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For 18 months, a serial child molester named Steven James Sitler called Moscow home. He boarded with a Christ Church family. He attended Doug Wilson's New St. Andrews College. How did the community and members of Christ Church learn of Steven Sitler's crimes? On a local blog and, later, on an Internet community chat group. What's wrong with this picture? Everything.

Two Child Molestation Scandals Break Over Moscow’s Christ Church

Steven James Sitler was a student at New St. Andrews College. Jamin Wight was enrolled in Greyfriars Seminary. Both of these institutions were founded by Pastor Douglas J. Wilson of Moscow’s Christ Church.

What happened? In legal terms, Greyfriars Seminary student Jamin Wight pled guilty to one count of felony injury to a child. He was sentenced to four years with retained jurisdiction and is now serving 4 to 6 months in the North Idaho Correctional Institution at Cottonwood.

Both inside and outside of the courtroom, the story is sad and it’s complex. At the age of 24, Jamin Wight began a year-and-a-half long sexual relationship with a 14-year old girl. Wight was a boarder in the house where the girl lived. He was attractive — he’s tall, blonde, and the living definition of clean-cut. The girl was readily accessible and perhaps flattered by Wight’s attention. He was handsome, he was older, and he was enrolled in Doug Wilson’s seminary — in short, a dream husband for a Christ Church girl.

I don’t know how or when it all went South. Wight is now 28; the girl is 18. I attended his sentencing hearing, during which the judge spoke at some length about the immaturity of many of the home-schooled young men of his professional acquaintance — men in the loosest sense of the term. Men in age only.

I’ve read the court documents in the Wight case. The victim is shielded. She’s not named but is instead referred to by her initials. I am sympathetic to those who say that this is not enough; that in a town of 21,000, it doesn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to learn where Wight boarded and with whom. The story, however, is telling, and in light of the Steven James Sitler case, it needs to be told.

Sitler is a serial child molester. He admits to having sexually abused children ranging in age from 2 to 12 across three states: Virginia, Washington, and Idaho. Sitler attended New St. Andrews College for eighteen months, during which time he boarded with a Christ Church family. New St. Andrews students are encouraged to board in local Christian homes. In practice, this means that seventeen or eighteen Christ Church families run unlicensed boarding houses within the City of Moscow. This is a separate but serious legal issue, and one I have written about before.

On July 6, 2005, Steven James Sitler was arrested. For his defense attorney Sitler retained Dean Wullenwaber, who has acted in the past as legal counsel for New St. Andrews.

In April of 2005, two months before Sitler’s arrest, Sitler’s home church in Colville, Washington, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, informed its congregation of Sitler’s offenses. The Colville church’s pastor and elders then offered counseling and support to Sitler’s victims and their families.

Doug Wilson did not inform the rank and file of Christ Church. He claims on his blog that he notified a meeting of the Christ Church Heads of Households in November or December of 2005, some eight or nine months after Sitler’s confession, but some in attendance seem to remember this and others don’t. Wilson asserts that he acted with perfect pastoral concern and propriety, but other blogs have taken Wilson and his timeline of events to task. What is clear is that Wilson did not inform Christ Church members of the exact nature of Sitler’s offenses until eight months after Wilson himself learned of the problem.

On August 19th, 2005, three or four months before notifying his parishioners of Sitler’s crimes, Doug Wilson wrote a letter on Christ Church letterhead to Judge John Stegner. In that letter, Wilson requested leniency for Steven Sitler, writing:

“I would urge that the civil penalties applied would be measured and limited. I have a good hope that Steven has genuinely repented, and that he will continue to deal with this to become a productive and contributing member of society.”

Steven Sitler is sitting right now in the Latah County Jail, serving a one-year sentence. Twice a week, Sitler drives himself, unsupervised, to his court-ordered therapy in Clarkston and Pullman. For 18 months, Sitler was a member of the Moscow community. He was a student in good standing at New St. Andrews College. He was not then and is not now a registered sex offender: his face won’t appear on websites like Watchdog until he’s released back into the community — a community Doug Wilson seems to believe should welcome the return of Steven Sitler not as a criminal; not as a serial pedophile; not as a dangerous man, but as a repentant sinner.

Doug Wilson has written that he believes Sitler was delusional when he was molesting children. Wilson has no training in psychology or counseling, not even ministerial training. Wilson is not ordained. In response to criticism that he did not warn his congregation or the greater Moscow community in an adequate or timely fashion, Wilson writes: “I am a pastor. I cover up sins for a living.”

