Youth Pastor Watch: Gay Panic Defense
FLORIDA: "A youth pastor intern molested a teenage girl at an Ocala church last week, deputies said. According to the arrest report, the 15-year-old girl called 21-year-old Daniel A. Dominguez gay in a joking manner on Feb. 21 at the Church At The Springs at 5424 SE 58th St. Dominguez allegedly said he wasn't gay and could prove it then grabbed her and tried to kiss her, deputies said. While the teen resisted Dominguez allegedly molested the girl in various areas, deputies said."
MISSOURI/CALIFORNIA: "A California man faces multiple sex charges for allegedly sodomizing minors in St. Louis County between 2007 and 2009. Brandon Milburn, 26, of Valencia, Calif., was charged last week in St. Louis County with six counts of first-degree statutory sodomy.... Milburn served as an intern with the First Christian Church of Florissant during this time, working in media and with youth, an official at the church confirmed.... According to Milburn's LinkedIn profile, he attended St. Louis Christian College where he received a bachelor's degree in Bible studies. It said he was most recently working as a youth minister in Ventura, Calif."
ILLINOIS: "A Shiloh man has been accused of sexually abusing several children he met through a Fairview Heights church. Jeffrey Strait, 47, of the 2700 block of Lake Lucerne Drive, has been charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse... The investigation began last week after a minor male made an allegation against Strait. Police said Strait, who was described as a 'church deacon or youth minister' at the First Baptist Church, 10401 Lincoln Trail, used his position of authority to lure his victims.... The church's senior pastor denies that Strait had an official role with the church. But police said the five victims were consistent in their statements that they believed Strait to be a deacon and youth minister who used his position to manipulate his victims."