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December 27th, 2011
01:42 PM ET

Reward offered for fugitive pastor

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - A pastor on the lam from Las Vegas now has a price on his head.

Otis Holland, the 55-year-old former pastor of United Faith Church, skipped court appearances and has been missing for a year.  He was accused of sexually assaulting teenage congregants, CNN affiliate KLAS reported.

A $10,000 reward has been offered for information about the former pastor.

Christine Shea, owner of Bad Girl Bail Bonds, told KLAS that Holland skipped court appearances after she posted $30,000 to get him out of jail.

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"I have guilt that I helped get him back out on the streets," she told KLAS.

KLAS reported that Holland was arrested in December 2010 and in January amid allegations that he abused congregants who were as young as 7 years old.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Crime

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soundoff (324 Responses)
  1. Kenrick Benjamin

    Bill I taught you did that some time ago.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • J.W

      Taught him what?

      December 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Me

      You taught you taw a puddy tat?

      December 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  2. Kenrick Benjamin

    No Tallulah13 !

    December 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • J.W

      The conversation would be easier to follow if you used the reply button.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  3. brick

    We can not fault this bail bonds woman. She is doing her job. You can't always judge guilt based off the small amount of info they get about a person. The man was a pastor and its not like people haven't been falsely accussed before. (not saying he's innocent either) For the people who are innocent, as we a finding out more and more via DNA evidence, bail bondsmen are a God send. Where else can you get a loan after being accused by the state of a crime? Lets not be too hard on them is all im saying.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Bob Jones

      Lol @ the "god send" remark.

      But I agree, she isn't really at fault, she didn't know. But she should have, he's a catholic priest, after all!
      *Ducks a thrown rock*

      December 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  4. PPJr

    That was the God's plan for him.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  5. malsings

    These kind of stories are starting to become the norm about Pastors, clery bad behavior they are people just like everyone else that some people put on a pedestals make them out to be spirtual Icons. It's worse because people look up to them to set an example more and more stories are coming out.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • Deej59

      Listen, I'm not religious either, but let's not go abusing a term like "the norm" here. That suggests it's more surprising when they do NOT molest, and that's just not the case. Yes, it happens semi-often, but it's a fraction of a fraction of pastors out there doing this kind of thing. Pick any group (athletes, politicians, air conditioner repairmen, etc) and a small percentage of them would be guilty of the same things.

      December 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • claybigsby

      explain then how 800 priests have been accused in the netherlands of molesting over 10 thousand kids over 60 years...its hardly isolated, hardly semi-often. This happens all over the world. Just because it isnt reported doesnt mean its not happening more than you think

      December 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Me

      deej: It's only "a fraction of a fraction"? Those that are not engaging, are involved in covering up this evil behavior. It is up the the parishioners to stand up and demand that all current clergy be purged from the system, so that the search for the truly religious can begin.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  6. fritz

    IMy main beef with the Christian folks is this. They claim they have free will yet they also claim they're born sinners and just can't help themselves because of that 'original sin' crap. This thing you call 'sinning', which I think is a crock, is all fine and good as long as you keep it among you Christian folks. Just don't do your 'sinning' thing against the rest of us! We don't like it! As far as the perv preacher, they'll catch the creep sooner or later.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  7. gimarie

    Why is it that people don't or simply refuse to understand that these places are nothing but dens of thieves, run by wolves in sheep's clothing. The Bible says " come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." I think a lot of church going people won't or refuse to believe the bible meant the church buildings also.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Me

      Many are brainwashed into believing that supporting the business of religion, and bowing to those who deem themselves in charge, is the only way to reach heaven upon death.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  8. Emperor Vadik, CA

    Church men have been assaulting boys and girls for thousands of years, what else is new???

    Just ban religion already...

    December 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Converted

      And then there would be no more pedophiles right? You are so smart.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • SlowGun

      No, there would still be pedophiles, they just wouldn't be able to "god" as their bait.
      Plus without religion...we might actually have world peace someday.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Bob Jones

      @Converted,
      No, that's not what he's saying, I'm sure. What I got from his comment is that there would simply be no more religion!
      And in my mind, that would definitely be a GREAT improvement to all of humankind.

