Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Music Minister Paul Berrell Accused Of Sex Crime With Minor



North Carolina--A music minister at the St. Eugene Catholic Church, in North Asheville, has been charged with attempting to take indecent liberties with a minor.

The incident that 29-year-old Paul Lawrence Berrell is accused of is believed to have occurred at his personal residence sometime on April 21st.

A parent had contacted police to report the whole incident.

On his above MySpace profile, Berrell writes that he is "a published composer" who released an album last year, "This Little Boy: A Christmas Collection."

He also maintained another account found here. A Facebook operated by Mr. Berrel can also be found by clicking here.

UPDATE: Grand jury indicts, pictures of minor found at Berrel's residence.

UPDATE II: John Schneider, pastor of the St. Eugene Catholic Church, resigned suddenly on Tuesday following obstruction of justice charges. Police allege he entered Berrel's apartment in May and deleted "hundreds of child pornographic images" in order to foil the investigation.

UPDATE III: Berrell pleads guilty, faces 30 years.

79 comments:

  1. This guys a real scumbag. weve suspected him of this for awhile. He's a classic child preditor that need the electric chair

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  2. This is horrible... His CD that was released was a Christmas CD, not some creepy thing that he recorded... Get your facts straight and stop making the story bigger than it is

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  3. I beleave he was set up so that someone eles can get his job. People need to stop hanging others before all the facts are in. Just remember this could happen to you today by some young person saying he or she touch me or expose them self to me, then your life is over. What we all need to do is pray to God and keep Paul and all envoled in those prayers.

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  4. Anon @ 9:28 am: What's your beef with the information I posted regarding the CD?

    I don't get it...

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  5. i go to that school/church and i was really suprised!! strangely i used to think he was the hottest guy ever. i made him a valentine's day card. i still can't beileve it

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  6. For any of you wackos that support this scumbag, YOU'RE sick! The only prayers that need to be made is that Bubba makes him his lover in the slammer. Maybe he can babysit your kids before he goes up river! Get a clue-the Christmas CD was titled "Little Boy", don't you get it??? A lightening strike would be too easy on this scum.

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  7. I honestly can't imagine Paul would do anything like what he is being accused of. Innocent until proven guilty...remember? I am a mother and understand the horrific nature of the crime he is accused of. But, I know Paul...and this just doesn't fit.

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  8. Hey mom, you really know Paul well. Today the police just charged him with 10 additional felony counts and threw him in the slammer. Maybe you can bail him out ($90,000) & he can stay with you & your kids. He's not accused, he's charged...big difference. Quit defending the scumbag and give the victim's family some support

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  9. I know Paul very well and so does my family. He is truely a nice genuine guy and wouldnt do anything like this i also agree that it doesnt fit somebody set him up. even if it did end up to be true, we should all be praying for him and not sitting here pointing fingers. because like someone said this could be happening to you or I tomorrow. so we should be thankful for what God has given us and pray to the Lord that something like this would not happen to anyone of us. We need to Count our blessings.

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  10. Either you're an idiot or you're part of his molestation ring. The police have hard evidence, not hearsay. Somebody set him up...pull your head out of your ass. Praying for him is the same as praying for Satan. Something like this will DEFINATELY happen to you being so naive. Everyone should point their finger at this scumbag & burn him at the stake. Were you molested by him? Not yet? Keep this "nice genuine" guy close to you and we'll be reading about you too. Defending this scumbag makes you as scumbag. I'll continue to pray that Bubba loves him hard in the slammer

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  11. Now is the time for any grade schooler involved with Paul Berrell to come forward. There will be understanding in the community and everyone will give you support.

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  12. For those of you that think he doesn't "fit" the crime or you "know him" too well, wake up and smell the coffee. This is exactly how these predators work. These sick, demented creatures gain your trust and confidence and they know exactly who will report him and who will not report him to the police. I went to Catholic schools and I know first hand how they operate.

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  13. "Paul Lawrence Berrell, 29, who was a music minister at St. Eugene's Catholic Church, faces nine counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor after police searched his North Ridge Drive home Saturday. They found pictures of a minor engaged in sexual activity, according to the Asheville Police Department"

    Do you still want to pray for this dirt bag?

