Ex-MCC Pastor Ordered to Stand Trial on Sex, Child Porn Charges

There are 20 comments on the Sep 20, 2012, EDGE story titled Ex-MCC Pastor Ordered to Stand Trial on Sex, Child Porn Charges. In it, EDGE reports that:

A judge has ordered a gay San Francisco man who's been accused of having sex with minors he met through Craigslist, possession of child pornography, and other crimes to stand trial on most of the charges.

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Speedieg

Atlanta, GA

#1 Sep 20, 2012
What a disgrace. I'll never understand this behavior.
Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Sep 20, 2012
Ah, another religious figure molesting children. Maybe it is because they live in the fantasy land of religion, just like a child lives in a fantasy land.
Claude

Anonymous Proxy

#3 Sep 20, 2012
Keep queers AWAY from children !!!
Claude

Anonymous Proxy

#4 Sep 20, 2012
A judge has ordered a GAY San Francisco man who’s been accused of having sex with biys he met through Craigslist, possession of child pornography, and other crimes to stand trial on most of the charges.

Brandon Lee Hamm, 37, who had been a volunteer pastor at Peninsula Metropolitan Community Church in San Mateo, appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court Friday, September 7 for a preliminary hearing before Judge Leland Davis III.

According to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office, Hamm advertised on Craigslist for "horny skater boys." A police detective responded to the ad posing as a 14-year-old boy and engaged in "graphic" email exchanges with Hamm, who sent a picture of his genitals, prosecutors said in a case summary.

Hamm allegedly arranged to meet for sex, and the South San Francisco Police Department arrested him in June after he showed up at a park, which had been designated as a meeting spot. Police found child pornography featuring BOYS 4 to 6 YEARS OLD HAVING SEX WITH ADULTS on his cell phone, according to the DA’s office.

Following his June arrest, with his consent, officers went through his email account and located a victim who’s now 16, according to the DA’s office. The boy was 14 in 2009 when he responded to Hamm’s Craigslist ad and ultimately met him a number of times. They allegedly engaged in oral copulation and sodomy.

"Much of their conduct was documented in their email exchanges," according to the DA’s office.

Hamm faces 42 felony counts in this case, including accusations related to going to meet a minor for engaging in lewd or lascivious behavior, and participating in sodomy with a minor, among other acts.

Hamm is also being held to answer on 10 felony counts in a third case, which also came to the police department’s attention after the June arrest. Officers located a boy who was 15 in the fall of 2010 at the time of the alleged crimes.

The charges include sodomy with a minor and distributing lewd materials to a minor, among other crimes.

Prosecutors say that Hamm responded to the victim’s Craigslist ad, and prosecutors indicated that they ended up meeting several times and had oral and anal sex.

The victim’s emails "show great anguish and embarrassment over what he was doing but [Hamm] kept the relationship going right up to the time of his arrest in the other case," according to the DA’s office.

According to law enforcement officials, meeting places included a Burlingame park, a school, and the home of one boy’s aunt.

Outside the South San Francisco courtroom Friday, before Davis delivered his orders, Ryan McHugh, Hamm’s attorney, declined to comment on the cases.

During the hearing, South San Francisco Police Detective Christy Wesselius said one of the victims had wanted to stop communicating with Hamm and had closed email accounts. She also said one of the victims eventually told Hamm that he wasn’t gay and didn’t want to continue the acts.

When at least one of the boys didn’t show up for a meeting with Hamm, he expressed "disappointment or frustration," but wasn’t threatening, Wesselius said.

She testified that one of the boys, who had been photographed while naked and handcuffed to a tree, had told her his doing so had been completely voluntary.
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THIS IS THE HOMOSEXUALITY MY FRIENDS!!!

The Good Reverend

Since: Feb 09

Southern California

#5 Sep 20, 2012
Claude wrote:
A judge has ordered a GAY San Francisco man who’s been accused of having sex with biys he met through Craigslist, possession of child pornography, and other crimes to stand trial on most of the charges.
Brandon Lee Hamm, 37, who had been a volunteer pastor at Peninsula Metropolitan Community Church in San Mateo, appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court Friday, September 7 for a preliminary hearing before Judge Leland Davis III.
According to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office, Hamm advertised on Craigslist for "horny skater boys." A police detective responded to the ad posing as a 14-year-old boy and engaged in "graphic" email exchanges with Hamm, who sent a picture of his genitals, prosecutors said in a case summary.
Hamm allegedly arranged to meet for sex, and the South San Francisco Police Department arrested him in June after he showed up at a park, which had been designated as a meeting spot. Police found child pornography featuring BOYS 4 to 6 YEARS OLD HAVING SEX WITH ADULTS on his cell phone, according to the DA’s office.
Following his June arrest, with his consent, officers went through his email account and located a victim who’s now 16, according to the DA’s office. The boy was 14 in 2009 when he responded to Hamm’s Craigslist ad and ultimately met him a number of times. They allegedly engaged in oral copulation and sodomy.
"Much of their conduct was documented in their email exchanges," according to the DA’s office.
Hamm faces 42 felony counts in this case, including accusations related to going to meet a minor for engaging in lewd or lascivious behavior, and participating in sodomy with a minor, among other acts.
Hamm is also being held to answer on 10 felony counts in a third case, which also came to the police department’s attention after the June arrest. Officers located a boy who was 15 in the fall of 2010 at the time of the alleged crimes.
The charges include sodomy with a minor and distributing lewd materials to a minor, among other crimes.
Prosecutors say that Hamm responded to the victim’s Craigslist ad, and prosecutors indicated that they ended up meeting several times and had oral and anal sex.
The victim’s emails "show great anguish and embarrassment over what he was doing but [Hamm] kept the relationship going right up to the time of his arrest in the other case," according to the DA’s office.
According to law enforcement officials, meeting places included a Burlingame park, a school, and the home of one boy’s aunt.
Outside the South San Francisco courtroom Friday, before Davis delivered his orders, Ryan McHugh, Hamm’s attorney, declined to comment on the cases.
During the hearing, South San Francisco Police Detective Christy Wesselius said one of the victims had wanted to stop communicating with Hamm and had closed email accounts. She also said one of the victims eventually told Hamm that he wasn’t gay and didn’t want to continue the acts.
When at least one of the boys didn’t show up for a meeting with Hamm, he expressed "disappointment or frustration," but wasn’t threatening, Wesselius said.
She testified that one of the boys, who had been photographed while naked and handcuffed to a tree, had told her his doing so had been completely voluntary.
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THIS IS THE HOMOSEXUALITY MY FRIENDS!!!
The Good Reverend
You couldn't of thought of anything original huh ? You better deal with your inner demons.

