by Dan Savage
on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 8:25 AM
SOUTH CAROLINA: "A former youth pastor at a Huntersville church was convicted of child sex crimes by a Mecklenburg County jury Thursday. Thaddeus Stephen MacMoran, 27, was found guilty for a statutory sex offense against a person either 13, 14 or 15 years old, a crime against nature and four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. MacMoran was a student ministry volunteer with the Lake Forest Church teen ministry. But a spokesperson for Lake Forest Church said the crimes occurred at another church."
OKLAHOMA: "A former Coalgate youth pastor will spend the next 10 years in prison for sex crimes against a young girl. 28-year-old Dustin Werneburg pleaded guilty Thursday to two of the eight charges against him in a plea deal with prosecutors. Police arrested Werneburg last November in Blanchard, Oklahoma, where he was working as a teacher's aide. He resigned last August as the youth pastor at First Baptist Church in Coalgate when a parent came forward, and police began looking into inappropriate text messages he had exchanged with a female youth group member."
NORTH CAROLINA: "Theldon Williams Jr., 44, faced a judge Tuesday, charged with one count of statutory rape and one count of indecent liberties with a child. Warrants state the child was 14 at the time of the relationship, which authorities say took place during the course of a month's time this past fall.... 'He is actually a minister—to have him on statutory rape? We are just trying to figure out what's going on with the case,' said Errico Moore, a family member."
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