by Dan Savage
on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 7:30 AM
INDIANA: A Terre Haute youth pastor and his wife are accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. The Vigo County Sheriff's Department arrested 36-year-old Matthew Mahoney and his wife, 34-year-old Jennifer Mahoney. In a news conference Thursday afternoon, officials say the victim reports that the couple began a sexual relationship with her last summer. According to authorities, the victim says that ended for some time, but that Matthew started having sex with her again in December. Though the couple are lay pastors at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, Sheriff Greg Ewing stresses that nothing happened at the church.
ALABAMA: An Enterprise youth pastor was arrested Tuesday by Enterprise Police on a charge of second-degree rape. According to Enterprise Police reports, Timothy M. Thomas, 25, of Creeke Lane, Enterprise, was arrested and charged after police received information that a possible sex crime had occurred involving the youth pastor from St. Luke United Methodist Church. Enterprise PD Public Information Officer Billy Haglund, in a press release Wednesday, stated the Criminal Investigation Division initiated an investigation at that time and discovered Thomas allegedly had sexual intercourse with a juvenile under the age of consent. Allegedly the victim was 14 years old.
OKLAHOMA: A former teacher and youth minister at a Tulsa area Christian school pleaded no contest Wednesday to rape by instrumentation. According to court documents, Erik Olson digitally raped a 16-year-old girl against her will while at school. A former Mingo Valley Christian School teacher, Olsen was given a 12-year sentence in addition to court costs.
LOUISIANA: A former Youth Minister and owner of Half Back Media, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to enticing a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. Eric Michael Manuel, 23, of Lafayette, La., was indicted by a federal grand jury in January of 2012.... Manuel admitted that he would text underage boys in an effort to convince them to engage in sexual acts with him. As a result of the enticement, two boys engaged in sexual acts with the defendant.... Manuel admitted to creating a Facebook page in the name of a young girl, Emily Brandt. While using the false persona of Emily, Manuel convinced 18 boys between the ages of 13 and 17 to produce sexually explicit images and videos of themselves and send them to him. When one boy refused to send the sexually explicit images to Manuel, he threatened the boy.