Courts & Crime

November 23, 2009

Incest allegations shatter public image of church-going clan

Last June, 76-year-old Burrell E. Mohler Sr. seemed a perfectly reasonable choice to give the Father's Day sermon at his tiny Bates City Community of Christ Church. After all, he was a family man. Proud of his four sons. Loved all those grandchildren. He's in jail now, after allegations from at least three grandchildren that "sleepovers" on his farm often meant incestuous rape. His sons are accused of "wedding" and bedding first graders in a chicken coop.

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