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Monday, March 17, 2008

Youth Pastor Watch

posted by on March 17 at 11:56 AM

North Carolina:

An Episcopal priest found guilty Thursday of soliciting sex from undercover Waynesville police officers is the last of seven men to make guilty pleas after being charged in a sting operation last summer in park restrooms…. Penland resigned from his position as a youth minister at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Boca Raton, Fla., in September, following his arrest, according to church meeting records.

Kentucky:

A 39-year-old Greensburg man pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to using a computer to entice a 14-year-old Madison County girl to engage in sexual activity. [The] victim met Richerson on one of his MySpace pages where he represented himself as a 16-year-old male.

Richerson, a former youth minister at Freedom Baptist Church in Campbellsville, allegedly communicated with the victim via computer and telephone during the summer of 2007, and in September, he traveled to the victimís residence in Madison County.

Arkansas:

A former Winslow youth minister is behind bars for allegedly fondling a 14-year-old girl multiple times in public parking lots. Keith Daniel Kiger, 31, faces a felony charge of first-degree sexual assault.

According to a preliminary arrest report, Kiger admitted to engaging in sexual contact with the victim as many as six times. Most of the contact occurred in the back of his van…. Kiger told police that his relationship with the girl began as part of his ministry.

Colorado:

Ex-youth minister gets plea deal

Peter Kim, 40, pleaded guilty to violating bail bond conditions, sexual exploitation of a child and attempted sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust. In exchange, prosecutors dropped two other bond-violation charges….

The disposition concludes a case with many twists and turns, including multiple suspected bond violations, the involvement of a Christian music star and a defense attorney who quit the case citing a personal conflict of interest.

Hey, does anyone know if Mars Hill has youth pastors?

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1

Well, since it's the young, edgy church in town, aren't they all youth pastors?

Posted by elm | March 17, 2008 12:23 PM
2

I recently found out somebody I know does Bible study with the Mars Hill crew... I thought he was better than that.

Posted by Greg | March 17, 2008 12:37 PM
3

Most of the contact occurred in the back of his van

Getting fondled by a minister in the back of a van? Was it one of those vans with the little bubble window on the side? Can anyone think of something that can make this story creepier?

Posted by Mike in MO | March 17, 2008 12:52 PM
4

Can anyone think of something that can make this story creepier?

Sure! The van was carpeted....

Posted by Tlazolteotl | March 17, 2008 1:03 PM
5

well, the first guy in North Carolina was only soliciting for sex in the bathroom. No children involved.

Posted by Jeff | March 17, 2008 1:26 PM
6

At Mars Hill, no volunteer, pastor, deacon or anyone is ever alone with a child, period.

Posted by Mr. Joshua | March 17, 2008 2:15 PM
7

I agree with Jeff - important distinction, the guy in North Carolina is the only not charged with something involving kids.

Posted by CalValkyrie | March 17, 2008 4:01 PM
8

"At Mars Hill, no volunteer, pastor, deacon or anyone is ever alone with a child, period."

And they're afraid of...what exactly? Anyone? Adamant, aren't we?

Posted by muggims | March 17, 2008 4:09 PM
9

Can anyone think of something that can make this story creepier?

Yes...a van sized waterbed! With velvet curtains and Steppen Wolf playing in the 8 track player.

Posted by muggims | March 17, 2008 4:12 PM
10

@8, now, if they stick to that policy they are acknowledging that pedophiles go where the kids are. i'm not sure you should berate them for that policy.

christians know they have desires that the struggle against, sexual or otherwise. that's a primary arguing point. is it healthier to repress most of those desires, or to engage in some of them in a healthy manner. the different is where the christian and the non-christian draw that line, the difference is in what each believes is healthy.

Posted by infrequent | March 17, 2008 4:16 PM

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