A Florida youth pastor has been arrested and charged with forcing four teenage boys into prostitution by telling them that they could make money modeling and threatening them if they didn't agree to have sex with male clients he met on the internet.
According to a Miami police report, Ron Cooper, who goes by the nickname "Romeo," sex trafficked four boys aged 16 to 18, who were forced to have sex for money at three different Miami-Dade County hotels and at an adult bookstore in Miami.
When University of Miami head football coach Mark Richt heard that not every member of his team had a Bible and that many of those who did had older versions they could hardly comprehend, he decided to do something about it.
Last week, Richt, a 56-year-old unabashed Christian who doesn't shy away from his faith in public, gave every member of his team a personalized Bible with their names embroidered on the cover.
Miami Marlins baseball star Dee Gordon hit a home run in his team's 7-3 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday, paying tribute to slain teammate Jose Fernandez, and crediting his achievement to God.
"I ain't never hit a ball that far, even in BP," Gordon said, who finished with a season-high four hits, according to USA Today Sports.
"I told the boys, 'If you all don't believe in God, you better start.' For that to happen today, we had some help." more >>
A McDonald's general manager and her husband, who were known as the couple others leaned on, died in a crash while on vacation with their two young daughters in Florida on Sunday.
The children, who are recovering from serious injuries at a local hospital, don't yet know that their parents are dead.
The Orlando Sentinel reported on Monday that the couple, Sarah Moyers, 39, and her husband, Greg, 40, had saved for months so they could afford their Disney World, Universal Studios vacation away from Leadwood, a small town in Missouri where they have lived for more than 20 years. more >>
Staunch Christian and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, who proudly declared in June that his identity as a Christian comes before his politics, confessed Sunday that he once walked away from the faith to which he clings so dearly now.
He also revealed that he prays with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Speaking at the First Baptist Jacksonville megachurch in Florida at the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Pence, who said he grew up in a family that was in church every Sunday, confessed he had walked away from his faith when he started college. more >>
The senior pastor of a Florida Methodist church who is also a married father of two, was among 22 men arrested in a child sex sting on Wednesday, after he allegedly traveled to a designated location with plans to have sex with a 14-year-old boy.
The Pensacola Police Department said in a statement on Wednesday that David Donald Hoppenjan, 52, who had served as senior pastor at the First United Methodist Church of Pace since last year, traveled to two locations in an effort to have sex with who he thought was a 14-year-old boy.
In the undercover child sex sting billed "Operation Undertow" which took place over five days from Sept. 7–11, Pensacola Police targeted adults who traveled to designated locations in Pensacola to have sex with children. more >>