In 1995, a Scientologist was convicted of sexually molesting his young
stepdaughters. His wife stated, under oath, that the "Church" of Scientology
ordered her not to report it.
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A Scientologist by the name of Donald Anthony Strawn, also known as Tony Strawn, was convicted in 1995 to thirty years in prison for sexually molesting two girls, ages 11 and 13. The children were in his custodial care at the time.
The reason that these documents are included in this Web site is because the Church of Scientology directed that the mother not report the incident to the proper authorities, because the church could "handle" Strawn's "aberration". This act is a federal crime in the United States of America.
These documents come from the filings in case CRC94-12575CFANO, and the originals are in the Felony Records Department of the Pinellas County Criminal Court. Because of the victims' ages, their full names have been stricken from these copies of the documents, as has the name of the mother.
|Criminal Complaint||The information in the criminal complaint against Strawn, filed by state attorney Bernie McCabe. It alleges three capital felony charges of sexual battery and one first-degree felony charge of sexual activity. Strawn pleaded guilty to the second, third and fourth counts, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge on the first count, which is identical in all respects to the second.|
|Court Docket||The Case Progress Docket. Of interest is the latest entry (at the top of the file): though Strawn pleaded guilty, he is nevertheless appealing the judgement.|
|Deposition Excerpts||The mother's deposition accuses the Church of Scientology of recommending that capital and first-degree felonies committed by Strawn not be reported to the proper authorities. This follows the Scientology policy that all legal matters be handled internally rather than by the non-Scientologist legal system, and illustrates their means of enforcing the policy.|
|US Code excerpts||This page contains excerpts from the US Code which show the federal laws that were broken by the Church of Scientology when they advised the mother not to report Strawn to the police for molesting her children.|