Is this what pastors do? Is this what reporters do? The Sitler and Wight cases were not broken by the local news media: they were first exposed on a local blog. Many in the community — and many in Christ Church — first heard about both Sitler and Wight on Moscow’s Vision 2020, an Internet chat group.

Now that the filthy cats are out of the filthy bag, what’s the reaction from Doug Wilson and New St. Andrews College? And what do our local newspapers have to say? The Lewiston Tribune first reported the Sitler and Wight cases not as crimes but as scandals. The headline was “Church officials say rumors about sex offender are ‘ludicrous.'” Ludicrous? The rumors referred to were on Vision 2020, but was that the real story? Was it the gossip or was that two young men pled guilty to sex crimes against children, and that one of these men was a student at New St. Andrews and the other at Greyfriars Seminary? How was it that the local news media managed to miss this?

I have some ideas. Doug Wilson and Roy Atwood, the President of New St. Andrews, are very good at spinning. Atwood is a former Professor of Communications at the University of Idaho. Between them, Wilson and Atwood have thus far managed to avoid any acceptance of responsibility for Sitler, for Wight, or for how the stories have broken. They have instead managed to turn two Daily News stories, one written by David Johnson and the other by Omie Drawhorn, into a sordid tale of a church under siege by liberals, secularists, and the bogeyman of last resort, “the homosexual agenda.”

David Johnson’s Tribune piece ends with the following observations:

“Wilson and Atwood said the Internet entries that began appearing . . . on blogs and the local Vision 2020 community bulletin board . . . are most likely from people who continue to attack the church and college on a number of political fronts.

‘These people are taking a tragedy and using it to advance a petty political agenda,’ Wilson said.

‘This is the kind of thing that they try to make political mileage out of and that is almost as reprehensible as the act,’ Atwood said.”

Aliens at Christ Church would be ludicrous. Claims that Bigfoot stood in the pulpit, that the elders ate puppies, or that Christ Church in fact condoned pedophilia would be ludicrous. No one has made those claims. What has happened, what is undeniable, is that New St. Andrews College has disgorged a serial child molester, and Greyfriars Seminary has produced a man guilty of felony injury to a child. The only thing ludicrous in this whole sorry mess is the naivete evident in our local newspapers.

Moscow-Pullman Daily News reporter Omie Drawhorn ended her piece on Sitler and Wight with NSA President Roy Atwood opining sadly:

“‘Society is becoming more tolerant of sexual sins and perversions,’ Atwood said. ‘Homosexuality and other forms of sexual perversion are becoming mainstream.'”

It’s time to stop spinning. It’s time to put out the kick-stand and get off the gyroscope. A serial child molester attended New St. Andrews for 18 months. He boarded with a Christ Church family. He was welcomed into Christ Church homes — homes full of vulnerable children. Steven Sitler confessed his crimes to his pastor in Colville, and he confessed them to Doug Wilson. The Colville pastor chose to warn the members of his congregation immediately; the Moscow pastor did not. Instead, Doug Wilson allowed members of his church to find out about Steven Sitler and Jamin Wight in the worst possible way: through gossip, through rumor, through inaccuracy and innuendo. People who should have been told this news by their minister were instead left hanging fire — never receiving an adequate explanation or a humble apology, but only a full bucket of spin.

This is not the Doug Wilson Show. This is not the time for any pastor worthy of trust to be playing the bride at the wedding or the corpse at the funeral. This is owning up time. This is when a good shepherd would try to focus on the families. According to Watchdog, there are 20 registered sex offenders in the immediate vicinity of the 83843 zipcode. As far as I know, Doug Wilson and Christ Church are not responsible for any of these 20 offenders, except insofar as we are all responsible for one another, and we all have an obligation to our children to be protective and vigilant.

When it comes to Steven Sitler and Jamin Wight, however, Doug Wilson does bear a peculiar burden. He is not to blame for what either man did, but he is open to fair criticism for his respective responses to their actions. Why the eight-month delay in informing his congregation about Steven Sitler? Why no mention of Jamin Wight? If Doug Wilson was worried about the possibility of bad press, then he sadly miscalculated. He’s now got bad press. In spades.

