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Monday, June 16, 2008

Youth Pastor Watch

posted by on June 16 at 11:41 AM

We’ve got a story out of North Carolina featuring your typical YPW creepiness. Take it away WXII 12 News Team:

Man Accused of Secret Peeping Was Church Youth Leader

The husband accused of filming his wife’s friends while they used a tanning bed in the couple’s basement and sexually assaulting two minors was a longtime member and youth leader at Peace Haven Baptist Church, WXII12 News has learned.

More than 100 charges were filed this week against Tony Gray Sloop, 49, of Hamptonville, including sexual abuse of two girls under the age of 13 and secret peeping.

The photos and videos, which allegedly were taken from cameras installed in pinholes in a basement and a bathroom and according to investigators, show women of a variety of ages.

But check out this detail about the arrest of Tony Gray Sloop from an earlier report in the, er, Yadkin Ripple:

What had started out as a relationship with one girl as an “acquaintance” had become a full-blown investigation that tied Sloop to other underage victims….

Sloop, the search warrant says, has admitted to investigators that he had a sexual relationship with an underaged girl. The victim’s mother noticed in late April that her daughter was allegedly receiving frequent telephone calls and text messages from Sloop. Those conversations became so noticeable, the warrant says, that they were observed by a youth minister at Peace Haven Baptist Church on a field trip.

So a decent youth minister at Peace Haven Baptist Church gave evidence to the police that helped bring an indecent youth minister at Peace Haven Baptist Church to justice.

Who says Youth Pastor Watch isn’t fair and balanced?

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Well, it's not like I ever assumed that ALL youth pastors are dirty pedophiles just because you've posted a few hundred (?) stories about youth pastors that are dirty pedophiles.

Posted by Hernandez | June 16, 2008 12:08 PM

"Youth Leaders" aren't "Youth Pastors." They're usually just people who go to the church in their 20s and 30s that volunteer. They're not employees of a church and usually have no training.

Creepy? Yes. "Youth Pastor?" No.

Posted by gillsans | June 16, 2008 12:13 PM

You know, from my decidedly informal tally of YPW articles (i.e. I didn't really keep track but am making a silly wild ass claim)I'm thinking the Baptists are really giving those Catholic priests a run for their money in the "creepy religious guy inappropriate sex category."

Posted by PopTart | June 16, 2008 12:22 PM

Now you know why they're against abortion.

Posted by Vince | June 16, 2008 1:36 PM

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