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  14. "Paul Lawrence Berrell, 29, who was a music minister at St. Eugene's Catholic Church, faces nine counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor after police searched his North Ridge Drive home Saturday. They found pictures of a minor engaged in sexual activity, according to the Asheville Police Department"

    Still want to pray for this dirt bag?

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  15. Psalm 145:9
    "The Lord is good to everyone and has compassion on all he made."

    Psalm 145:14
    "the Lord helps those who are in trouble; he lifts those who have fallen."

    Psalm 146:10
    "THE LORD IS KING FOREVER!"

    Hey next time you feel the need to say it is like praying for the devil, why don't you read the word of the Lord and think about what you are saying. I will be praying for you, hoping you find the Lord and see how amazing and wonderful he is. And how much he loves people like you, paul, and I. The Lord looks at all sins the same. So whether Paul did this to a minor, or you lied to a friend....they will all be looked at the same, in the eyes of the Lord. Just remember that next time you feel the need to make a judgement on someone else.
    I'll be praying.

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  16. You STUPID IDIOT!! You're Lord crap is for idiots like you who are led like sheep through shit. Why don't you pray that he pulls your head out of your ass, you child-molesting-loving scumbag. I pray the devil rapes your babies.

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  17. "The Lord is good to everyone and has compassion on all he made"

    Does this include the child that Paul molested?

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  18. You fool. If this happened to your child or to you, you would be singing a different tune. Unless of course, you are one of those low-life predators. Sounds like you are

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  19. Thank you I'm glad to hear your opinion. =)

    Psalm 145:9
    "The Lord is good to everyone and has compassion on all he made."

    Psalm 145:14
    "the Lord helps those who are in trouble; he lifts those who have fallen."

    Psalm 146:10
    "THE LORD IS KING FOREVER!"

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  20. oh and also as Christians we forgive, maybe you should try that.

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  21. Yes and i do understand where you are coming from, it was competely wrong, but do you even know Paul?

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  22. this blog is a such a farse.the pro pervert posts are from berrell family members.the whole clan are diaper sniffers.

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  23. What's this =) ? The little boy's butt you're fingering? I just got word Paul got his first taste of Bubba. I'm sure he won't sit for a week. Maybe your Psalms will help make his Christian winkey grow big & strong.

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  24. I'd be so bold as to state that those who are being most critical here probably claim to be devout "Christians" or "Catholics" themselves. Want to be considered a true "Christian"/"Catholic!?" Then quit judging others. There are precisely 3 beings that know the TRUTH: Paul, the gal that made the claims against him, and GOD. Shame on all who judge before considering such things.

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  25. AMEN TO THAt ^
    AND HEY GENIUS IM NOT A FAMILY MEMBER!
    anyways trying to prove my point with you is pointless. you are some person who has nothing else to do but sit there and make judgments on someone you do not know. so see ya. Hope you decide to come to the Lord. and I pray that you will see the judgements you are making here. like the girl above typed only Paul, The Lord, and whomever made the claim know the truth so you and i need to stop making assumptions as to what he did or did not do.

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  26. I'm pleased to announce the consumation of marriage between Paul L Berrell and BUBBA. The happy couple will reside in the Buncombe Cty Detention Center until a permanent residence is established, probably in Levenworth, Kansas. The Pedofile reported "we are a match made in heaven & Bubba treats me like I'm used to treating my victims". The couple plans no children, at least until they get out, in about 20 years. We wish the best for this couple and will pray for their future, as all good Christians should. The couple has setup a wedding registry at www.mybutthurts.com

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  27. I don't know what happened between Paul and those children. Paul was a friend of mine. But, regardless, those who knew Paul have a reason to be on the internet and trying to see what is going on...but pathetic losers like the guy who commented above having nothing better to do than get their kicks out of others' misfortunes. If Paul is guilty of the allegations, then my heart breaks for his victims. But, to the fella above, this is none of your business. I am sorry that your life sucks so bad that you have to follow such sad stories as these. Maybe if you got off the internet for a minute..you'd find time to get a life and wouldn't be such a sad, pathetic, loser. Maybe you should join www.mybutthurts.com...because sooner of later, with your bad attitude someone is going to give you the butt-kicking you so deserve.

