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“Home is behind, the world ahead,
and there are many paths to tread
through shadows to the edge of night,
until the stars are all alight.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
In two weeks, two employees of Liberty University were arrested (and both later convicted) of sex crimes.
Two employees of Liberty University, Stephen Kilpatrick, a professor physics, and Jeremy Whorley who was both an employee of Liberty University and an MBA student, have both been convicted of sex crimes. In some reports, Whorley is only listed as a student but he was also a paid employee.
Update: Lynchburg child-porn suspect is Liberty University employee, student states these two cases are not connected.
Whorley is the second LU employee arrested in connection with a Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation in the past two weeks.
Stephen Kilpatrick’s crimes
According to police, Kilpatrick was actively attempting to solicit sex from a person on Craigs List who claimed to be 13 years old girl. In fact, he was corresponding with a law enforcement officer from the Southern Virgina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Here is a description of Former Liberty University professor found guilty on child sex crime charges
Gardner said the conversations often were sexually explicit and Kilpatrick was told the person he was communicating with was a 13-year-old girl in the eighth grade named “Jenny.” Kilpatrick promised sexual acts to “Jenny,” drove to where he thought she lived and told her he’d thought about her sexually while in his office, according to Gardner.
Kilpatrick was a professor of physics at LU during the time of the incident but has since been fired, his family said from the witness stand Tuesday.(ed: Other reports said he was a professor of mathematics.)
Kilpatrick actively was trying to set up a meeting with the girl, Gardner said, and law enforcement officers staged such a meeting in June. When they intercepted Kilpatrick, she said he had cookies and lubrication in his car.
While awaiting trial, how was Kilpatrick portrayed by his wife and friends?
Kilpatrick’s wife, Sandra, said she was prepared to put their life savings on the line to get her husband out of jail.
She said her husband has no criminal history or allegations of sexual misconduct and is a well-written man who used to work as a research scientist for the U.S. government. The couple has been active in different churches they’ve attended and Sandra Kilpatrick said her husband would host small group meetings of church members at their home and help teach small children Bible study.
Kilpatrick’s friends and fellow churchgoers said Tuesday they’d be his support system if he was granted bond. When asked by Pack if his charges surprised them, they all said they were shocked.
Let’s go through the claims.
- He had no criminal history.
- No allegations of sexual misconduct.
- Well written man
- A former research scientist for the government
- She and her husband had been active in different churches.
- They hosted small group meetings.
- They taught small children Bible study.
- Their friends would be his support system.
- Their friends were shocked.
- The majority of pedophiles are never arrested. Some guess that over 90% of pedophiles are never arrested,. That means background checks will never pick up these offenders. That also means that a negative criminal history means nothing in these situations.
- Pedophiles are not creepy old men who wear trench coats and suspiciously lurk in parks. The reason they never get arrested is because they can appear as fine, upstanding citizens such as scientists or professors or a *well written man.* They are good at this stuff.
- Pedophiles will go where there are trusting people so they can get away with their criminal activity. Churches and small groups are a great place to meet kids. And imagine teaching small children Bible studies? Little children are particularly vulnerable to a sharp pedophile
- Church friends sometimes believe that all can be forgiven by them. They don’t consider that maybe they shouldn’t forgive in place of those who were the actual victims. (We forgive you for raping those 13 boys. We don’t really care if the victims are consulted, we’ll just do it.) They also believe that the Holy Spirit will miraculously heal pedophiles on demand. They don’t understand that pedophilia is crime as well as a dangerous psychiatric disorder. Some people don’t even consider that they are not equipped to help a seriously mentally imbalanced criminal.
- Christians who read Bible should not be *shocked* that their supposed friend is a criminal. Take a look at David. Recently, a member of the SBC leadership made a statement on Twitter saying we need to *believe the best* about fellow Christians. Sadly, this means people are taught to ignore serious warning signs that a person is a danger to their community.
Let me state this loud and clear. Even I can be fooled by a pedophile and I’ve been dealing with this a long time. I am smart enough to know that I can be conned by an intelligent and charismatic pervert.
People with sexual paraphilias are adept at making up stories about their activities.
Let’s take a look at Kilpatrick’s excuse for what he was doing. After the *entrapment defense* didn’t work, Kilpatrick took the stand and offered this explanation: Former Liberty University professor found guilty on child sex crime charges
Notice his attempt to deflect the blame of his *home life* as the reason for seeking *entertainment* elsewhere. Basically, he’s blaming his wife. Then, he pretends that this was all a game and he knew what he was doing.
For the first time, jurors heard from Kilpatrick Wednesday. He took the witness stand and told the jury that he never thought he was messaging a 13-year-old girl, but was taking part in a fantasy with an adult woman who was pretending to be 13. He said that he was creating a persona and that he was messaging a persona as part of “fantasy communication,” never believing that it was an actual 13-year-old.
“The moment you question a fantasy, you terminate the fantasy,” said Kilpatrick, from the witness stand.
Kilpatrick added that he often scrolled through and responded to ads on Craigslist. He said it helped him get away from the frustrations of home-life and he saw it as a form of entertainment, trying to ascertain if the person who was posting was a real person or not.
“I was trying to get her to break her persona,” said Kilpatrick. “Everything can be fake in fantasy communication.”
The jury recommended he get 35 years.
The jury recommended he spend 35 years in jail. He will be formally sentenced in September.
Liberty said Kilpatrick, who was an associate professor of mathematics, was fired from his position.
I am so grateful to see that juries are taking this stuff seriously. The pedophile at my former church only got 13 years, one for each boy who testified. These young teens were molested in the most despicable ways imaginable. You can be sure that a couple of us will be there the day he gets out to remind him that we are watching him.
