Thursday, January 13, 2011

Minister at Scott Lively's "Church" is a Convicted Sex Offender

You can't make this stuff up, hat tip to Joe.My.God:

A local man who served as manager of the Holy Grounds Coffee Shop on State Street -- a cafe operated by anti-gay pastor Scott Lively that serves free coffee and offers conversation to teenage visitors -- is a sex offender from New York who was imprisoned for the sexual abuse of a 10-year-old girl in 1995, according to police.

Police detectives on Thursday arrested Michael Frediani, 38, of 453 State St., for failing to register as a Level 2 sex offender in Springfield. He was living in an apartment above the coffee house.

He was being held at the Springfield police lock-up, said Sgt. John M. Delaney, a spokesman to Police Commissioner William J. Fitchet.

In New York, Frediani is listed as a Level 3 sex offender, defined as most likely to repeat an offense.

According to Joe.My.God, Scott Lively was offering students free coffee and hot chocolate if the kids wore Lively's Jesus pins.

Now I wonder if MassResistance will report on their friend since a convicted SEX offender who was a "volunteer" manager of a coffee shop that catered to kids? On a side note, Lively supposedly have agreed to not let students into the coffee shop during school hours, isn't that nice of him?

The money quote from Scott Lively's manager:

“I talk to all the kids,” Frediani said. “We have a place that is safe.”

“The presence of God is here right now,” Frediani said Friday. “I invite God to touch
them and he does.”

1 comment:

massmarrier said...

Wowzers. Thanks.

I hit MR and the original Globe piece with its video. The reporter certainly gave Lively a full forum in both to make his points about his alleged virtues with the coffee-house ministry as well as pretty unbelievable takes on what he said in Uganda.

The MR take is even crazier than usual. The Globe piece was fairly wishy-washy just-the-facts, Ma'am. Apparently, according to MR, Lively should have been able to edit and rewrite the article. Maybe he'd do better reworking his life from here on.