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The Long Road to New Bethany and Back

In Child Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Independent Fundamental Baptist, Mack Ford, New Bethany Home for Girls, Sexual Abuse on September 24, 2015 at 12:28 pm

  • The Long Road to New Bethany and Back

By Rebecca Catalanello | Photos and Video by Kathleen Flynn

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/journey.html

The above expose’ is the most amazing piece of journalism I’ve read about child sexual abuse when no one has been charged with a crime. The reporters followed us around for days and went with us to the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office.  BPSO refused to take Jennifer’s statement because Sheriff Ballance was mad as an old wet hen. He knew the reporters caught his actions and Ballance gave them an interview.

  • At the Gates

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/journey.html#gates

Jennifer Halter remembers seeing her mother wipe her eyes as she steered the car.

“What’s wrong, Mom?” asked Halter, then 14.

“Nothing,” said her mom.

The road to the small town seemed to stretch forever.

  • Together in Room 723

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/journey.html#together

On a Wednesday night last December, five women gathered in Room 723 of the Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino in Shreveport.

  • Are you ready?

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/journey.html#stories

The first time it happened, Halter says, she had asked to go to the bathroom.

  • We need to report a rape

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/journey.html#everything

Fifty miles east of Shreveport, wind whipped through the nearly empty parking lot outside the Arcadia courthouse. Temperatures hovered in the mid-30s.

  • Videos

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/video.html

You are not alone | Speaking with the survivors of New Bethany

  1. More than a decade after the closing of New Bethany Home for Girls, women are coming forward with tales of physical and emotional mistreatment, and sexual abuse.
  2. Reporters approach New Bethany founder Mack Ford.
  3. Bienville Parish Sheriff John Ballance remembers a runaway from New Bethany.
  4. Former New Bethany resident Teresa Frye brings abuse allegations to light.
  •  Heaven or Hell? Thirty years of turmoil at New Bethany

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/history.html

In late December of 1991, a 20-year-old woman [ Shannon Mary Scott Sims ] sat down in a room with a cassette recorder and two other women more than twice her age.

Tell us everything that happened, one of the older women [ Nora Carter Shepherd ] said. Then she pressed a button to record.

Shannon [Mary] Scott [Sims] says she did as she was told. In five years living at New Bethany Home for Girls in Arcadia, La., that was one thing she knew to do.

  • The lost girls

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/history.html#unwanted

For three decades starting in the early 1970s, New Bethany took girls no one wanted. It was the outreach ministry of Mack Ford, a high school dropout who worked for a time as a tire repairman before he said he heard God’s call to preach.

  • I will be back

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/history.html#tara

Tara Cummings had just turned 12 when she arrived at New Bethany in 1982 after law enforcement was notified that her adoptive father, a minister, had severely beaten her, records show.

  • New allegations of abuse

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/history.html#abuse

Because Scott  [ Shannon Mary Scott Sims ] won’t talk about the details of that taped interview in 1991, it’s not clear what New Bethany leaders knew or suspected when they closed the home, albeit temporarily.

  • Standards of abuse

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/history.html#crooked

Shannon Scott says the other person who was in the room at the time she gave her report was Nora Carter. She’s 72 now, goes by Nora Carter Shepherd, lives in Indiana and said she can’t figure out why women who were residents at New Bethany can’t stop dwelling on what happened to them there.

  • Key Events in the History of New Bethany

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/history.html#timeline

1971 – New Bethany Home for Girls is founded in Arcadia, La., by Mack Ford, a preacher with the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church denomination.

Through 2014 – January: A fourth woman in Massilon, Ohio, confirms making a report to her local law enforcement claiming sexual abuse by Mack Ford.

  • Breaking open the gates

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/teresa.html

Teresa Frye knows that what she is about to say could make some people angry but she needs to say it anyway. “It’s wrong,” the 46-year-old says in her North Carolina twang, “for me to say that it’s perfectly acceptable for an adult survivor of sexual abuse to stay silent about what happened to them.”

