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  •  This is not just about the thesis (0+ / 0-)

    This is about Regent University. This is probably the first high-profile election involving a Regent alum. If Bob McDonnell loses because he went to Regent then no one will go to Regent anymore and it will shut down.

    "I'm going to be on you like a numerator on a denominator." -Principal Skinner

    by dufffbeer on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 05:29:01 PM PDT

    •  Sexual Abuse Charges Against Former Regent Dean (1+ / 0-)
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      Not a good day for Regent University...

      Former Regent assistant dean, wife guilty of child sex abuse

      A former assistant dean at Regent University’s law school and his wife pleaded guilty today in Virginia Beach Circuit Court to child sex abuse charges.

      Stephen Lee McPherson, 40, and Melina Ann McPherson, 37, both of Chesapeake, entered plea agreements during separate hearings today to charges of taking indecent liberties.

      The charges stemmed from incidents between 1996 and 2000, when the McPhersons served as house parents for three sisters at Hope Haven Children’s Home on North Landing Road. Hope Haven is a Christian-based shelter run by Union Mission Ministries, which was directed by Stephen McPherson’s grandfather, the late Rev. Ted Bashford.

      Court records show Stephen McPherson repeatedly molested two of the sisters under his supervision and manipulated them by citing Bible verses that he said justified the abuse. Melina McPherson engaged in sexual acts with the third sister, cited Bible verses to justify her actions and told the victim that "they had a special relationship," according to court records.

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