Everyone knows about the Catholic Diocese of Orange and its pedophile-protecting ways (got another bombshell in the cannon--I'm warning you, Brownie), but Orange County's other Christian yahoo network has had its kiddie-diddling scandals as well--except Calvary Chapel does a much-better job hiding its tracks, signing settlements that remain under seal. I should get to exposing those, and will after I finish a couple of projects, but nice to see others aren't waiting.
In a blockbuster case filed August 9 in Idaho's First Judicial District Court, four men allege various Calvary Chapel pastors knew they had a pedophile on their hands when they allowed Anthony Iglesias to continue working for the ministry at their North Country Chapel branch in Idaho, where he abused the men when they were boys. The lawsuit claims that not only did Iglesias get collared for molesting a boy while serving as a youth minister at Calvary Chapel Golden Springs in Diamond Bar, but that his bosses allowed him to go off to Idaho and allowed him to return to Idaho after molesting boys on a Thailand missionary trip.
Paging Bishop Brownie...
The lawsuit, filed by an Idaho law firm but featuring the muscle of Washington lawyerTim Kosnoff
(whose tenacity in going against pedo-protectors of all denominationswas just told in a book by my publishing company
, Scribner--just found that out while Googling!) combinestwo separate
lawsuitsfiled against Calvary Chapel
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accusing them of harboring Iglesias. This one names the Big Calvary in the suit: Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, which is actually in SanTana, and accuses them and North Country Calvary pastor Robert Davis of "negligently, recklessly and/or fraudulently conceal[ing] from the general public, law enforcement, its parishioners, plaintiffs and their parents its knowledge that Iglesias was and is a pedophile, child predator, and child molester." Kosnoff isn't asking for much--$10,000 per client, because that's all that Idaho allows in such cases (a direct byproduct of Brownie's Idaho days
, no doubt) but will try to ask for punitive damages at a later date and is asking for a jury trial.
Iglesias is currently in jail for molesting two other boys in 2003. What did Calvary Chapel founder-head Chuck Smith know about child molesters within his flock, and when?