20 Dec 2010

Baptist pastor, a convicted felon with long criminal history, charged for third time with child sex abuse

Herald Online - South Carolina August 24, 2010

Minister arrested on child abuse charges

By Kimberly Dick | Herald Online

ROCK HILL - A Rock Hill minister convicted of bilking investors out of millions of dollars now faces sexual abuse charges. It’s the third time the convicted felon who lives in York has been accused of child-abuse related charges.

The Rev. Johnny William “Bill” Cabe, 50, was arrested Tuesday after a weeks-long investigation into an alleged inappropriate relationship with a child, said Lt. Mike Baker of the York County Sheriff's Office.

Cabe was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, committing lewd act on a child under 16 and unlawfully practicing medicine, Baker said. He was released from jail Tuesday afternoon on $12,000 bond.

The charges stem from an allegation made to officers July 29 by a now 11-year-old boy, who claimed Cabe, a pastor at of Riverside Baptist Church in Rock Hill, touched him inappropriately at the church, according to a sheriff’s report and an arrest warrant.

“The charges are based on allegations over a period of time of sexual conduct between an adult and child,” Baker said. The incidents happened between December 2008 and June, according to sheriff’s documents. Cabe watched the boy while his caretaker was working and in school, the report states.

The charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor is based on allegations that Cabe provided a communication device – a subscriber identity module, or SIM card, for a cell phone – to continue contact with the 11-year-old victim after his caretaker cut off communication between them, Baker said. The child was told not to tell the caretaker about that memory card, the arrest warrant states.

The unlawfully practicing medicine charge stems from allegations Cabe performed an examination of the child, diagnosed a physical ailment and prescribed a treatment, according to an arrest warrant. Baker declined to provide further details.

“We don’t see the charge often in York County,” Baker said.

Cabe was booked around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Moss Justice Center in York after turning himself in. His attorney, Thomas McKinney, was not available for comment Tuesday.

The conditions of Cabe’s bond specify that he is not to have contact with the child who is a member of his church or his family.

Cabe has a criminal history that includes allegations, but not convictions, of touching children.

Cabe was sentenced to nine years in federal prison in 2001 after being found guilty of 26 charges related to bilking religious investors out of millions of dollars. Prosecutors argued during Cabe's trial that he promised investors a return of as much as 500 percent on $8.5 million in investments in 1998 in an international high-yield investment scheme called HisWay International Ministries.

Sentenced to 109 months, Cabe was released from a federal prison July 2008, said Edmond Ross, spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He was not under supervision after his release, Ross said.

Previous misdemeanor charges of practicing medicine without a license against Cabe stem from allegations from two teenage boys in 1998 and 1999. The boys claim he performed hernia-like checks on them. Those charges were dismissed with the right to refile, said 16th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson.

“When he was convicted in federal court, we dismissed those charges because there was no way we could have added additional time to him at that point,” Thompson said.

Now, solicitors plan to contact the victims in those cases to consider prosecution, he said.

“Since it seems almost like a continuing pattern, we’re going to look if we can restore them,” Thompson said.

A jury acquitted Cabe of five counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and two counts of performing a lewd act on a minor in 1994. The charges stemmed from his allegedly beating and fondling three young boys under his care in 1991 and 1992. Charges were initially brought in 1993.

He was convicted of assault in 1989 in connection with a confrontation with a church member, according to a State Law Enforcement Division background check.

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Herald Online - South Carolina September 4, 2010

Minister charged with child abuse could return to prison

By Andrew Dys | Herald Online

The York County minister arrested last week on three child abuse-related charges could face a return to federal prison, where he served seven years for stealing millions in a religious investment scam.

Federal prosecutors who proved The Rev. Johnny William "Bill" Cabe swindled churchgoers out of more than $8 million have confirmed they know Cabe was arrested on new charges.

They have not said, however, whether the federal government will seek to terminate Cabe's supervised release - the federal equivalent of probation.

"We are aware of it," said Dean Eichelberger, the assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted Cabe and three others in the 2001 HisWay Ministries scam, of the pending charges against Cabe.

Eichelberger declined to comment on whether federal prosecutors would seek to terminate Cabe's three-year term of supervised release. That release, ordered by the judge when he was sentenced to nine years in prison in 2001, began after he left prison in July 2008, according to both federal prosecutors and the U.S. District Court clerk's office.

After Cabe - pastor at Riverside Independent Baptist Church in Rock Hill - was arrested last week, a federal prisons spokesman told The Herald he was not on supervised release.

Under the conditions of supervised release, a defendant cannot violate any local, state or federal laws, Eichelberger said. Prosecutors would have to show a preponderance of the evidence in a court hearing - a standard of proof lower than what's needed for a criminal conviction - to terminate Cabe's release, he said.

Cabe, 50, was convicted on 26 counts of taking more than $8 million from investors in a scheme that brought convictions upon another pastor from Gastonia, N.C., and two other swindlers from England.

Cabe also was fined $7.8 million. Federal authorities seized about $1.2 million after his conviction and paid back some of the investors, Eichelberger said.

Cabe has been paying off some of the remaining fine to a total of almost $2 million since 2001, said Beth Drake, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Cabe has had regular meetings with federal probation officials since he was released from prison, Drake said, but she was unclear if Cabe has met with federal authorities since his Aug. 24 arrest.

Cabe, who lives in York, was released on $12,000 bond Aug. 24 on state charges of unlawfully practicing medicine, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and committing a lewd act on a child under 16.

York County sheriff's deputies allege Cabe illegally touched an 11-year-old boy and gave the boy a cell phone communication card after a caretaker cut off communication between Cabe and the alleged victim, arrest warrants claim.

Cabe could not be reached for comment Friday.

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