Christian evangelist and his wife charged with multiple counts of child rape

A traveling evangelist and his wife are facing a litany of charge related to child rape and sexual abuse, according to reports.

Benjamin Garlick, 32, was charged with five counts of aggravated rape of a child, five counts of aggravated sexual battery, sexual exploitation of a child and continuous sexual abuse of a child. He’s currently being held on $750,000 bond.

His wife, 29-year-old Shaantal Garlick, was charged with the facilitation of aggravated rape of a child and aggravated child abuse, neglect and endangerment. She has been released on $75,000 bond.

The couple posted a GoFundMe last year to raise $40,000 for a van to transport their six children. “We have 60 days of special interest-free financing. We beg you, our faithful supportive friend and prayer warrior, to help us raise the money to pay for this vehicle before the date expires,” Garlick wrote.

Read more about the case over at Law&Crime.


Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.