"But it's like especially virulent TB. God can cure, but in meantime we quarantine." @XianAtty-Twitter 9/4/15
*TRIGGER WARNING: DISCUSSION OF THE PREVENTABLE MOLESTATION OF A BABY*
The Hall of Shame: Steven Sitler, Doug Wilson, Katie Sitler, Katie's parents, Steven's parents, Judge John Stegner, and various members of Christ Church
**Update: 9/12/15 In light of the various reports coming out about Steven Sitler, it does seem possible that he is sexually stimulated while having contact with his baby. He has been removed from the house until new chaperones can be trained and placed. The question for me remains is this. If he was merely sexually stimulated while being with his baby and not outwardly acting on this stimulation, then how would the chaperones know this to be the case? It would seem unfair that his wife and parents, the former chaperones, would be removed from their role if this was something merely internal. So, what actually happened? Whatever happened it was serious enough to remove him from the home until nee and trained chaperones could watch him very, very closely. I apologize if I seem confused. I am and I used to work with abused children.
Update 9/6/15 There appears to be some debate whether or not Steven Sitler physically molested the baby or became sexually stimulated while having contact with the baby. The judge was concerned enough that he removed Katie and Steve's parents from being chaperones. Katie will have to undergo further training to be reinstated as a chaperone.
Secondly, there is rumor going around that Steven is not a pedophile but nepiophilie.
A Nepiophile is like a Pedophile, a person (male or Female) sexually attracted to Children, but has an attraction to a younger age like babies and Toddlers and up to preschool children.
The term does not mean having a sexual relationship with the infant. In fact despite this attraction a majority of Nepiophiles even Pedophiles do do not seek nor have those kind of relationships. This term is reserved to Molesters. Many Nepiophiles will become close friends to 1 or 2 children (sometime more) in their life times. They will help them, protect them from any harm. The child will be happy to see him/her and sad when he/she leaves.
He is a pedophile based on his history of molesting children. He was sent to jail for doing so. I am deeply concerned that there may be an effort to downplay what is going on with Sitler.
The Legal Dictionary defines molestation as well as molestation by a family member short of rape
Molestation:the crime of sexual acts with children up to the age of 18, including touching of private parts, exposure of genitalia, taking of pornographic pictures, rape, inducement of sexual acts with the molester or with other children, and variations of these acts by pedophiles. Molestation also applies to incest by a relative with a minor family member, and any unwanted sexual acts with adults short of rape.
I am hopping mad. I could barely contain myself when I heard about this situation. I am so angry it was all I could do to write this post. I am sure that my anger is on display throughout the narrative. I was going to go back and tone it down. But, I decided if I am not allowed to get angry over an entirely preventable molestation of a little baby, then something is amiss. So, here I am in all my frustration.
You see, I knew something bad would happen with this pedophile in 2012 when I wrote a hard hitting post about the goings on with Doug Wilson and his beloved pedophile. Let me bring you to the present and then walk you back.
Sometime this past spring, Steven Sitler, a convicted, serial pedophile and much beloved member of Doug Wilson's church, had a son, their first child, with his wife, Katie. Normally such pregnancy and births, along with baptisms, are written about in the Christ Church public bulletin. But, according to Moscow, Idaho's intrepid Rosemary Huskey, a local thorn in Doug Wilson's side, all of this was kept hush, hush. Few realized his wife was pregnant. Almost everyone in town knows that Steven is a pedophile. Such an announcement would be viewed with concern by the residents who are not members of Doug Wilson's church which some in town call a "cult".
Steven Sitler is the type of pedophile who enjoys sexually abusing little children and babies. Yes, you read that right. Babies! He has received time in prison in the past and was now on probation. There was also a little caveat to his sentence. If his marriage produced a baby, he could never be alone with any children, both in the home or anywhere else. He needed to have a chaperone with him at all times. The judge, whom this blogger thinks has shown great naïveté, (Does he know Doug Wilson, perhaps?) said that his wife, Katie, could be one of those chaperones! It is also believed that his parents may have been chaperones. Good night!
Steven Sitler *allegedly* molested his own baby boy!!! It is highly probably that his wife allowed it to happen – mulitple times!!
I can barely write this because my hands are shaking. The act is heinous in and of itself. But it was totally preventable. As you will see, Doug Wilson and his church encouraged this marriage, knowing that Sitler was a multiple offender. On September 2, 20/15, CorrectionsOne.Com published Idaho sex offender allowed to return home with child.
