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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Youth Pastor Watch

Posted by on Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 2:52 PM

California:

A former youth pastor for the Capo Beach Calvary Church was arrested Thursday at his Dana Point home for allegedly having sex with a girl who was part of his junior high school ministry.

YPWpedroza.jpgDaniel Pedroza Jr., 28, allegedly had sex with a girl between the ages of 14 and 18, said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The girl told social workers she and Pedroza had sex between July and November in both of their homes, and the social workers contacted authorities. Officials at the Capistrano Beach church became aware of the allegation and fired Pedroza, Amormino said.

Prosecutors plan to charge Pedroza with three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, two counts of oral copulation, one count of digital penetration, and a misdemeanor charge of child annoying, Amormino said.

Please note that Pedroza wasn't a "former" youth pastor when he raped/annoyed this teenager. He was a youth pastor up and until the allegation become public and only then was he fired. Moving on...

Illinois:

A Walworth County judge Wednesday refused to dismissed charges against a former youth pastor accused of having sex with a Lake Geneva teen in the 1970s.

YPWrussell.jpgRussell J. Lesser, 63, of Bryson City, N.C., [a] former Youth for Christ Campus Life minister, is charged with two felony counts of sexual intercourse with a child and felony indecent behavior with a child. He pleaded not guilty in August.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman told police she was sexually assaulted by a counselor from the summer of 1974 to the spring of 1976 while attending youth group. The counselor began touching her inappropriately as part of a "trust" game, and months later the game led to sex, according to the complaint.

South Carolina:

A Midlands man went to jail on charges he tried to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

YPWethridge.jpgWhen Greg Ethridge was arrested in Greenville, police there say he told them he was a youth minister at a church in Irmo, but the church is saying otherwise.

Greg Ethridge loved to sing songs of praise, as evidenced by a video found on YouTube. However, the Greenville police say Ethridge used the video for a far more sinister purpose.

 

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1
The first one looks eerily similar to Mr. Savage.
Posted by MTL on December 18, 2008 at 2:58 PM · Report this
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They all look spooky. The Church of the Holy Smokes, your kids in danger!
Posted by Vince on December 18, 2008 at 3:00 PM · Report this
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Dan Savage?
Posted by is that you on December 18, 2008 at 3:13 PM · Report this
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child annoying? i want children arrested for annoying ME.
Posted by scary tyler moore on December 18, 2008 at 3:28 PM · Report this
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What did he do to get the "child annoying" charge? What does that even mean?
Posted by Urgutha Forka on December 18, 2008 at 4:04 PM · Report this
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I did not know that charges could be brought against somebody 34 years after the event allegedly occurred, other than for murder.
Posted by E on December 18, 2008 at 4:14 PM · Report this
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Why, it seems like only yesterday that how you were chiding the police for breaking up the pantsless fun between a teenage boy and an adult woman in an SUV during at PTA meeting?
Posted by josh on December 18, 2008 at 4:49 PM · Report this
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Annoying someone is a crime?! Man, do I have some charges to file.
Posted by Madeline on December 18, 2008 at 5:35 PM · Report this
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What in the hell is digital penetration?
Posted by ???? on December 18, 2008 at 7:25 PM · Report this
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Those are the eyes of men seeing the nine-inch dripping hardons of their future cellmates coming closer and closer...
Posted by rob on December 18, 2008 at 7:45 PM · Report this
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Hi Dan -

I've been watching your Youth Pastor posts for a while now (maybe over a year?) and I was wondering why you do this. I think it's important work to track this stuff, but why to you do it? Is it to:

1) show that Christian ideals don't produce the results they claim? That is, rapists are Christians too.

2) show that sexual predators are pulled to this profession because it's a good decoy

3) proves that men can't be trusted with young girls - and that a youth pastor can't self-regulate around young girls

Or some combination of the three or a completely different set of reasons? Thanks for doing this.
Posted by Danny Boy on December 18, 2008 at 8:14 PM · Report this
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I think we can conclude that youth pastors are predisposed to molest children and are a menace to society... that is, if we are using the same standards by which radical Christianists conclude that gays are predisposed to molest children.
Posted by Jeremy on December 18, 2008 at 10:42 PM · Report this
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#9, "what is digital penetration?"

Get with the times, dude! It's the opposite of old-fashioned analog penetration.
Posted by WordyGrrl on December 18, 2008 at 11:27 PM · Report this
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#11

Sex with young people, youth-obsession-- these are common themes is Savageland. Gets him off. Pay more attention, buddy.
Posted by commentz on December 19, 2008 at 5:17 AM · Report this
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@9. "Digital penetration" means that he put his fingers inside of her.

@11. None of the above. I've always assumed that Dan does this to show the irony of it all. Homophobes accuse gay men of wanting to fuck young boys. They say that "our children" aren't safe around gay people. They don't want us working in day care centers or teaching their children or even being boy scout counselors. They say that their children aren't safe around us, especially gay men.

So Dan has this motif in hit blog. And I think it's brilliant. I also think it's horrifically sad at how easy predatory straights make it for him to have this motif.
Posted by jade on December 19, 2008 at 5:27 AM · Report this
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That first picture is priceless
Posted by nixor on December 19, 2008 at 6:44 AM · Report this
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Only the third guy has the typical child molester goatee -- which curiously enough tv preacher Rick Warren sports as well.

I suspect Dan has enough loyalty to the church of his youth to point out that Protestants practice pedophilia as well as the padres.
Posted by Good Touch, Bad Touch on December 19, 2008 at 8:54 AM · Report this
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As past has proven, it does not matter whether "boy" or "girl" the fact is that it is illegal, and for good reason. Unfortunately the "age" otherwise referring to adulthood has to be drawn somewhere. Children/Teens idolize the seniors and have somewhat of a fantasy, not necessarily sexual about them, otherwise known as a "crush" this does not constitute the actions preditors are taking. So, the "alter boy" syndrome has nothing to do with "gay" or otherwise. We all know there is a hidden agenda whether sexual desire or power, or whatever Freudian take that one wants to have on this. But definately I think that using the language as above only discredits your statement. Unfortunately, this situation can happen any where, any time, any place. It definately is a reminder to stay alert in one's child where abouts. sorry about the spelling, used to spell check, lol.
Posted by E. on December 19, 2008 at 9:14 PM · Report this
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I'm just sad that annoying a child can get you sent to jail. I mean, that is my whole plan for when my kids are teenagers. What am I going to do now?
Posted by Jim on December 20, 2008 at 12:20 AM · Report this
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The first guy is a total creeper. Well, they ALL are, but that one looks worse than usual. ew.
Posted by Gabrielle on December 20, 2008 at 8:43 PM · Report this
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I personally know the Pedroza family. Alfred, Dan, Vanessa, Rob, Joe. Well, they are all are all a little off. To be honest with you, this doesnt surprise me. His cousins were in the church long before him, and his father moved to the area. Alfred (red) was known for cheating on his gf with young girls, and he was reported to have had sex with a jr. high girl as well. Daniel, well this wasnt his first time with a young girl either. Him and his friend Brandon Tatum had sex with Shanna Buffamonte, as well as Jesse Eldridge when the were assistant Pastors. These girls were both minors. Now Brandon will be leading the group. They have done this before, and Calvary will let the cycle continue!
Posted by a little concerned on January 31, 2009 at 1:27 AM · Report this
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Someone would say that he's just a human, and like all humans he makes mistakes. I've heard that he was in love with that girl, nevertheless he will be judged for having sexual relationships ( even mutual) with the 17-years old. Sex outside marriage is against God's word.
Posted by sex toy on August 25, 2009 at 5:43 AM · Report this

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