by Dan Savage
on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 6:54 AM
ARIZONA: "A youth pastor has pleaded guilty to a sex offense in connection to buying sex toys for a teenage girl. Robert Eric Warren, a former youth pastor, faces a maximum sentence of up to one year in prison plus three years probation. Under Warren's plea agreement he is not to have contact with the victim or the victim's family and he's agreed to write a letter of apology to the victim and her family. It all started in September 2012 when the youth pastor was accused of buying sex toys for a 14-year old girl and taking them to her house when her parents were not at home."
VIRGINIA: "A former youth minister at Trinity Assembly of God in Chesterfield County has been indicted on 16 felony counts of sexually abusing two underage female parishioners in the 1990s. Troy A. Mitten, 52, with [charged with] one count of carnal knowledge of a child 13 to 15 years old and 15 counts of taking indecent liberties with two underage girls. One of the girls was allegedly abused five times between July 17, 1993, and July 16, 1996; the second was allegedly abused 11 times between June 1, 1996, and Sept. 13, 1998. Police said the sexual encounters involving one girl occurred at her home and on a church trip."
NORTH CAROLINA: A former Haywood County youth minister is charged with taking indecent liberties with a child. 37-year-old Dallas Surrett was arrested last month for offenses that allegedly took place between March and August of 2005. His arrest warrant says he committed a lewd and lascivious act on a girl under 16 at the time. More recently, Surrett volunteered with children at Cove Creek Baptist Church in Waynesville and served briefly as a youth minister at Beaverdam Baptist Church in Canton. Surrett works for the Department of Transportation.