“Do you want to be in our mob?" Elena asks him.
"When did we get a mob?" he says.
"We don't have one yet. I'm working on it."
Michael turns to me.
"It's got something to do with books."
"In that case," says Michael, "I'm in.”
― Paul Acampora, I Kill the Mockingbird link
Note to lawyers and Team Pyro friends: From this point forward, every time I use the word victims, put the word alleged in front of it. But know that I believe and stand with the alleged victims and applaud SNAP, Todd Wilhelm and others who have come forward in this matter. I can believe in something even if it is not proven. So, I can believe that Casey Anthony is guilty even though she was found *not guilty.* I believe the victims.
These last 36 hours have been incredibly trying. Next week, we shall discuss a new story that was brought to the attention of TWW. It involves a church in Massachusetts which is allegedly harassing and disciplining a woman who divorced her husband for abuse. We have become convinced of her story and are planning to do a series of posts on the matter. We have been down this road before. It involves:
- Wife abuse
- A *repentant* husband
- The wife being put under discipline for pursuing a divorce
- Membership covenants
- John Piper, CJ Mahaney and 9 Marks
- Wife under discipline in spite of legally resigning from the church
- Persistent and some might say, harassing, pursuit on the part of the church.
I have been in touch with the church and we all hope that they will do the right thing or the posts will commence on 12/14. In the meantime, there is another serious situation that has developed that caused me to be hounded by Team Pyro and others on Twitter because I believe the victims in the following story. The alleged perpetrator is Tom Chantry, a Reformed pastor friend of Frank Turk and others at Team Pyro.
Tom Chantry: Indicted on child molestation charges.
According to The Daily Courier in their story Former Prescott pastor charged with child molestation:
A minister in the Baptist church, who left the area 10 years ago, has been indicted on multiple counts accusing him of sexually molesting children in 1995, 1996, and 1998 to 2001 while he was pastor of a church in Prescott.
Thomas Jonathan Chantry, 46, faces five counts of molestation of a child, related to two minors, and three counts of aggravated assault on three separate minors as well.
One alleged victim, now an adult, came forward to Prescott Police and, according to a police report, when Chantry became a pastor at Miller Valley Baptist Church, Chantry told his parents that he wanted to tutor the victim, then “approximately 9 or 10 years old,” privately in his church office.
The parents consented, and the victim claims that, during his twice-weekly hourly meetings, Chantry would spank him, “grope him, rub him, and make him sit on his lap,” the report said.
The man, now 32 years old, said that, even during the abuse he claims was happening when he was a child, he knew it was wasn’t right.
“I definitely felt it was wrong, but it was one of those things—he was the pastor … and there was nothing I could do about it.”
The man knew of at least one other boy in the same alleged situation, the report said.
Chantry was arrested in July 2016. Apparently some of Chantry's friends have known about the charges since July. For most of us, the story fell a bit under the radar until Todd Wilhelm of Thou Art the Man (and official TWW hero) alerted us to the story. He wrote extensively on the situation. Note what he has to say here. We will get back to this shortly.
In what can only be described as sad news, I must report that Reformed Baptist pastor Tom Chantry has been indicted on five counts of sexually molesting children and two counts of aggravated assault with serious physical injury. Our hearts go out to the victims, Chantry’s wife and three sons, and his parents. Chantry’s father, Walter P. Chantry is well known and respected among Reformed Christian circles.
Wilhelm makes a rather interesting observation regarding Chantry and his defense of CJ Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Ministries.
Below is an interesting article which appeared in the SGM Survivors blog several years ago. The title of the article is “Mystery Solved?” and it has gone a long way in solving a mystery for me. That mystery is why so many celebrities in the Neo-Calvinist camp have so stridently defended C.J. Mahaney. You will recall that Mahaney is credibly charged with covering-up the sexual abuse of children in the denomination which he previously was the head of. Well, guess what? Indicted child molester, Tom Chantry was a vocal defender of Mahaney and Sovereign Grace! A case of birds of a feather flock together? I wonder how many other Mahaney cronies are also hiding sexual abuse of children in their closets? It is a very plausible explanation of their fierce loyalty to Mahaney.
