by Dan Savage
on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 7:43 AM
MINNESOTA: "A former St. Joseph-area youth minister has pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal sexual conduct. Matthew David Feeney, 44, pleaded guilty in Washington County last week to second-degree and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, the Washington County prosecutor’s office confirmed. Feeney had entered not-guilty pleas Oct. 18 on the same charges. The prosecutor’s office offered no further comment, and Feeney’s attorney could not be reached. Feeney was accused of sexually assaulting two brothers, who were 9 and 14 years old when the assaults started, according to court documents."
TENNESSEE: A Madison County grand jury has indicted a Jackson church youth pastor on a theft charge. According to The Jackson Sun, Jason Lee Ray is charged with embezzling more than $60,000 from the First Assembly of God in Jackson. The specific amount was not disclosed. Ray was also the secretary-treasurer of the church. Court documents show the money was siphoned from church accounts between May 2011 and December 2012.
INDIANA: A South Bend youth minister was charged with sexual misconduct for allegedly touching himself in the presence of a 14-year-old between March 9, 2008 and April 8, 2010. The victim witnessed Sweeney masturbating under a blanket or cover while looking at a computer, according to court documents. Sweeney admitted to walking around his home naked. He also said he is addicted to pornography and has been for approximately 20 years.... Sweeney serves as the youth minister at the Christ the King Catholic Church. An internet search showed, Sweeney has been a youth minister for more than 11 years, and has worked in Phoenix, Arizona and Denver, Colorado.