Since: Feb 09

Southern California

#6 Sep 20, 2012
Claude wrote:
Keep queers AWAY from children !!!
Hey you can call me queer, f***** whatever you like Im comfortable with my life have no issues with anyone or anything . But you on the other hand seem to have MAJOR issues going on..seek help .

Since: Jul 12

Post Falls

#7 Sep 20, 2012
What this Guy did is not typical for the gay community. Mostly its straight men that molest and rape young children, but unlike you, I don't assume all straight men are pedophiles. Get a brain please.

Since: Oct 10

San Francisco

#8 Sep 20, 2012
Claude wrote:
Keep queers AWAY from children !!!
Keep christian pedophiles away from children!

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

St. Louis, MO

#9 Sep 20, 2012
GoldenGator wrote:
<quoted text>
Keep christian pedophiles away from children!
Non-Christian pedophiles are o.k. with you tho?

Since: Oct 10

San Francisco

#10 Sep 20, 2012
RalphB wrote:
<quoted text>
Non-Christian pedophiles are o.k. with you tho?
No, but this article is about a christian pedophile and it was to him and his ilk I was referring. Excluding non-christians from my statement implies nothing; they weren't the subject of the article.

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#12 Sep 20, 2012
Try the creep.

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#13 Sep 20, 2012
He was a Christian minister, what can we expect, except abusing his powers and using the pulpit to get laid? It has happened to PLENTY of hetero ministers, why do they get off without criticism? Any minister who uses his position to get it is vile and hypocritical.

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

St. Louis, MO

#14 Sep 20, 2012
GoldenGator wrote:
<quoted text>
No, but this article is about a christian pedophile and it was to him and his ilk I was referring. Excluding non-christians from my statement implies nothing; they weren't the subject of the article.
I just think that it would have been better had you and Claude both said to keep pedophiles away from children, and not to have been specific about one orientation or or one religion. Sorry if I insulted you, but it was not intentional, other than to make a point.

Since: Oct 10

San Francisco

#15 Sep 20, 2012
RalphB wrote:
<quoted text>
I just think that it would have been better had you and Claude both said to keep pedophiles away from children, and not to have been specific about one orientation or or one religion. Sorry if I insulted you, but it was not intentional, other than to make a point.
Ralph, you've seen my comments here often enough to know that they aren't in the same vein as those of "Claude," an obvious homophobe, so please don't apply your admonition to both as though they were of equal weight.

Religious folks are always invoking their christian beliefs while denouncing gays as pedophiles, so I have no problem including the label "christian" to someone like this who is both a pastor and pedophile.

I understand your point, but I still don't agree. Using the same logic, saying that I am revolted by muslim terrorists flying planes into buildings in New York would somehow imply that I might approve of christian terrorists doing so in Toronto. Sorry, I'm not buying it.
Adam

Pekin, IL

#16 Sep 20, 2012
Wow. This means a HUGE percent of the MCC cult's clergy has been accused of molesting minors.

The Catholic priest abuse scandal was over 80% homosexual in nature and primarily involved homosexual molestation of minor young men.

Fully 50% of openly homosexual Congressmen have gotten into trouble molesting minor pages.
Adam

Pekin, IL

#17 Sep 20, 2012
As of 2006, the Metropolitan Community Cult had about 1/3 the members it claimed in 1998: http://www.thearda.com/Denoms/D_1142.asp
Not The Same

Euless, TX

#19 Sep 20, 2012
To all who assume pedophilia and homosexuality are the same, you should educat yourself before making such a statement. If you had even a nominal education you would know better!
Speedieg

Atlanta, GA

#20 Sep 20, 2012
You can not equate male on male molestation as having anything to do with being homosexual. It is generally about access. Coaches, Ministers, Boy Scout Leaders and Priests have easier access to same sex victims. This does not mean they are attracted to members of the same sex. The predominant form of sex in prison is same sex, but almost none of the participants would identify as homosexual. That is what is available to them. A large number of male on male rapes are not perpetrated by homosexuals but rather by heterosexual men wanting to dominate and humiliate their victims.

Since: Sep 10

Earth

#21 Sep 20, 2012
Why is this here, not the christard forum? He's one of theirs.
Sheldon

Alexandria, VA

#22 Sep 20, 2012
Curteese wrote:
He was a Christian minister, what can we expect, except abusing his powers and using the pulpit to get laid? It has happened to PLENTY of hetero ministers, why do they get off without criticism? Any minister who uses his position to get it is vile and hypocritical.
I don't think we have any evidence he used either his pulpit or his position. The article says he used Craigslist.

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