By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
In Buckeye, Arizona, prosecutors have filed indictment charges against Pastor Charles Carfrey. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has charged the Pastor with sexual exploitation of a minor, failure to register as a sex offender and kidnapping. Charles Carfrey worked as the pastor of The Lord’s House Church. The Pastor pleaded not guilty on these serious criminal offenses.
The charges stem from acts allegedly committed in 2004 and 2005. The Pastor is accused of sexual intercourse with four girls with ages ranging from 15 to 17. He is also accused of knowingly restraining another person with the intent to inflict death, physical injury, or sexual offense upon her.
The Pastor is certainly entitle to defend himself on this matter. Unless there is some sort of conspiracy against the Pastor, it appears to be a tough up hill battle to defend this matter. If all victims come forward to testify, how will the Pastor or his attorney defend such a case? The article reported in the news stated that the Pastor failed to register as a sex offender. As such, what was his criminal past? Were there prior problems at this church or another church?
Once a Pastor, Priest, Rabbi, or other religious leader is convicted or pleads guilty to sex offenses with a child, that religious leader should be removed from the church or religious institution. Furthermore, no other church or religious institution should put this person in a position around children. It unfairly exposes children to a danger or risk of assault, battery, and / or sexual exploitation.
You can read more about the story of Pastor Charles Carfrey at Arizona Pastor Indicted on Sex Charges.