Fox 5 in Las Vegas: Former ‘Orthodox’ Priest Seeks Teaching Permit

Orthodox Reform
September 2, 2007

A special news report on Fox 5 in Las Vegas drew attention to former priest James Beine has in the past been associated with groups that use "Orthodox" in their names. Orthodox, and especially Orthodox seekers, in the Las Vegas area should be on the look out. Additional background and pictures are available at

Date Published: 8/30/2007

Publication: Fox 5 News (Las Vegas NV)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A national group is drawing attention to a former priest who is trying to work as a teacher in the Las Vegas area even though he has previously been investigated for allegations that he had inappropriate contact with boys.

According to the Survivors Network of those Abused By Priests (known as SNAP), former priest James Beine is living in Las Vegas and seeking a teaching license. Beine, whom the group says is also known as Mar James, was previously arrested and imprisoned in St. Louis, Mo., on charges that he exposed himself to children, according to SNAP member Barbara Blaine.

Beine's old attorney, Lawrence Fleming, supports Beine's attempt to start teaching again, saying that the charges were overturned by a higher court.

"He goes into a restroom, stands at a urinal and urinates," Fleming explained. "Several of the boys took offense at that."

Currently, there is a lawsuit against Beine in St. Louis, where he has been accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy. Susan Carlson, the prosecuting attorney in this case, said it would be a bad idea if Beine were allowed back in the classroom.

"From what I know, we've had two other individuals — we've represented both — who had cases against Beine," Carlson said. "He had molested them. I believe all three of these clients would think (he does not belong) in an environment with children."

Fleming says that Beine's reputation in Missouri has been so badly damaged that he could not support himself, which — he said — may be the reason Beine moved to Clark County. Fleming, however, does not believe Beine poses any kind of a threat to children.

Beine could not be found for comment.


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