Wilhelm has extensively researched Chantry's writings. He presents a post written by Chantry looking at the Mark Driscoll and Tullian Tchividjian situations. Since Wilhelm posted on this a few days ago, Chantry's entire website has suddenly gone private. Never fear, Wilhelm, used to such responses, made sure to copy the entire post on his website.
Here is a quote from Chantry's article that seems perspicacious. Perhaps he had insider information?….
Todd attempted to reach out to Chantry and this is what happened.
On being alerted to Chantry’s indictment on sexual molestation of children charges, I tweeted some information about the story and tagged Chantry in my tweets. It took Chantry about thirty minutes to block me! Sorry Tom, I don’t think you will be able to keep this a secret for long!
Who is Tom Chantry?
Since his website is no longer accessible, I found this information from The Aquila Report.
According to the Christ Reformed Baptist Church of Hale’s Corners, Wisconsin, website, where he is listed as Pastor, Chantry moved to Arizona after finishing his seminary studies in California, and stayed for five years. He next moved to Washington and then taught at a Christian school in the Chicago area for four years, before moving to the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha in 2006. That’s where he was arrested in July, on a warrant taken out by Prescott Police.
Chantry was serving as t he pastor of Christ Reformed Baptist Church in Wisconsin at the time of his arrest. He has reportedly been placed on leave. One cannot access The Pastor's Blog in that website at this time. Here is how the church described him. This is a screen shot since this will probably be disappearing as well.
SNAP released a statement on this situation.
WI–Minister arrested on child sex charges; Victims respond
For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, firstname.lastname@example.org)
A Hale’s Corner minister has been arrested on child sex charges. We are glad that he’s been caught but we’re disappointed in how his supervisors and colleagues are responding. We call on them to work aggressively to help law enforcement prosecute the offender and find – and help – any other victims.
Rev. Thomas Jonathan Chantry of Christ Reformed Baptist Church allegedly molested five kids between 1995 and 2001 in Arizona. But not is not the time for complacency. An arrest is not a conviction. Many times, we see shrewd predators get expensive lawyers and exploit technicalities, escaping convictions or long sentences. Then, sometimes the assault more kids.
So we call on Chantry’s current and former church supervisors, colleagues and members in Wisconsin and Arizona to use pulpit announcements, bulletin notices and church mailings to help law enforcement prosecute Rev. Chantry and seek out – and help – others he may have hurt.
These churches gave Chantry access to kids. So their civic and moral duty doesn’t end with his arrest. They must help put him behind bars and help ameliorate the severe harm he’s caused.
Ministers call themselves “shepherds.” In cases like this, a caring shepherd this admits there are likely other “lost sheep” out there, suffering in silence, shame and self-blame. He or she would use every possible method of reaching out to them – church signs, bulletins, mailings and pulpit announcements. Instead, most ministers do little but focus on protecting themselves from criticism and litigation. We hope this doesn’t happen here.
(Chantry reportedly is a well-known Reformed Baptist pastor, according to Brent Detwiler, a brave man who has publicly expose the cover up of child sexual abuse in Sovereign Grace Ministries. He has attacked Detwiler because of Detwiler’s courageous advocacy.)
No matter what courts or church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in institutions – especially in churches – to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact – David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, email@example.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)
The official charges against Tom Chantry
Both yesterday and today, I was bombarded by the Team Pyro guys and others on Twitter. You will see that some questioned the extent of the charges, even claiming that it only involved in one victim who mentioned that there might be another victim. Like that matters but they were wrong. Several also questioned why it took 20 years for the alleged victims to come forward, showing a seeming lack of understanding that this is often the case in the sexual of abuse of children.
Thankfully, Todd Wilhelm posted Official Record of Arizona Charges Against Thomas J. Chantry. Look closely at these charges since they will give you an idea why i believe that these accusations are true although yet to proven. Todd lives in Dubai but cares deeply about victims.
Note the reference to two counts of aggravated assault and serious physical injury. Do you know what this means? An attorney who reads our blog sent me this definition. This means that the injuries are probably part of some medical evidence. In other words, it is not something one can claim off the top of one's head.
