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story.lead_photo.caption David Pierce (center) is led into a police car Thursday by bailiffs Jake Postema (left) and Kevin Wiley outside the Saline County Courthouse, where the former Baptist music minister pled guilty to charges of sexual indecency with a child. - Photo by Karen E. Segrave

A former music minister at a large Baptist church pleaded guilty to sex charges Thursday, ending what authorities say was years of abuse of teenage boys in the church's youth choir.

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Front Section, Pages 1, 8 on 08/28/2009

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  • Hoehandle
    August 28, 2009 at 8:39 a.m.

    This was a bad situation for all concerned but Thank God the Baptists let the law take care of it. Mr Pierce has a future that most cannot imagine. He and his victims will suffer for the rest of their lives.

  • TheBatt
    August 28, 2009 at 10:12 a.m.

    I just wish "the law" would really have taken care of this - 20 years - 10 years suspended-good behavior credit=18 months for his horrid and devastating actions. He pays 18 months, while his victims will have the scars for the rest of their lives.

    I pray that his victims can find some peace - that which passes all understanding.

  • DUNND
    August 28, 2009 at 10:42 a.m.

    I guess the current news events will keep this off the national news for a while, at least. Let's hope so.

  • Bit_Fiddler
    August 28, 2009 at 11:40 a.m.

    Eligible for parole after only 18 months given the magnitude of this crime is outrageous. The prosecutor and the judge should be ashamed of their role in this miscarriage of justice.

  • littlerockdjw
    August 28, 2009 at 12:09 p.m.

    What a sham....this guy gets just 18 months because he is supposedly a "great man of God". If this crime had been perpetrated by an "outsider" to the Baptist community, do you think there would be any pleas for leniency from its members? Instead there would be cries for the death penalty. Remember, this was not an isolated incident, but rather years of manipulation and systematic abuse. Just another example of the hypocrisy that permeates most organized religion.

  • Ditchbank
    August 28, 2009 at 12:39 p.m.

    So terribly sad for the victims concerned. Thank God for the first brave individual who finally came forward. (or was he the first?)
    I do not understand any leniency plea for the abuser. This type Predator has been with us for decades but not revealed due mostly to the victims youthful feeling of guilt and fear.
    A Band Director at Jr. High in the late '40s. An Adult Staff Employee at Boy Scout Camp in the early 1950s. It was common talk among the young boys but these Pedophiles were never reported. Who would listen to fearful and confused young Boys entering Puberty. These were leaders, employed and respected by Parents and Authorities. The list can go on to this day.

    I dare say that any man past 65 can, after thirty minutes observation, smell one of these across a crowded room or spot one thru a glass window. A Sheriff a Prosecuter, etc. those trained by profession in behavorial science ignored this Pedophile for so long?

    Why responsible, straight leaders fail so miserably is left to the imagination. Our Catholic Brothers have and are being cleansed. Why should my fellow Baptist ask for leniency.

  • stray40
    August 28, 2009 at 12:52 p.m.

    more proof that the "boogie man" looks like us...and Greg Kirksey should have stayed out of it since "the laws are for the lawless"

  • Ditchbank
    August 28, 2009 at 2:13 p.m.

    Well said Stray40.

    Just why would Kirksey now stick his nose in this mess except he watched while the Pedophyle ran loose under his nose -- as did others. Now he can beat his chest in Christian forgivness.

    There is more to being a Minister for God than charm, oratory, persuasion and advertising.

  • TuckerMax
    August 30, 2009 at 12:54 p.m.

    "Parole eligible" means one goes before the parole board. It does not mean one gets released.

    This sentence suggests that the victims did not want to testify publicly, so the sentence was a compromise. Don't blame the Prosecuting Attorney for being sensitive to the needs of the victims.

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