During Tuesday's review hearing, Latah County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson said the state originally requested a review of Sitler's conditions of probation to provide guidance on how to move forward given the fact Sitler had fathered a child and the results of a polygraph test had disclosed concerning actions.
Thompson said information the court now has "shows (Sitler) has had contact with his child that resulted in actual sexual stimulation." Thompson said the incidents in question occurred while Sitler was chaperoned.
"In some extent the state's worst fears appeared to be realized by some of the recent disclosures in the polygraphs," Thompson said.
"The actions that he has engaged in and disclosed are a compelling basis that he cannot have anything close to a normal parental relationship at this time with his child," Thompson said. "Everybody would love for Mr. Sitler to become a normal person, but the fact is he is not. He is a serial child sexual abuser.
Did you catch that? The incidents (plural) occurred when the chaperones were with him. That means his wife and maybe his parents. She is allowing her husband to have contact with their baby! I need to know why she wasn't arrested as well. She should be.
It was recommended that he not live at home with the baby but Judge Stegner, in my opinion, made a dangerous concession.
"The best way to protect is to prohibit contact except in direct line of vision with a responsible, approved chaperone. At this point in time, that means he would not be able to reside with his wife and child."
It appears the judge was not willing to prevent him from living with his wife and son. Instead, they would need to have "line of sight" trained chaperones with him whenever he was with the baby. The judge even suggested his wife, who had allowed this behavior in the home, could be reinstated as a chaperone after *training!*
Latah County 2nd District Judge John Stegner did not rule Tuesday on whether Sitler can live in the home or not, only that he must have an approved, "line-of-sight" chaperone present at all times when with the child, Thompson said.
Stegner said Sitler's wife could be reinstated as a chaperone with additional training at the Valley Treatment Centers.
The prosecutor says it is troubling that Sitler cannot pass any lie detector tests. I say it is troubling that it is even more troubling that the judge allows this molester to have contact with his child. Shame on him!
Stegner also said Sitler must go through relapse prevention therapy and complete and pass another polygraph test. Thompson said it is troubling that Sitler has yet to successfully complete a polygraph test and it is concerning that there may still be more that hasn't been disclosed.
The Facebook page for the Palouse News, quoting from the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, added:
Sitler, 30, of Moscow, was sentenced to life in prison, with retained jurisdiction, in September 2006 under a Rule 11 plea agreement with the state for lewd conduct with a child under 16.
He served one year with the Idaho Department of Corrections' retained jurisdiction treatment programs and less than a year in the custody of the Latah County Jail before being released onto probation. Under the terms of his probation, Sitler is prohibited from associating with anyone under the age of 18 without supervision of an approved chaperone.
Doug Wilson has quite a reputation in Moscow, Idaho.
However, it was the comments of the more thoughtful locals on the Palouse News Facebook that I found revealing.
Reports from the locals seem to indicate that the Christ Church members will now be Steven's chaperones.
This is the church which supported Steven Sitler, believed he was really a good guy, approved of his marriage to a sweet, young and naive woman in the church and back in 2012, left some pretty strong comments at TWW when I posted this story.
Who is Doug Wilson?
Doug Wilson is a much beloved pastor whom The Gospel Coalition has posted 52 times. John Piper admires him. Tim Challies is a fan. Wilson is beloved of R.C. Sproul and Al Mohler. He is even quoted over at 9Marks. Kevin DeYoung thinks Wilson is wise. Do these men approve of Doug Wilson's handling of pedophiles as well as his views on race and sex? They sure seem to quote him a bunch. Why do so many in this group appear to support those who have some serious baggage? I don't get it! I guess secondary theology trumps mercy, love and justice. Kids seem to be treated as second class citizens to celebrity BFFs.
Wilson has some strange views which consistently get him in trouble.
- He has disturbing view on slavery.
- He is an HIV/AIDS conspiracy theorist.
He has offensive views on the role of men in the sexual act:
A man penetrates, conquers, colonizes, plants. A woman receives, surrenders, accepts.
- His views on classical school education are concerning.
- He blamed the victim in the Doug Phillips scandal.
Back to 2012
In July of that year, we posted The Real Doug Wilson Encouraged & Presided Over the Marriage of Serial Pedophile. The following information is taken directly from the post.
Who Is Doug Wilson?
