Religion Youth Pastor Watch
posted by May 19 at 8:03 AMon
A former Centereach private school teacher and youth pastor pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl.
Rodney A. Jackson Jr., 29, of Patchogue, was arraigned before First District Court Judge John Iliou in Central Islip on charges of third-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a minor, according to Suffolk prosecutors.
Jackson began a relationship with the student in April 2006 while he was a teacher and youth pastor at the Our Savior New American School, prosecutors said…. School principal Dolores Reade said only that she was not aware of the court appearance. She declined to comment further, citing a “school policy that we do not discuss these things.”
It must be a comfort for parents to know that sexual abuse by youth pastors is so common at Our Savior New American that the school has established a policy about handling media inquiries.