  • The Runaway

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/runaway.html

The girl rose from the ditch like an animal in headlights.

In 32 years, Ralph and Elizabeth Jordan haven’t forgotten the sight.

“We just saw a kid,” Elizabeth Jordan remembers. “I thought if she was desperate enough to come out of the ditch, something was wrong.”

  •  Escape Attempt

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/runaway.html#escape

Rebecca Silva was 14 that August night she decided to run. She had been at New Bethany about a year.

  •  About this story

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/about.html

Reporter Rebecca Catalanello and photojournalist Kathleen Flynn, both of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, spent Dec. 4 to 7, 2013, in Shreveport with Halter and several other women as they set out for the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office, where Halter made her report, and later, to New Bethany Home for Girls.

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La Statutes of Limitation apply to victims of CSA, presently between the age of 18 to 48

In Child Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Louisiana, Mack Ford, New Bethany Home for Boys, Sexual Abuse, SOL, Statutes of Limitation on April 18, 2015 at 7:24 pm

LA SOL applies to ages 18-48

Ages 18-48 can report Child Sexual Abuse occurring prior to age 18.

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SOL applies to ages 18-48

Newell to Review Grand Jury Proceedings

In Child Abuse, Mack Ford, New Bethany Home for Girls, Sexual Abuse on January 9, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Never Give Up ~ No More a Victim
UPDATE: 03/02/2015
As anticipated, “Bienville District Attorney Newell to review grand jury proceedings” and respond within two weeks of taking office, never happened. If by some chance there was a review, the fox is watching the hen-house and as has been common practice since reporting in July 2013, the Bienville Parish District Attorney’s office does not keep crime victims notified of anything that is going on.

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January 09, 2015

New Bethany sex abuse case, incoming DA says he will review grand jury proceedings
Bienville Parish District Attorney Newell to review grand jury proceedings.

January 06, 2015

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Grand Jury Declines to Indict Child Rapist, Mack W. Ford |Times Picayune | Nola.com

Grand jury declines to indict Mack W. Ford, founder of New Bethany Home for Girls, following allegations of sexual abuse. District Attorney Jonathan M. Stewart convened a Grand Jury, believing the Statutes Limiting Prosecution for Child Sexual Abuse in Louisiana are NOT retroactive. Who does that? Isn’t this judicial misconduct?

December 15, 2014

Bienville Parish grand jury to continue investigation of sexual abuse of female residents of New Bethany Home.
Louisiana State Police warned Witnesses and Victims that we could go to jail for contempt of court if we let anyone know the that the grand jury was convening.

The Long Road to New Bethany and Back

In Child Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Independent Fundamental Baptist, Mack Ford, New Bethany Home for Girls, Sexual Abuse on May 16, 2014 at 8:31 pm

  • The Long Road to New Bethany and Back

By Rebecca Catalanello | Photos and Video by Kathleen Flynn

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/journey.html

The above expose’ is the most amazing piece of journalism I’ve read about child sexual abuse when no one has been charged with a crime. The reporters followed us around for days and went with us to the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office.  BPSO refused to take Jennifer’s statement because Sheriff Ballance was mad as an old wet hen. He knew the reporters caught his actions and Ballance gave them an interview.

  • At the Gates

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/journey.html#gates

Jennifer Halter remembers seeing her mother wipe her eyes as she steered the car.

“What’s wrong, Mom?” asked Halter, then 14.

“Nothing,” said her mom.

The road to the small town seemed to stretch forever.

  • Together in Room 723

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/journey.html#together

On a Wednesday night last December, five women gathered in Room 723 of the Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino in Shreveport.

  • Are you ready?

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/journey.html#stories

The first time it happened, Halter says, she had asked to go to the bathroom.

  • We need to report a rape

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/journey.html#everything

Fifty miles east of Shreveport, wind whipped through the nearly empty parking lot outside the Arcadia courthouse. Temperatures hovered in the mid-30s.

