CHARLESTON – Though accused of similar acts in Wisconsin as alleged in a pending lawsuit in Kanawha County, court records in the Badger State show a Chesapeake man was convicted for a hunting-related offense, and involved in two civil matters, both with his ex-wife.
As first reported in The West Virginia Record last month, last Fall Timothy C. Edmonds was deposed in the civil suit against him, the Upper Kanawha Valley Christian School, Chesapeake Apostolic Church and its pastor, P.D. Priddy. The suit, filed by Hernshaw residents James and Debbie Green, allege that Edmonds sexually abused their then 16-year-old daughter, a UKVCS student, in 2006 and that Priddy and CAC were negligent in hiring Edmonds as an assistant youth pastor.
Specifically, they allege CAC and Priddy, who is Edmonds' father-in-law, knew of Edmonds' "prior sexual deviant behavior ... at a previous congregation," but did not investigate the claims. In their respective replies to the suit, CAC, Priddy and Edmonds deny the allegations, including the fact that he at any time served in the church administration.
During his line of questioning during the deposition taken Nov. 27, the Green's attorney, Henry E. Wood, suggested that prior allegations of sexual misconduct might have come from when Edmonds attended Hometown Apostolic Church. In the deposition, references where made to HAC's pastor William D. Carter, and his wife, Dixie.
Likewise, Wood asked Edmonds about any criminal activity in which he may have been involved in his hometown of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Because at the time he was still facing criminal sexual abuse charges, Edmonds, on the advice of his attorney George Joseph, asserted his Fifth Amendment rights when asked questions relating to any criminal allegations.
Court records show the criminal charges were dismissed the same day he gave his deposition.
Also, court records in Wisconsin show that with the exception of 1999, Edmonds was never convicted nor charged with anything more serious than a hunting violation. Furthermore, that same year, Edmonds was named as a co-defendant in a small claims suit with his now ex-wife, who later in the year filed a restraining order against him.
1999 not a good year
According to records in Sheboygan Circuit Court, Edmonds was charged with failure to attach an ear tag to a deer carcass on Nov. 23, 1998. After pleading no contest to the charge, an unclassified misdemeanor, Edmonds was sentenced on Feb. 22, 1999.
Along with a three-year suspension of his hunting and fishing license, Edmonds was ordered to pay a fine of $2,086.00. Court records show he has yet to pay $1,386 on the fine, and a commitment order was issued against him by the court on Sep. 18, 2000.
In addition to the court-imposed fine on the deer-tag charge, Edmonds, and his ex-wife, Angelic, are in arrears to the Sheboygan Clinic for $1,476.50. According to court records, the clinic filed a suit against the Edmonds' in small claims court for $1,363.50 on July 26, 1999.
On Aug. 9, 1999, the clinic received judgment against the Edmonds' for the amount plus $113 in court costs. That judgment, records show, remains unsatisfied.
Three months later, the Edmonds' were back in court, only this time to settle a dispute between themselves. On Nov. 17, 1999, Angelic was granted a restraining order against Tim.
Later, on Feb. 8, 2000, Angelic would file for divorce from Tim. Court records show she was now living in Fond du Lac County, and Tim was in U.S. Army basic training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.
Though records are exactly clear as to when the divorce was finalized, but in 2003 Angelic changed her last name to Owens.
Also, 2003 is the year that Tim, in his deposition, said he was discharged from the Army, and moved to Hometown.
Sheboygan, Wisconsin Circuit Court Case Nos. 1999CM00133(deer-tag), 1999SC002253 (restraining order)
Fond du Lac Circuit Court, Case No. 1999CV000619