Thursday, February 02, 2017

RC Sproul Jr Criminal Trial Set For June 6

On Thursday, February 2, RC Sproul Jr appeared in Allen County, Indiana Superior Court to answer and plead to the following criminal charges:

  • Operating a Motor Vehicle with Alcohol Concentration Equivalent to .15 or More (Indiana Code 9-30-5-1(b))
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated; Endangering A Person (IC 9-30-5-2(b))
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated or Controlled Substance: Passenger Under 18 (IC 9-30-5-3(a)(2))
  • Neglect of a Dependent, defendant places dependent in situation that endangers the dependent (IC 35-46-1-4(a)(1))

The first two charges are Class "A" Misdemeanors, each punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of 365 days, a fine of up to $500, or both. The second two charges are Class "F" Felonies, punishment from 6 months to 2½ years imprisonment. The advisory sentence is one (1) year and a fine of up to $l0,000.

In all RC Sproul Jr is facing, as a worst case scenario, 7 years in prison and $21,000 in fines. 

Per the sworn affidavit of the arresting Allen County Police Officer Paul Heffner he observed RC Sproul Jr driving left of the center line, failing to maintain his lane, driving off the roadway, striking a curb, and weaving. He was also driving at 30 mph for at least 2 miles with a flat tire on I-469. When he was stopped, the officer observed that Sproul needed support to walk, he swayed, mumbled and had a moderate smell of alcohol on his breath. A chemical test later revealed his blood alcohol content as 0.175, more than twice the legal limit. He was also arrested and charged with endangering the lives of his two minor children who were with him in the car.

Today RC Sproul Jr pleaded not guilty and requested a trial by jury. The court has set a trial date of June 6, 2017. 

Judge Wendy Davis was assigned as trial judge. Judge Davis appears to be well respected in her community and, among other things, serves on the Board of Youth For Christ. In an interview she gave with the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette she shows considerable compassion for the plight of drug addicts and getting them the assistance they need, rather than just reflexively throwing them into prison. It's entirely possible Judge Davis will show similar compassion to RC Sproul Jr, should he be willing to acknowledge that he is an alcoholic, or at least acknowledge he has an alcohol dependency problem. However, should RC Sproul Jr force the court to go through with a full trial, and then be found guilty of the charges, he may find that her otherwise compassionate demeanor may evaporate.

RC Sproul Jr is represented by Patrick Justin Arata, one of the best DUI attorneys in the legal business, and certainly one of the best in Indiana. Some 70% of his legal practice is taken up by defending drunk drivers. Though Mr. Arata is very expensive he will, no doubt, be well worth it to Mr. Sproul if he can keep him out of prison. 


At 6:51 PM, Anonymous Amy Gundersen said...

I hope he seeks professional help. He needs a detox/rehab program. Praying for him but also praying he finds a different line of work. He has no business being in the ministry, and just because his daddy is a big time preacher doesn't make his son qualified.

At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is his driver's license revoked while he is awaiting trial?

At 7:17 PM, Blogger RC 2.0 said...

It's standard procedure in most States for the court to notify their Dept Of Motor Vehicles of all DUI arrests. In many States the laws require the DMV to issue an "administrative suspension." This is often done based on probable cause that the accused was given a blood-alcohol test and failed. All this is true in Indiana, and is the case in many other States too.

Technically speaking an administrative suspension isn't an actual suspension or revocation, but for all practical purposes it has the same effect, with the exception that the accused's insurance company may not be able to immediately jack up their rates (this would only happen after a criminal conviction and a court order of driver's license revocation).

However, RC Jr is a Florida resident and Indiana doesn't have jurisdiction to enforce an administrative suspension in another State. The Indiana DMV could notify the Florida DMV of the arrest, and in all likelihood they have already done so (that's SOP). But Florida DMV would have no legal obligation to comply with Indiana's recommendation for an administrative suspension pending the outcome of the upcoming criminal trial.

Just looking at the court record won't reveal anything about this specific concern, so it's difficult to know one way or the other. Unfortunately it's very possible that RC Sproul Jr is still getting liquored up and driving, endangering the public, and even his own children.

At 3:36 PM, Blogger Richard said...

As a believer and a police officer with 23 years on the job, 18 1/2 of those in a DUI squad, this man needs to acknowledge his dependency and plead early rather than later. A top dollar attorney can only do so much. The comments about the events of 11/29/15 in the article read like a couple of thousand arrest forms I've written.

