who all knew and what else are they hiding," Minick said Monday, expressing frustration that the case would never reach its February trial date. It was his belief that SBC had "calculated the cost of the cost of settlement versus trial and did what they had to do to protect themselves and there was no...

January 6th, 2024
- The suit prompted a major newspaper investigation into Southern Baptist sexual abuse and seven other men to come forward with allegations against Paul Pressler, an influential conservative activist and former Texas judge. - Rollins said weaponized religious language to justify his predations — were so traumatizing that he unconsciously developed a sort of Stockholm syndrome that, coupled with the drug and alcohol addictions he blamed on the trauma, made it impossible to recognize himself as a victim until decades had passed. Thus, Rollins argued, his statute of limitations should have begun when he realized he had been...

November 10th, 2023
The boy said he regularly got called to Schutte’s office throughout the rest of the school year and missed class at times. The boy said he and Schutte repeatedly had sexual contact in both Bucks and Montgomery counties in June and July of 2023.  The boy also said he and Schutte communicated through the school district’s messaging app “Canvas” as well as the social media app Snapchat.  While searching through the boy’s cellphone, police found messages between him and Schutte as well as pictures of them together at her home in Pennsburg, according to the criminal complaint. Investigators...

September 2nd, 2023
John Shores was charged with attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and attempted enticement of a minor. The judge decided to release the 54-year-old before the trial with GPS tracking. Another condition of his release was to have no contact with any children, including his family. According to court documents, he was in possession of four different cellphones, and he used the Whisper app to request child pornography or to trade pictures for child pornography. Court documents said Shores was texting an 11-year-old girl, asking for sexually explicit photos. He also asked a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old...

August 30th, 2023
PRESS RELEASE A federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia returned an indictment today charging a former FBI contractor with sexual exploitation of children. According to court documents, Brett Janes, 26, of Arlington, Virginia, allegedly contacted roughly a dozen minor boys over Discord and Snapchat. He allegedly groomed the minors by telling them he worked for a U.S. intelligence agency before repeatedly threatening suicide if the minors did not continue to communicate with him. Janes allegedly enticed one victim, a 13-year-old boy whom he met through the first-person shooter game Valorant, to strip and masturbate over a...