Religion Youth Pastor Watch
posted by October 20 at 11:26 AMon
A former basketball coach at a Baptist school in Downers Grove will spend time behind bars for having a sexual relationship with a student.
John Puga, 36, of Aurora was sentenced Friday to serve one year in the DuPage County jail with work release privileges after he pleaded guilty to molesting a 17-year-old girl. He also must register as a convicted sex offender.
Puga had an inappropriate sexual relationship with the girl at Marquette Manor Baptist Church and school from November 2001 to May 2002. Authorities charged him in March 2006 after the girl told a counselor. The two also knew each other through another church where Puga served as a youth pastor, according to court documents.
A former youth minister who was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in jail and another three years of probation. Tyree Coleman, 29, was arrested in August 2006 after a 15-year-old boy said Coleman forced himself on him.
The boy said the incident happened as he spent the night at the Temple of Refuge Church.
Nearly 100 young people attended the Saturday reopening of the expanded Lafayette Community Skate Park on the Faith Baptist Church campus. For Matt Figueroa, 14, the skate park gives him a chance to use his skateboard on new ramps in a safe environment next to the Faith Community Center….
Youth pastor Andy Woodall of Faith Baptist Church was all smiles as he watched the activity in the skate park.