Stephen McPherson, a former Assistant Dean of the Regent University Law School (the place that brought you fine Christian lawyers like Monica Goodling and many other Bush administration stalwarts) and his wife, Melina McPherson, pled guilty today to molesting three sisters for whom they served as house parents at a Christian shelter. McPherson molested two of the sisters repeatedly, reciting biblical verses to the girls to justify his actions, while his wife did the same with the third sister.
McPherson is already serving a 16-year sentence for forcible sodomy and "object penetration" on the same two sisters, charges to which he pled guilty in January 2009, stemming from the time after he and his wife adopted the three girls. In a more than a little scary turn of events, a plea agreement was reached whereby Melina McPherson will serve only 40 days in prison because the victim did not want to separate her from her two young sons. The judge has not yet indicated whether he will accept this plea deal.
At what point does the track record of such people turn these institutions into universal targets of derision beyond our unholy circle?