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Police Officer And Church Pastor Charged In Child Abuse Scandal

A Corona police officer and three Heart of Worship Community Church members -- including the pastor -- have been charged in the child abuse case.

CORONA, CA -- An officer from the Corona Police Department is facing a charge of failing to report suspected child abuse of a 13-year-old boy by three men affiliated with a local church.

Tuesday the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office filed the single misdemeanor count against Corona police corporal Margaret Bell.

Bell surrendered herself and appeared at the Hall of Justice in Riverside today and was arraigned on the charge. She entered a plea of not guilty and now has a trial readiness conference scheduled for Aug. 7, 2012.

“The Corona Police Department requested that the DA’s office investigate any possible criminal culpability by Bell after the department was told that she had been advised of suspected child abuse of a 13-year-old boy by three men affiliated with a church in Corona, including its pastor, Lonny Lee Remmers,” the DA’s office reported today.

Bell allegedly had been told of the suspected abuse prior to Corona police being advised on March 29, 2012.

“The investigation determined that Bell was told by at least one church member of the suspected child abuse but she failed to report it to law enforcement authorities as she is required to do under the law,” the DA’s office reported today.

Remmers and the two other men affiliated with the Heart of Worship Community Church, Nicholas James Craig and Darryll Duane Jeter Jr., were arrested by Corona police and have been charged in case. All three have pleaded not guilty. The trio had a felony settlement conference today and now have a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 7, 2012.

According to an April 5 article in The Press-Enterprise, Craig and Jeter drove the boy to the desert on March 18 and “forced him to dig a grave, threw dirt on him and beat him with a belt.”

Remmers later used a pair of pliers to inflict pain on the boy, according to the Press-Enterprise report.

The boy’s mother turned her son over to the three Heart of Worship Community Church members  “for intervention" because she believed her boy had been involved in "sexual misconduct,” The Press-Enterprise reported.

Remmers, who served federal prison time prior to his arrest this year, had applied to be a Corona police chaplain last year and was involved in the city’s mayor’s task force on youth safety, The Press-Enterprise reported.

