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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Youth Pastor Watch

Posted by on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 10:25 AM


A youth minister at a Wilson County church has been indicted on charges of raping three young children. A grand jury indicted Tavaria Merritt on Thursday of nine counts of rape of a child. Sheriff's department investigators said the 18-year-old served as a youth minister at True Vine Church in Lebanon. They said the charges stem from incidents involving three boys, two 11 year olds and one 10 year old.


In his three years as a youth minister at a small Gainesville church, Phillip Glenn Terrell won over the trust of the tight-knit congregation that treated him like family. But by repeatedly molesting the teenage son of one of the church members, Terrell not only left the boy emotionally scarred, but hastened the demise of Emmanuel Baptist Church. On Friday, Terrell, 38, pleaded guilty to molesting the boy, then 14, at two Forsyth County locations in 2006. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The red brick church on Atlanta Highway, where 50 or 60 parishioners gathered each Sunday at the time of Terrell’s April 2007 arrest, now sits empty.... Terrell was previously charged with child molestation in 2001, when he was a guard at a juvenile detention center in Paulding County. He was acquitted of the charge in a bench trial when the alleged victim was unable to identify him in court. Church officials were unaware of the prior molestation charge when they hired him to handle youth programs in 2003.

And haters? Before you crank it up, please watch this video again:


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Hey Dan, I find this regular feature of yours troubling, not because of the snarky social commentary, but because there's a difference with being charged with a crime and being guilty of that crime.
Posted by Gendun on January 28, 2010 at 10:33 AM · Report this
ER,that would be Gainesville GA not FL.
Posted by Tulle on January 28, 2010 at 10:34 AM · Report this
Again, Gainesville GA, not FLA
Posted by The beautiful south on January 28, 2010 at 10:35 AM · Report this
A homosexual man infiltrates a church, wins the confidence of members and betrays that trust by abusing a young man.
What lesson are we to learn from this?

This Gainesville is in Georgia.
Posted by Hater of Inaccurate "Reporting" on January 28, 2010 at 10:37 AM · Report this
It is a neat trick when the two homosexual men exploit the trust that exists within church families and then Queer, Incorporated trumpets the cases as examples of corruption in religion.
Posted by Jane D on January 28, 2010 at 10:44 AM · Report this
If homosexuals were allowed to be Boy Scout leaders this kind of thing would never happen.
Posted by Wide Open Spaces on January 28, 2010 at 10:46 AM · Report this
venomlash 7
You are one. Pedophiles and homosexuals are two different groups. Sure, there may be some overlap, but you are just a mo-ron.
Posted by venomlash on January 28, 2010 at 10:46 AM · Report this
Sir Vic 8
Churches don't need to do background checks, because....

Jesus makes you better than other people!

If you say you love Jesus, how you possibly be a monster?
Posted by Sir Vic on January 28, 2010 at 10:49 AM · Report this

You think they would get it right by now-
this is the third time this same guy has been listed and everytime the state is wrong...
Posted by Pulitzer Prize on January 28, 2010 at 11:05 AM · Report this
These guys have sex with 14-17 year old young men but they self identify as heterosexual so that must be what they are.
Right, Rob?
Because, while they may be perverted deviants they aren't STUPID and they know if they self identify as homosexual they won't get within a hundred yards of the church's teenage boys.
So, they obviously are heterosexuals.
Right, Rob?
Posted by I'm credulous, You're Credulous, We're All Credulous... on January 28, 2010 at 11:12 AM · Report this
Two for two?
I'm new here.
Are all the guys featured on the "Youth Pastor Watch" always homosexuals?
Posted by Blaine in Blaine on January 28, 2010 at 11:17 AM · Report this
The kid from Tennessee was 17 at the time of the alleged incidents.
How exactly does one qualify as a "Pastor" for the purposes of the "Youth Pastor Watch"?
And the alleged incidents took place at his parents house while the boys were there overnight.
Perhaps this case would more appropriately be filed under the "Baby Sitters Gone Wild" Watch?
Posted by This is why Daily Newspapers are going BROKE :( on January 28, 2010 at 11:28 AM · Report this
For a good run down on the distinctions of being gay, straight and/or a pedophile, head here:…

Summary: Men who abuse boys are usually straight-and there's science to back it up.