    Enjoy your night...and try to get off the internet long enough to get some sleep, kay?

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  28. you & paul are tight, huh? do you hang out at playgrounds together?

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  29. I'm going to be a bigger person here, and stop this ridiculous bantering back and forth. You aren't worth my time. So, just kick back at your computer tonight and finish wasting your life away. Enjoy!

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  30. Good, find another pedofile to protect cuz we think you & Paul are scumbag losers.

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  31. yeah...thanks...good one

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  32. To the a-hole who wrote "Good, find another pedofile to protect cuz we think you & Paul are scumbag losers."

    Get a life. Maybe you're just jealous because either you aren't screwing him in the a** or you're not getting screwed in the a**. I'm usually more eloquent in my writing, but forget that when it comes to douche bags like you. Just remember that one day, your a** will be judged, just like you're doing to Paul...

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  33. Hey pervert lover- are you and Paul sniffing each other? Everyone should watch out for you, scumbag, cuz you obviously like little boys. You're eloquent when you & Paul are doing a 69. You probably are Paul as his scumbags butt buddy just laid down $15,000 to bail you scumbag pervert ass out. Pedofile scumbag!

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  34. ******PERVERT ALERT***********
    Paul L Berrell has been bailed out of jail in Asheville NC. This pedofile is a danger to society. He is a master at deception, as witnessed in the above blog reports, particularlt with ignorant, weak individuals. He frequents churches, malls, and family living rooms. DO NOT let him into your home. DO NOT leave your kids alone with him. DO NOT drop your kids off at the mall alone. DO NOT send your kids to St. Eugene Catholic Church. ALL 116 people on his facebook site are in immediate danger. Be cognizant of his whereabouts. He may be at his apartment at 114 North Ridge Asheville, NC. He may be at his father's house in Snellville, GA. His mother works at St Pius Catholic High School in the Atlanta area (another hunting ground for him). And most importantly, he hangs out with the Priest at St Eugene. DO NOT trust or take any chances with this pedofile. If you see him with children, call the authorities immediately. This is NOT a joke. Your children's life depends on it.

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  35. I am a member of St Eugene Catholic Church and my children go to Asheville Catholic School. I wanted to believe that Paul could not do something like this, but after all of the news abouot it, I have my douobts and am feeling that this was done. I am very saddened by this and feel that our parish and school community has suffered a great loss of security. I have heard through "the grapevine", and seen others on this blog site that aware that our priest/school administrator still is in contact with Paul. I feel as though this is not something that should be going on, Paul has violated our childrens and our trust and I don't believe that our leader should be associating with someone that has brought disgrace and fear for our children to our community. I know that God is a forgiving God and we should be also and I am, but we also need to help to bring back the security and pride in our church/school and knowing that our leader is talking to and supporting Paul is unnerving and may lead to some feeling as though he is covering for Paul and may question whether he is in on the abuse. I am proud to be a member of the church and very proud of the education that my children have received at Asheville Catholic but this, I feel, has shaken us to the core.

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  36. I have some inside information. Of course I will not reveal my sources, but this low-life is guilty. There is no place in society or on this planet for the likes of a pig like Berrell. Except of course, the boys in the Big House will receive him with open arms.

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  37. It appears that Catholic grade schools hold such an abundant supply of unsuspecting innocent children, the pedophile priests are now bringing in non-clergy members to help them with their molestations.

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  38. I am ashamed to be a Catholic. When will the Church wake up and get rid of these perverts? Watch the attendance at St. Eugene’s go down both at church and at school. I would not be surprised if the school closes in the near future. Actually, I hope so. This problem needs to be dealt with. And we need to get rid of this demented parasites in our society.

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  39. Forgive????? Sure, I can forgive someone who is incapable of making proper decisions. I can forgive someone who in mentally incompetent. But this pig has obviously made a conscious decision to pursue children. It was premeditated and he knew exactly what he was doing. Anyone affiliated with a church or school like has to told, in no uncertain terms, that children are OFF LIMITS. If you are so anxious to preach about forgiveness, it is likely that you not only support this pedophile but you may be one as well. I don’t care what church or belief a person follows, there is no excuse or forgiveness for this kind of sin. NONE. This is probably the worse crime in society.