Frank Barnes July 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Sure are a lot of unanswered questions....
lori July 17, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Another corrupt church imagine that,so send your kid to church by themselves there not safe!!!
RobertaLynn July 18, 2012 at 12:18 AM
they were not a church ... they're a cult and Lonny is not a pastor. He got his BS papers on line. The remaining members need to take care he doen't make them drink the kool-aid when time nears for Lonny, Lisa, Nick and Jetters to do time in prison.
Starla July 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM
It doesn't go well for child abusers in prison. But I'm sure Lonny's new husband in prison might protest him.
Ken July 18, 2012 at 02:02 PM
This was done to that kid to instill the fear of gawd in that kid. Now, remind me again how good religion is for society.
Hunnie Gunnie July 18, 2012 at 02:24 PM
She has nOT been found guilty yet...
Jenn July 18, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Religion isn't good for society. Jesus, however, is. People parading about as Christians give true Christians a bad name. Jesus didn't abuse or allow abuse of a woman accused of sexual misconduct. He told her to go and sin no more. The world would be a much better place if we all demonstrated this type of love.
vitosinatra July 18, 2012 at 02:44 PM
These fucks are sick! they will pay karma is a bitch with a big ass switch!!
Judith July 18, 2012 at 03:40 PM
More and more Christians lately have become more non-Christian than a Muslim! Okay, so I'm exaggerating a bit, but not much. It's scary!
Frank Conley July 18, 2012 at 05:08 PM
yea, and it's the only institution or business that I know of where past sexual abuse history doesn't matter, the parents continue to send their kids off to the church, pastor, preist to gamble with their childs fate. Take their chances, with their kids as pawns. Send them to a place where the people who run it, priests, can't enter into a normal maritial relationship since they are married to god, imagine that, supress your sexual desires, you are married to god, a mythical being. And hey, no masterbating either, he's watching.....Sounds like a sex crime waiting to happen to me.
Groovedoc July 18, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I think people are tired of the hypocrisy that is occuring in the church. People do not want to held accountable, they have taken the Grace doctrine has a license to do what ever. This is quite the contrary to what Christ taught. I have for one have gotten tired of the sloppy Gospel that is being taught in so many churches.
GNOBIE01 July 18, 2012 at 05:36 PM
ISN'T HOMOSEXUALITY WONDERFUL?
Debrah Herron July 18, 2012 at 06:44 PM
What about the mother of this young boy? She should go to jail also!
Michelle Deskin July 18, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Everyone has a right to their own opinion, however don't judge all churches because of this incident! Look at all the Los Angeles Unified Schol Districts schools & all the molestation going on there! What happened to a follow up weekly on that? There are always bad people in all walks of life. Always remember that.
Mr.A July 18, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Hope all these sick individuals get what they deserve including that police officer for not doing anything about it! Hope they get theirs inside the prison as well :)...
phyllis July 18, 2012 at 08:28 PM
what does this have to do with homosexuality FOOL?--this is a cruelty thing by 'men' with a god complex
toby July 18, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Oh yea just leave out the biggest failure.The police,always have their priorities screwed up.
toby July 18, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Excuses,excuses.That's the problem.People like you defending the church and police,when you know damn well they are in the wrong dude.
toby July 18, 2012 at 09:23 PM
That is bull****. That is make believe,you watch to many movies and listen to many psychopaths like Grace. dude.These people don't go into general population,they are put with their on kind.
Jamie July 18, 2012 at 09:26 PM
While everyone here is blasting religion as they are so popular at doing on these sites, why not condemn the police officer as well for not following through on her oath she took in becoming an officer.. So, i guess every police office is scum because of what she did, just as every religion is poisoned just because of the few that taint it. So all you witch hunters go somewhere else and spew off your egotistical bologna, because you all sound like a bunch of wild heathen idiots! Sick and tired of all these God bashers as well who think they really know what is going on in the universe!! As if they head the council of the SUPERLATIVE REGIME!!
toby July 18, 2012 at 09:45 PM
You see,I knew you were stupid.I didn't say all.But I do believe that most have their priorities screwed up.
lori July 19, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I think people should stop believing fairytales and grasp reality,there is no reason child should abused in anyway,people that Think things happen for a reason are idiots if there's a fucing Jesus i want nothing to with it..people say prayer works bullshit was this poor kid not praying hard enough!screw religion and all the weak people that need it!!!
Cat July 19, 2012 at 12:41 AM
...so we won't be seeing you out there 'Teebowing' @ the next game? :~\
Becca Reilly August 12, 2012 at 06:44 PM
It is not God who is in any of this. It is organized religion by men who are flawed and idiots with no brains who follow them. These so-called "Pastors' and the like will be in for a big surprise when they die. It is not heaven they are going to but eternal hell where they will have the joy of pliers taken to their balls and burn in a hell much hotter than any desert. So sick of illiterate morons opening up a church where ever and getting mindless idiots to follow them! Much like Germans followed Hitler. This "church" was not of God or Jesus. Just some sicko pedophiles who got a few people to follow them. Agree totally with the officer being arrested. Where the hell was her logic and commitment to the law??
Becca Reilly August 12, 2012 at 06:45 PM
It is not God who is in any of this. It is organized religion by men who are flawed and idiots with no brains who follow them. These so-called "Pastors' and the like will be in for a big surprise when they die. It is not heaven they are going to but eternal hell where they will have the joy of pliers taken to their balls and burn in a hell much hotter than any desert. So sick of illiterate morons opening up a church where ever and getting mindless idiots to follow them! Much like Germans followed Hitler. This "church" was not of God or Jesus. Just some sicko pedophiles who got a few people to follow them. Agree totally with the officer being arrested. Where the hell was her logic and commitment to the law??
RobertaLynn August 27, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Toni, please keep us informed on the case. It goes to trial next month .... Thanks!

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