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Hovind Adviser Pleads on Child Abuse Charges

A Colorado pastor has pleaded guilty to charges of being an accessory to child abuse and failing to report child abuse for his role in covering up an illicit relationship between his niece and a 15-year old boy at the school he ran.

The former church leader and superintendent of Hilltop Baptist Church in Colorado Springs entered a guilty plea in exchange for several charges being dropped by prosecutors.

Pastor Frankin “Wayne” Knight took the deal on Feb. 17. Knight pleaded guilty to being an accessory to a crime and failure to report suspected child abuse, according to court records.

Friends of Knight told CALL7 Investigators that he planned to move to Texas.

Why do I bring this up? Because Knight is also the president of Patriot “University” and the dissertation adviser to Kent Hovind. As a friend of mine suggested, the only advice he likely gave Hovind was to go easy on the crayon.

Comments

  1. raven says

    Routine. Hypocrisy is the Third Sacrament of fundie xians.

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    Looks like Jason Russel is way ahead of Pastor Knight though.

    He was apparently drunk in public, naked, and masturbating and some of this was caught by cameras.

    Jason Russel is some sort of fundie xian leader. He made a movie about Uganda. I’ve never heard of him before this.

  2. frankb says

    “go easy on the crayon” lol That’s a good one.

    I’ve seen Hovind’s dissertation. That level of advise sounds about right. Of course Hovind will defend Knight’s character. The defense ought to call on Kent to testify at the sentencing. Maybe they can be cellmates.

  3. Erp says

    It should probably be made clear that the niece is 32 years of age (though probably 28 at the time of the relationship). The article doesn’t state she was a teacher though it does say she is accused of abusing child while in a position of trust. Age of consent in Colorado is 17 (or 18 if the other is in a position of trust such as guardian or teacher).

  4. Aquaria says

    Did anyone else click on the article link to see if the niece was under 8 y/o, only to realize there was some–not much, but some–relief that the niece was 32?

  5. Aquaria says

    As a friend of mine suggested, the only advice he likely gave Hovind was to go easy on the crayon.

    You just know Ken needed a lot of encouragement not to reach for that lime green one.

  6. laurentweppe says

    Did anyone else click on the article link to see if the niece was under 8 y/o, only to realize there was some–not much, but some–relief that the niece was 32?

    I did, but then again, I’m french, so I’m used to a legal system where the age of consent is 15: a 15 years old cannot be the victim of child abuse in my country.
    ***
    So my firt reaction while reading the article was:
    Wait: so it was a relationship between consenting adults so what’s the problem?
    My second reaction was:
    Oh, wait, yeah: US laws and custooms: you’re allowed to drive and crash a car before you’re allowed to indulge into amything sexual with someone else: stupid puritan hypocritical you’re-an-innocent-child-with-zero-sex-drive-until-you’re-allowed-to-vote tradition
    And my third reaction was:
    Wait wait wait Wait WAIT: was she his teacher -as in: in a position of authority whe could abuse- or not?

  7. says

    laurentweppe,

    Age of consent laws in the US are even weirder than you imagine. Age of consent is actually done on a state-by-state basis in the US. In some states it’s 15, in some 16, in some 17. Colorado appears to have an age of consent of 17. However, it’s important to note that (as far as I know) in most states the “age of consent” is the age at which it is legal to have sex. This means that, technically speaking, the 15 year old also broke the law–because the law says he can’t have sex until he’s 17. The minor is rarely charged in these cases, but every now and then you get a case where two teenagers have sex and BOTH are charged with “child abuse”, or only the older one (even if he/she is only one or two years older) gets charged. It’s a messed up system, and it’s not consistent from one state to the next.

    But, anyways, in this case we’re talking about a teacher and a student, and the rules get a little more clear. I think everyone can agree that it’s wrong for a teacher to have sex with their students.

  8. macallan says

    Did anyone else click on the article link to see if the niece was under 8 y/o, only to realize there was some–not much, but some–relief that the niece was 32?

