Previously: Apparently It’s Illegal “Grooming” to Flirt with a Girl Before She Turns 18…? (Seriously, read this if you missed it)
This is an update on the confusing story about how it is apparently illegal to flirt with girls under 18 and then date them after they turn 18.
We still do not understand what law is involved here, but it is no doubt somehow related to “sex trafficking,” which is a catch-all term that includes all forms of prostitution as well as any other type of relationship between men and women that the ideological American state does not approve of.
Andrew Anglin already wrote a long thing about this, and there isn’t really much to add in terms of commentary until something happens. But this is the situation as it sits.
A Roman Catholic priest in Alabama who fled to Europe with a recent high school graduate whom he met through his work has drawn scrutiny from law enforcement and been told to stop presenting himself in public as a cleric.
Alex Crow, an expert in the theological study of demons and exorcism, is suspected of having “groomed [multiple] young girls” before going to Italy with an 18-year-old, according to an interview that local sheriff Paul Burch recently gave to Fox Nation’s Nancy Grace. The teen’s family has been trying to convince her to return home.
Burch has publicly released two letters written by Crow, 30, to support that assertion. In one of the letters to the teen, Crow described how he loved her and claimed that they were married. The Pillar, a Catholic news outlet, reported that the letter was for Valentine’s Day, when the girl was 17 and had not yet graduated from the parochial school where Crow had sat in on classes and met with students in the context of the sacrament known as confession.
The girl’s family members have said they are “extremely fearful” for her safety, according to an attorney who spoke to the local television station WKRG. Another local news outlet, al.com, reported that the girl’s family had gone to Italy to meet with her – but Crow wouldn’t allow her to be alone with her relatives. Federal officials in the US have been in talks with Italian authorities to help police investigators in Mobile, Alabama, interview the girl.
It’s unclear whether Crow could face charges in connection with the girl. Her family has acknowledged she went to Europe of her own free will, and the purpose of the trip with Crow hasn’t been confirmed, according to authorities.
While the age of sexual consent in Alabama is 16, there is a state law which prohibits a school employee from having sexual contact with a student younger than 18. There are also federal laws which prohibit using certain methods of communication to speak explicitly with someone who is younger than 18.
Additionally, Burch told Grace on her Crime Stories podcast that investigators had found another “young girl that [Crow] was previously acting inappropriately with, and he was ordered to stay away from her, and … we’re trying to get to come on board but she’s not exactly cooperating at the moment”.
The second teen was reportedly seen leaving Crow’s hotel room at about 1.30am during a school trip. Burch suggested to Grace that his deputies were examining whether Crow may have broken the law which prohibits sexual contact between school employees and students.
As of Friday, Crow remained under orders to return to Mobile and not work as a cleric, having been told by his archdiocese that he “abandoned his assignment”. The archdiocese also told him his behavior is “totally unbecoming of a priest”. Priests take a vow of celibacy, and Catholic officials have implemented guidelines which are meant to establish boundaries between clergymen and vulnerable adults amid the worldwide church’s decades-old clerical molestation.
He could face further archdiocesan consequences, but his case illustrates how it won’t be easy.
For that to process to even begin, Mobile’s archbishop, Thomas Rodi, would have to assemble a clerical panel to evaluate the allegations against Crow and weigh whether he deserves forceful removal from the priesthood. The process – governed by church law – could not start until the beginning of next year, according to WKRG’s reporting.
Rodi’s archdiocese said in a statement that it intends to seek Crow’s permanent removal from the clergy, which is an extremely rare measure. Rodi himself was a high-ranking administrator in the archdiocese of New Orleans in 2000 when the organization carbon-copied him on a letter welcoming back a priest to normal duties after having gone on a sabbatical because of his admitting to sexually molesting or harassing multiple children whom he met through work.
That priest, Lawrence Hecker, was never forcibly removed from the clergy, retired quietly in 2002 and has yet to be criminally prosecuted.
Anglin wrote in his piece – which is long, and you should go read it – that there are issues with a priest using his position of authority in the church to seduce hot girls.
However, whatever moral issues exist there pale in comparison to the moral travesty that is the Western attempt to outlaw normal human sexuality.