Religion Youth Pastor Watch
posted by October 30 at 10:30 AMon
A Baker County grand jury has indicted a former Nazarene Church youth pastor on 23 sex crimes, 13 more than police had originally charged him with. Dean B. Barnes, 35, was arraigned last week before Judge Greg Baxter and is held in the Baker County Jail with bail set at $750,000.
He is charged with two counts of sodomy, six counts of unlawful sexual penetration, five counts of first-degree sexual abuse, five counts of second-degree sexual abuse and five counts of third-degree sexual abuse, said Union County District Attorney Tim Thompson….
Thompson said the crimes, listed in separate incidents, involved a 16-year-old girl and took place in Baker County between March 11, 2008, and July 30, 2008. The age of consent for sexual contact in Oregon is 18.
The Indianapolis Metro Police sex crimes unit is investigating a former youth volunteer at one of Indiana’s largest churches. Three teenage girls say the person they trusted for spiritual guidance at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on the north side crossed the line.
According to the police report, the encounter happened last year. The then-16-year-old girl came forward last week to recount how the 23-year-old youth volunteer kissed and touched her even after she told him to stop. Later, she says he continued the advances by “grabbing her buttocks at church functions, text messaging her and calling her.” She spoke up after hearing there were two others….
St. Luke’s senior pastor says the contact began with well-meaning counseling at Luke’s Lodge behind the church, but then crossed the line.
The Youth Ministry of Baptist Bible Fellowship Church will host a free Truth-N-Treat Family Hot Dog Supper on its parking lot Friday.
The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will feature activities including a cupcake walk and candy for children. Youth Minister Marcus Taylor organized the event to offer a safe option to families and children as they celebrate Halloween.