Evangelical Pastor Posted Ominous Tweet On Day Of Arrest
A former Oregon police officer turned evangelical pastor is facing over 30 charges for sex crimes against two children, a boy and a girl.
James Worley was arrested Dec. 30 on 37 counts – including two counts of rape, 11 counts of sodomy, one count of attempted sodomy, 20 counts of sexual abuse, and three counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct according to an indictment from Deschutes County police.
Worley was working as a senior pastor for Powell Valley Church in Gresham, OR and had worked there since 2012, according to the church website. Worley also ran a blog which indicated he was married with four children.
In the blog, Worley lists his favorite passage from the Bible as Galatians 2:20:
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
The alleged abuse happened between Sept. 1, 2002 and June 30, 2004. Both victims were under the ages of 12 and 14 when the abuse started.
Authorities don’t believe Worley was a pastor or police officer during the time of the sexual abuse, but haven’t ruled out the possibility of more victims. Worley was hired as a police officer only a year after the alleged sexual assaults.
Worley was fired from the Tillamook, Oregon, Police Department in 2007 for ongoing misconduct – including unethical writing of citations, inappropriate response to a restraining order, and destroying marijuana in the field. Other violations included excessive Internet use while on duty, creating sexually explicit advertisements, and making unwanted sexual advances to a woman at a 911 dispatch center.
On the day Worley was arrested he posted an ominous tweet, saying:
Stormy weather has arrived. About to find out two-things: who our real friends are and how our God glorifies himself. #Psalm35 #GlorytoGod.
His Twitter and Social Media accounts have been disabled.