Former Jehovah's Witness Preacher Convicted of Playing Strip Poker With 14-Year-Old Boy Only Gets Six Months in Jail

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David Clark Nelson got a pretty sweet deal after pleading guilty to charges he had oral sex with a 14-year-old boy.
A former Jehovah's Witness preacher who pleaded guilty to charges that he repeatedly played strip poker and felated a 14-year-old member of his congregation more than 30 years ago got a tap on the wrist this morning when he was sentenced by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Karen O'Connor -- the guy only got six months in jail.

Seems pretty light when you look at similar cases, namely Susan Brock's. She's serving a 13-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a Chandler teen.

It seems even more absurd when you consider the grotesque details of David Clark Nelson's crimes.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, in September 1980, when he was 33-years-old, Nelson had the 14-year-old victim -- described as "a close family friend" -- over to his house on at least two occasions to play cards. Nelson's rules are different than, say, Vegas' -- the loser in his game is required to pull out his penis and show it to the winner.

As the games progressed, the stakes got higher, and the loser was required to touch the winner's penis with his hand.

According to the police report, both Nelson and the victim touched each other's penises.

As the game progressed, the stakes got even higher. By the end of the games, the loser had to suck the winner's penis, which happened, the report claims, on at least two occasions.

According to the report, the first time Nelson sucked the victim's penis, he hummed as he went to the bathroom to wash the victim's semen out of his mouth. On the second occasion, he just spit it into a towel.

Nelson was only caught because, during a recent phone call with the victim, he admitted to the blowjobs and to playing strip poker with the boy. The conversation was recorded and given to police.

Nelson told police he wanted to apologize to the victim and that everything that happened was his fault.

Per our request, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office is looking into why the sentence was so light. It could be because the date of the offense was at a time when sentencing guidelines for these types of crimes were not yet in place, or it could have been included in his plea deal when he pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual conduct with a minor. We'll let you know when they get back to us.

*UPDATE*
Click here for MCAO's explanation of Nelson's sentence.


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mightymite
mightymite

Blood transfusion to Jehovah Witness is like psychiatry to Scientologist Jehovah's Witnesses themselves are among the world's most virulent censors of free speech among their own. No member is allowed the privilege of loyal opposition in questions of faith, morals, privacy or self-expression upon pain of disfellowshipping. Disfellowshipping is tantamount to a death sentence in the hereafter. Every aspect of private life is carefully scrutinized for heresy (JW's term it Apostasy). Members are urged to report other members for any slip of the tongue or suspicious behavior. Tens of thousands of ex-members of Jehovah's Witnesses (including a former Governing Body member!) are shunned and not even allowed to speak or associate with family members upon pain of that family member's excommunication. Soooooo,MUCH LIKE SCIENTOLOGY CULT it's SCARY

BriefingNations
BriefingNations

FORMER JW is not the equivalent of PRESENT JW. Apparently, he is considered FORMER for sufficient reasons. I'd say that's a score for JW's, not a minus.

Marcy
Marcy

Praise god and round up Pastor Pedophile a fresh altar boy.

Ilujan67
Ilujan67

First of all being a preacher is one who preaches, which all christians were told to do(matt. 28:18). If he was an "elder", he would never be again, period. If one thinks all religions are the same , I understand, most tolerate a prodigious amount of sin even... evil. It would be hard for honest hearted people not to look at religions in general, as seriously suspect! I would too! But JW's are the only christian organization who followl, not social trends but bibical direction. You know why that man didnt get a tougher sentence? Because as good it is to live in this country, only God's government can rid the world of evil & suffering. Permanately! Think of this, if you really consider yourself a christian, what happened to all of those healed by Jesus? They all eventually died like everyone else. But why would one who has the power to heal even reverse death only do it temporarily? Because it was just a sample of what "God's kingdom" with Jesus as its king would do. The bible speaks of our time as being the last days of mankind being in control. If anyone has questions, I assure you we will do everything we can to help you understand what the bible says. Not opinion but comforting hope!

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

At least putting him in prison will result in one less self righteous asshole knocking on my door to sell their fairy tales.

Voice of Reason?
Voice of Reason?

Whew... when I saw the link to this story, I thought i was going to be about Phil Gordon. 

mother555
mother555

 My concern with Jehovahs witness is that they have had a huge ongoing pedophile scandle similar to the catholic church. Apparently the majority of the time when pedophiles are reported it's hushed up to keep the name of the church clean in the community.  The only difference between them and the catholics is that the catholics don't send preist out to my door to sell me magazines. How do I know that when my teens are home alone and I'm out at work there isn't a pedophile going to my house trying to peddle their magazines and trying to get inside to share the "bible" with my daughters?  

Me
Me

Lannie L. Haszard, 61, was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault.Detectives from the Portland Police Bureau’s Sexual Assault Detail arrested an AMR paramedic Monday after a Portland woman said she was assaulted Saturday while being taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

All Haszards must also must be guilty of this.

 

kathym
kathym

 Jehovah's Witnesses proselytizer molest a child in their door to door 'witnessing'http://www.religionnewsblog.co... Please protect Children  Google:Jehovah's Witnesses child abuse 

Adina Hope
Adina Hope

 JW’s have had over 100 years of hiding their scandals behind the Watchtower magazine. The reality is they are as riddled with scandal as any religion that seeks to put happy face on perversion.Research and read http://www.watchtowernews.org/...   Jehovah's Witnesses use stalking terrorizing tactics to MURDER a Police officer http://www.dannyhaszard.com/st...