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Truax Family Blog said...

I'm sure he'll get a book deal after all the dust settles

At 12:07 PM, Blogger RC 2.0 said...

The only book that RC Sproul Jr could write that people would buy now is something like Jim Bakker's "I Was Wrong" which he wrote in prison. Sproul may be in prison soon too and have ample time for writing. Bakker's book was a big seller and put him back in the good graces of at least some of his former supporters. His book literally made me want to throw up. Lots of "I was wrong, but, well, it was really all these other people's fault. Oh, and my fling with Jessica Hahn was only for 15 minutes." Bakker is so good at playing the victim that a lot of people believed him, including even a good friend of mine who ordinarily is a lot more discerning. Too many Christians are too eager to believe a good come to Jesus story.

Where have we seen this before? Oh, right, RC Sproul Jr. has been doing the same exact thing for many years with one staged story of contrite repentance after another. Makes me think that RC Jr has been studying Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Ted Haggard, etc. rather than developing some godly character from studying the godly men of the bible.

I'd like to say that Sproul needs to repent. But what would be the point? Given his track record how would we ever know if he really had or if was just another staged event to garner sympathy and support (including financial support)? One way we could know is if he behaves just like a disgraced televangelist or megachurch pastor, of which there have been too many. They stand on the podium, feign some tears, say "I was wrong," take some time away from the ministry for soul searching, and a year later jump right back in as though they're fit for the ministry. If RC Jr does that (and we'd bet dollars to donuts he will) then we can be reasonably certain his "repentance" was a sham.

At 6:41 AM, Blogger Anne Rector said...

Why did he chose a jury trial? All the facts are against him. The whole thing certainly was kept close to the vest, similar to Jared Fogle, of Subway and child-rapist fame. I'm in Indianapolis, and the Sproul story hasn't appeared anywhere locally.

I'm still dismayed at the lack of disassociation with the Sprouls by marquee evangelists. Indeed, there seems to be a cover-up, if not a whitewash, by those whom we have trusted in sharing the truth of the TRUE Gospel. Alistair Begg and Steve Lawson in particular. I mentioned this issue not so lightly to Dan Dumas, he being the right hand of "god", Al Mohler, asking why Mohler, et al, continued to support Mahaney and the Sprouls. Dumas physically turned on me saying, "You are never to criticize ANYONE connected with Southern Seminary." I guess that answered everything about most of these men.

Here's hoping Junior gets jail time, but sounds like Judge Wendy is a sap.

At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Connie R. said...

From what I've seen for years of the spoiled brat Sproul Jr I could've predicted that he'd eventually wind up in prison. Not to mention his icky Ashley Madison fiasco. YUCK! His parents have spoiled him rotten his entire life and that's never a good thing. His family pet name is "Precious." Makes me cringe so bad. No wonder he feels so entitled. Now he has to face the music. His father was the Director of Prison Fellowship 1979 - 1984. Maybe he can put in a good word for Precious and get him a job there. He'll be in a great position for doing prison evangelism soon enough.

At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sure hope IDCS was right up his ass taking those children away. I also hope but highly doubt he is going through an awful CHINS case where they say whatever it takes to proceed and get you into their revolving referral services. He's a rich Christian evangelical white man in Indiana so I doubt DCS kept that file open long. Hope he gets actual help and doesn't pay his way out of the criminal part.

At 2:18 PM, Blogger RC 2.0 said...

@Anonymous, you've raised an issue we hadn't considered, the consequences of which are even worse than prison. We're hoping RC Jr doesn't have his children taken away. They've already suffered a great deal. They don't deserve to have even worse come their way. As bad a father as RC Jr has demonstrated himself to be he's still a much better option than having his kids run through the foster care system, provided he agrees to get the help he needs. Unfortunately, RC Sproul Jr isn't the kind of man to admit how desperately he needs professional help. So it could very well be that either Indiana or Florida child protection agencies, or perhaps both working together, may be compelled to step in and force Junior to do what he should have done for himself and his family many years ago.

At 8:31 PM, Blogger Anne Rector said...

How can he be expected to follow through with getting help? He's self-possessed and incorrigible. Not to mention spoiled, having never had to do other than what he wanted to. I disagree with RC2.0; I think his children would be better off without him. I also agree with Anonymous, knowing Indiana as I do, that Junior will be dealt sympathy and a long leash.


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