[Note: Three corrections have been made to my original post. First, I incorrectly identified the newspaper in which David Johnson’s article appeared. It was The Lewiston Tribune and not The Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Second, the judge in the Sitler case was John Stegner. Finally, Doug Wilson has quite properly pointed out that he notified the Colville, Washington church of Sitler’s crimes and not vice versa. I regret the first two errors, but they are minor. The latter error is more serious, and I apologize to Mr. Wilson for getting that piece of the puzzle wrong. I have changed two sentences in the article to reflect the correct ordering of events. Steven Sitler first confessed to Doug Wilson, and Doug Wilson notified the pastor of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Colville. The pastor and elders of the Colville church then notified their congregation. The point still stands that Pastor Wilson did not notify the Christ Church congregation in Moscow until eight months after Emmanuel Presbyterian took action.

Doug Wilson makes several other complaints about this article, all of which may be viewed on his blog. I will not address them here as I do not believe they are substantive. Instead, I direct readers to Michael Metzler’s blog, Pooh’s Think. Mr. Metzler is a former Greyfriars Seminary student and, until very recently, he was a member in good standing of Christ Church. Mr. Metzler has gone into the Sitler and Wight cases in great detail, and he has analyzed and parsed Doug Wilson’s claims and responses in far more detail than would be appropriate here. It makes for fascinating reading. I commend Mr. Metzler’s work and also the work of Thomas Hansen’s Not on the Palouse.]

About Joan Opyr

Though born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Joan Opyr has lived in Moscow, Idaho for the past twelve years. She recently came to the reluctant conclusion that, barring her writing an international bestseller or winning big on Powerball, she was here to stay. This revelation was something of a shock to her. Why would a die-hard Democrat want to live in what is perhaps the Reddest state in America? Because she's ornery, that's why. And that, Joan feels, is what makes her a true Idahoan, even if only by adoption.

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16 comments

  1. keely emerine mix

    Well done, Joan. You will, of course, be reviled and mocked throughout the Kirk by “men” not worthy of anything other than a good swift kick, but until and unless Doug Wilson can tell us where you’ve erred — and I doubt he can — the only thing left for him and all of his future men and sycophants to do is repent to the God who knows, the church who suffered, and the community who has been led to believe that a vital part of the Gospel is spin and self-protection at all costs. Doug, Dale, Farris, et al — what factual error has Joan made? Because if she hasn’t, you all ought to just figure that you have almost singlehandedly destroyed the testimony of the Gospel of Christ on the Palouse — when it would have been so easy to just preach Jesus in humility and love.
    keely emerine mix

  2. Michael Metzler

    This is a well written, helpful piece on this issue, and certainly a needed suppliment to what we have seen from the local papers so far. I do believe that Wilson is not genuine when he talks about his job of “covering up sin” regarding the Sitler issue. However, to be fair, propriety and modesty with respect to gossip and bitter schisms is a strong point in Christ Church culture. Wilson has used this phrase in the past, and it has been used within appropriate contexts. Functioning as a pastor, Wilson has to cover up sin on a daily basis; in many ways I think he has done this. And if you don’t get in his political path he won’t start publicly using this pastoral role to get you.

  3. Ms. Opyr writes:

    “He [Douglas Wilson] is not to blame for what either man did, …”

    This is not quite correct. Christ Church Cultmaster Wilson manages the entire cult operation including the Grimfriars and NSA (No Saints Around). When the Cultmaster asks a cult family to take in boarders, the family has at least three reasons to obey this request (read command):

    1.To please the charismatic Wilson (who thoroughly understands the power of contingent reinforcement schedules and the way they can be used to create willingness-to-please, obeisance, and adoration),

    2.To avoid Wilson’s displeasure which can bring to those that incur it many kinds of harm, pain, and the disconcerting withdrawal of the Cultmaster’s approval, and

    3.An opportunity for extra income which can be unreported to the IRS with very little risk.

    Certain cult member families are asked to take in boarders. Most of these families have several offspring of various ages. These families know nothing of the sexual proclivities of those who they are asked to expose their children to in their homes. Whether Wilson knows of the probability of some of these proclivities beforehand in some cases or not is a matter of speculation.

    In the case of Sitler and Wight this insertion into unsuspecting families proved to be a tragic disaster. Though it can not undo the damage, those families who suffered thusly may have a cause of action against Wilson and cult funds.

    Sitler is a clever, sometimes violent serial pedophile.

    The cult strongly promotes intercegenation and prolific reproduction. This is relevant because in the Wight case court testimony indicates that at least one of the boarding cult family’s parents might have helped enable Wight’s crimes of lust by suggesting that Wight “court” the victim.

