A youth pastor has been fired by a western Pennsylvania church and jailed on charges he performed sex acts with a 15-year-old girl in their church building. According to a criminal complaint, 33-year-old Brian Keith Smith told Rostraver Township police he and the girl "knew it was wrong."
FLORIDA: "A former Eustis youth pastor initially jailed in 2012 on allegations of sexually assaulting two developmentally disabled people at a group home and a child at a day care center has been found guilty. It took a jury about one hour on Thursday to bring back guilty verdicts for Kenneth Mar Hagins, 42, on one count each of sexual battery of a mentally defective person and lewd and lascivious molestation. Hagins, of Tavares, was a youth pastor at a Eustis church and simultaneously worked for Pat’s Kidz World Development Center in Eustis and at an adult group home for SunriseArc, which serves developmentally disabled people. The 325-pound Hagins was jailed after it was alleged he sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy at the day care center and an 18-year-old developmentally disabled man at the group home in Mount Dora."
FLORIDA: "A Volusia County teacher and former youth pastor accused of having thousands of child pornography images—including some he produced—made a brief appearance in Orlando federal court Thursday. Matthew Graziotti, an elementary teacher at Warner Christian Academy in South Daytona, entered a not-guilty plea. He was arrested earlier this month after FBI agents found child pornography on his laptop, court records said.... When agents searched Graziotti's house and laptop, a forensic examiner found more than 8,700 images in one of his computer folders, many of which depicted boys being sexually abused."
TENNESSEE: "A 38-year-old former Shelbyville, Tenn., youth pastor avoided a maximum 20-year sentence Monday for downloading 'violent' and 'sadistic' prepubescent child pornography on his home computer. U.S. District Judge Harry S. "Sandy" Mattice sentenced Joseph Todd Neill to three years, four months for a single charge of possessing child pornography. Near the end of his sentencing hearing Monday afternoon, Neill turned to face a group of nearly 50 family, friends and fellow congregants. He first apologized to a young woman, with whom he carried on a sexual affair while she was a teenager and in his youth ministry at North Fork Baptist Church in Shelbyville."