by Dan Savage
on Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM
CALIFORNIA: "Louis Bristol, a youth pastor and assistant hotel manager in Carpinteria, turned himself in to Sheriff's deputies on Wednesday and has been charged with multiple counts of child molestation, child rape, and giving drugs to minors. Authorities say Bristol, 28, raped at least two teenage girls—who he met through his position as a High School Youth Pastor at the Carpinteria Community Church —in empty rooms at his other workplace, the Holiday Inn Express.... Bristol had sent them inappropriate text messages and photos before the assaults, and reportedly gave marijuana to the victims and other members of the church youth group."
MICHIGAN: "A former youth minister accused of having sexual contact with a teen girl has been sentenced to jail time. Matthew Abid was sentenced to six months in the Kent County jail [and] will have to register as a sex offender.... Court documents show a 15-year-old girl told authorities she went into a basement with Abid and the two began kissing and he touched her inappropriately. The girl was taking driver's training at the church in December 2011 and also attended Abid's Catholic youth group. Investigators say Abid admitted to touching the teenage girl and that there were several other incidents of sexual contact between Abid and the victim after she turned 16."
TEXAS: "A former Big Spring youth minister will spend the next 25 years in a Texas prison for sexually assaulting a young girl. The Big Spring Herald reports that Samuel Lee Lyte was sentenced to 25 years in prison last week. The sentence came after Lyte, 72, pleaded guilty to felony charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child, aggravated sexual abuse of a child, 2 counts of indecency with a child and tampering with physical evidence. Lyte sexually abused a girl (who's only identified as being under the of 14) multiple times. Lyte reportedly met [the girl] while working as a youth minister at the Mount Bethel Baptist Church.