by Dan Savage
on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 7:55 AM
VIRGINIA: "A youth pastor from North Chesterfield was arrested and charged with several online sex crimes against children. Deric Wallace Peacock, 30, is charged with sexual solicitation of a minor by electronic means; requesting a minor to fondle her own sexual or genital parts; and three counts of exposing his sexual or genital parts to a minor... The website indicated Peacock began working at Church of God South Hopewell in January 2013. He and his wife have been foster parents since 2008, according to the website. “Church Council hired Deric as a Youth Pastor and he’s been super, he’s been one great man for our youth,” said Noel Bruce, Church Member."
KENTUCKY: "A former Henderson youth pastor is convicted of 16 sexual abuse related charges in Colorado while still facing similar charges in the tristate. 44 year-old John Brothers is a former youth minister at Hyland Baptist Church. He could face life in prison. Now this is just the beginning of Brothers' days in a courtroom.He is still awaiting trial in Henderson. Brothers was first arrested in 2011 for the alleged sexual-abuse of two members of Hyland Baptist's Youth Group."
OHIO: "The father and son leaders of a Westlake, Ohio church were arrested less than a week apart on sex abuse charges. Church on the Rise youth pastor Jordan Endrei was arrested Wednesday on one count of unlawful sexual contact with a minor, and his father, senior pastor Paul Endrei, was arrested May 29 on two counts of sexual battery and four counts of gross sexual imposition. The accuser is one of Paul Endrei's adopted children who is under age 16."
TEXAS: "Federal prosecutors say a former youth pastor in East Texas has pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge. Authorities say that when Trevion Lechay Ethridge was a youth pastor at a Newtown County church, he persuaded a minor to video record and photograph pornographic images and then send them to Ethridge by cellphone from November 2012 to March 2013."
INDIANA: "A Christian youth group that is part of Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Ind., recently produced a bizarre video that portrays a woman getting beaten. Youth pastor Nate Utley and members of his Youth E.D.G.E Indy group were creating what they thought was a humorous video (below) for 7th graders about people who break the rules and the consequences. According to AddictingInfo.org, in the video, Utley pretends to beat a woman with a baseball bat because she says, "shut up," and beats another girl over a pizza box."