Harvest Bible Chapel in a statement in early July admitted that it mishandled the Paxton Singer situation. Meanwhile the Paxton Singer case slowly moves forward. Kane County has asked for permission for two “uncharged victims” to testify. A judge will rule by mid August and the trial of Paxton is on for early September.
“The defendant befriended and groomed each male victim. He was in a position of trust in relation to each victim and took advantage of that position which (sic) each victim to carry out his crimes.”
Assistant Illinois State Attorney Lori Schmidt
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Matthew 18:6 NIV
Harvest Bible Chapel Elgin
One of the ongoing issues with Harvest Bible Chapel is the situation with Paxton Singer. Paxton, a former youth pastor stands accused of sexting underage individuals that he met through his job at Harvest Bible Chapel. You can read about the arrest of Paxton Singer in the following Chicago Tribune article. You can read more about Paxton in, “Guest Post: An Open Letter from a Concerned Mother Disheartened About how Harvest Bible Chapel Mishandled Paxton Singer’s Arrest” and “Paxton Singer Thread on Twitter Regarding the Former Youth Pastor’s Arrest for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor”
Harvest Admits it Made Mistakes in Regards to Paxton, Plus Rob Williams Contacted DCFS
In early July Harvest Bible released a statement on its website stating that they did not handle the Paxton Singer abuse situation properly. Harvest didn’t follow proper reporting polices within Illinois in regards to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). According to the Daily Herald Rob Williams allegedly reported Singer in June of 2018 because he feared that Harvest would try and handle the situation in-house and not contact law enforcement. Williams has claimed that he was allegedly threatened by Scott Millholland not to go to police. Within Harvest Rob Williams was assigned to counsel Paxton Singer. This blog has raised concerns in the past about the counseling program at Harvest Bible Chapel being used to allegedly cover up internal issues. You take a situation to Soul Care and not to the police. This blog has long believed that this was standard operating procedure for Harvest. Harvest Aurura pastor Craig Steiner claimed to have reported Singer to DCFS early in 2018, the problem is that DCFS has no record of said report being filed.
Kane County Prosecutor Wants 2 More Teens to Testify Against Paxton Singer ad a Coming Decision in Mid August
According to my notes Paxton Singer’s trial was originally to take place on July 10. Developments have changed and it has been moved back to September 4, 2019. A Kane County Prosecutor is bolstering the case against Paxton. On June 26, 2019 Lori Schmidt requested to have two “uncharged victims” testify against Paxton. Both uncharged victims were asked to send pictures or respond to Singers lewd questions which he was allegedly sending by text. According to what Schmidt wrote in court, “The defendant befriended and groomed each male victim. He was in a position of trust in relation to each victim and took advantage of that position which (sic) each victim to carry out his crimes.” The behavior by Paxton showed motive, intent, absence of innocent frame of mind and presence of criminal intent.
On August 2, 2019 in a hearing Kane County Judge said that he will decide by mid-August on allowing to “uncharged victims” to testify against Paxton Singer. In the testimony given on August 2, Schmidt anticipated how Paxton’s defense would respond to the requests for pictures. “We believe the defendant is going to say (at trial) he was counseling the victim about purity and that this was all a misunderstanding when he was texting to see the victim in his underwear,” Schmidt told the judge. Saxton’s attorney Kevin Halversen responded by trying to explain the why the Harvest pastor was making such requests for pictures to be sent. First, the 17-year-old was not considered a child under the sexual exploitation law, so asking for pictures or sending sexually oriented texts wasn’t a crime, Halversen said. Second, Singer had been providing physical training to that teen and asked about his abdominal muscles to see what progress the teen was making, Halversen said. Asking to see someone’s abdominal muscles isn’t akin to asking to see somebody’s underwear, Halversen argued. Halversen wants Singer to be tried for this case and nothing else.
This blog will be following the developments with Paxton Singer and the trial when it commences in the fall of 2019. This blog believes that due to Harvest Bible Chapel culture and the way it functioned that this is not the only situation that took place. If there are other incidents this blog is willing to write about it.