  • Videos

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/video.html

You are not alone | Speaking with the survivors of New Bethany

  1. More than a decade after the closing of New Bethany Home for Girls, women are coming forward with tales of physical and emotional mistreatment, and sexual abuse.
  2. Reporters approach New Bethany founder Mack Ford.
  3. Bienville Parish Sheriff John Ballance remembers a runaway from New Bethany.
  4. Former New Bethany resident Teresa Frye brings abuse allegations to light.
  •  Heaven or Hell? Thirty years of turmoil at New Bethany

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/history.html

In late December of 1991, a 20-year-old woman [ Shannon Mary Scott Sims ] sat down in a room with a cassette recorder and two other women more than twice her age.

Tell us everything that happened, one of the older women [ Nora Carter Shepherd ] said. Then she pressed a button to record.

Shannon [Mary] Scott [Sims] says she did as she was told. In five years living at New Bethany Home for Girls in Arcadia, La., that was one thing she knew to do.

  • The lost girls

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/history.html#unwanted

For three decades starting in the early 1970s, New Bethany took girls no one wanted. It was the outreach ministry of Mack Ford, a high school dropout who worked for a time as a tire repairman before he said he heard God’s call to preach.

 

  • I will be back

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/history.html#tara

Tara Cummings had just turned 12 when she arrived at New Bethany in 1982 after law enforcement was notified that her adoptive father, a minister, had severely beaten her, records show.

  • New allegations of abuse

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/history.html#abuse

Because Scott  [ Shannon Mary Scott Sims ] won’t talk about the details of that taped interview in 1991, it’s not clear what New Bethany leaders knew or suspected when they closed the home, albeit temporarily.

  • Standards of abuse

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/history.html#crooked

Shannon Scott says the other person who was in the room at the time she gave her report was Nora Carter. She’s 72 now, goes by Nora Carter Shepherd, lives in Indiana and said she can’t figure out why women who were residents at New Bethany can’t stop dwelling on what happened to them there.

  • Key Events in the History of New Bethany

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/history.html#timeline

1971 – New Bethany Home for Girls is founded in Arcadia, La., by Mack Ford, a preacher with the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church denomination.

Through 2014 – January: A fourth woman in Massilon, Ohio, confirms making a report to her local law enforcement claiming sexual abuse by Mack Ford.

 

  • Breaking open the gates

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/teresa.html

Teresa Frye knows that what she is about to say could make some people angry but she needs to say it anyway. “It’s wrong,” the 46-year-old says in her North Carolina twang, “for me to say that it’s perfectly acceptable for an adult survivor of sexual abuse to stay silent about what happened to them.”

 

  • The Runaway

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/runaway.html

The girl rose from the ditch like an animal in headlights.

In 32 years, Ralph and Elizabeth Jordan haven’t forgotten the sight.

“We just saw a kid,” Elizabeth Jordan remembers. “I thought if she was desperate enough to come out of the ditch, something was wrong.”

  •  Escape Attempt

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/runaway.html#escape

Rebecca Silva was 14 that August night she decided to run. She had been at New Bethany about a year.

  •  About this story

http://www.nola.com/news/special_projects/new_bethany/about.html

Reporter Rebecca Catalanello and photojournalist Kathleen Flynn, both of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, spent Dec. 4 to 7, 2013, in Shreveport with Halter and several other women as they set out for the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office, where Halter made her report, and later, to New Bethany Home for Girls.

 

The Big Lie ~ Federal Funds

In Child Abuse, Independent Fundamental Baptist, Mack Ford, New Bethany Home for Girls, Sexual Abuse on November 15, 2013 at 8:18 pm

“God will take good care of you, just do as I say, don’t do what I do.”
Phil Collins

Mack Ford’s Big Lie changed, depending on the audience at the church where the trip-girls were performing to raise donations for New Bethany. Ford always said (and swore under oath) that he did not accept government funding and did not charge for services New Bethany provided.

