Monday, March 26, 2012

Jury convicts Wisconsin pastor in child abuse case

By The Associated Press

MADISON- Jurors have convicted a Black Earth pastor of conspiracy to commit child abuse for advocating the use of wooden rods to spank children.

The Dane County jury took about two hours to find 54-year-old Philip Caminiti guilty of eight counts Wednesday.

Caminiti, pastor at Aleitheia Bible Church, was found guilty of instructing members of his church that infants and toddlers were not too young to be struck on the bare buttocks with wood dowels to teach them to behave.

Caminiti told investigators his actions were in accordance with biblical teachings.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Caminiti and his attorney declined to comment on the verdicts.

Caminiti remains free on signature bond but was ordered not to leave Dane County. Sentencing is expected in about two months.


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