TEXAS: "A former youth minister plead guilty today to six counts of sexual assault of a child. Joshua Luke McDonald, 36, of Bridge City, pleaded guilty after being accused of having sexual relations with two victims under teh age of 17 over a two-year period. He remains in jail on a $10,000 bond for each charge. In an interview with 12News HD in February, one of his victims said she first met McDonald at First Baptist Church in Bridge City where he was a youth minister. She said the abuse began in January 2011 when she was 15-years-old."
OHIO: "Kevin William Reed, 35, of Eaton has been indicted in the Preble County Common Pleas Court on one count of sexual battery of a minor for actions which took place in part at the Higher Heights Church in Camden, according to a Camden police report.... At the time of the alleged offense, Reed was working as a youth minister with the Higher Heights Church of God in Camden. The victim, at the time of the alleged offense, was 17 years old and regularly attended youth ministry meetings at the church where she met Reed, according to Preble County court documents."
RAWSTORY: "An online journal for Christian pastors published a lengthy account this week of one man’s “easy trip from youth minister to felon” that critics say makes apologies for rape.... The writer, who pleaded guilty to two felony charges and is currently serving a prison term, does not use the word “rape” once in the piece.... Instead, he describes the sexual relationship he engaged in with the minor girl as an extramarital affair that he blames, at least in part, on his wife." [The post has been taken down and the editors have apologized. There's a great piece at TIME tearing the writers and editors apart.]