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Bible study leader is accused of sex crimes

David James

David James

Metro Police allege a Bible study leader used his role to gain access to children and sexually assault them, officials said.

David James, 29, of Las Vegas, was arrested Jan. 7 by Metro detectives on a variety of sex-related charges involving juveniles, police said.

Metro detectives completed their investigation in December following allegations of sexual abuse of a child. James was arrested on 10 counts of sexual assault with a victim under 14, two counts of sexual assault with a victim under 16, and 10 counts of lewdness with a minor under 14, police said.

Henderson Police received information regarding similar allegations involving James shortly after his arrest, officials said. The Henderson investigation resulted in James being rebooked on 10 counts of lewdness with a minor under 14 and four counts of sexual assault, police said.

Authorities said James volunteered to lead the Bible study classes at several places of worship in the Las Vegas Valley.

James remains in the Clark County Detention Center without bail, according to jail records. His preliminary hearing in Las Vegas Justice Court is scheduled for March 4.

As police continue to investigate, they ask parents concerned their child may have been a victim to call Metro’s sexual assault section at 702-828-3421 or Henderson Police at 702-267-4750.

To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or visit crimestoppersofnv.com.

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  1. We don't study very well the injuries inflicted by religion, despite 1000 years of concrete evidence. The phenomenon of "pedophile priests" (which led to the pope's recent farewell) is about religious trauma: sexually abusing kids or anyone is permissible because of Divine Right. Only a trauma victim could come to such a bizarre conclusion, yet it happens everyday.

    This offender will be held accountable without an examination of the root of the problem. We are far too timid with religion. It needs to be indicted for the damage it causes.

  2. It's always news when someone in a position like this is charged with doing something wrong. The good that people do through religious organizations doesn't make the papers. Before stereotyping religious people as hypocrites and pedophiles, visit Casa de Luz or Catholic Charities or the Salvation Army or Las Vegas Rescue Mission or Las Vegas City Mission. Somehow they don't make the front page. Almost every church has outreach programs to benefit others, but again these not newsworthy for the simple reason that they are so common. Strange though, when someone who is not religious commits a crime there's no mention of his/her lack of religious beliefs. Not newsworthy. It is clear that there are evil people inside churches and for an interesting look on why that is - how evil likes to hide itself - read F Scott Peck's book "People of the Lie." It's fascinating and an easy read.

  3. Well said Mr. Senjo. I couldn't agree more.

  4. There is no title on Earth that guarantees divine action. When there is talk about how to gain a stairway to Heaven, it could be a Heaven for the priest only and no one else.

  5. "The water won't clear up until we get the hogs out of the Creek".

    -Jim Hightower