There currently appear to be separate categories in Arizona for aggravated assault serious physical injury and aggravated assault of minor. I don’t know if it would be Arizona practice to specify all aggravation categories in a charge if there are more than one. (The law of course may have been different at the time of the (alleged) assaults.)
For me, the inclusion of serious physical injury and the presumed requirement for medical evidence presumably in the form of existing medical reports from the time adds credibility to charges 6 and 7. These injuries and presumably medical evidence/reports assumedly cannot be the figment of someone’s imagination or part of a vendetta. Of course, there is the separate evidential question of how the serious injuries were caused.
When I said that I believed the victims and get accused of unleashing a lynch mob on the internet.
I took to Twitter to say that I believe the victims in this instance. Little did I know that Tom Chantry has his ardent defenders and they are a rather raucous group. R Scott Glenn @Heidelcast, accused me of:
using my holy fury to unleash a lynch mob on the Internet.
Let me state this clearly. I did not say that Chantry is guilty. I said that I believed the victims. I also object to the use of the term *lynch mob* because it has far too many ties to horrific racially motivated killings of African Americans in the United States. He also accused me of violating the 9th commandment "Thou shall not bear fas witness" which he claims I was doing by stating I believed the victims. Go figure.
Here are some other tweets to give you the jist of what was happening yesterday.
Please take special note of the comment that this molestation happened 20 years ago. When he refers to the term "high probability" it was in response to my comment that I believe that he has a high probability of conviction.
Amusing aside: I decided to form my own internet mob so that when I feel the holy fury setting in, I know who to contact.
Things heated up when Team Pyro/Frank Turk showed up.
I continued to claim I believe the victims, much to this dismay of Turk and his friends. This unleashed all sorts of accusations towards me and others. In all my years of blogging, I have never seen such a barrage of Tweets. Here are some examples.
Turk says I do not have my facts straight when, in fact he is in error with this next claim.
Then he really hits below the belt.
Frank Turk found out that he was wrong about the *facts* of the charges and released this statement.
I am going to quote from part of it. Please read the entire statement.
The Watch-blogosphere has finally uncovered this link [http://bit.ly/2hel18n], which is reporting something that even the local news relative to the events is handling with kids gloves and not as some kind of crime wave. But: because the person arrested and indicted has a long-standing association with me via the internet, these ambulance-chasers are coming around to play a few innings of "stump the blogger."
First, let me say this: you really have no idea what my family has ever been through. You have no idea whether or not we have ever been inside one of these situations, and you have no idea whether or not we have seen this sort of thing from the inside. So before you say anything about my conscience toward victims or whatever other accusation you can muster, ask yourself if you know enough about my life to say anything which means anything other than you mean to take a pound of flesh from someone you think isn't going to respond — or worse, can afford to take the hit. If what you mean to do is gin up your own audience to bring the torches and pitchforks to my doorstep for the sake of your follower count, make sure you are ready for what really lies inside the castle outside of town.
Regarding the contents of that link, there are at least 3 things which I think are important to consider from a Biblical standpoint: human legal justice, God's eternal justice, and my obligation as a Christian brother to Tom Chantry.
…From a perspective of God's eternal justice, if Tom did the things he is accused of, he is already convicted in his heart and before the true judge of what is right. God is the one to whom Tom owes an explanation — if he is guilty. To me? Tom has been a friend and a truth-teller in all manner of hard situations, and I cannot believe that his approach in those circumstances came from either a seared conscience or a false heart. This means there is another aspect of God's justice I need to consider: what if I accuse and convict Tom when he is, in fact, innocent? Who am I before God if I treat my innocent brother like a criminal? What have I done to him before God? So as God has and will judge Tom, God is judging me — and I seek to do what He would have me do in these circumstances, not what an angry mob is asking of me.
Are most people too quick to believe in the guilt of an accused abuser? I was blamed for this today.
Finally, applications are now being accepted for my mob. I regret to inform you that the positions of Distributor of the Pitchforks; Chief of War Games; The Grand Overseer of the Trebuchet; Warrior Princess; The Heads of the Right and Middle Flanks along with The Keeper of the Bullhorn Who Screams "Hate!", have been taken. But there are thousands of positions to be filled. Take heart!