A local spiritual leader shocked and devastated his congregants Wednesday when he arrested for allegedly engaging in a two-year sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.
The relationship between Gordon Solomon, pastor at Christ’s Community Church of LA in Inglewood, Calif., and his young congregant began when the girl was only 12 years old, authorities say.
The young girl’s mother discovered one of the explicit text messages from Solomon and immediately called the police. Investigators then determined that the relationship had been going on for two years by tracing back the sexting messages on the girl’s phone.
The minister was charged Friday with seven felony counts of committing a lewd act on a child, one felony count of oral copulation of a person under the age of 14 and one felony count of continuous sexual abuse, the District Attorney announced.
If convicted as charged, Solomon — who is in jail on $3 million bail — faces a maximum sentence of 26 years and eight month in state prison, the D.A. says. He is expected to make his initial court appearance Friday at the Inglewood Courthouse.
Fully agreed with all PR leaders said. This show that our former PM, TDMM ‘s family is corrupted to the very core just like UMNO and BN.we true Malaysians (irrespective of race) love you. Press on with your reforms to save Malaysia from corruption and injustices that have affected the police and the judiciary in the coming GE13. if PAKATAN wins he might land up in sg. buloh. always framing people, that’s why he fears he will be framed when pakatan takes over. you destroyed all national instituitions and blamed it on pak lah.the people are not stupid.
Already facing possible expulsion, Tamrin Ghafar, the son of former deputy prime minister and Umno strongman Tun Ghafar Baba, has again criticised the party’s leadership for straying from its “original struggle”.
The former Bukit Berendam MP told The Malaysian Insider last night that, under Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s leadership, Umno has been trampling on the rights of Malaysians instead of defending them.
“Umno has strayed from the original struggle of its forefathers, who had prioritised the people more.
“Under Najib, Umno has stolen its people’s rights, instead of defended it,” he said.
He expressed disappointment that, since Najib succeeded Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2009, both the directions of Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno have changed drastically.
Tamrin, who has recently been active on Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) political stage, confirmed he had received a show-cause letter from Umno’s disciplinary committee on June 26 demanding he explain his criticisms against Najib’s leadership.
He has declined to reply, however, saying he would prefer to meet with the committee to explain his reasons “face to face”.
“I’ve been given 14 days to respond. But I refuse to do so in writing. Instead, I am seeking to meet with the committee to explain my actions to them personally,” he said, despite acknowledging that this may result in his sacking.
When asked of his plans to join other parties should he be sacked, Tamrin said he was yet to make a decision.
“Let’s wait for the committee’s decision first. I have not thought about joining other parties yet,” he added.
Tamrin first made an appearance in an opposition-backed event during a pre-Bersih 3.0 rally held in April at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman in Kampung Baru here.
Since then, the leader has been an active participant of PR events, and has even written to Najib to air his views on how Umno could recapture public support.
Tamrin’s father, Ghafar, had been deputy prime minister during the Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s administration and had served under four prime ministers, including Tun Abdul Razak, who is Najib’s father.
The late Ghafar had also been the Malacca chief minister for some eight years from 1959 to 1967 although he had originally declined the post offered to him by Tunku Abdul Rahman. We are familiar with the seasonal bargain sales whenever we approach the days of cultural and religious festivities. Even before Hari Raya (the Muslim religious festivities after a month long of fasting), the public is flooded with all sorts of bargain sales.
A popular clothing merchant has launched its pre-Hari Raya sales of fine textiles. Other merchants have also launched their own bargain sales.
These bargain sales, however, pale in comparison with the bargain sales offered by the chief snake-oil peddler in Malaysia — the PM.
By means of logrolling bargains, he dishes out economic morsels large enough to secure the votes from the public. Logrolling is a term used commonly in the US to refer to the granting of fevers by politicians seeking re-election to selected groups in exchange for their support and votes.
Najib’s grant of an advance of RM 15,000 to Felda settlers is a logrolling act. Now, Felda settlers realize they have been short-changed. The 15,000 is a sweetener to lessen the anger at receiving 810 units of share amounting to around RM 600 gross value in profit. Settlers have been used and piggybacked by rent seekers to make a killing at the stock market.
Najib announces the grant of free tyres to cab drivers is another example of logrolling act aimed at getting votes from tax drivers. The RM 500 assistance after 50 years amounting to RM10 a year of our existence is another sorry example of a logroller. Why the necessity of giving the RM 500 in the first place unless your policies of ameliorating poverty has failed miserably?
Indeed, if one observes carefully, this is how he thinks he solves people’s problems. Providing short-term solutions to long-term problems. Providing snake oil for short-lived relief rather than long-term and longer-living solutions.
So he does the entirely opposite to what the second PM of Malaysia resolved to do — to give people fish instead of providing them the means to fish. So the short-term handing out of the fish will allow recipients to eat once. That, to Najib, is his most effective way of resolving problems.