Doug Wilson appears to have a penchant for role playing. ”He calls his church a “kirk” which is correct, but it is usually seen in Scotland, not in Moscow, Idaho. In fact, he seems to love all things Scottish and also seem to enjoy using the word “confederation”. Link
“Wilson earned a B.A. in classical studies and a B.A. and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Idaho. In addition to his role as pastor of Christ Church, he is a founder and Senior Fellow in Theology at New Saint Andrews College, founder and editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine, and founder of Greyfriars Hall, a three-year ministerial training program. He also serves on the governing boards of New Saint Andrews, Logos School (a Christian private school), and the Association of Classical and Christian Schools. Wilson was instrumental in forming the Confederation of Reformed Evangelical Churches.”
Here is a link to his blog: Blog and Mablog.
So what’s the deal with the "kirk" member pedophile, Steve Sitler?
Please understand that this pedophile was not a family member. He confessed to multiple molestations of little children. But, this is not going to be another article on pedophilia, per se. It is about a breath-taking misunderstanding of marriage as you will see.
“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.” Link
Sitler molested multiple young children and found a support in Doug Wilson
From the Southern Poverty Law Center, we learn some of the story from an article titled Idaho Pastor a Hard-Liner, With an Exception or Two.
“This summer, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News published a story on "rumors" that Wilson, who controls an extreme-right religious empire in Moscow, and his New Saint Andrews College had tried to "cover up" serial sexual molestations by a college student — molestations of very young boys and girls carried out over several years. Although the newspaper quoted none of them, many people were angry that Wilson had failed to notify families in his Christ Church for eight months after Steven Sitler confessed to him in March 2005. One church family with young children had boarded Sitler, and others welcomed him as a visitor in their homes (Sitler molested one 2-year-old girl in a similar visiting situation in Colville, Wash.). Critics complained that Wilson's lack of action had eliminated the possibility of identifying other victims in the community.
Wilson and college officials told the newspaper that they had immediately kicked Sitler out of school and notified police of his crimes, but decided not to inform members of the public because of concerns for victims' privacy.
Five months after Sitler's confession, another man who had been boarded by a Christ Church family while he studied to become a minister there was arrested and ultimately pleaded guilty to lewd conduct with an underage girl. When details of the matter came up on a local blog run by a disgruntled Wilson follower, part of the pastor's response was to liken the blogger to "a sucking chest wound."
What may have been most remarkable about the entire affair was Wilson's role in the case of Sitler, who he ministered to after Sitler was caught. Wilson wrote the sentencing judge in Sitler's case, describing him as "most responsive" and "completely honest" and asking that criminal penalties be "measured and limited."
Wilson asked for “measured and limited civil penalties” for this pedophile.
Free Jinger links to sources on their blog reports here.
“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."
Wilson says he “covers up sin for a living.”
(Continuing in Free Jinger) “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."
Sitler had a short stay in jail from what appears to be a plea deal and will have parole supervision for the rest of his life.
In another article titled More on the Steven James Sitler Child Molestation Case link
“He will remain subject to the jurisdiction of the Idaho Correctional System for the rest of his natural life, regardless of whether he is incarcerated or under community probation or parole supervision.“
“Wilson wrote, "I have 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.”
Wilson responds to criticism of his role in this matter. Link
He appears to believe that he did nothing wrong. However, I will give him props for one action and only one action. He did make sure the police were notified.
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THIS NEXT PART!!! (Tipping over the tables time.)
The “Kirk” gets Sitler married!
Christ “Kirk” with Doug Wilson presiding over the event, married off Sitler to a 23 year old woman by the name of Katie Travis! You may read the whole sordid tale here at Prevailing Winds.
“The background is rather simple. This young woman moved into the home of an elder at the “kirk” because she moved to teach to one of the affiliated schools. She asked the Iversons to help her find a mate because she wanted to get married. They found one-Steve Sitler who asked her parents for permission to date her. They gave their blessings.”
Read Steve’s gushing excitement about this marriage which he posted on the Internet. (Link is dead on 9/4)
“We met on August 18th, 2010 at the insistence of Mr. and Mrs. Iverson. One week later we were writing emails like it was going out of style. On Katie’s first visit back to Moscow in October, we had our first date, after which I asked her father if I could start courting her. I got the pleasure of spending Christmas break with Katie’s awesome family and decided on a whim to ask her to “merry” (misspelling intentional, more on that later) me on our second date. Of course it wasn’t really a whim, I had been meticulously planning it for months. She was shocked… and speechless, but finally she said yes, and the rest, as they say, is history. I love you., Katie”
One problem: They needed to get a judge to OK this marriage due to the possibility of children and concerns raised by officials.
