Lonnie Remmers, Nicholas Craig and Darryl Jeter tortured 13 year old boy

CORONA: Satanic Pastor, two others arraigned in abuse of boy, 13

image

A Corona minister and two other men are due in Riverside County criminal court for arraignment Wednesday afternoon after being formally charged in the alleged torture of a 13-year-old boy who police said was forced to dig a grave, beaten with a shovel, tied up, pepper-sprayed and pinched with pliers.

image

Pastor Lonny Lee Remmers, 54, who heads the Heart of Worship Community Church, is accused of directing two men, Nicholas Craig, who is in his 20s, and Darryll Duane Jeter Jr., 28, to scare the boy after the youth’s mother went to Remmers seeking guidance and discipline for her son,  police said.

Craig and Jeter each are each charged with nine felonies, including kidnap, criminal threats and assault.

Remmers was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and  with inflicting corporal injury on a child.

The youngster’s ordeal began March 18 when his mother brought him to a group home in the 700 block of West 10th Street operated by the Heart of Worship Community Church in Corona and asked for guidance on how the boy should be disciplined.

Pastor Lonny Lee Remmers, 54, is accused of directing two men, Nicholas Craig, who is in his 20s, and Darryll Duane Jeter Jr., 28, to scare the boy, police said.

Craig and Jeter drove the boy from the group home 100 miles to the Barstow area, where the teen was forced to dig a grave, threatened with death, beaten with a shovel and half-buried, Rodriguez said in a telephone interview.

When the boy was brought back to Corona, the torture continued, police said.

At one point, he was brought to the pastor’s home on Sloan Drive for Bible study, where, police said, he was tortured by the pastor with a pair of pliers.

The boy did not require hospitalization, police said.

All three men were arrested Friday and are being held in county jail in Riverside. Bail for each was $1 million. They are all Corona residents.

Craig and Jeter are being held on suspicion of kidnapping, torture, child abuse and conspiracy. Remmers is being held on suspicion of torture, child abuse and conspiracy.

The boy and his 7-year-old sister have been taken into Child Protective Services custody. His mother, who is 30, was staying at another group home in Corona, police said.

image

The Heart of Worship church lists an address of 400 N. Main St. in Corona. The storefront location, a former dance studio, is now closed and the space is up for lease. It is in a strip mall that includes a dentist’s office, hair salon, income tax preparation business, T-shirt shop, discount store and a former Rite Aid pharmacy.

“Our mission at the Heart of Worship is to raise the church body to be true disciples of Christ, meaning that if Christ would not think it, say it, or do it, neither will we,” said a statement on the church’s website.

The group home on West 10th Street is a single-story stucco house near an elementary school. A man who answered the door would say only that it is a Christ-centered re-entry home for men.

Staff Writer Brian Rokos contributed to this report.

image

image

        Lonny Remmers, Satanic Pastor

I also found this article dated today which gives more insight into the sick organization of this evil, vile man.

image

Breaking News
CORONA: Lonny Remmers pleads guilty in kidnap-assault case (UPDATE)
JULY 7, 2014 BY BRIAN ROKOS
Lonny Remmers, center,  is head of the Heart of Worship Community Church in Corona. He and Darryll D. Jeter Jr., left, and Nicholas Craig, right, faced a kidnapping and assault trial. — 2012/THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE
Lonny Remmers, center, is head of the Heart of Worship Community Church in Corona. He and Darryll D. Jeter Jr., left, and Nicholas Craig, right, faced a kidnapping and assault trial. — 2012/THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE

UPDATE: More details of the case added.

Corona pastor Lonny Remmers and two church members avoided the most serious charge levied against them — kidnapping — in a bizarre case involving a 13-year-old boy forced to dig a mock grave as punishment when they pleaded guilty Monday, July 7, to two other felonies.

The case also involved an accusation that Remmers pinched one of the boy’s nipples with pliers as the teen sat in a circle at a Bible study at Remmers’ home. More oddly, some months after Remmers’ March 2012 arrest, the boy’s mother moved in with Remmers and his wife. The case also cost a Corona police corporal her job.

Pretrial motions were scheduled to begin Monday for Remmers, stepson Nicholas James Craig and Darryll Duane Jeter Jr. in Superior Court in Riverside. But the three men agreed to plea bargains.

