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Friday, August 22, 2008

Youth Pastor Watch: Silver Lining Edition

posted by on August 22 at 10:14 AM

Florida:

YPWmatthewporter.jpgA former youth minister was sentenced this afternoon to 120 days in the Manatee County jail and two years of probation for secretly videotaping girls as they undressed in his homes in Bradenton and Ellenton over a two-year period.

Matthew Porter, 31, was found guilty of nine counts of voyeurism, a misdemeanor. He had admitted to hiding video cameras in his bathroom and bedroom and taping girls between the ages of 12 and 16 changing clothes. Porter was a pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Bradenton….

“It has hurt her very bad,” said the mother of one girl. “I saw that she posted on her MySpace page she would never trust a pastor again.”

I maintain, of course, that if the media covered youth pastor attacks with the same vigilance that the media covers shark attacks, those girls and their parents wouldn’t have been so foolish as to trust that youth pastor—or any pastor—in the first place.

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1

What the hell is a shark attack? Is that like a rip on Obama or somethin'?

Posted by The Media | August 22, 2008 10:22 AM
2

OH, THE HUGE MANATEE!

Posted by breklor | August 22, 2008 10:45 AM
3

Dan, do you have a number to place on how many youth pastor sexual misconduct stories you've done so far? If you could compare this to the number of youth pastors working in America, and then compare that to the national average of sex offenders in the general population, that would be pretty interesting.

Posted by dreamboatcaptain | August 22, 2008 11:31 AM
4

Look at his mug shot. Man, that guy is PISSED.

Posted by Brandon J. | August 22, 2008 11:51 AM
5

ANY PASTOR?

Come on man, you have the writing skills of Randy Savage with an ending like that.

Posted by sir jorge | August 22, 2008 12:14 PM
6

Yea. Why is that? Maybe because the media are a bunch of self satified cowards and right wingers?!?

Posted by Vince | August 22, 2008 12:15 PM
7

I really think you should consider doing a website with a map. I think everyone should be able to see where these sickos are located. It's apparent that churches don't seem to care.

Posted by Sha | August 22, 2008 10:56 PM

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