And yes, while Dan usually trumpets those accused, not those actually found guilty, these two have been indicted and plead guilty respectively.
Posted by Big Harv on January 28, 2010 at 11:39 AM · Report this
Confluence 14
I couldn't even identify the gender of #2 without reading. Ick.
Posted by Confluence on January 28, 2010 at 12:04 PM · Report this
Note to not-pervert Homosexuals everywhere—when are you going to stand and deliver? These predatory abusers are giving you all a bad name. It is your responsibility, more than anyone's, to fight the deviant perversion in your own ranks.
Posted by BRENDAN KlLEY on January 28, 2010 at 12:40 PM · Report this
Jason Eckelman 16
@ 15 Note to non-pervert heterosexuals everywhere - when are you going to stand and deliver? These over-whelmingly hetero predatory abusers are giving you all a bad name. It is your responsibility, more than anyone's, to fight the deviant perversion in your own ranks.

Fixed that for you - you're welcome.
Posted by Jason Eckelman on January 28, 2010 at 12:52 PM · Report this
@15 - What exactly are we non-pervert Homosexuals supposed to stand and deliver? Even if your assumption that these abusers come from our "ranks" (whatever those are) were true, which it isn't, as demonstrated in the video, what exactly do you want us to do? I know of no legitimate gay-rights organization that does not absolutely condemn child abuse in all forms. Are we to set up roaming bands of queer vigilantes to hunt down suspected child-molesters? If so, the perhaps you are suggesting we should start by setting our sights on Evangelical youth pastors and Catholic priests.
Posted by Mason on January 28, 2010 at 1:02 PM · Report this
Nice video, after watching it it's easier to see the hater(s?) here flaunting his (their?) own ignorance without feeling the need to sit down and try and explain reality as understood by people with actual college degrees on the matters involved.
That video or something like it should be a regular feature of Youth Pastor Watch.
Posted by Sifu on January 28, 2010 at 1:04 PM · Report this
DonBito 19
@14 - you're right. gender ambiguity = wayyy grosser than baby-touching. Eww!
Posted by DonBito on January 28, 2010 at 2:32 PM · Report this
In the defense of the homo haters (as much as I hate to do it)...

Molesting a 14 year old doesn't make you a pedophile in the strict sense. It isn't clear that the studies cited by boxturtle bulletin were using "pedophile" in the popular sense (anyone who prefers or has sex with minors), and probably more likely that they were using it in the *clinical* sense (someone who prefers or has sex with PREPUBESCENT children). A 14 year old is not prepubescent. The point made by those studies is that *prepubescent* boys are not manly, and have feminine qualities. Pubescent boys, on the other hand, well, that would vary by how old they were, but 14 year old boys are certainly much more masculine than 10 year old boys.

I would not be surprised if molestation of *teenaged children* showed a different pattern as to the sexuality of the offenders.

Not to say that the homo haters are justified in acting as if homosexual=child molester or vice versa AT ALL. But do keep in mind that clinical studies of pedophilia don't necessarily demonstrate anything at all about the properties of men who molest pubescent, or post-pubescent, teenagers.
Posted by Mario on January 28, 2010 at 7:32 PM · Report this
@20 - I think the term you're thinking of is pederast - someone who likes adolescent boys >14y.o.
Posted by apres_moi on January 29, 2010 at 2:18 AM · Report this
church is a great place for sexually undeveloped people to hide from a sexually obsessed and repressed society...aint that right pope benedict...religious people bring on perversion by linking human sexuality with filth when the bible and the koran is the true filth. religion sucks there is no god nor dead jew who is coming back to save you bastards.
Posted by gsg1988 on April 9, 2010 at 7:21 PM · Report this

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