This week’s installment is particularly ungodly.
That’s because two souls—one accused and the other sentenced to a long prison stretch for preying on a child—claim to be men of God.
Hopefully they are well versed on Hell because that is where at least one of them is going.
Christopher Raymond Olague, the former pastor at the Christian non-denominational Refuge Southland Church in Buena Park, was sentenced by Orange County Superior Court Judge W. Michael Hayes on Friday to 17 years and eight months to life in state prison. The 44-year-old Olague, who molested an 8-year-old female friend of his daughter’s and possessed videos and images of child pornography on his computers, was given credit for 1,841 days in custody so far. He was convicted Nov. 3 of molestation, possessing more than 1,000 images of child porn, kidnapping the 8-year-old to commit child molestation and attempting to dissuade a witness from cooperating with authorities. The jury also found true a sentencing enhancement for kidnapping a victim during a molestation, but jurors acquitted Olague of lewd acts on another victim as well as using a minor for sex acts. An enhancing allegation of multiple victims was denied. Charges related to a third alleged victim were dropped just before the trial opened because she did not want to testify. At the time of Olague’s October 2011 arrest, the website for Calvary Church-affiliated Refuge Southland featured a photo of the pastor with his wife of 14 years and their five daughters who ranged in age from 25 to 6, the youngest being the friend of the victim.
Douglas Dale Whinery, who did missionary work at American Indian reservations through his church, pleaded not guilty last week to molesting two girls, over several years in Tustin, beginning when they were 8 and 10 years old. The 80-year-old (nope, not a typo) is being held without bail and could get life in prison if convicted, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office. Prosecutor Whitney Bokosky accuses Whinery of meeting the girls, who are related, in a Tustin park in November 2011, becoming friendly with their family, giving the brood money for housing, taking the girls to school, going to church with them—and molesting them mostly in his home from November 2011 through this past Easter Sunday. (What a way to mark the resurrection, eh?) One girl victim told her parents the next day. Whinery had been involved with Olive Crest Church in Santa Ana, Foothill Family Church in Foothill Ranch and Grace Church in Yorba Linda, according to the OCDA, which adds the defendant is due back in court Tuesday.