Mack Ford turned to the girl whose parents died, or an orphan from the state, and told the church congregation, “Look deep into their eyes; see the child we saved; the child no one wanted until New Bethany picked up this child from a life of sin, giving them a proper home with love, respect, and religion.

At other churches, he would tell the congregation that we were a bunch of ingrates, rebels, drug addicts, prostitutes, and living in Juvenile Detention, when saved by New Bethany from a life of drugs and the streets. I assumed there must be someone in our midst who did these awful things, but everyone looked like me. I had never been in trouble; I was escaping a violent home in a city that terrified me.

This is not an isolated case, guardians had agreements with Mack Ford to donate their homes or property, made anonymous donations for years on end, signed over Social Security checks to New Bethany, and made monthly payments. New Bethany took in kids from Texas, California, Washington, and Louisiana social services. Are we to believe these states did not provide financial support for children in the foster care and juvenile justice system, who were sent to live at New Bethany?

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Mack Ford swears Under Oath "that he does not charge for his services to New Bethany and does not receive income from New Bethany Home."

Mack Ford swears Under Oath, “He does not charge for his services to New Bethany and does not receive income from New Bethany Home.

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May 3, 1995, Mack Ford Swears under Oath, "That  the Church Homes provide care to children as a church ministry, and do not charge for the services provided."

May 3, 1995, Mack Ford Swears under Oath, “That the Church Homes provide care to children as a church ministry, and do not charge for the services provided.”

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Changed our minds, now you pay.

October 17, 1995 – Past Due Notice to Student’s parents for room, boarding, and school.

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Mack W. Ford’s primary argument, in all reported and discovered child abuse accounts, was his right to freedoms. Mack Ford had the freedom to molest, lie, steal, commit fraud, beat unmercifully, trafficked, and raped children in his care. To this day, regardless what the local yokels know, they do not want to investigate. When told of physical evidence, Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office was not interested. Mack W. Ford wanted the outside world to see him as a loving, doting, and strict fatherly figure that was missing in the lives of students at New Bethany. Mack Ford’s Big Lie has yet to receive attention by the Internal Revenue Service, Fraud Division of law enforcement, or any other organization intended to prevent people from abusing and trafficking children for money and sex.

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New Bethany Financial Statement of 2001

2001 Expenses of Donations To Defunct Nonprofit,

2001 Financial Statement from defunct New Bethany Home and Mack Ford

2001 Financial Statement from defunct New Bethany Home and Mack Ford

Receiving payment for providing services typically includes payment to legitimate staff. The problems include the fact New Bethany Girls Home did not exist in 2001 [although proof exists it did not close until after 2004]; Mack Ford repeatedly swears that he does not receive payment for services rendered; he donated one hundred thousand dollars to an unknown charity. Mack Ford’s gift was in the ability to use religion to hide his pedophile behavior. He was very convincing in churches and developed a truly horrific house of horrors.

 

Neil Riser campaign worker linked to defunct church girls’ home, accusations of sexual abuse by father-in-law minister

In Child Abuse, Mack Ford, New Bethany Home for Girls, Sexual Abuse on September 25, 2013 at 12:53 am

Politics, Preachers, and Pedophiles

Louisiana Voice

© 2013

Two men with ties to a defunct church-operated home for girls and boys in Bienville Parish—and to the Baptist minister and accused sexual predator who ran the facility—currently are actively involved in the congressional campaign of State Sen. Neil Riser (R-Columbia), LouisianaVoice has learned.

Timothy Johnson of Choudrant in Lincoln Parish, who was fired earlier this year as a vice president at Louisiana College after leading an unsuccessful coup against President Joe Aguillard, is married to the daughter of Rev. Mack Ford who ran New Bethany Home for Girls and Boys south of Arcadia in Bienville Parish for several decades.

Timothy Johnson performs work on behalf of the Riser campaign, Riser’s campaign headquarters confirmed on Monday. His son, Jonathan Johnson, Ford’s grandson, worked for about a decade as State Director for retiring 5th District Congressman Rodney Alexander at $75,000 per year and is currently a paid employee…

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