Timelesssoul123
Timelesssoul123

There are bad people that attend every single church in the world so stop trying to attack Jehovah's Witnesses as if this happens everyday with them, because it is a documented fact that it doesn't and it is a documented fact Jehovah's Witnesses are by most accounts some of the most moral living people in the world.  Every church has to deal with perverted people and in the case of "The So Called Church" many many priest have proved to be perevted and child abuse.  So stop being hypocritical about Jehovah's Witnesses.  By the way, this guy needs to be thrown in jail not for just 6 months but for 60 yrs. 

Timelesssoul123
Timelesssoul123

 Hey you idiot, this jerk is an ex witness.  I am a Jehovah's Witness and this needs to be put away.  And if he was a so called Witness in good standing at the time of this horrible deed, he still needs to be put away regardless.  So don't sit here on this forum and try to bad mouth True Jehovah's Witnesses that never ever do this because I know for a fact that there are a million more perverts in all the so called churches out there.  Way more than you'll ever find with the Jehovah's Witnesses...

Bamboo Bam
Bamboo Bam

notice the red dot on his head? he is a member of the red dot criminal cult.  this guy is more proof to never trust a clean cut short haired male.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

 Who are they? They're the ones who teach sex-ed to Mormons.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Generally speaking, where there is one victim there will be found to be many others. I suppose being a church elder makes him exempt from ever re-offending. Much like the bumper sticker I saw the other days, "Pray for our Priests".

Gag me, really. A pedophile by the name of elder or priest is still attacking and having sex with children.

Jason
Jason

This fool deserves at least 20 years in the Arizona pen.

What he did was sick and depraved.

If I had my way, he'd be castrated.

teknik1200
teknik1200

 but you are forgetting that that the bible is a work of fiction.

don't use it to make excuses for this sick man who abused his position of power to rape little boys.    From reading this I doubt there was only one victim.

religion is nothing more but a way to control the population, it always has been.

the sooner people learn to be good because they want to instead of to impress some made up character the sooner the world will actually be a better place.

imagine that, being good to others simple because you want to.

teknik1200
teknik1200

Look at the FLDS, how much of that religion is built around the fact that they get to trade teenage daughters with each other.

some fool made up a story about being chosen by angels in the 1800s and used it to con folks into giving him their daughters?

ncguy
ncguy

I can see you are concerned, and I understand.  Let me assure you that there is no on-going scandal in our organization.  Our elders are instructed to report any and all abuses such as this and as for the individual involved, it would very rare if such a man would be allowed to remain in the organization. Our guidelines are that such a man would NEVER be allowed to have an office of oversight, even if the conviction happened before he became a witness.  No elder is shipped to another congregation to 'hide' wrongdoing, period.  Sad to say, sometimes people make bad descisions and get involved it in this hidious practice, and have to be removed from the congregation, but I can assure you this is very rare and the vast majority of witnesses are very moral people you can trust implicitly.  If you doubt this feel free to talk to us the next time we call at your door and you will see what I mean.

Noledu1914
Noledu1914

Former WItness.Did you miss the word FORMER? Witnesses excomunicate and refuse to have any dealings with over 30,000 members a year. In other churches when this stuff goes on, the members are still in good standing and retain all their. Church titles, etc. Witnesses clean their 'house' regularly. Who else lives by 1Corinthians chapter five? Witnesses expel such members. The violator is a FORMER Witness. The point is he does deserve worse than he got.

Guest
Guest

Could you share this "documentation?"  Funny thing... I found pedophiles in every congregation I went to.  And I haven't found a single one in the Christian churches.  I know they are there, but I question your ratios.

What is a documented fact is that Jehovah's Witnesses don't report when they know there is child abuse happening.  They take the "minister privilege" when in fact, none of them are "ministers" trained to handle this issue.  

As far as being the most moral people ... I can tell you more about adultery, beatings, alcoholism, and wife swapping from within the congregation than I have ever learned outside of it.

Marcy
Marcy

 There is no such thing as a "True" Jehovah's Witness.  It's not like you take a test or something.  There are probably more pedophiles that aren't Jehovah's witnesses than pedophiles that are but that's simply because your particular cult is smaller than the sum of all the other jesus cults out there.

Mistalee
Mistalee

"Gag me"is a pretty unfortunate exclamation in context.

Jackie Jacobs
Jackie Jacobs

Why isn't  Steve Klemetti disfellowshipped yet?

The 'former witness' is like a FORMER priest he practiced all his dasterdly deeds when he was an active child rapist Jehovah's Witness.

guest2
guest2

I would like to see YOUR documentation that they hide adultery, beatings, etc. I know of ones who are jehovahs witnesses who told me that they were instructed to notify the police if they ever think this has happened.  

Tomb_raider_66
Tomb_raider_66

 That's true, and it's standard in JW congregations worldwide that this type of abuse is immediately reported to the authorities. Not like certain clergy who are shipped quietly from parish to parish where they carry on their abuses regardless. Most JW's are among the most decent and law-abiding people in the world and would be shocked and deeply saddened at the actions of this so-called Christian. Any lies told to the contrary about JW's are just slander/libel from people who either know nothing about them or have quit the organization and are trying to rationalise it. They are apostates and should never be taken seriously. If you want to know about JW's, try talking to them when they turn up at your door instead of listening to lying propaganda and gossip from other people.

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