Religion Youth Pastor Watch
posted by January 30 at 9:25 AMon
Youth pastor Matthew C. Porter, 30, of Ellenton was charged this month with nine counts of video voyeurism, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail. He is accused of videotaping students ages 12 to 16 over a two-year period at a home in Ellenton and at an apartment in Bradenton.
Prosecutors and detectives reviewed the tapes and conducted interviews.
They say Porter confessed, saying he made the tapes for his sexual gratification. Porter resigned from the church in July. He will plead not guilty to the charges, his attorney said. Authorities say Porter taped the children undressing in a bathroom and in a bedroom.
A one-time Toledo Board of Education candidate and a former youth pastor at a local church will go to trial March 17 on several counts of child endangering….
Mr. Brown, 34, is accused of abusing two brothers, now ages 16 and 18, whom he met while a youth pastor at Friendship Baptist Church, 5301 Nebraska Ave.
According to the prosecutor’s office, two of the endangering counts involve coercing the boys into posing for inappropriate photos and two counts involve corporal punishment.