What distresses me at times is that I meet a lot of people in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, who still say they’re a victim of child abuse. Dave Pelzer
Last Thursday, Tom Chantry’s trial went the jury. Since it is highly possible that a verdict will come in on Monday, I wanted to let you call catch up with what is going on. Here are the links to Todd Wilhelm’s blog.
If you have time, read the comments. They are most enlightening. Let me draw you attention to the following.
Did Thomas Chantry abuse another child after he left the church?
According to Todd:
Just a note for those of you, who like me, are not familiar with court proceedings. Prior to the jury coming into the courtroom to continue the trial in the morning, the Judge and Council for both parties conduct business, such as arguing and ruling on motions like that mentioned above. This is done so as not to prejudice the jury.
The next item of business concerned new information Prosecuting Attorney Susan Eazer had obtained over the weekend. She had discovered that Tom Chantry had been interviewed by the Arlington Heights, IL Police Department for severely spanking a child, leaving bruises that were still visible two days later. This occurred in 2004 at Christian Liberty Academy, the school where Chantry taught 5th and 6th-grade children.
Of course, John Sears argued against allowing this information into Court at such a late hour, saying that it should have been properly argued in a pre-trial evidentiary hearing. Judge Astrowsky, after hearing arguments from both sides, agreed with Sears and ruled the evidence of Chantry’s ongoing abuse would not be allowed. (Of course, I am condensing 20-30 minutes of legalese into a few sentences!)
It should be noted that back in 2016 when I first started investigating this story I sent an email to Christian Liberty Academy alerting them to the fact that Tom Chantry had been arrested and charged with physical and sexual assault of Children. I suggested that they send a letter to the parents of every child that had been in a class taught by Chantry. As usual, I received no response!
I have filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Arlington Heights Police Department and as soon as I receive the Police report I will post it.
We will also post the police report once if is received. In the meantime…
A trial is slated for an ARBCA couple who abused a 12 month old foster child
Todd Wilhelm wrote More Child Abuse Perpetrated By Members of an ARBCA Church
According to Wilhelm:
Caleb and Mary Beery, currently members of San Tan Reformed Baptist Church (an ARBCA church) have both been charged with three felony criminal counts of child/vulnerable adult abuse. The alleged abuse occurred between January 23, 2016, and February 20, 2017. The victim of the abuse was their foster daughter. According to the criminal charges the baby girl would have been between one and fifteen months old at the time of the abuse. The baby was removed from their home in March of 2017. She was then sixteen months old.
My source for this story told me that the baby was “disciplined” by “beating severely on the bottom to the point of deep bruises and blisters (much in the manner of Chantry, it seems).
(Editor’s note: I had originally reported parents of the Beery’s reported the abuse to authorities. I later was told that a church nursery worker was the one who first noticed the abuse and reported it.)
…Note to all those whose critical thinking skills are negligible, if you hold to the belief that corporal punishment is mandated by the Bible don’t become a foster parent!
May I also add that if you think the Bible mandates that you beat a baby please refrain from having any children.
Additionally, if you are attending a church that encourages you to spank a one-year-old child I would suggest finding a new church.
…Now we get down to some really good lawyering. Bruce Feder, Mary Beery’s defense attorney, apparently argues that under the First Amendment the Beerys have a religious right to beat their foster baby! Therefore, he argues the felonies should be plead down to misdemeanors and the defendant given supervised probation!
…It appears the State didn’t agree with the Defense. They apparently had a meeting scheduled for June 25 where the Defense hoped they could wrap everything up. I think the State must have balked at dropping the felonies to misdemeanors, instead likely insisting on some prison time. The result was the Defense pulled out of the negotiations and as it stands a trial will be held in October.
Ted Tripp used to be a pastor of an ARBCA church but has reportedly left the denomination. Did his teaching contribute to this case?
According to Wilhelm:
Tedd Tripp teaches 1) employ the rod at the first sign of defiance; 2) apply the rod with the diaper or drawers down so the child feels the sting on their bottom or thigh 3) best to apply the rod with the child over your lap so there is a physical connection between you and the child and 4) hug the child afterwards – if they are not accepting of the hug or their heart is not yet sweet, continue to use the rod until it is!
Deb plans to do some writing on this. You should know that the ACBC recommends this book by Ted Tripp. So much for the *Biblical Counseling movement.* We wrote about it here.
And with that, you arecaught up. Please pray for the jurors tomorrow as the deliberate. Also, TWW sends out our warmest wishes and thanks to Susan Eazer, the prosecutor, who really gets child abuse.
Thank you also to Todd who has worked so hard and spent so much of his own time watching this trial. I have learned much from his writings and sacrifice. This fall, Matthew Phelps is slated tol stand trial for the murder of his wife, Lauren Hugelmaier. Victim in ‘cough medicine’ slaying case had 123 cuts and stab wounds, autopsy shows
Lauren and her family were (and are) members of a local church. The Deebs hope to attend the trial to stand in support of her family and also to observe the proceedings in the hopes that justice will be served. We have learned much from Todd Wilhelm and hope to do half as well as he did.