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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Youth Pastor Watch

posted by on November 14 at 10:34 AM


A Boulder district judge declared a mistrial this afternoon in the sexual assault trial of a former youth pastor suspected of having a physical relationship with a minor who was attending his Longmont church.

Judge D.D. Mallard said the jury was deadlocked 8-4 after deliberating the fate of Peter Kim, 40, all day today. A juror told the Camera that the eight votes were in favor of conviction.

Kim was arrested last fall after a teen who attended Central Presbyterian Church, 402 Kimbark St., told her therapist that she was sexually involved with Kim between January 2001 and January 2004.

Kim is charged with child sexual assault by a person in a position of trust and a pattern of child sexual assault. He has a previous misdemeanor conviction for having a relationship with a teen he met while working with children at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church about 10 years ago.

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Dan, are you trying to prove a point w/ these watch posts? Cuz the same can be done w/ Janitors, IT guys, waiters, etc.

Posted by The diaspora of news | November 14, 2007 10:53 AM


Well, the guy had a previous conviction, and it would seem that Central Presbyterian Church either didn't give a shit or didn't bother to conduct a simple background check.

Posted by keshmeshi | November 14, 2007 11:07 AM

i can't say i'm sure what dan's point is. but a janitor might not claim to know the way of living a morally proper life. an IT guy might not be trusted with children.

Posted by infrequent | November 14, 2007 11:07 AM

@1 - the difference being that janitors and IT guys aren't in positions of trust and leadership over vulnerable minors.

But to be honest, these posts aren't even amusing anymore, just sad and repetetive. Youth pastor sexual abuse - we all know it happens frequently and all across the country. Time for a new theme.

Posted by Hernandez | November 14, 2007 11:09 AM

I think the point may what #3 was getting at, Dan is pointing out the hypocrisy of religious figures who claim to have a bead on what 'god' expects, claiming the deadliest of sins is homosexuality while attacking children.

THese folks claim that gay men and women should not be parents because that in and of itself is child abbuse.

These posts are the same kind of light shed on the Larry Craig's of the world. I don't think they are meant to be amusing, they are meant to be in your face so we can't jsut forget about this and all have a jolly good laugh about soemthing else.

I would go further than even when children aren't being sexually assaulted by church going folks they are still being abused by brainwashing them with their nonsense but that's my bias.

Posted by NELBOT | November 14, 2007 11:24 AM

Oh and I live in Longmont- about 5 blocks from Kimbark Street and this isn't even barely registering on the local front anymore. I'm personally glad the Dan keeps it out in the light, this kind of violence agaisnt children thrives in secrecy and the more its out in the open the better.

Posted by NELBOT | November 14, 2007 11:26 AM

I agree, but he's preaching to the choir-to use a religious expression.

Posted by The diaspora of news | November 14, 2007 11:34 AM

Having grown up in a fundamentalist Baptist church but now being out as a gay man, I take guilty pleasure in these posts. After all those years of being put through torment and being told how horrible my kind is, I rather enjoy the exposure of those who did that preaching. Admittedly, it's not terribly honorable on my part. But it does give some gratification.

Posted by MGD | November 14, 2007 1:46 PM

@7- yes. he's preaching to the chior but he's also using the platform he has built for himself as the editor to speak up on what he believes in- I don't know how teh idea spread that theduty of slog was to entertain- though granted there is plenty of entertainment- as a blog, it's contributors get to to use their platform for what they think needs to be brought to attention.

Posted by NELBOT | November 14, 2007 3:15 PM

Well, I like the damn posts. So that's settled.

Posted by subwlf | November 14, 2007 5:14 PM

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