A language teacher at a Catholic high school near Philadelphia was terminated from his job last week after he told school officials he was applying for a gay marriage license with his partner in neighboring New Jersey.
Michael Griffin, who taught French and Spanish at the Holy Ghost Preparatory School for 12 years, lost his job last week after he filed for a same-sex marriage license in New Jersey, where he lives with his partner, Vincent Giannetto. Father James McCloskey, the headmaster at the school located in Philadelphia's suburb of Bensalem, said in a statement that the school must abide by the teachings of the Catholic Church, and Griffin had violated his contract with the school when he applied for a same-sex marriage license.
According to KERO-TV 23, McCloskey said Griffin's decision contradicted "the terms of his teaching contract at our school, which requires all faculty and staff to follow the teachings of the Church as a condition of their employment. In discussion with Mr. Griffin, he acknowledged that he was aware of this provision, yet he said that he intended to go ahead with the ceremony." more >>
A former Pennsylvania youth pastor, classroom assistant and basketball coach has been arrested on charges that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy that he met at church.
Jonathan David Masteller, 23, who worked at Gap Community Church in Lancaster County until two weeks ago, when he took a job at a school, allegedly assaulted the boy at least six times.
"It's very disturbing to see any child victimized, especially in this situation where the child had gained trust in an adult and his trust was taken advantage of and he was abused," Trooper Philip Strosser of the Pennsylvania State Police told Fox Fox43. more >>
A coach at Kutztown Area High School in Pennsylvania could soon find herself out of a job after it was revealed that she attempted to cover up the rape of a 16-year-old girl left in her care because she was afraid of losing her job over the crime.
Coach Alicia Colon, 25, was reportedly asleep while one of three men she had invited into her hotel room raped the 16-year-old girl on Aug. 4, according to a 69 News report. When she woke up and learned what had happened, however, she told the girl to forget about what happened and "it will go away," according to court documents.
The teen, according to the report, had followed Colon to the Keystone State Games near Harrisburg, Pa., to watch her athlete sister participate in an event. Colon is her sister's coach. Her parents had also given them permission to have a "girl's night" out with two others at the end of the event. more >>
A buggy crash in northwestern Pennsylvania left two dead this weekend, including an 11-year-old girl. The victims died of blunt force trauma, and State Police are still investigating the collision between the buggy and a semi-truck.
Mary Byler, 34, and her husband, William, 35, were in the buggy at the time of the accident; she was accompanied by her 11-year-old daughter, whose name has been withheld. Mary and her daughter passed away due to injuries after their buggy collided with a semi-truck. Coroner Brad McGonigle told the Associated Press the cause of death for both was blunt force trauma. Unfortunately, due to the severity of injuries, the family's horse also had to be euthanized.
The driver of the semi, Matthew Coulter, 36, survived but his condition was unknown at press time. The Pennsylvania Amish community to which the Bylers belonged is now mourning the death of two of their own. Buggy and vehicle collisions are not uncommon in Amish communities, where buggies are the main means of travel. Too often, "outside" vehicles unused to sharing the road with buggies are either driven too fast or some other incident occurs that leads to a serious accident. more >>
A Pennsylvania pastor has been accused of indecent sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl, who authorities believed is the daughter of congregants of the Fallen Timbers Community Church.
Ray Scott Teets, 66, has been charged by state police with "indecent assault, unlawful restraint, interference with custody of children, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor, concealing the whereabouts of a child, child luring, stalking and criminal trespass."
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A Pennsylvania man who allegedly raped and sodomized his girlfriend, ripping out a portion of her insides in the process while under the influence of an illegal party drug known as "Molly," says he isn't worried about criminal charges for his actions because "I have Jesus on my side."