Religion Youth Pastor Watch
posted by February 8 at 10:45 AMon
A 20-year-old former youth pastor, who said in a letter that the devil led him astray, was sentenced to five years in prison for having sexual relations with a minor even after he was repeatedly told not to see the girl.
Second Circuit Judge Joel August also ordered Kaipo Cabanting of Haiku not to have contact with the minor, with whom he developed a relationship from attending church.
August said he takes Cabanting’s religious beliefs seriously but the explanation Cabanting gave in a letter blaming the devil is “not completely satisfactory to the court.”.
A North Naples youth pastor charged with flashing a gun at a motorist during a road rage incident last fall was ordered Monday to take an anger management class….
[Christopher] Thompson was arrested at about 4 p.m. Sept. 28 after another driver, Joseph Hunter, told Collier sheriff’s deputies that a man in a white Dodge van flashed a gun at him…. Deputies found Thompson at his home nearby and seized a gun from his white Dodge Caravan. Deputies reported that Thompson told them that he got upset when he was cut off in traffic.
Sexual-abuse charges against a Bullitt County youth pastor have been dismissed, but a chief deputy said yesterday that the sheriff’s office still might pursue the case.
The charges against Clayton Pruett were dismissed by Bullitt County District Judge Rebecca Ward on Monday after Detective Scott McGaha, the investigator in the case, failed to show up for a probable-cause hearing.
McGaha was expected to testify about his investigation into the allegations against Pruett, who was accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, where he was a youth pastor.