About a month ago I published an email on V2020 addressed to Doug Wilson and his elders regarding the forthcoming marriage of Steven Sitler and Katie Travis. I specifically named the elders so that in their daily out and about in Moscow you would know who they are and what they represent. Now, I will answer some of the questions that I (rhetorically) asked them. (They didn’t bother to answer me.) A degree of culpability for supporting this sacrilegious “marriage” covers all of them, but some actors are more deeply involved than others. . . .
Doug Wilson is no normal pastor. He is a biblical hard-liner, a man who in numerous books and speeches is quick to advocate the most draconian punishments of the Old Testament for all kinds of offenses, some quite minor. And that applies to the Sitler case directly, judging from what Wilson wrote in his 1999 book Fidelity: “When we are dealing with young children who are abused by adults (pederasty, child porn, etc.), the penalty for those guilty of the crime should be death.” Except . . .
For 18 months, a serial child molester named Steven James Sitler called Moscow home. He boarded with a Christ Church family. He attended Doug Wilson’s New St. Andrews College. How did the community and members of Christ Church learn of Steven Sitler’s crimes? On a local blog and, later, on an Internet community chat group. What’s wrong with this picture? Everything. . . .
I will answer as many of these questions as I can with the information I have in the case file. Court records and prosecutorial records must be gathered from those entities. This will be my last posting about this case; I simply do not have time to do the job of an investigative reporter, court clerk, and secretary in addition to my duties at the Sheriff’s Office. . . .
I am grateful that he will be sentenced for his behavior, and that there will be hard consequences for him in real time. At the same time, I would urge that the civil penalties applied would be measured and limited. I have a good hope that Steven has genuinely repented, and that he will continue to deal with this to become a productive and contributing member of society.
That the Defendant, STEVEN JAMES SITLER, between the months of September, 2003, and March, 2005, in the County of Latah, State of Idaho, did unlawfully commit acts of manual-genital and genital-genital contact or other lewd and lascivious acts upon or with the body of . . . a minor female child . . . all done with the intent to arouse, appeal to, or gratify the lust, passions, or sexual desires. . . .