    Wilson did not warn cult members about the Sitler debauchery for months after it was discovered although Sitler remained footloose and fancy free.

    Thus Wilson:

    1.Introduced the pedophiles into the victim families without informing the families of the risks involved of placing strangers into homes where trusting children live,

    2.Knew that his requests for boarder insertion were unlikely to be refused,

    3.Promulgated an obeisant, intersegenary culture which lowered the vigilance of the parents, and which increased the probability that the boarders and older female off-spring might sexually interact,

    4.Did not warn his cult for months despite the risks that a cult member who was a violent sexual predator, who other cult members had no reason to distrust, was an on-the-loose violent, serial pedophile.

    In my opinion, that makes Cultmaster Wilson a MAJOR ENABLER of this unfolding tragedy.

    And then the clever Wilson with the help of Roy Atwood and Bobby Horrendous (Robert Hieronymus) dupes the local papers into printing “news” articles which makes it appear that Wilson is the real victim of this tragedy, not the perhaps more than a hundred violently violated, scarred-for-life child victims.

    Sitler apparently craftily defiled several children in one family for about eighteen months before he was caught by the trusting, unsuspecting parents. Hence, here’s one of the things that concern me the most: How many more perverted cult boarders have been lodged in the past or are now lodged in cult families whose children have been/are/will be sexually abused by these background-unchecked boarders – some of which boarders who may be drawn in part to the cult for the pedophilic opportunities it apparently affords?

  4. Wow. To compare being gay to pedophilia is flat out ABSURD. Homosexuality (between two consenting adults) can be debated at an appropriate time, not now. Homosexuality is two people, often adults, engaging in a lifestyle and yes sexual choice is involved, or is it a choice?
    We can debate that at another time too.

    Sex with children is not just sexual and not a question of mere perversion; it is affecting their sexual lifestyle choices and it, I remind you, is illegal in all 50 states of this country.

    This is pedophilia we are taking about, and DON’T FORGET IT. Remember, it’s illegal and harms another.

    Some argue that pedophilia is a “cause” for sexuality choices. But that too is not the topic. The matter at hand is local pedophilia and legal offenses hidden by Christ Church for interesting reasons of enrollment, legitimacy of their program, etc. It is also political cover-up or spin and particularity on the part of Doug Wilson.

    He’s in a spot, no doubt. What did he know and when? Is Doug Wilson to “blame”? Maybe he is, in the form of collusion.

    Want I to hear (and what the public and his church members deserve) is the truth at the time of an issue, not at as last ditch effort to save his god-skin.

    To say the credibility of his religious theory is hanging in the balance is an understatement. He created an environment (boarding houses, etc.) for a lifestyle choice and screened (at least I hope he did) these individuals.

    Can anyone say background check? And yes, Doug, it relates to Marketing 101 to you.

  5. Thank you, Joan, for an article I found as sad and disturbing as it was alarming and informative. Many questions seem to have not been fully answered or perhaps averted thus far altogether. As a member of the Moscow community and father, I remain deeply concerned about these occurrences.

    In the interest of full justice for all involved, I hope this piece serves as a conduit to maintain such justice on all grounds– legal, moral and spiritual. Perhaps all three dimensions have been vindicated; I retain a queasy perception that they have been merely mitigated. I hope for all that I am wrong, and I hope to discover more conclusive information from this. Thanks again.

  6. Over on the Quisling blog, http://right-mind.us, Dale Courtney wonders if I’ll take down the comment by “Camille Saint Saens.” The answer is no. Why would I? What could be more illustrative of the problem we face here in Moscow than the anonymous and chicken-hearted viciousness of this pseudo-clever, pseudo-educated comment from someone purporting to be the long-dead composer of The Carnival of the Animals? This is the Wilsonian approach to Christian charity in a nutshell: faux learning, faux comedy, and spin, spin, spin.

    Just a few facts: 95% of all pedophiles identify as heterosexual. Among convicted pedophiles, there is a 75% recidivism rate. Steven James Sitler molested children as young as two, toddlers who were just beginning to walk and to talk. Is this really the subject on which “Camille Saint-Saens” wants to exercise his limited wit? Is this post likely to help Mr. Wilson spin the Sitler story to his own satisfaction? Or is this yet another callous and arrogant miscalculation?

    I am genuinely sorry for the families who have been irreparably damaged by Steven Sitler and Jamin Wight. I am equally sorry for those who would turn to “the serrated edge” of Moscow’s self-styled men of chest, hoping for solace and real Christian comfort. This, instead, is what they will get — the anonymous post, the unfunny prank, and the boot in the face.

