*A Kalamazoo pastor is accused of sexually abusing four young males that he also paid to have sex with his wife while he watched.
The Rev. Stricjavvar “Strick” Strickland, of Kalamazoo’s Second Baptist Church, has reportedly been charged with 11 felonies connected to incidents with the youths spanning three years from 2015-2018.
Strickland faces four counts of third-degree sexual assault, three counts of child sexually abusive activity and four counts of human trafficking of a minor for commercial sexual activity, Kalamazoo County 8th District Court records show, per wwmt.com.
“It has been two years since these allegations first came forward and Pastor Strickland has remained in contact and available. He is not running from this,” Strickland’s attorney Michael Hills told MLiv. “Pastor Strickland remains ready to turn himself in and deal with these charges accordingly.”
Strickland previously denied allegations that he and his wife, Jazmonique, paid teens for sex.
BREAKING: A Kalamazoo pastor faces child sex abuse and human trafficking charges.https://t.co/W91apGQid6
— Mike Krafcik (@Mkrafcik) August 25, 2020
According too MLiv, the pastor faces 15 years in prison on each of the first four charges, and 20 years on each of the other seven charges.
In a bond recommendation, Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecutor Christin J. Mehrtens-Carlin recommends the pastor not have any contact with the alleged victims, his wife, or anyone under the age of 18.
“Per the reports, the defendant and his wife would use their employment at Phoenix High School (in Kalamazoo) and to some extent, the defendant would use his work as a pastor, to find male teens to engage in sexual activity with the wife, while the defendant watched and masturbated,” Mehrtens-Carlin writes in her bond recommendation.
Strickland called the charges “absolutely preposterous.”
“All I can say for now is that we are prepared for this fight,” the pastor told MLiv. “God will prevail.”
At the time of this report, no charges have been filed against Jazmonique.
Actor Rick Schroder Defends Bail for Kenosha Killer Kyle Rittenhouse: ‘It Made Me Mad’
*Former child star Rick Schroder is catching heat — including death threats — for helping to post bail for Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old suspected white supremacist who travelled from Illinois to Kenosha, Wis., in August, where he fatally shot two Black Lives Matter demonstrators.
“This was Kyle’s life being destroyed,” Schroder told the New York Post about why he contributed to the teen killer’s bail. “This is his freedom at risk. It infuriated me to see an innocent 17-year-old young man being tried and found guilty before trial.”
The “Silver Spoons” and “NYPD Blue” star put up “hundreds of thousands” of dollars toward Rittenhouse’s $2-million bail, and a lot of folks are pissed off about it.
Would Schroder and other Kyle supporters still empathize if he was a black teenager who travelled across state lines with a firearm that he was not legally allowed to carry, and shot two people dead? Hell-to-the-NO!
Rittenhouse was open-carrying an AR-15 rifle, which he allegedly obtained from a friend in Wisconsin. Open carry is legal in the state only if the gun owner is 18 or older.
“It made me mad,” Schroder told the Post. “This boy is innocent and he will be proven innocent. I did what any father should’ve done, and that’s get a kid out of jail that doesn’t deserve to be there.”
Schroder compared Kyle’s case to his own arrests last year on suspicion of domestic violence. No charges were filed after his girlfriend was reportedly uncooperative with police.
“It sucked because everybody thought I was a woman beater, and I’m not a woman beater,” Schroder told the Post. “I was tried and convicted in the court of the media. But you have to understand, that’s only my reputation that was being destroyed.”
According to TMZ, Schroder reached out to police last week after receiving threatening messages on social media in reaction to his support for Rittenhouse.
Meanwhile, Rittenhouse has been charged with six criminal counts, including first-degree intentional homicide, related to the deaths of two males during protests following the Aug. 23 police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse’s legal team claims he was defending himself after a mob threatened him and attempted to disarm him.
LA Man Says Upstairs ‘Neighbor’ Fired Shots into His Apartment – Cops Do NOTHING / Watch
*A Los Angeles man named Chris James says he went to bed around 10:30 p.m. and was awoken an hour later from a shotgun firing into his apartment from the unit upstairs.
James says that when police arrived to investigate, they knocked on the door of the apartment above him and when he didn’t answer, they didn’t go inside — a move James thinks is unacceptable considering the situation.
“I feel like I’m in another world. Who is allowed to just shoot into someone’s house?” James questioned. “No one’s gonna do anything until he actually hurts somebody.”
He said he feels he’s being a target for his race since he’s one of the few Black residents in the predominantly Latinx community, reports KTLA.
The bottom line is that James knows he’s literally in a bad place and needs to get out ASAP. To that end, he’s set up a GoFundMe page for his relocation expenses.
Dallas Man Robbed, Killed After Meeting ‘Catfish’ in Houston, Family Says
*The family of a Dallas man who was killed during a suspected robbery say they have lost faith in the police working the case.
Deonte Hicks, 27, reportedly drove to Houston to meet a woman he met online — but police say he was robbed and killed. The family believes he was a victim of catfishing — when a person pretends to be someone else on social media, usually with sinister intentions.
Hicks was fatally shot on May 10, while standing outside of his car after being lured to the 1000 block of Centre Parkway, according to Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department, per PEOPLE. After the slaying, two unknown Black males were seen fleeing on foot “in an unknown direction of travel,” the Crime Stoppers release says.
Who killed Deonte Hicks? If you have any information which can help investigators, call (713) 222-TIPS (8477). Reward possible up to $5,000. HPD 615966-20 – 10000 blk. Centre Pkwy. – @houstonpolice #hounews https://t.co/FNB7FlHAFt pic.twitter.com/utDKNnG7YR
— Crime Stoppers HOU (@CrimeStopHOU) June 19, 2020
No arrests have been made, and the family says the police aren’t doing enough to find Hicks’ killer(s).
“It has not been a top priority,” said his mother, Aleshia King. “My family and I, we’ve gone to Houston headquarters to talk to detectives. I’ve called a million times. Nothing has been done. I’ve been passed off to the next person. I’ve been given the runaround. Nothing done.”
Hicks leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter.
“Very, very loving father. Kind person,” said his aunt Tamara Peterson. “It has not been a top priority. My family and I, we’ve gone to Houston headquarters to talk to detectives. I’ve called a million times. Nothing has been done. I’ve been passed off to the next person. I’ve been given the runaround. Nothing done.”
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