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  40. Whilst I have no issue with someone being named and shamed when charged and found guilty of sexual offenses, I take extreme umbrage to people being found guilty by association.

    A previous poster asks us to check out Paul Tate - a so called friend of Berrell. I think it's absolutely disgraceful to find someone guilty just by association. Hundreds of people knew and were duped by Paul Berrell - why would you publicly name someone and accuse them of molestation just because they had worked with someone in the past. That's horrendous and is probably a slander on the name of a person who is completely innocent.

    Baseless accusations like this should be removed from this site or else actions should be taken to removed this blog completely. If someone wants to make cowardly suggestions about an innocent person (without knowing them) then they should be man enough to put their name to it and stand over it with evidence.

    People who make these false and uninformed accusations are sick themselves!

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  41. To: "Thank you I'm glad to hear your opinion. =)"

    This is not a forgivable crime. This was a premeditated, intentional criminal act committed by a person given trust and access to children by Fr. John Schneider at St. Eugene’s. Fr. John should be a co-defendant in this crime because he failed to take measures to protect children and ensure that his staff is trustworthy.

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  42. Those who are the most certain of whatever they believe or say in this world will, I believe, be the most surprised in the hereafter.

    It is unjust, unkind, and un-American to name other people who may or may not have any association with Mr. Berrell. You provide fodder for other unkind, unjust and un-American fools, who have nothing better to do with their lives than gossip online. Peace to everyone. You (we) all seem to need it.

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  43. When this is all over we will all be shocked of all involed. I know when I found out about Paul Berrell I didn't want to believe, but now I really feel he did this, and brought shame to the church and all he came in contact with.

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  44. I know Paul and I struggled with whether to believe he could something like this, but after the latest indictment I am almost convinced he did do this and in doing so has, as one poster stated, brought shame to St Eugene, all Catholic communities and everyone who knows Paul. I have heard that people who do this often try very hard to win everyones trust and Paul has definetely done this, everyone that I know at St Eugene thought the world of Paul. He brought so much energy and enthusiam and life to the church. He wrote a lot of songs that were sang regularly in church and now I, and I'm sure others, do not even want to hear anything he wrote. After the first allegations came forward, the parish community as a whole were in shock and disbelief. They were numerous of us at all services who cried (including our priest) from what some have gathered at church and some info read here, Father John has supported Paul throughout this, and may continue to do so, I feel that Father John should disassociate himself with Paul, so that he does not have the parish community feeling as though he may be covering up for Paul or even be a part of the abuse. I think that our parish community need to pray for the victims and all involved but we no longer should have music and lyrics of Paul Berrell in our service and we should also have the right to feel safe and secure and trusting that our parish leaders are keeping us and especially our children safe.

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  45. I have a child at Asheville Catholic School. We heard of Paul's arrest on the radio - not from the school. I realize that Paul was not an employee of the school, but to hear this from the media was unacceptable to us. The primary tenet of damage control is to be the one who provides the information. We were disappointed that ACS didn't do this, as they knew of Paul's arrest and knew that parents would be concerned that their children had been exposed to him. My immediate reaction after hearing of this on the radio was to pull my son out of school. The fear and powerlessness I felt were palpable; however, I am sure it pales in comparison to what the family of the child involved has gone through. I can't imagine the grief, anger and betrayal they must feel; apparently there are other families who were violated as well. They have my respect for what they are doing, because apparently they are not the only family affected by this man's actions. I do want to point out that this recent series of events is not isolated to the Catholic church, or to private schools. There are predators after our children in all schools, churches and neighborhoods. You should encourage your friends who have young children to look up the sex offender registry on the NC Department of Justice's website. Chances are, there's someone listed there who lives in your neighborhood. I am so angry right now that someone like this has been around my child. I believe that a person is innocent until proven guilty, but I've also been around the block enough to know that where there's smoke, there's a fire. I hope I never see this man (Paul Berrell) again.