      December 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  9. Vulpes

    Another "man of god" doing something awful ...

    December 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  10. FelipeBR

    Anything for the money.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  11. Mike

    What a great headline. Every once in a while, one of these purveyors fantasy gets caught.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  12. hamsta

    @truth prevails monter quest has alot of scientific machines and talk all that jargon also but its crap cuz they havent found bigfoot.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Bigfoot

      hahaha...they'll never catch me...I'm too clever for them.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  13. total nonsense

    Using religion to molest children.... shoot on sight. PERIOD. it is time to show religion it is now welcome anymore

    December 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • movement31

      Thats what the catholic church been doing for years

      December 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Bob Jones

      "Using religion..... shoot on sight. PERIOD." There, fixed that for you. 😉

      December 29, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  14. Kenrick Benjamin

    Bill why are you so angry no body is telling you what to believe, you have free well, you believe what you want to believe and you are yet so angry. May be GOD is telling you something you better take heed.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Tallulah13

      Hey, Kenrick,

      Maybe your "god" is actually a culturally ingrained belief with no basis in reality.

      December 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Bill

      Kenrick, show some courage and reply to the original thread rather than trying to change the subject.

      December 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • claybigsby

      "May be GOD is telling you something you better take heed."

      LOL you are a joke....this argument is no better than: "I dont hate gay people. God hates them" Brainwashed dolt. Think for yourself.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • Bob Jones

      Or maybe that voice you hear in your head, Kenrick, is just a sign of mental instability?
      You really should seek professional help from a psychiatrist for holding such a delusional belief such as "god".

      The only reason religion is still around is because there's blind, unthinking people like yourself ready, willing and able to get scammed by one of the original scams! Religion!

      December 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  15. dbrock010

    So there are bad people outside of the Catholic faith? According to the news, only Catholics are supposed to be this bad.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • SlowGun

      Please tell us what news says only Catholics are supposed to be this bad.

      Answer is you won't be able to. Your just trying to pretend the Catholic faith is somehow a victim in all of this. Grow up.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Bob Jones

      @slowgun,

      Your name is very accurate, you're very slow.
      Ever heard of something called "Sarcasm"?
      Either you haven't, or you aren't capable of understanding it.

      December 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  16. meadowmuffin

    You can't condem all christain believers for the sins of others. It seems so odd to me that non believers are so ferverent in their arguement that christain believers must be backwood rednecks, they assume that belief is taken litterally...it is not saying that there is a big man sitting in the clouds watching us, but that there is a higher power than us, and we as humanity should aspire to live a life of helpfulness toward one another. Non "christains" can be pedofiles too...why is it when we read about other sick freaks we don't start bashing "God" and religion. Do athiest and non believers have something they are afraid of?

    December 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • RajMann

      I agree that there are probably boytouchers in all religions, but how can you spell "Christian" incorrectly three times in your post?

      December 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Larry L

      Atheists do have something to be afraid of... religion. Take a look at the world and see what religion does to humanity. Religious zeolots can never practice their beliefs in private – always compelled to force their mythology on others. Seriously, look across the globe to see how many wars are currently being fought "in the name of God". Where are atheists trying to force people to give up their religion? I can think of failed attempts in the USSR and to some extent China. You can name a hundred other places where religious people are creating chaos in an attempt to spread the faith. It might be true that religion is best kept private and evangelism is a curse to the civilized world.

      December 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • LP

      @m-muff: True, there are pedophiles (note spelling) in all walks of life. The reason a story like this (and the catholic church, etc) includes criticism of religion is that it happened within the context of that religion. And in some cases the very structure of the religion and the religious group allows it to happen.

      "You can't condem all christain [sic] believers for the sins of others." Agreed. I hope, however, that you hold the same standard for everyone. An awful lot of christians seem to think it's okay to blame all muslims for 9/11, while at the same seeking absolution – or at least distance – from the sins of their fellow believers.