I hope Kilpatrick gets every one of those 35 years.
The viewing of child porn as it relates to possible sexual acting out.
Before we look at Whorley, it’s worth exploring an NIH study correlating the viewing of child porn to subsequent deviant behavior. There are many such studies out there however it is difficult to get large enough sample size since most people know. that viewing child pornography and don’t want to admit to it.
I once spoke with a deputy in Mississippi who tried to convince me that those who had viewed child porn and were subsequently jailed were not sexual offenders and could be safely released into the community. In our discussion, there was no consideration given for the ongoing debate in the psychiatric community whether the viewing child pornography should be included under the heading of pedophilia. Here is one such debate.
The jury is still out on this one. Through my work at TWW I, I knew of one viewer of child porn was watching 8 month old babies being raped. I am grateful that more and more arrests are occurring in this area because I believe that studies will eventually show a definite correlation between viewing child porn and a sting on that possibility.
Here is one such study albeit with a small sample.
A total of 84 (4.2 %) young men reported they had ever viewed child pornography. Most theory-based variables were moderately and significantly associated with child pornography viewing and were consistent with models of sexual offending implicating both antisociality and sexual deviance.
Jeremy Whorley was arrested and convicted of possession of child porn with children as young as 6 years old.
In 2018, according to LU student arrested in connection to LPD child porn investigation
Jeremy Cole Whorley is currently enrolled in Liberty’s Masters of Business Administration Program and is employed by the university.
Whorley was arrested Tuesday, July 10 after police got a search warrant at his home in the Heritage Circle area in connection to an investigation into the sharing of child porn online.
Police said he’s charged with 10 counts of possessing child porn.
Take a look at the number of images found on his computer.
Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Bennett said more than 300 images of suspected child porn were found on his computer, and further investigation revealed he had deleted more than 1,100 suspect images.Some of those images, Bennett said, depicted children estimated to be as young as 6 years old in sexual situations.
Let’s take a look at how Whorley is portrayed during the trial.
By statement of his wife during the trial:
- Her husband has expressed remorse
- (He has) gone to two sessions with a specialized licensed counselor.
- He hasn’t been accessing the internet — a condition of his bond —
- The two have discussed the issue multiple times.
By the Commonwealth Attorney Jennifer Bennett
- (He) has little risk of recidivism
- But said he’s reported a “compulsive, overwhelming urge” to view child porn.
By his attorney:
- Straw pointed out his client had no criminal history,
- Never touched a child
- Was gainfully employed when he was arrested.
- He also said close to a dozen loved ones who came to Lynchburg Circuit Court were there to show support for his client.
- While “it should be criminalized,” Straw added it’s a psychological abnormality.”
- He accepts responsibility for his actions
- Knows viewing child porn isn’t a victimless crime.
- He said he’d continue to seek help
- (He)has plenty of support from his family.
By Judge Yeats:
Sentenced him to four years of active time, after which he’ll be on supervised probation for two years, will need to be on good behavior for 25 years and will need to register as a sex offender. In addition, he was prohibited from consuming alcohol, having unsupervised contact with minors and viewing any pornography. He won’t be able to use the internet except as approved by probation officers.
…He claimed that although it’s a crime, it is also a *disease.*
Let’s go through what was said.
- The wife said he expressed remorse. Of course he did, after the was arrested. Did he ever express remorse prior to getting caught? Doubtful
- He’s been to 2 sessions with counselor. This is just plain stupid. This problem won’t go away after two measly counseling sessions. Get back to me after he has been on consistent counseling for 2 years and release the counselors report.
- He didn’t access the internet because his bail would have been revoked. This tells me nothing. Was he watched 24/7 during that time?
- So glad to hear he’s *discussing* this with his wife. Again, that tells us nothing.
- The Commonwealth Attorney says he has little risk for recidivism. Based on what knowledge? I was once told that a pedophile in an Anglican Church had little risk of reoffending even though he had offended for 30+ years. Things didn’t go so well in that one either. Did the Commonwealth attorney believe that his 2 counseling sessions *cure* him?
- Good night!! He still claims an overwhelming compulsion to view child porn but he isn’t at risk? Banging my head on the kitchen table. I suspect that he will reoffend as soon as he’s released if not before. Prisons can be sketchy places.
- His attorney said he has no criminal history. Once again, most offenders are never caught so *no criminal history* is the norm.
- How in the world does his attorney know he’s never touched a child? Because he said so?
- Most child porn viewer are gainfully employed. Why did the attorney think that would make a difference? By the way, he was fired from LU.
- So a dozen people showed up to support his client? My guess is that far fewer will stick around after they think about what this guy did.
- What does it matter that his client’s porn addiction is a psychiatric disorder? This makes his problem even worse since it is a compulsion and the cure rates are questionable. Serial killers have a psychiatric disorder. What difference does that (or should that) make in their sentencing?
- Whorley took responsibility for his actions. Well, he really didn’t have much choice, did he?
- And he has so much support from the same people he conned for a very long time. That’s reassuring.
- He promised to continue to seek help. Well, this is one to watch. Two sessions of counseling tells us nothing.
The judge is correct. Pedophilia and getting one’s jollies looking at little kids getting raped is a disease although I prefer to call it a profound psychiatric disorder. There is no cure at this time. But, did they know what they were doing was wrong? Of course they did. Did they seek out help to prevent them from going down this road? No they didn’t.
At the time of these crimes they knew they were doing something wrong and they didn’t give a hoot about the well-being of the children. They were only interested in getting their jollies, children be damned.
Folks, we cannot afford to be naive. The well being of our children is dependent on us getting a whole lot smarter.