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  46. I am so tired of parents sobbing and whining that they are so shocked that their children were exposed to someone like this. We don't even know what goes on in our own families most of the time, how in the world can we expect the parish priest to know about this man's backround - esp. when a backround check was done! And every place of employment requires a backround check....plus, if you check job references, the only thing a human resource dept. can do now is to verify employment. They are not legally allowed to give reasons for termination from another job. I have 2 great kids that went to a catholic school where something similar happend, and I didn't cry out in disbelief or sob that someone should be "protecting" our children! I was careful to know where they were and they sure were not allowed in adults houses!! Be realistic and know that weirdos are everywhere and we can't be protected every min. from them. in other words, put on your big girl or boy pants and deal with it.

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  47. Yes, it is not surprising that there are certainly people like this out there. And I do not blame St. Eugene for hiring Paul Berrell. They had no idea, and there is a reason for this. On the surface Paul seems to be a likable, talented, and religious guy. He chooses his victims by selecting those most vulnerable, perhaps ones that are going through something else their life that they need to "talk" about. He gains these girls' trust, talks to them for hours on end, and gradually leads them to believe these sex crimes are normal to occur between a minor and an adult such as Paul Berrell. He has had suspicions in various states. The problem is that victims do not want to go to authorities. It is hard to go to police and get someone that you think you trust in trouble. This recent victim is probably still confused, and is in love with Berrell. She is probably very angry with her parents for doing this to her life. As time goes on and the victim realizes that this situation was horribly corrupt, she then becomes embarrassed. This is why the victims don't notify police later on. I am just glad that some parent was smart enough to contact police at some point to stop Berrell's sex crimes. They have been going on for almost 6 years and he has gotten away with it until now. I hope very much that Paul gets a very lengthy punishment from both the court and the big guys in the slammer. He did it to young women, he should get it in return. There is something very wrong with Berrell. And as disgusted as I am with this situation, I pray that within his sentence, he finds the courage to change his ways. My heart is with his victims and Paul Berrell is most definitely guilty. On many different counts. If you don't believe this, you are blind. I was a victim too.

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  48. I have met this guy and he was very obviously a messed up dude. Apparently, he had bad childhood experiences which may or may not have contributed to his whacked out behavior but THIS GUY NEEDS HELP. Totally gross.

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  49. June 9, 2009 11:08 AM

    "ASHEVILLE — Asheville Police on Monday charged Fr. John Schneider, 56, with felony obstruction of justice. A warrant states the suspect entered the apartment of the church’s former music minister, Paul Lawrence Berrell, on May 18 and deleted hundreds of pornographic images of children during a criminal investigation of Berrell."

    Anyone want to bet that schnieder the pig posted a lot of the forgiveness stuff above?

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  50. This case is getting stranger and stranger...

    Thanks for the update.

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  51. I'd like to point out to everyone here that the charge is "indecent liberties", which means that the child was 14 or 15 years old (no younger), and "statutory" rape, which means that the 14 or 15 year old consented. I'm not saying that what he did was ok, but it's also not ok to say that he was molesting little children.

    Pray for him and for all those who have been affected.

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  52. these kids that Paul preyed upon are elementary and middle school kids, he is an adult. It does not matter the "technical" age, it is wrong...He violated our parish, our school and our children in this community of St Eugene. I admired Paul and I thought he was a magnificent musician and singer but I despise what he has done to these children, this community and to himself. I also believe that if Father John deleted a file or files of child pornography, then he is just as wrong as Paul. No one knows what children were on those pictures and how old they were, but if Father John deleted them to protect Paul or maybe even to protect himself then he should be punished the same as Paul. I am still a very proud member of St Eugene and I still believe Asheville Catholc is an excellent place for an education, but I feel that our faith and trust and security have been shaken and it is going to take a long time to heal. Everyone that I knew in our church thought so highly of Father John and of Paul, this is so unbelievably hard to accept that these things were done by people that we were so close to. My sincere hope is that our Diocese leaders will speak to us and answer our questions and ease ouor concerns and get a new priest that we can learn to be comfortable with and also another music minister and we can heal and grow as a faithful community.

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  53. the chid involved in the original allegation was actually 13 and it happened twice...once last august and again this past april...it doesnt matter- 13, 8, or 5...a child is a child. this poor girl will have to deal with this the rest of her life.