Thanks to Rose Huskey, link, who has relentlessly pursued this story, we learn that the "happy" couple needed to get permission from the courts to get married. Warning: whenever you need a judge's OK to get married, some questions need to be asked. (Ed. note 9/4/15-Note the judge's name.)
“This morning I sat in a nearly empty courtroom and listened to arguments regarding the June 11th marriage of Steven Sitler and Katie Travis. The Department of Corrections unambiguously stated that they did not support this marriage. In late March Mr. Sitler told his probation officer that ina year or so (predicated, apparently, on Miss Travis' graduation from a college program) they want to start a family. Following that conversation,and because of the potential risk to any children Mr. Sitler might father, the DOC (Department of Corrections) requested further psychological evaluation of Mr. Sitler. The results of his AASI = Abel Assessment for Sexual Interest raised concerns.”
“Mr. Wallenwaber, representing Steven Sitler, challenged the appropriateness of the test in Mr. Sitler's case, as well as the academic credentials of the evaluator. Mr.Wallenwaber also argued that the issue in front of the court today was marriage, not potential children, which seemed to me to be an accurate statement.”
“The discussion amongst Latah County Prosecutor , Bill Thompson; Judge Stegner; and Mr. Wallenwaber, focused, in part, on the legal consequence if/when Steven Sitler and Katie Travis have children. It may be the case that Mr. Sitler will not be allowed to share a home with his wife and child or children. This remedy may be utilized in Idaho when the father is a convicted pedophile. Judge Stegner ruled that the wedding could go forward and issues regarding the protection of children will be addressed if and children are a factor in the marriage.
The Wedding Video Clearly Showing Doug Wilson's Participation
The following is the wedding video made of Katie and Steve’s wedding. It made me feel sick to my stomach especially when the parents get up to extol Katie and Steve’s relationship.
Oh yeah, in the video, Doug Wilson praises Sitler for his “logical and analytic skills that were given to him by God.” Is there any sanity at all in this group of people? May God have mercy on Katie as she faces the trials that are sure to come.
Guess what? The video is now not available for viewing. However, if I remember correctly (others seem to remember as well),
Wilson, during the prayer time, asked for
the gift and heritage of children,"
This gives me the shakes. How could they pray for such a thing? Addendum 9/8/15-An elderly gentleman tasked with saying a prayer for the wedding prayed for the gift of children.
Let me leave you with some questions that I had back in 2012 and wrote on that post. I think you might find my concerns logical.
- What parent would encourage and participate in such a marriage? (I would have popped him one, kidnapped my daughter and fled to the Tortolas).
- What sort of pastor and church leader would fix up a naive young woman with an admitted, convicted, multiple victim pedophile?
- What will happen to the children who will surely be born into this mess? I hope the courts are watching very, very carefully.
- How will their children feel as they age and learn that their mother deliberately exposed them to danger?
- How will they feel if they are removed from the home because of their potentially dangerous father?
- Is Katie receiving therapy?
- How could Doug Wilson ever be held up as any sort of “expert” on Christian marriage after this situation?
- What does this say about Wilson’s views on women?
- What does this say about Wilson’s views on pedophilia?
- Does Doug Wilson believe that Katie should submit to a serial pedophile because he is a male?
- Does Sitler have authority over Katie?
Shame on Doug Wilson.
Doug Wilson is using the life of a young woman to shore up his cheap view of grace. A pedophile supposedly "repents" and is now a member of Wilson's "Kirk". Since Wilson "knows" Sitler is OK, it is business as usual.
Talk about delusion. I believe this is a deplorable situation. Real repentance would be shown if Sitler gave up all possibility of being near children. The children should mean more to him than his own happiness. This is not the case with his marriage unless he has been castrated, and I have heard nothing about such a procedure.
Last week, we featured a video by John Piper in which he says "Doug Wilson really gets the Gospel." This is a link to that post. I think it is high time that Piper, Wilson and their like-minded followers in The Gospel Coalition stop playing with the lives of vulnerable followers in order to play doctrinal gender games. Shame on all of you.
- Special thanks to Rosemary Huskey. Continue to be a pain in Doug Wilson's side. I want to see your elk one day. By the way, you are truly a plain spoken Quaker and you speak the truth well.
- Please read Julie Anne Smith's excellent post on this matter. Julie Anne and I had a good conversation on this matter. I don't know which one of us is madder. Julie Anne as well as I are officially members of the much feared "gal pal bloggers*.
- Apparently, Doug Wilson has decided to say something. I will print it when it occurs.