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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.

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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