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Monday, May 19, 2008

Youth Pastor Watch

posted by on May 19 at 8:03 AM

New York:

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.

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How do you write about such awful stuff so early in the morning. And on a Monday no less!

Posted by El Seven | May 19, 2008 8:09 AM

Dan, how did you wake up and write 36 words and bold some shit?

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 19, 2008 8:15 AM

That's just a little west of where my in-laws live!

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | May 19, 2008 8:15 AM

I don't know how I do it, Mr. Poe. But I'm going to go have a nap now.

Posted by Dan Savage | May 19, 2008 8:22 AM

Holy shit. I've been ready to just about EXPLODE anticipating when you would finally, finally, finally become Balt-O-Matt. I can die happy now.

Posted by elenchos | May 19, 2008 8:23 AM

@5. Happy to hear it, elenchos. My name on here was a little long during the transition.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | May 19, 2008 8:28 AM

Balt-O-Matt! Balt-O-Matt! Yeah! Finally!

Posted by Fnarf | May 19, 2008 8:50 AM

I figured it would never happen. Nobody gets out of Michigan alive, and when they do, they die in seven days.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 19, 2008 8:53 AM

Now that I'm in Baltimore I'm going to have to start calling you all "hon", start making crab cakes, and figure out how to eat oysters. And I'm going to start using heroin. I'll let you all know how that goes.

Here's hoping I make it through the first week!

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | May 19, 2008 9:09 AM

Hey, Balt-o-Matt? Guess where I am right now? Birmingham, Michigan, just outside of Detroit or something. Missing you.

Oh, and you can't get on the Stranger's website at the Caribou Coffee Company in downtown B'ham, but you can at the Panera Bread Company across the street. Weird.

Posted by Dan Savage | May 19, 2008 9:09 AM

Dan--STFU!! Why are you there? We leave MI whenever you're there! Birmingham is one of those places outside the Ann Arbor bubble that I never visited. Good luck with your visit!

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | May 19, 2008 9:11 AM

I hate to be a devil's advocate, but don't you think it's a good idea to only report stories where someone has been found or pleaded guilty? This guy pleaded not guilty...wouldn't it be nice if we all presumed he was innocent until proven otherwise?

Posted by romana | May 19, 2008 9:41 AM

We post stories at Youth Pastor Watch at the time of arrest, when a plea is entered, when stories about the trial appear, and when a verdict is in. Youth Pastor Watch never sleeps.

Posted by Dan Savage | May 19, 2008 9:51 AM

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