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Authorities said they arrested Tyrone Forbes, 49, of 84 Chatham St., in Worcester, after a police officer on routine patrol spotted a pickup truck parked in the closed Bennett Field parking lot on Main Street about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.
The officer followed the truck and observed an older man with a teenage boy and stopped to question why they were at the field in the early-morning hours. During the interview, it was determined that the boy was 15 years old and had allegedly been involved in a sexual relationship with Forbes since late last year.
Forbes is an elementary school music teacher at the 7 Hills Charter School in Worcester, officials said. He is also a pastor at the Mount Sinia Church of God in Christ in Worcester, police said.
The teenager is not a student at the school, police said, but Forbes is a friend of the child's family.
Forbes was charged with seven counts of child rape and was scheduled for arraignment Thursday in Worcester Central District Court. He was held on $5,000 bail and officials said if he is released he will be required to wear a GPS tracker to ensure he does not contact the victim.
PASSAIC, N.J. (CBS) ― The federal marshals walked up to the Mount Carmel Catholic Church rectory on Wednesday with a warrant and the most unbelievable news.
Father Robert Yurgel, a well-liked bear of a man, was arrested on out-of-state charges of sexual contact with a minor.
"No! He's such a nice genuine, very loving, lovable and funny too. Oh ... Father Bob?" parishioner Hera Cresencio said.
Father Bob, though, has a past. He was the No. 2 priest at a church in Charlotte, N.C. in the late 1990s. A juvenile he apparently met during that time recently came forward with the accusations.
It's unclear why Yurgel left North Carolina, but the 43-year-old Franciscan moved to New Jersey where he took a position at chaplain at St. Mary's Hospital.
He worked at the hospital, but lived at Mount Carmel's rectory. His only official duties were to do an occasional mass at the church and the pastor stressed that he had no contact with the Catholic school children across the street. Still, the sight of seeing him lead off in handcuffs was a profound shock to everyone who works and worships here.
"It gives you a feeling of doubt. You're in a state of shock," parish spokesman Joe Liptak said. "Disbelief at first. You hope it's not true and if it is true you that all the truth will come out."
Yurgel is being held at the Passaic County Jail pending an extradition hearing.
A London Baptist church that saw four of its leaders face sex charges two years ago, has closed its doors.
The Ambassador Baptist church on Adelaide street told its congregation on Sunday that after twenty-five years, it was disbanding.
In the fall of 2005, charges were brought against two Pastors, a Deacon and a member of the congregation.
Since then, the Deacon has been acquitted and one of the Pastors had the charges against him withdrawn.
Church member Russel Martin was found guilty of sexual assault and interference.
Pastor Roy Wood is set to represent himself in court on Decemeber 10.
He faces a number of sexual assault charges.
The church opened in 1982 and regularly drew 200 people to its Sunday services.
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Father David Taylor, who was attached to the Sisters of Mercy Mission in Seaham Harbour from 1981 to 1989, was arrested by Durham Police on 3 May.
He was removed from his post at St Peter's Church, in Low Fell, Gateshead, in March by the Catholic diocese.
Police said the allegation was "historic." Father Taylor has been bailed pending further inquiries.
A spokesman for Durham Police said: "We can confirm that a 59-year-old Roman Catholic priest was arrested by Seaham Police in connection with an historic allegation of child abuse dating back to the 1980s.
"He has been bailed pending further inquiries and suspended from his diocese."
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: May 24, 2008
WHITE PLAINS (AP) — A parish priest was arrested and charged on Friday with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from church accounts, including a fund for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The priest, the Rev. Patrick Dunne, 63, was arraigned on a grand larceny charge, Janet DiFiore, the Westchester district attorney, said. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison.
The New York Archdiocese said in March that Father Dunne, who was pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church in White Plains, took church money because of a “very powerful” gambling addiction. Ms. DiFiore said he used the money for recreation and personal expenses, writing checks to himself and to “cash.”
Father Dunne’s lawyer, Richard Ferrante, said the priest “was not doing anything for personal gain.” He said people should withhold judgment “until they hear or see all the evidence.”
Father Dunne is undergoing treatment and counseling, the archdiocese said.
The theft occurred between 2002 and 2007 and involved the church building fund, the regular Sunday collection and the Katrina relief fund, the district attorney said. The archdiocese’s chancellor, Msgr. William Belford, said in March that new regulations had been implemented to safeguard parish funds.
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