Griffin minister held on molestation charge
Posted in the Brevard County Forum
#1 Jul 26, 2010
The leader of a fundamentalist church remained behind bars on child molestation charges Wednesday, the eve of a court hearing on allegations by church officials that law enforcement officers searched the "world headquarters" of the denomination without a warrant.
The Rev. Norman LeGallienne, 47, general overseer of the Union Gospel Holiness Church of God, which claims 1,000 affiliate churches nationwide, was arrested at a revival meeting April 12 and charged with child molestation and aggravated sodomy. He has been unable thus far to post a $17,600 bond.
The fact that the minister is accused of molesting the 8-year-old son of an ex-girlfriend and that the crime is alleged to have taken place more than three years ago has prompted charges by LeGallienne that the woman is "on a vengeance trip."
The Rev. David Carnrike, who is charge of the church while LeGallienne is in jail, complained that officers broke up a revival meeting to arrest LeGallienne and that they unlawfully searched the church and adjoining living quarters without a warrant.
A hearing on the church's allegations that the search was unlawful and improper has been scheduled Thursday in Spalding County Superior Court.
Jimmy Jordan, an investigator with the Spalding Sheriff's Department, said deputies had a warrant to enter the church when they arrested LeGallienne. A week earlier, deputies entered the church with the permission of a man who lived in the adjoining living quarters, he said.
Molestation charges often take several years to surface, said Jordan.
The alleged victim's mother and her son moved in with LeGallienne after meeting him at a Union Gospel Holiness revival in Arizona, the minister said in a telephone interview last week.
"It had been suspected since the mother and child left (LeGallienne's residence) that some molestation had taken place," said Jordan. "But the child had suffered some real mental and behavioral problems. They thought he had learning disabilities and were working with the child. It finally came forward and this was apparently the child's trouble."
But LeGallienne contends that the molestation charge stems from nothing other than the fact that he refused to marry the mother. "She's on a vengeance trip," said LeGallienne. "I never touched that boy."
LeGallienne has also been engaged in a long-running battle with the Spalding County Department of Family and Children Services.
A week before LeGallienne's arrest on the child molestation charges, deputy sheriffs and DFCS representatives came to the church and took twin 14-year-old boys into custody who had been living with the minister for almost a year.
Last week, the DFCS successfully petitioned the Juvenile Court of Spalding County for temporary state custody of the twin boys, contending that the youths were "without proper parental care, control, subsistence or education."
According to the DFCS custody petition, LeGallienne, who has been separated from his wife for nine years, was "deliberately" keeping the twins and other boys in his care out of school, claiming to be teaching them himself through a correspondence course. The twins had not been in school since the fourth grade, the petition states. LeGallienne himself never completed the 11th grade.
Conditions were unclean at the church living quarters where the twins were staying, according to the petition.
#2 Jul 26, 2010
Once before, in May 1983, DFCS removed the twins from LeGallienne's home and warned the minister not to renew contact with the children. The mother was also warned to keep the children away from LeGallienne.
Nevertheless, in May 1984, the mother, who still contends that LeGallienne provided excellent care, returned the boys to his custody.
"I'm a free person in the U.S.A., and I just thought they didn't have a right to tell me that," she said. "He's a decent man. He's respectable. You can trust him."
When authorities went to the church on April 5 to take the boys, LeGallienne w as arrested and charged with giving false information to law enforcement officers after he allegedly gave the wrong names when asked to identify the youths. He was released on bond in that instance.
Local DFCS officials refused to comment on the case.
But friends and supporters of LeGallienne say he is not guilty of molestation or abuse.
Robert Presley, 23, who moved in with LeGallienne some five years ago after experiencing family problems in Marietta, disputes the DFCS accusations and believes the preacher provided excellent care for those who lived with him.
"He helped me out in ways my real daddy wouldn't," said Presley. "He bought me clothes. He taught me the Bible."
LeGallienne, who sports a bumper sticker on his car reading, "Get Government Off the Back of Religion," is primarily concerned now with getting out of jail. But he fears his church work will suffer regardless of the outcome of the charges.
"It's ruining me and it's ruining my reputation," he said. "I'm sick and I'm tired and I just want to get out."
#3 Aug 5, 2010
The music minister at a large New Orleans church has been charged with intentionally exposing a teen-age boy to the AIDS virus. Phillip Britton--music minister at Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church, led by Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship founder Bishop Paul Morton--denied the charge brought last week, "The Times-Picayune" said. Britton, 38, was charged earlier with having sex with an underage male. A police report said that Britton met the boy from another church through choir activities, and the two had sex more than 100 times in a year, the newspaper said.
#4 Mar 13, 2012
how is rev.david carnrike envolved and his food bank in mobile al
#5 Apr 5, 2012
What kind of nuts are you; this happened in 1985
#6 Apr 5, 2012
Griffin is a Jewish name and Grant is sometimes too. Bob Grant for instance. "Get off my phone"
#7 Jun 2, 2012
What relationship does richard byrd in Semmes have with this LeGallienne person? What is he doing to the children in Semmes. We should make sure to watch him with care. Grant is also a Jewish name. But again this byrd persons should be checked out.
#8 Jun 2, 2012
To set the record straight. It was Dr. Dr. David Carnrike who was responsible for the law getting involved. It took the police awhile to respond and it was the Rev. David Carnrike who made sure it was done and the police were made to pay attention to this - it was he who saw that the children of the church were protected.
#9 Jun 4, 2012
So you are the Jewish Reverend himself?
#10 Jul 15, 2012
Yes! Ordained in the Baptist Church. Mother and Father raised me in the Jewish Faith. Got Saved and put a cork in the works for them.
#11 Jul 16, 2012
Why is it,pastor, that all these priests, pastors, reverend child molestors are Jews?
You think we should get the camps ready?
#12 Oct 3, 2012
The Evils of Jason Lyn White
This is the evil adventures of Jason Lyn White of Semmes, Alabama.
Jason Lyn White born December 27, 1975
He is the son of Ricky and Cynthia White 9601 NORTHWOODS DRIVE SEMMES AL 36575
and that is where he curently resides.
He dropped out of Citronelle High School
He works at Adriatic Marine Inc in LA
-----Jason Lyn White has many arrests in Mobile County AL.
-----He has been arrested at least once for DUI
----- He has also been arrested for DUI in TX - but he skipped bond and as long as he stays out of TX he will never have to stand in that court of law.
Ref: Chambers County, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2
-----He has quite the record of not showing up for court. Will he skip out on his Dec 2012 appointment with justice?
If anyone sees him selling or buying drugs please call the police.
If anyone sees him driving call the police for his driver license has been revoked.
He was arrested for burgarly March of 2010 in Satsuma - That he will have to have a jury trial in Dec 2012 - Mobile County Courthouse.
Following is some of his mugs from the conty jail. He has many arrests but these are the only mug shots that we have. There are many that are missing.
#13 Dec 11, 2013
#14 Jan 4, 2014
I remember Norman very well from the late fifties early sixties. He would go around Griffin setting up Revival Tents and even had a old piano that he played very well even though it was out of key. He took about five of us children with him on a hitch hiking trip down to Jacksonville, Florida to a revival. One of the children supposedly had grand parents there ? Also claimed to have a church in Fayetteville (Waters Chapel) so we went over on Saturday and spent the night. The only other folks who came that morning was an elderly couple from Alabama, driving a white 1959 Studebaker Silver Hawk. He never approached me or asked me to do anything, but this one kid (David) had to sleep in the same bed with him. He talked alot about his Aunt Eva LeGallienne who was an actress and admitted lesbian. I was shocked when I found this article......
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