[Hpn] Trinity Church Volunteer Stole Over $100,000.00

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Tue, 7 Jun 2005 09:54:50 -0400


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No wonder the poor can not get needed assistance, we got crooks in
legislature and in the church and they walk away with a hand slap...Some
thing is certainly wrong with our criminal justice system.
Bill
www.newhampshirehomeless.org
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June 7, 2005


Church's treasurer is charged Police: Former volunteer stole more than
$100,000


By MELANIE ASMAR
Monitor staff



June 07. 2005


TILTON - NH

A Sanbornton woman has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from
the Trinity Episcopal Church on Main Street while she was treasurer there
several years ago. She allegedly used the money to pay her bills.
Christine Hersom, 40, of 754 Sanborn Road, was charged with theft by
unauthorized taking, a felony, for writing checks from the church's bank
account. Hersom was treasurer at the church, a volunteer position, from 1995
to 2001, according to her attorney, John Boyle of Plymouth. During that
time, the police allege that Hersom paid herself more than $13,500 in
salary, in addition to other offenses.
The police said that Hersom paid three personal credit card bills totaling
about $1,050 with church money. She also allegedly used $325 of church money
to pay for her son to take a school field trip to Washington, D.C. Hersom
also wrote a check from the church bank account to buy herself a Kirby
vacuum cleaner, the police said.
The alleged embezzlement was brought to the attention of the Tilton police
by a former pastor, the Rev. Martha Dwyner, in 2001, according to court
papers. In 2003, Detective Robert Dupuis began reviewing documents that were
supplied by the church. Hersom turned herself in to the police yesterday
morning. She was arraigned in Franklin District Court and freed on $150,000
personal recognizance bail.
Hersom is no longer involved with the church, Boyle said. Mike Barwell,
spokesman for the diocese, said he didn't know much about the case except
that it had been under investigation for a long time. He also said Hersom's
charges are not related to either of the recent controversies at the church,
a statement confirmed by the police.

In February, a former Trinity Episcopal Church volunteer and youth minister
was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting two 4-year-old girls and
stealing nearly $4,000 from the church-run food pantry. Scott Nash, 45, of
Northfield, is being held at the Merrimack County Jail on $1 million bail.
And last month, the pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church resigned after 14
hours of discussion between herself and church officials, including Bishop
Gene Robinson. The Rev. Janet Lombardo's inability to address issues
involving authority, collaboration, commitment, dissemination of information
and judgment led to her departure, according to church officials. She had
led the church for seven years.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story. Melanie Asmar can be
reached at 528-2027 or by e-mail at masmar@cmonitor.com

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