Area arrest leaves some wondering about Corban involvement

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


On Friday, October 31st, the area media ran stories about the arrest of an individual who was a part of an organization that rented Corban College facilities for a computer camp last summer.  He was arrested October 8th for allegedly victimizing at least one of the secondary age students who was in attendance at the camp, by showing them online pornography.

Through a series of interviews with the media, Corban spokesman Steve Hunt clarified that college personnel were unaware of any misconduct until the arrest this week, that the organization was a rental client, and that no Corban personnel were involved. Unfortunately, no media stories clarified that fact, leaving some with the impression that Corban personnel were involved.

It is our intention to clarify possible misconceptions and correct misrepresentations to protect our reputation as a trustworthy brand. Corban College takes its mission seriously, and encourages its people to maintain a Godly lifestyle. We make every effort to ensure a safe and wholesome environment on campus.

Our institutional endeavor is: to provide Bible-centered baccalaureate and graduate programs built on the foundation of our Judeo-Christian and Baptist heritage; to educate maturing Christians to become competent thinkers, involved citizens and effective communicators; to provide opportunities for students to apply their academic knowledge and exercise their ministry gifts and abilities through church, community service and internship programs; and to develop healthy, balanced lives through participation in curricular programs and intramural activities designed to enhance the mind, body and spirit.

While these characteristics are in place and encouraged, we also recognize that there is always the possibility that individuals will fall short of (even their own) standards. When an incident of this nature occurs, we are committed to fully cooperate with law enforcement. In situations other than criminal cases, whenever possible, the Corban community seeks to encourage an attitude of healing, with a goal of restoration rather than judgment. We ask that you continue to pray for the individuals involved in this incident, and also that each member of the Corban community will be vigilant in maintaining the highest standard of conduct that will bring glory to God.

Corban regularly rents its facilities to worthwhile community groups and is careful to screen renter organizations as best we can.  The background checks for individuals that rent from us are the responsibility of each renting organization. In this case, the accused individual was a part of a reputable technology organization that has provided support services in state offices and regional educational organizations for a long period of time.

We are saddened by this turn of events and are doing all that we can to help bring it to resolution. Our technology and security people are currently cooperating with the law enforcement community to help them conduct a thorough investigation.

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