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Richard Howard Craft, ex-pastor and current schmuck, sentenced for child porn

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In some ways, it's appropriate that Richard Howard Craft, a disgraced former Greeley pastor, was sentenced to federal prison on April Fools' Day.

Then again, "fool" is too mild a term for Craft given what he's admitted to doing. And frankly, "schmuck" doesn't really cut it, either, although it'll do in a fix.

You see, Craft has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, a crime for which he'll spend the next decade behind bars. And that's not all.

Craft's no-longer-available LinkedIn profile reportedly highlighted his work as an interim pastor for the Family of Christ Presbyterian Church in Greeley, a "peace-and-justice oriented" institution with 65 members, all of whom are presumably creeped out at this point.

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The Family of Christ Presbyterian Church in Greeley.
The profile also stated that he'd been educated at the Claremont School of Theology in Los Angeles, had served as a pastor for forty years and was writing two books.

It's disturbing to consider the topics of those tomes given his dirty secrets. In late December 2009, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, an undercover FBI officer in Philadelphia discovered that Craft was sharing numerous child-porn files from his computer in Thornton. He'd apparently obtained them between July 2007 and January 2008.

That old line about the wheels of justice grinding slowly was certainly true in his case. He was finally indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on August 20 of last year, pleading guilty to child pornography the following November. On Monday, U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson formally sentenced him to a decade in jail, five years of supervised release afterward, and a requirement to register as a sex offender.

U.S. Attorney John Walsh offered the following statement after the sentencing: "As the defendant told Judge Jackson during his sentencing hearing, sexual predators view children as objects for gratification, not human beings to nurture. The lengthy prison sentence is a result of the fact of the defendant's compulsive viewing of child pornography."

That paints a picture -- and so does Craft's collar-free mug shot, which illustrates how far away from that peace-and-justice ministry he's managed to fall. Here it is.

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Richard Howard Craft.

More from our Schmuck of the Week archive: "Todd Griffin more than earns his schmucky nickname: The Funeral Bandit."


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Someonewhocares
Someonewhocares

For one thing the idiot who wrote this did not get the correct picture, and that's fine, it just shows how sad his journalism really is. This man happens to be one of the most loving, and caring human beings I have ever known. I have known him for a long time. None of you know who he is or what he went through. None of you have the right to judge him. The Lord is the only one who matters in the end. Someone who lives in sin, such as the adult porn obsessed person below, is the one who should be afraid of the wrath of God. Richard has admitted to his sins, and he is forgiven, just as we all are if we repent and believe.  He made big mistakes. He knows it. He is suffering and his family and friends are too. Leave it alone.

rdbrownlee
rdbrownlee

So glad you are pure.  Of course, one needs to ask, if you are pure, why you need to be so vindictive about those who are not.  Talk to his children, his spouse, his congregations and see what they say of him.  They surely would not appove of child porn, but they would recognize that every human is composed of good and bad.  And, when they learn of the bad, they hurt.  I wonder if it is necessary to strut in the face of their pain. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

*** Behold the Religion of "Peace" ***

Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword.  Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes.  Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes.  ...  They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children.

-- Isaiah 13:15,18

Faycless
Faycless

Raped children are threatened with death if they tell. Enjoy your porn.

senorboogiewoogie
senorboogiewoogie

You know, I would not even begin to know where to get some child pornography if I really wanted it. I would think that the penalty for it would be so high and that children are apt to tell someone what is happening, that this crime would be almost non existant, but it seems to happen all the time, or that the internet exaserbates the facts.

Big fan of adult pornography though.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

'Rim-Jobs' for 'salvation' !

Otherwise known as the 'Heaven Express' !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Imagine what this creep would have done w/ the purple haired girl ?!!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Where in the hell was 'Jesus' when all this shit was happening ???

Clergy men are confused . They believe as w/ law enforcement, MAN's law does NOT apply !

poslund
poslund

How are we to believe anything you write when you don't even get the right picture of Richard in your article? And have you ever thought of asking those of us who have known him for years about the good side of his life? This is not to defend what he did, but to call you to rights about your sloppy and vindictive journalism.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay Hey bud, would you contact me w/o these blogs ?  I have a cpl of ideas to throw at ya !

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Faycless

If even then you remain hostile toward me and refuse to obey, I will inflict you with seven more disasters for your sins.  I will release wild animals that will kill your children and destroy your cattle, so your numbers will dwindle and your roads will be deserted.  

-- Leviticus 26:21-22

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Faycless

Then I heard the LORD say to the other men, "Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked.  Show no mercy; have no pity!  Kill them allold and young, girls and women and little children.

-- Ezekiel 9:5-7

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Faycless

The glory of Israel will fly away like a bird, for your children will die at birth or perish in the womb or never even be conceived.  Even if your children do survive to grow up, I will take them from you.  ...   But now Israel will bring out her children to be slaughtered."  ...  And if they give birth, I will slaughter their beloved children."

-- Hosea 9:11-16

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Faycless

While he was on his way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him.  "Go up baldhead," they shouted, "go up baldhead!"  The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord.  Then two shebears came out of the woods and tore forty two of the children to pieces. 

-- 2 Kings 2:23-24

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Faycless

Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death. 

-- Exodus 21:15

Faycless
Faycless

@senorboogiewoogie Ever been raped and told not to tell anybody? No? Little children are threatened with death to keep their innocent little mouths shut. Enjoy your porn,

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg

Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death.  

-- Deuteronomy 17:12

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@YourNeighborCarl  Why ? Sex-Offenders are HEAVILY protected by the Colorado Dept of Corruption !!! It's an 'Aggravated' charge unless it's S-O vs S-O !!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@poslund "sloppy and vindictive"

That's the way the children victims are done.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@poslund  Bring this argument up w/ the parents of his victims before coming in here & running your mouth !!!  I'm sure James Holmes held the market door open for the 83 yr old lady w/ a bag in her hand, so let's anoint him into sainthood !!!

And you're not even one of those FaceBook clowns who bounce around the country, spreading their ignorance NATIONWIDE !!! 

Pathetic .....

Faycless
Faycless

@poslund There are two pictures of Dick, what are you talking about?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Faycless @senorboogiewoogie

All who curse their father or mother must be put to death.  They are guilty of a capital offense.

-- Leviticus 20:9



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