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  54. I am amazed at the degree to which some "commentators" can jump to conclusions and spew all manner of baseless drivel.
    Some of the comments above looks like they came out of a Sparks Notes for clueless cranks who want to opine, but are too stupid to bother with the facts.

    Bonehead attacks on the Church, assumptions about the character and number of the crimes committed. If I were Berrel's lawyer I'd like to get a few of you mentally challeged drivelers on the stand. A few words from you and the case would be out the window.

    Facts are facts, and if the prosecutor's office can get a bill of indictment, and the prosecutor can present a solid case (which it looks like he has) then a jury will decide and justice will be done. Hyperbole and vigilantism practiced behind a coward's keyboard mean nothing.

    Now, how long did this guy work at Saint Eugene's? Who would have been responsible for reviewing his application and references? Was a background check performed?

    Now those are pertinent questions.

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  55. You all know you can not get info from past employment. The law doesn't allow for that. Further more where was the parent of this girl? Who in the hell would leave a 13 year old or any age under 18 at a mans appartment a lone. WHY didn't the mother or father stay durning the lessons. Maybe the church can learn from this and use it as a tool for the next music director. If he or she is going to give lesson to earn extra money it must be stated the parent stays or no lesson but they still paid for the miss lesson. You make it a contract and the parent signs it. Okay so we move on now and start the healing and, rebuilding. God bless us all. AMEN.

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  56. Please people, there's no need to drag any other outside names in this discussion.

    Unfortunately, it seems I have no other choice but to moderate the comments until this stops.

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  57. Thank you for moderating this discussion. It had indeed gotten out of hand with allegations being made against innocent people. A bit of common sense is prevailing at last.

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  58. everyone on this site should know that these types of people are known to be notoriously nice and to gain trust.

    this is how they are able to do what they do, b/c the victim or persons who tell on them are not easily believed.

    they groom the community/parents students etc..and are often the nicest people you could find on the surface.

    if you happnen to know them up close
    you know there true character.

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  59. A on June 17, 2009 3:44 AM said...
    Please people, there's no need to drag any other outside names in this discussion.

    Unfortunately, it seems I have no other choice but to moderate the comments until this stops.


    No new names were posted in any post after the last comment made by a moderator. Why is it now that it should finally stop?

    And, if the "priest" did try to erase those files what's wrong with his name being posted too? Just because he doesn't have a myspace profile doesn't make him any less dangerous.

    I appreciate the time spent by deadkids staff, but either this was wrong long ago, or it's still right. If anything it is more right now than it was before the latest news updates.


    ps-those pictures that were "deleted" will be found with no problem. The question I have is why didn't law enforcement have that computer in their possession already? You would think that would be one of the first places they would look for more evidence!

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  60. No, there's nothing wrong with the priest being named at all.

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  61. look, knew this guy personally and i could never beileve that he would do something like this. i know everyone is against things like this and i am too but it makes it much harder once you've know the same person personally. all i have to say is im praying for you paul.

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  62. I knew this guy too, and I'm still in shock. I never would have suspected he was involved in something like this in a billion years.

    Based on what I've heard, it sounds like they've got a strong case. Still, it's hard to believe. Paul was one of the nicest guys I've ever known.

    This is a really sad situation for all involved. My heart goes out to his family and any victims.

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  63. "im praying for you paul"

    Fuck Paul. Let the scumbag rot in jail, then in hell after his soon-to-be short worthless life. PRAY FOR THE VICTIMS ASSHOLE

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  64. I am a member of one of Paul's former parishes and was a teeneger when he was there. I was under his spell for a while, thought he was a sweetheart even went to his apartment a few times and then he started making me really uncomfortable, wouldnt want me to leave his apartment, asking me inappropriate questions...the list goes on... when I found out about this I just kept thanking God that it wasn't me when it so easily could have been.

    Stop praying for him. He's a scumbag. I'm sure there are far more victims out there too afraid to come forward.

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  65. To the last person to post.
    I am/was a member of Incarnation, too. I know what you mean by the allure he had.

    I would STRONGLY recommend that you let the people, or Father at Incarnation know what happened to you.

    Just because he is a scumbag, and apparent pedophile, only means he needs prayers more.

