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...


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.