    A carnival of the animals, indeed.

  7. Regarding-clergy sexual abuse in “other” religions.

    Pedophilia is covered up in the Jehovah’s Witnesses on a scale worst than the Catholic priest scandal.Not only do they deny it but the Watchtower has instructed the Kingdom Hall elders to go after all whistle-blowers.

    The JW’s exploit an obscure 2,000 year old bible passage and demand that there be TWO witnesses to every act of child abuse committed by a Jehovah’s Witness.This fosters a code of silence and a “pedophile’s paradise” in the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    Jehovah Witness pedophiles go door to door as part of their faith to recruit converts!

    The ‘Two Witness’ Take-Down is a subterfuge exploited by Jehovah’s Witnesses that is selectively enforced by elders who play favorites and fast & loose with the truth,an excuse to ignore and suppress evidence at whim.

    Learn more http://www.silentlambs.org Jehovah’s Witnesses children’s advocacy site

  8. Yikes, I’ve been caught out. An alert reader noticed errors in my comment post above. I should have used the words “intrasegenation” and “intrasegenary” instead of “intersegenation”,”intersegenary.”

    I apologize for the error. “Intrasegenation” is the practice of encouraging or restricting courtship, sexual relations, marriage, etc within a particular group. Hence, the offending sentences should now read:

    “The cult strongly promotes intracegenation and prolific reproduction. This is relevant because in the Wight case court testimony indicates that at least one of the boarding cult family’s parents might have helped enable Wight’s crimes of lust by suggesting that Wight “court” the victim.”

    “3.Promulgated an obeisant, intrasegenary culture which lowered the vigilance of the parents, and which increased the probability that the boarders and older female off-spring might sexually interact,”

    Dale Courtney has suggested that I outed the victim’s family by imaging a slice of an outdated directory of the cult. I noted at the time that it was an outdated directory. Hence, unghoulish people would not even bother to think about it.

    If Dale Courtney is now confirming that the information I provided is not outdated but does name the victim, it is Courtney that is outing the victim’s family. If the information was not outdated then I most sincerely apologize to the victim’s family if any harm resulted for my part in publishing matter I thought was outdated but now has been declared by Courtney to be valid. I should have blacked out the information even though I thought it was no longer valid. I apologize again to the family if they suffered any harm solely from my actions.

    However, Dale does not need to feel bad. The victim’s family and even the victim was outed long ago to the ghoulish. [I have not researched and do not know at this point the name of the victim’s family.]

    First, When Wilson belatedly outed Sitler to the cult, he outed the family to the alleged 1,000 attendees of his cult. They all have access to the directory. So do several hundred other people who could have looked it up once it was known that Sitler was a New Saint Andrews/Christ Church pedophile preying on the children of his boarding hosts.

    Second, once Sitler’s name and crimes became public record, any ghoul with just a modicum of internet savvy could have discovered Sitler’s address. Some of those internet sources have now been destroyed/secured/edited. Some still exist. Some exist in cached sites.

    There was another outing recently of victims of sexual molestation. This was by a public agency who thought it relevant and justified. If a ghoulish someone uses such information at the personal level to personally harm the victim, that is not good. So far, no evidence in either of these cases has surfaced to show that such is/was the case.

    Dale Courtney and I have had different world experiences. In my 65 years I have never heard anyone taunt a child with the knowledge of its degradation at the hands of a pedophile. I am very sorry to hear from Courtney that things may be different in the cult.

  9. keely emerine mix

    Regarding the “two witnesses” dance practiced by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, I would just say this: no need to boogie over to Kingdom Hall for that one; our own Christ Church men of faith stumble all over themselves dancing with a hermeneutic — a method of Bible interpretation — that gives more weight to the two-witnesses-needed point, both OT and NT, than to any possible consideration of the charges or accusations or complaints levied. Some crimes just don’t lend themselves to witnesses, which shouldn’t limit their exposure and prosecution but just as certainly does.

    keely emerine mix

  10. The spinning here by Wilson and group is what is ludicrous. Covering this up to “protect the victims?” What about the community’s need to know so that parents may protect their children? “Society is becoming more tolerant of sexual sins…?” By ‘society’ is he referring to Christ Church? Are the local newspapers, law enforcement, prosecutor and judge so gullible that they cannot see through Wilson’s smoke and mirrors? Why do the newspapers spread Mubita’s picture and story all over the front page, but news of a white, Christian serial pedophile is passed off as religious persecution. If Mubita had been a white NSA student, it may have taken a different twist.

