Three Angels Broadcasting Network
|Country||United States, Canada, Caribbean, Philippines, Russia, Kenya, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, India, Australia, United Kingdom|
|Danny Shelton, Jim Gilley|
|November 15, 1984|
Three Angels Broadcasting Network, or 3ABN, is an American nonprofit television and radio network broadcasting Christian and health-oriented programming, based in West Frankfort, Illinois. 3ABN is available through the United States, with an expanded international audience. It is an independent non-denominational ministry; however, it supports the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The focus of 3ABN's programming is a blend of family and social programs (including divorce recovery programs, marriage, and children and family issues), health and lifestyle (including drug and alcohol rehabilitation, exercise, healthy cooking (with an emphasis on dairy-free vegetarian, organic food), natural home remedies, stop smoking, and weight loss), gospel music, and a wide variety of Bible-based presentations (including Bible study, church history, seminars and events, and worship services).
3ABN's program lineups include both original (3ABN-produced) and third-party programs. 3ABN Proclaim!, 3ABN Latino, 3ABN Latino Radio, 3ABN Radio, 3ABN Russia, 3ABN Russia Radio, 3ABN SonBeam Channel and 3ABN Dare to Dream Network each contain their own original programs not included on the main 3ABN television network, and Radio 74 leases audio subchannel space on 3ABN's digital stations. As of early 2009, 3ABN's main TV channel had 69% original programming; 3ABN Latino had 67% original programming; and 3ABN Russia had 100% original programming.
The 3ABN International network has the same lineup of programs as 3ABN's flagship network.
Tommy Shelton criminal activity
On July 19, 2010, Tommy Shelton, the brother of co-founder Danny Shelton and a former 3ABN production manager, turned himself in to police in Fairfax County, Virginia, and pleaded guilty to two felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. Shelton's attorneys and Fairfax prosecutors agreed to a plea deal in which he would serve probation. However, a judge doubted Shelton's alleged remorse and rejected the plea deal. On January 24, 2012, Shelton reached a second plea deal shortly before his scheduled trial, in which he entered Alford pleas on all four of the molestation charges bought against him. On February 24, 2012, Shelton was sentenced to six years in prison.
On June 20, 2011, a federal lawsuit was filed against 3ABN on behalf of one of Shelton's accusers, claiming that the network was negligent in how it handled the allegations against Tommy Shelton.
- "About Us – Three Angels Broadcasting Network". 3abn.org. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
- Catch the Vision magazine, Silver Anniversary Edition (2009), published by 3ABN.
- "Sex Assault Victims Come Forward". Fairfax County Police. 2010-03-18. Retrieved 2010-03-25.
- "Minister pleads guilty to molesting boys in Fairfax". The Washington Post. 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2010-07-23.
- "Alleged molester's plea deal rejected". The Washington Post. 2010-11-15. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
- Plea deal for Fairfax pastor accused of sex abuse, The Washington Post, 24 January 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
- "Former pastor sentenced after Alford plea on molestation allegations". The Washington Post. 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
- "Christian network sued in child sex abuse case". The Washington Post. 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2011-06-20.