    Not saying like him, forgive or forget. But, hey, it's the right thing to do. Or not.

    But let someone there know what happened.

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  66. You're an idiot (above). She doesn't need to tell ANYBODY, particularly the scumbag priests of all the scumbag parishes. She DID have the courage to come forward. If anything, she should contact Ron Moore, the district attorney in Asheville and let him know, as the investigation could use helpful information. HE DOES NOT NEED 1 DROP OF PRAYER, ONLY ELECTRICITY RUNNING THRU HIS BODY UNTIL HE'S DEAD!

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  67. Indeed Paul Berrell is a scumbag. Indeed he deserves everything that comes his way. But it is unfair to label EVERY priest a scumbag and every parish a scumbag. Abuse happens in the church as abuse happens outside the church. You only have to look at some of the cases on this site to realise that. To label EVERY priest as a scumbag is the same as saying that every human is a paedophile (because a minority of humans carry out paedophilia) or every German is a NAZI (because a minority of Germans were Nazis). A minority of one sect/grouping carrying out offensive, illegal and disgusting practices doesn't mean the whole group is guilty.

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  68. Both Schneider and Berrell had court dates yesterday. Does anyone know what happened to the pigs?

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  69. They make a big deal about it in the news yesterday morning, and then you hear nothing at all.

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  70. i just learned that this creep molestated my daghter at her school and i am horrified....pray for his victims as i am doing tonight....and i hope that he gets what he deserves....does anyone know how his trial came out?

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  71. VINElink still shows Berrell to be in custody at the Buncombe County Detention Center in NC.

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  72. I was molested at the age of 12 (I am a female) by someone I trusted. I did not realize until I was in my 20's that I was a VICTIM. I thought I was guilty... my advice to the parents of these kids is to do EVERYTHING you can to defend your child and let them know they are NOT guilty of anything. That it was a breach of trust on the grown-up's part and they will be innocent, both physically and spiritually again and that our Lord will heal these wounds and use this for good in some way (I have mentored women in abuse situations and have developed relationships based on trust because I know what it feels like). I pray for these kids, their parents, and for Paul. This is between him and God now.

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  73. Has anyone heard anything more on Paul and or Father John? I know Paul is going to do at least 15 years and could be as much as 30 years.

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  74. Taking advantage of innocent children for sexual entertainment is truly the worst crime that possible. Taking the soul of a child and destroying it is worse than murder or robbery in my opinion.
    Taking advantage of an adult is bad enough, but an innocent of our species -- what could be more demented, sick, perverted than that? Protect our children. If you've been hurt by this monster, tell your parents, the police, a lawyer -- get help. Children are innocent souls who need to be understood not victimized by demented people like this.

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  75. I know this cat personally because my sister went to high school with him. He once told me about this underage gal he was messing around with here in the Atlanta area. He never got charged with anything here though. I always thought there was something odd and creepy about him.

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  76. Paul's sentencing was today. He was given 28 years in prison. He will be in his 60s when he is released. Father John's trial is next month, in April.

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  77. he used to be the music minister at my church in memphis, tn several years ago. there was definitely something up with him then. he always flirted with the teenage girl. he was definitely NOT set up, people.

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  78. The damage these two scumbags caused is unbelivable. When this news broke out, the parents received anonymous phone call threats and they were forced to leave town for their own safety. Their daughter went into counseling and was sent to special schools. The mental and financial damage that was caused is something they may never get over. When does their pain and suffering end?
    And some of you want to pray for Paul and Fr. John? Why don't you just pray for the devil because that's who these two cowards represent?

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  79. As mentioned above, it is SO important for any child or teenager who has been the victim of inappropriate sexual behavior with ANY adult to tell an adult, and to keep telling until someone listens and does something about it. This will help stop the abuse of the victim and protect others. As a survivor of sexual abuse I can definitely relate to the feelings of those who feel the man mentioned above should have the same thing he did to his victims done to him. I am not saying that is right, but unless you are a victim you can not understood, and you should not be judging either. My abuse stopped 36 years ago, but it still affects me everyday, and that is after years of therapy. Unless you have been a victim you have no idea of the sense of safety that is taken from you and never returns, no matter what.

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