  11. I simply want to say great job, Joan. I guess I just did. Carl Westberg Jr.

  12. I’m not from anywhere near you guys but from what I’ve read, I’m not seeing what Wilson did wrong. The real charge levelled at him is what Opyr says after her corrections: “The point still stands that Pastor Wilson did not notify the Christ Church congregation in Moscow until eight months after Emmanuel Presbyterian took action.”
    The question is, was Sitler in jail awaiting trial in Colville during that time? Or was he living free back in Moscow?
    If Sitler was not in Moscow (and if he was in colville, and i don’t know where colville is but the further away it is the more I see doug as free from charge), I see no reason for doug to share the news immediately.
    One more thing. If there is still a problem with the eight month lapse of time, why is this a problem 6 months later. If Wilson is to blame as Wayne Fox says, you’re all to blame for not saying something for 6 months. Why is this coming up now?

  13. I understand that Doug Wilson, on his “Blah and More Blah” website refers to this article as a “dog’s breakfast”. I suppose so, if that breakfast consists of filet mignon and a fine bottle of Dom Perignon, followed, of course, by a Cuban hand rolled cigar. Carl Westberg Jr.

  14. Nice piece Joan. What should be of concern to everyone in the community is the NSA/ Christchurch leaders’ willingness to cover up,and dismiss this crime of pedophillia so readily.

    Interesting that Dale states, “This is exactly what we did *not* want to have occur” regarding the victims families being exposed. The use of the term “we” indicates he was involved in planning the damage control over the whole incident.

  15. “… the NSA/ Christchurch leaders’ willingness to cover up,and dismiss this crime of pedophillia so readily.”

    Cover up and dismiss?
    Incredible.
    You’ll see whatever it is you want to see in this.

  16. If Sitler was not in Moscow (and if he was in colville, and i don’t know where colville is but the further away it is the more I see doug as free from charge), I see no reason for doug to share the news immediately.

    Bill, the reason it is a problem is because Sitler molested children as young as two, and Wilson was relying on his word alone that there were not other victims in the kirk that Wilson (and the parents) didn’t know about.
    All parents in the kirk had a right and a need to know that Sitler was a child molester so they could ask their children sooner, rather than months later, about any exposure to him.
    Only Doug could do this. Joan et al do not have the ears of the kirk.
    So what he did, by keeping silence, was allow enough time to go by that any unknown victims, potentially small children molested by Sitler, would continue to go unknown. the more time passed, the more likely it was that any possible young victims would have forgotten, gotten blurred on the details and be unreliable witnesses.
    Was this intentional on Wilson’s part? I hope not. But it was criminally negligent.

    I do not understand why this is so hard to grasp. It ought to be a serious, serious problem if your pastor comes to you and said, “By the way, you need to know this now because sentencing is tomorrow and I can’t keep it quiet anymore, but 8 months ago a sexual predator was prowling in our church, pretending to be one of us. You might want to check with your kids and see if they saw this guy – eight months ago, maybe he harmed them- eight months ago, maybe your toddler’s nightmares and bedwetting over the last few months stem back to contact you might have had with Sitler- eight or more months ago….”
    So you ask, what to normal, non cultish people, is the natural question- if you have known for EIGHT MONTHS that a child molester was once in our church midst, why didn’t you let the parents know? What if he molested my kids? I needed to make sure of this sooner, not months later!
    And your pastor tells you he did not ask because, you know, he asked the child molester who abused children as young as two in three different states, and the child molester assured him that there were no victims he hadn’t already told the pastor about.
    Why is the pastor taking chances like this with your kids? Who does he think he is? What right does he have not to let you know in a timely manner that a predator was in your midst?
    It doesn’t matter if the predator is removed- parents need to know asap that he was there so they can make sure their children were not harmed. Basic common sense and a sense of decency would tell most men that if they can check up on the word of an admitted pervert, they should.
    Wilson, by his own admission and that of his flock, did not tell the church until several months later. Therefore, we know he did not do what he could to make sure Sitler was being honest with him and to make sure parents could have all the information they needed. He’s already admitted he and Leithart pastor churches the size of a small town- there is simply NO way he could be sure who had and had not had Sitler over, or which children might have been near him. Only parents could find out, and he kept them in the dark for all those months.