15 Nov 2010

Canadian pastor gets only 15 months for creating pornographic video inciting people to rape teen church member

The Province - Canada.com December 09, 2009

Surrey pastor jailed for enticing rape of teen church member

By Cheryl Chan | The Province

A 45-year-old former Surrey pastor has been convicted of child pornography after making a “rape” video and posting it on the Internet.

Larry Robert Collins, a pastor at the Guildford Church of the Nazarene until last year, was sentenced in provincial court in Surrey Tuesday to 15 months in jail, followed by three years’ probation, after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

“It’s a heinous act,” said Const. Rosiane Racine of the Integrated Child Exploitation Unit. “To think a person in a position of authority would do something like this is inexplicable.”

Collins first surfaced on police radar in June 2008 after B.C. authorities were contacted by police in another province about a disturbing video that originated in B.C. and involved a young teen.

The video was a montage of girls in pornographic acts interspersed with photographs of the victim, taken from her Facebook account, with written messages inciting viewers to sexually assault her.

“The words were telling people point-blank that this girl wants to be raped,” said Racine. “At the end of the day, it’s a video encouraging the rape of a child.”

Collins also created online accounts impersonating the teen and linking to the video, which accumulated 45,000 hits.

He also put her in danger by posting her name and hometown.

Racine said Collins knew the girl through a church function.

Investigators do not know why Collins targeted the girl, but Collins “definitely had a fascination with the one girl,” said Racine, adding the other girls in the video resembled the victim.

The teen, whose name, age and location are being withheld to protect her identity, was unharmed.

The church’s interim pastor, Doug Woods, said news of the sentencing has stirred up fresh grief.

“We’re profoundly disappointed and it’s like a new wave of shock and sorrow . . . and the devastation is again being revisited.”

Woods said Collins was dismissed in September last year, immediately after the allegations came to light.

“There was confession on his part of these activities,” he said. Collins had been with the church for a year prior to his dismissal.

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  1. Minister pleads guilty in case involving 13-year-old

    By Mary Beth Lane, The Columbus Dispatch Tuesday October 2, 2012

    A former youth pastor pleaded guilty today in Hocking County Common Pleas Court to three counts of attempted gross sexual imposition involving a 13-year-old girl in the congregation.

    Visiting Judge Dale Crawford scheduled sentencing for Dec. 21.

    Travis J. Branstetter, 31, of Logan, an ordained minister who was youth pastor for five years at the Church of the Nazarene, took a negotiated plea deal.

    The offense carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison, the prosecutor’s office said.

    Logan is about 50 miles southeast of Columbus.