Remmers, 56, head of the Heart of Worship Community Church, pleaded guilty to inflicting corporal injury on a minor and assault with a deadly non-firearm weapon. Charges of kidnapping and criminal threats were dropped. Remmers, a former Orange County resident, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 26. The Riverside County district attorney’s office will seek a two-year sentence, spokesman John Hall said.

Craig, 24, and Jeter, 30, pleaded guilty to making criminal threats and inflicting corporal injury on a child. They were sentenced to a year in custody that will be served in home confinement and three years probation. They had also faced charges of kidnapping, assault with a deadly non-firearm weapon, assault and false imprisonment.

“Our agreeing to these pleas was based in part on the current state of the evidence in the case,” Hall said. “There were new developments, which we will not be discussing, that caused us to believe this was the best disposition for all those involved. The victim and his family did not want this to proceed to trial, and we also considered that aspect.”

Rodney Nosratabadi, the attorney for Jeter, and Daniel Greene, the attorney for Craig, said they believed that the pleas were a reasonable resolution.

REMMERS WAS THE LAW
The Heart of Worship Community Church consisted of 15 to 20 members at any one time who met around Corona, including Remmers’ Sloan Drive home. Many of the members were single mothers or men needing a place to re-establish their lives after leaving jail. Remmers gave them what they needed — food, shelter (for a fee), clothing and family — former members said, and Remmers was the ultimate authority, dictating what members read, who they dated and what movies they watched. And Remmers was in charge of discipline, which led to the criminal case.

In March 2012, the boy’s mother had brought her son to Remmers to be disciplined after her son had sexually assaulted his 7-year-old sister, according to court testimony and records. On March 18, Craig and Jeter took the boy, identified in court records as John Doe, to the desert near Barstow where he was made to dig a “grave.” The men threw dirt on the boy and hit him with a belt, court documents say. Police believe Remmers directed the operation.

The boy was returned to the men’s group home on West 10th Street in Corona, where according to authorities the boy was stripped naked, zip tied to a chair in a bathroom and sprayed with mace. Salt was rubbed in his wounds, which bled all over the bathroom, authorities said.

The boy was then brought to Remmers, who during a Bible study asked for a pair of pliers and pinched a nipple on the boy as others watched, documents said.

“It was a hair-brained idea that got out of control and should’ve never gone that far,” said Nosratabadi, who added that he believed it didn’t amount to kidnapping. “I’m more than optimistic that this kind of action won’t occur again.”

LONGTIME COP FIRED
A church member, Stephen Larkey, said he witnessed part of the attack in the group home. He reported it to Corona police Cpl. Margaret Bell, also a church member. When Bell failed to report the attack to the Police Department, Larkey told his boss at a restaurant, Corona City Councilman Steve Nolan. Nolan reported Larkey’s information to police.

Bell was convicted in February 2013 of failing to report suspected child abuse. Police officers, clergy, teachers and others in positions of trust are required by state law to report such suspicions. Bell was then fired after 24 years on the police force.

Larkey said he is glad the case is almost over.

“At the beginning it was like hell. Witnessing things like that, it was mind-boggling and it really ate at me,” he said.

Not everyone was satisfied with Monday’s resolution.

Parents of church members say Remmers ripped families apart, telling congregants to stay away from their parents because they would be a source of trouble. Jim Forbes, who helped establish Remmers’ ministries in Riverside County before splitting with Remmers, said he has seen his daughter Amanda once in the past four years — just after Remmers’ arrest — and doesn’t expect the relationship to be repaired by the pastor’s conviction.

“I blame the cult,” Forbes said. “If he (Remmers) got put away for 20 years, it wouldn’t make a difference.”

Forbes noted that the congregation remained loyal to Remmers even after his arrest. Church member Eric McNamara posted Remmers’ bail in June after Remmers was indicted by a federal grand jury in an Ohio case in which Remmers and four others are accused of defrauding investors out of millions of dollars. Remmers has pleaded not guilty

One thought on “Lonnie Remmers, Nicholas Craig and Darryl Jeter tortured 13 year old boy

  1. Pingback: 390. Heart of Worship Community Church group home | 1000 places You don't want to be as a teenager

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s