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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Youth Pastor Watch

posted by on June 5 at 9:17 AM


A suspended United Methodist minister from Conneautville faces a possible 28 years in prison and $60,000 in fines after pleading guilty Monday to four counts involving Internet pornography charges.

Charges stemmed from incidents earlier this year when the Rev. Steven Richard McGuigan exposed himself via a Web camera to an undercover agent with the state’s attorney general. McGuigan believed the agent was a teenage girl….

McGuigan was pastor of both Valley United Methodist Church in Conneautville and Hickernell United Methodist Church since November 2004. He also served as district youth leader for the Erie-Meadville district of the United Methodist Church. He was suspended from his ministerial duties following his arrest.


A man accused of being a part of the serial bank robbing group dubbed the “Scarecrow Bandits” used to be a minister at a North Texas church, NBC 5 reported.

Tony Hewitt’s family said although he did time in prison for drug charges, he was on the right path as a youth minister at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Oak Cliff. Hewitt is the pastor’s son and one of seven suspects arrested Monday by police and federal agents.


A spiritual counselor for a youth rehabilitation center in New Orleans was arrested on charges that he tried to solicit sex over the Internet from a Kenner policeman posing as an underage girl. Kenner Police arrested Brett Lochmann after raiding the Greater New Orleans Teen Challenge where they say Lochmann lived and worked as a Pentecostal youth minister….

Kenner Police Chief Steve Caraway said Lochmann used a computer in his room and office to try to solicit sex from young girls. “(He was) chatting on the Internet, soliciting sex from this person he believed to be a young girl, sending lewd pictures of himself, a nude photo of himself.”

South Carolina/North Carolina:

Missing youth pastor found ‘dazed’

Several hours after he was reported missing from a Surfside Beach church, a 32-year-old Horry County man was found “dazed and confused” inside his van on the side of a road in Manteo, N.C., the church’s pastor said.

David Martin “Marty” Parker is an associate pastor at Glenns Bay Baptist Church [in South Carolina] and was reported missing Wednesday morning after church employees saw signs of a struggle inside Parker’s office, said pastor Benjy Simmons.

“He’s fine,” Simmons said. “He does not know how he got to North Carolina.”

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..and speaking of perverted religious nuts, any day now we should be hearing from Pete Labarbera protesting Folsom by posting hundreds of pictures of kink on his web site.

Posted by yucca flower | June 5, 2008 9:25 AM

Is there a way to get a link to just the Youth Pastor Watch info? I work at a church and want to send the link to the pastors I work with without having them know I read SLOG all day.

Posted by Fly-Over Illinois | June 5, 2008 9:28 AM

There are not many indicators that a child will grow up and be deviant more telling then "pastor's son".

Posted by Bon Scott | June 5, 2008 9:29 AM

@2: The best you'll probably be able to do is the Religion category page, which is maybe half YPWs with other misc religious stuff mixed in.

Posted by shub-negrorath | June 5, 2008 9:52 AM

just to be fair, that last one could easily be the result of the youth pastor being the victim of violence and resulting head injury. on the other hand, maybe his head injury resulted from his victim defending him/herself.

Posted by ellarosa | June 5, 2008 10:18 AM

We're not saying that the last dude did anything wrong, or was not, in fact, the victim of a kidnapping. He's a youth pastor, so we're watching him. That is all.

Posted by Dan Savage | June 5, 2008 10:23 AM

Hey #7, you wanna buy some X*na*x?

Posted by Greg | June 5, 2008 10:44 AM

Do law-enforcement officers anywhere do anything other than pose as teens online?

This question is not to be taken as an endorsement of pedophilia, I'm just asking.

Posted by inkweary | June 5, 2008 11:14 AM

@4 Thanks

Posted by Fly-Over Illinois | June 5, 2008 12:48 PM

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