      December 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • rick

      "...it is not saying that there is a big man sitting in the clouds watching us"

      seems to me that is exactly what they are saying

      "but that there is a higher power than us, and we as humanity should aspire to live a life of helpfulness toward one another"

      and if you don't admit that there is a savior and call it the correct name, you are in deep trouble with this higher power (Bronze Age myth)

      December 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • brick

      @ Larry L: Religion does nothing to humanity. Humanity does things to religion. Christianity is about forgiveness, submitting to a higher, wiser authority and self control. Last time I checked that is the basis of raising any child. The issue is we become adults and pervert that religion because we rather live convienently rather than virtueous.

      December 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • brick

      @ rick: I would say it is very unwise to mock something that in its essence is the reason you are even able to be here. Lemme explain. Religion is more than just blind faith. It is the collection of events, customs, instructions, rules and warnings that were so important humanity that it had to be written down and retained for 1000's of years. It is as important to people as history, science, math, civics, etc. Just like people have issues with Religion, they have issues with Government but I dont see us saying, "You know what? We should stop being America. You see all these politicians that are breaking the law. I just don't believe in law, science, math, history, etc anymore because of them."

      December 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Bob Jones

      @Larry L.

      I agree with you wholeheartedly, but I would take it one step further. Religion is a curse on the civilized world, not just evangelism.

      December 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  17. Ray

    OOPS! another felon has skipped bail.big shock there,huh?

    December 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  18. Kenrick Benjamin

    So tony no one has ever die in the name of science, then who created the H-Bomb.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Eric G

      The H-bomb was not used or created "in the name of science". Science was used to create the technology. It's use or threat of use was political.

      December 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • karl

      agreed eric

      December 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • PK

      People may die as a result of some of the discoveries made by science, but that is the fault of how people decide to use said discoveries. However, unlike religion, there have been no wars raged over differences in the theory of relativity...

      December 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • brick

      Neither has their been in religion. DONT BE FOOLED. Every war you have every heard of is because of greed. Has nothing to do with Religion. Sure, the people in power at that time used religion to incite people to support their efforts but religion itself is not the overall cause of any war. Muslims and Judeo-Christians don't fight over faith. They fight over land. Nothing to do with religion. God never called anybody to kill in His name.

      December 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • Oooops

      Nobody died from the H-bomb. They have never been used in war. Did you mean the A-bomb?

      December 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • Eric G

      @Brick: You are correct, god has never had anyone killed in his name, because he does not exist. Of course, you are wrong about religion. Hitler claimed he was doing the Lords work by exterminating the Jews.

      December 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • TR6

      @brick:” God never called anybody to kill in His name.”

      Then explain this

      And Moses said unto them “Have ye saved all the women alive?... Now therefore Kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known a man by lying with him, but all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves” Num 31:1-2, 9-11, 14-18

      December 29, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  19. pachecosita

    And while they do evil, they get tax exception...really?

    December 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • JustWondering

      I am not defending or explaining away this dirtball's actions in any way, shape or form. Having said that, they are the small minority in a group that otherwise serves faithfully and tirelessly. BTW, young peoples' lives have been changed forever for the negative and you are concerned with this dude's tax status??

      December 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • JustWondering

      Addendum ... this is so very miniscule to the actual story, but as a pastor I can speak from experience re taxes. I pay federal, state, county school AND both sides of FICA. If you are an employee, you are only paying 7.65 percent. Happy New Year to you and yours.

      December 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • cor

      OK for the 100th time, Pastors are NOT tax exempt. CHURCHES are!. Pastors pay taxes (or at least they are supposed to) just like everyone else.

      December 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • claybigsby

      hardly a minority and its rampant in all faiths....keep telling yourself it isnt.

      December 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  20. OutForABuck

    I suspect the only guilt that a bail bonds person would have is that the client only puts up 10% in cash and the rest in collateral. Their pay is that 10%. Now she has to collect on the collateral and hand over the entire bond amount to the court. In other words, she gets nothing!! Unless she can get him back. So $10,000 reward would still leave her with $20,000 profit. Yup, I'd feel guilty for letting him go too.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Paul

      My thoughts exactly! She's let at least as bad, and probably worse, out onto the street. Oh well – win some, lose some. You deal with devils, eventually you'll get burned. Did she REALLY think he'd show up for trial? Guys like that do not do well at ALL in jail...

      December 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
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