    Actually, my first reaction was more along the lines of “so his 14 years old niece had a 15 years old boyfriend and silly americans have a collective freakout” – and then I found out she was 32 and apparently some sort of teacher. Hey it’s not always dirty old men who like flamboyant robes.

  9. macallan says

    But, anyways, in this case we’re talking about a teacher and a student, and the rules get a little more clear. I think everyone can agree that it’s wrong for a teacher to have sex with their students.

    I remember when I was in ( I think ) 10th grade one of my class mates had something going on with that new, young teacher. All they did was to move the teacher to a different school so there would be no ethics problem. Or course that was in Old Europe.

  10. Gregory says

    In Washington State, there is technically no age of consent. Instead, we have a set of laws that criminalizes behavior of the older party when:

    1) the younger party is younger than 12 and the older party is at least 24 months older (first degree)

    2) the younger party is at least 12 but less than 14, and the older party is at least 36 months older (second degree)

    3) the younger party is at least 14 but less than 16, and the older party is at least 48 months older (third degree)

    4) the younger party is at least 16 but less than 18, and the older party is at least 60 months older, is in a significant relationship with the younger party (therapist, scout leader, clergy, foster parent, etc.) and abuses that relationship for sex (criminal misconduct)

    5) the younger party is younger than 21 and attends school, and the older party is any kind of employee of the school where the younger party is enrolled (criminal misconduct)

    These laws do not apply when the two parties are legally married to one another.

    So a 32 year old woman with a 15 year old boy… that’s a class C felony in Washington. And covering it up… I believe that falls under “facilitation,” which is also a class C felony. A class C felony can land you with up to 5 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. Not to mention being required to file as a sex offender for the rest of your life.

    “Family values” my hairy behind.

  11. slc1 says

    Re laurentweppe @ #7

    The law can get even more complicated. For instance, in California, someone having sex with an individual under 18 is considered statutory rape. However, if the difference in age is 3 years or less, its misdemeanor statutory rape. If it’s over 3 years, it’s felony statutory rape. The difference is probation vs 10 years in the slammer.

    However, there is an effective double standard, when the older individual is female and the younger is male. For instance, in Florida, a 23 year old school teacher named Debra Lafave had an affair with a 14 year old male student and was not charged with statutory rape, mainly because prosecutors in such cases consider the difficulty of getting a conviction. There are all too many men who might serve on the jury who would take one look at Ms. Lafave, who is hotter then last July, and lament as to why they couldn’t have gotten an opportunity like that when they were 14. If it had been a 23 year old male teacher and a 14 year old female student, he would be doing hard time.

  12. pacal says

    Looked at the link about Patriot University and got these gems:

    Course teachers

    While they aren’t literally on our staff, our students benefit from the teachings of the following Christian leaders, past and present:

    Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah, Theodore Epp, J. Vernon McGee, R.A.Torrey, Warren Wiersbe, Philip Keller, W.A. Criswell, John R. Rice, Vance Havner, Keith Brooks, Roy B. Zuck, Jack Hyles, Howard Hendricks, Henry Morris, Larry Burkett, Curtis Hutson, Oswald Sanders, Jay Adams, F.B.Meyer, Adrian Rogers, and others.

    and

    Our primary teacher is the Holy Spirit.

    The Bible informs us that the Holy Spirit is our Teacher and that He dwells within the born-again Believer. This is why we require a profession of faith by all Patriot Bible University students.

    and

    Every course requires the use of the best book of all – the Bible (KJV). No other textbook or reference book approaches the depth and richness of the Bible.

    The Bible was written by 40 men over a span of 1500 years as prompted by the Holy Spirit. The author is God – eminently qualified. The teachings of Jesus are prominently featured. The words of the Bible are Spirit and truth.

    and

    Correspondence courses allow the student to study anywhere. Coursework combined with weekly church attendance and daily Bible study culminates in a complete ministry-equipping education for the Christian worker. Study time is self-directed and self-paced.

