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Crime Navy Vet Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting 2 Women, Killing Another in Catholic Store

02:15  23 october  2021
02:15  23 october  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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A Navy veteran and former pastor pleaded guilty Friday to a handful of charges related to his alleged sexual assault of two women and the murder of a third inside a Catholic supply store, the Associated Press reported. Thomas Bruce, 56, will receive a mandatory life sentence without parole in keeping with his guilty plea for first-degree murder, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Thomas Bruce, a former pastor accused of sexually assaulting two women inside a suburban St. Louis Catholic supply store, then killing a third when she refused his sexual demands pleaded guilty Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, to first-degree murder and other charges. Bruce appears in St. Louis County Circuit Court in Clayton, Mo., on Jan. 23, 2019. © Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP Thomas Bruce, a former pastor accused of sexually assaulting two women inside a suburban St. Louis Catholic supply store, then killing a third when she refused his sexual demands pleaded guilty Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, to first-degree murder and other charges. Bruce appears in St. Louis County Circuit Court in Clayton, Mo., on Jan. 23, 2019.

Authorities accused Bruce of entering the store in Ballwin, Missouri, in 2018, armed with a handgun, and forcing the three women into the back room. There, he ordered them to remove their clothes and perform sexual acts on him, according to a criminal complaint.

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The women were sleeping at his apartment when the crimes occurred in 2018. Granderson, 22, entered the plea to charges of sexual battery and unlawful contact, both misdemeanors, after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. Judge Tori Kricken rejected the punishment of one year of unsupervised probation laid out in the deal after listening to emotional testimony from victims. After being released from jail, Granderson must be on supervised probation for a year, which can be done in another state. The sexual battery plea does not require him to register as a sex offender in Wyoming.

Prosecutors said that two of the women complied, but 53-year-old Jamie Schmidt refused and Bruce shot her in the head, killing her, the AP reported. He forced the other women to continue performing sexual acts and then fled the scene. Two days would pass before Bruce was arrested, spurring some schools, churches and businesses to temporarily close.

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Bruce's plea came days before jury selection was to begin in a trial scheduled to start November 1 for the attacks on November 19, 2018.

The prosecutor at the time, Bob McCulloch, said he did not believe the store was targeted because of its religious affiliation but simply that Bruce "saw an opportunity—three women in the store alone."

Man pleads guilty in St. Louis Catholic store killing

  Man pleads guilty in St. Louis Catholic store killing ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former pastor accused of sexually assaulting two women inside a suburban St. Louis Catholic supply store, then killing a third when she refused his sexual demands pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree murder and other charges. Thomas Bruce's plea came days before jury selection was to begin in a trial scheduled to start Nov. 1 for the attacks in Ballwin, Missouri, on Nov. 19, 2018. He was sentenced to a mandatory sentence of life without parole, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. At Friday's hearing, Bruce appeared to be practicing reading from a piece of paper he had in his hand.

This kills me. I am an army vet and I have never met a group in the military of more whiny, entitled, easily offended people as the Navy . They dont even have body weight standards anymore because of high attrition. Like I know some great corpsmen/ women and some good ones. Nowhere near as sexually assaulting (my experience in that regard is a story for another time, and ironically less horrific), so I can't imagine how OP and friends feel. As an officer in a local kink club I listened to three rape scandals in as many months just over a year ago, and I bet it would've been four or more if the

Another priest wanted for sexual abuse, Jorge Arturo Morales Salazar, was arrested by the authorities while trying to escape through the Panama border and held on preventive custody.[68] Other notable cases are Father Enrique Delgado, popular figure due to his TV show La Hora Santa (The Holy In 2011, Basilian priest Father William Hodgson Marshall, who died in 2014 at the age of 92, pled guilty to 16 counts of indecent assault of minors and one count of sexual assault for incidents that occurred between 1952 and 1986 when he taught at Assumption and Holy Names high schools in Windsor

St. Louis County's police chief at the time, Jon Belmar, said the crime "shocked the senses."

The current prosecutor, Wesley Bell, said in 2019 that he would not seek the death penalty but would work to ensure Bruce spends the rest of his days behind bars. Schmidt's husband, Greg, said through a family spokesman that he supported Bell's decision.

The Missouri secretary of state's office identified Bruce as the operator of a nonprofit church formed in 2003 that was dissolved in 2007. Pastor David Fitzgerald at Calvary Chapel in Maryland Heights told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Bruce was a pastor at Calvary Chapel of Cape Girardeau, in southeast Missouri, during that time.

Bruce's LinkedIn page said that he was also a Navy veteran.

Schmidt, of House Springs, was a married mother of three who worked as a secretarial assistant at a community college. She was active at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in High Ridge and friends have said she might have been at the store to buy supplies to make rosaries for parishioners.

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From the late 1980s, allegations of sexual abuse of children associated with Catholic institutions and clerics in several countries started to be the subject of sporadic, isolated reports.

John Sidney Denham pleaded guilty to 29 child sex charges involving 27 boys under his care while a priest in Newcastle in the 1970s.[54] It was alleged that the Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, knew about clerical sexual abuse when serving in the New South Wales' diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in from sexual abuse.[66] Though William Wade, also known as Brother Wade, pled guilty to concealing the reports of abuse, the accused perpetrator was another Marist Brother teacher at the school named Francis Cable, also known as Brother Cable, Brother Romuald, and Brother Dominic.[66] In

Bruce faces separate charges of kidnapping, sexual abuse, burglary and harassment for a September 2018 attack on a 77-year-old woman at her home near Hillsboro, another eastern Missouri town not far from where Bruce lived in Imperial. A hearing in that case is scheduled for December.

Prosecutors allege that Bruce forced his way into the woman's home, grabbed her in a sexual manner and demanded that she perform a sex act. The suspect fled after the woman's phone rang and she said her husband was on his way home.

Police said the victim recognized Bruce from his photo after it appeared in news reports about his arrest in the store attack, leading to charges in January 2019.

A Navy veteran and former pastor pleaded guilty Friday to a handful of charges related to his alleged sexual assault of two women and murder of a third inside a Catholic supply store. Bruce, right, confers with his public defender Brice Donnelly as he appears in St. Louis County Circuit Court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Clayton, Mo. Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP © Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP A Navy veteran and former pastor pleaded guilty Friday to a handful of charges related to his alleged sexual assault of two women and murder of a third inside a Catholic supply store. Bruce, right, confers with his public defender Brice Donnelly as he appears in St. Louis County Circuit Court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Clayton, Mo. Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP

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