Maricopa County Attorney's Office Explains Light Sentence for Jehovah's Witness Elder Convicted of Sex Crimes

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David Clark Nelson, a former Jehovah's Witness elder, pleaded guilty to charges that he played strip poker and had oral sex with a teenage boy in 1980. He was sentenced this morning to six months in county jail and three years' probation. If that seems like a light sentence, that's because it is. However, there are some details about the case that caused Nelson's slap on the wrist.

Jerry Cobb, spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorneys Office, tells New Times that the initial charges against Nelson had to be changed when detectives were unable to confirm the age of the boy at the time of the abuse.

"When the victim first came forward, 30 years after [the abuse], the detective determined he [had been]14," Cobb says.

However, in a secondary interview, the victim wasn't sure if he was 14 or 15 at the time of the abuse, which makes a huge difference in the eyes of the law (just ask Susan Brock, who is currently serving a 13-year prison sentence for a sexual relationship she had with a teenager, beginning when the boy was 14).

Sexual abuse of a child 14 or younger is a Class 2 felony, with much harsher penalties than abuse of a child who is 15 or older.

Another problem with the case, Cobb points out, is that Nelson had to be sentenced under 1981 sentencing guidelines, which were less severe than today's.

Regardless, David Nelson got off light.
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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...

Adina Hope
Adina Hope

  Jehovah's Witnesses are right behind the Catholic Church in its cronyism towards their leaders, and have been known to shuffle elders around to different congregations to hide the secret. Shame!  

kathym
kathym

 I was a Jehovah's Witness for 30 years.

I was associated with 3 different congregations, and each of them had a pedophile in it, as well as other sex abusers. They went door to door, and gave talks on the platform. They were never expelled, nor was the congregation told about them publicly.Like the Catholic Church Priest abuse scandal that came to light 15 years ago the Watchtower Society is in it's denial scramble cover-up panic mode.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 Very sad.

ncguy
ncguy

Sorry Adina.....you know nothing of our organization.  We under no circumstances whatever let any brother ever convicted of molestation hold an office of oversight, ie. an elder or servant, even if they were convicted before they became witnesses.  These things are documented and sent on to any other congregation they would move to so the atrocities could not happen there also.  In fact, it would be very rare if such an indivdual were not disfellowshipped (removed) from the congregation and hence the worldwide organization.  The Bible teachs very hight morals that we all abide by and we do not shuffle elders around to hide the secret.  Doesn't happen, period.

Created in His Image
Created in His Image

Not to worry. Mr. Nelson's resume' will play very well in applying for a representative position in the Catholic Church. So, I can't go along his possibly being "disfellowed". 

That some dude claims he was felated by Nelson decades ago is nothing new, and a potential opening salvo for that glorious civil damage claim against the wealthy church bank account.

That Nelson admitted to such a violation pretty much says it all. A little cleansing of the soul, Mr. Nelson ? You'd have never been convicted at trial, ya dumb fuck !!! So admitting to it proved what ? Not only are you a child molester, you're a goddamned faggot on top of everything else.

And we all know that the Holy Dude don't be likin no queers. Something about them being an abomination or some shit. Never mind the documented fact that His Holiness created this planet and the entire solar system to... keep a perfectly formed naked guy to hang out with and watch him do the yard work without his fig leaf.Don't that sound gay ???

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