From 'Sam the Land Man' to Father Benedict to Child Abuse Suspect

August 19, 2006

BLANCO, Texas A real estate peddler in San Antonio in the 1970s used clowns, balloons and radio jingles to lure customers to his lots.

But Samuel Green Junior, in the early 1980s, ditched the land business for a Russian Orthodox monastery in the Texas Hill Country.

Greene and his fellow monks lived undisturbed at Christ of the Hills until the late 1990s, where children were also seen on the grounds.

Greene in 2000 pleaded guilty to indecency with a child. He's serving ten years probation and is prohibited from being around children.

Now Greene -- at 62 -- has been charged with sexual assault of a child, organized criminal activity and sexual performance of a child dating to 1993. Other monks in his operation have also been accused of child sexual abuse.

Greene, who maintains his innocence in the charges filed in July, was released on his own recognizance because of health problems.

The hilltop monastery could be permanently closed.

Back in San Antonio, some still recall him as "S-A Sam Greene" and "Sam the Land Man."


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