    Translated “We are a Fundie Diploma Mill”.

  13. gingerbaker says

    I remember when I was a fifteen-year-old boy fervently hoping beyond hope that some attractive thirty-year old woman would “abuse” me in such a way. Over and over again. And backwards, too.

    What a crock of shit this all almost certainly is, despite the breathless accusations of “abuse” of a “boy”.

    Sure, I can enjoy the schadenfreude of these puritan moralists get hoisted by their own petard, but bullshit is still bullshit.

  14. laurentweppe says

    What a crock of shit this all almost certainly is, despite the breathless accusations of “abuse” of a “boy”.

    As stated earlier, she was probably one of the boy teachers, which means that she was in a position of authority. Now, if this had been an adult woman being arrested for having sex with another younger (sexually) adult over whom she had zero institutional authority, I’d be willing to call bullshit on the arrest as well. Here, the situation is different.

  15. wheatdogg says

    @13:

    None of those names ring any bells, save Larry Burkett who has some kind of personal finance for Xians radio show, if memory serves. I’m willing to bet most of them do not have the kind of CVs that would entitle them to work at any real university.

    If the head teacher is the Holy Spirit, does he get the cushiest office? Probably has next to no teaching duties, too.

    And, if the only frickin’ book they use is the KJV, then this “uni” is even worse off than the medieval ones, which read many other works besides. Funny though, I didn’t realize that God wrote the KJV. I thought it was, like, you know, a translation.

  16. gingerbaker says

    Now, if this had been an adult woman being arrested for having sex with another younger (sexually) adult over whom she had zero institutional authority, I’d be willing to call bullshit on the arrest as well. Here, the situation is different.

    How does that make a difference when we are talking about a felony, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all academic institutional stricture? Sure, she broke a school rule, a rule needed to protect the interests of many young women, almost no young men, but primarily to protect the financial liability of the school from the legal system.

    A legal system, btw, that seems to have no problem prosecuting 13-year-old black boys as adults for felony crimes, and incarcerating them for the rest of their lives, but here is happy to, and with a straight face, portray a 15-year-old perfectly willing lover as a “boy” “victim”. That’s some high-grade hypocrisy.

    The important thing is that there was no harm done here, no victim. Victimless crime should not be prosecuted, don’t you think?

  17. kermit. says

    wheatdogg: Funny though, I didn’t realize that God wrote the KJV. I thought it was, like, you know, a translation.

    I was sharing guard duty may years back with a Fundie who told me with a straight face that the King James Version was the only inspired version of the bible. I pointed out that if that were true, surely the original Greek and Hebrew version was inspired also?

    He looked suspicious, but after an hour or so he finally came around. It was the only time I’ve ever successfully reasoned with a religious fundamentalist on a religious matter.

    I did not ask questions like “How do you think you know?”, for those would only have agitated him and shut down his brain altogether – I wanted to see if I could connect to that faint whisper of reason echoing in his mind somewhere.

  18. says

    @gingerbaker: Fuck you. Attitudes like yours are how men (of all ages) get sexually assaulted and never report it because “men can’t be raped”. Yes, they can. It’s telling that you say that girls need protecting but not boys, you are feeding intot he notion that boys all want sex all the time with anyone with the right body parts and that is a wrong and damaging attitude that really messes up young men.

    They can be pressured into sex by an authority figure just as much as a girl can. We don’t allow adults in positions of authority to have sex with teens they are in charge of for very good reasons, the difference in the power balance means that the teen may feel like they have no choice but to agree to the relationship or face unpleasant consequences (failing grade, kicked off sports teams, or otherwise punished). Even if no overt pressure is put on the teen the imbalance of power puts them at a serious disadvantage.

    I’d be willing to call this a “victimless crime” if the niece was an adult but a fellow student or unrelated at all to the school. However as soon as we’re talking about someone in a position of authority over the 15 year old it makes it a completely different situation.

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