Religion Youth Pastor Watch
posted by March 20 at 10:00 AMon
After more than two years of hiding from police, former Apache Junction teacher and youth pastor Bobby Kennedy was arrested by U.S. Marshals Tuesday in Oklahoma. Kennedy, 29, was a teacher at Morningstar Academy, a small charter school, in early 2005, when he was accused of molesting several teenage students….
According to police and court records, Bobby Kennedy was accused of inappropriately touching one 15-year-old student…. Several months later, two other girls told police similar stories. One of them, a 14-year-old girl, accused him of telling her and another student that he would fail them if they didn’t take pictures of themselves naked in the school bathroom with his cell phone….
Kennedy denied molesting the girls, claiming they had initiated contact with him.
A church youth minister, charged in the strangling of a 13-year-old boy, asked a judge Wednesday to throw out some of the evidence against him. A set of nail clippers with the victim’s DNA evidence were seized illegally from Joshua Rosa, his defense attorney, Brian Gonzalez, argued….
On Dec. 8, 2005, [Stephen] Tomlinson was found dead in the woods of Logan Gate Park. A month later, deputies arrested Rosa, saying genetic testing had linked him to Tomlinson. DNA was found on the nail clippers and on a bloody pair of gloves Rosa was seen wearing.