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Monday, August 25, 2008

Youth Pastor Watch

posted by on August 25 at 9:22 AM

Additional charges filed, not-guilty pleas entered. Three YPW updates…


YPWjenkins.jpgA former O’Fallon church youth minister charged last month with assaulting an 8-year-old girl has been charged again with sexually assaulting another youngster.

Terrence Jenkins, 36, of 542 N. 14th St. in East St. Louis, was charged Thursday by St. Clair County prosecutors with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault. The girl was 14 when assaulted on Aug. 11, 2006, the charges state.

He is accused of molesting both girls while he served as a youth minister with Faith United Baptist Church in O’Fallon, according to the court documents. Jenkins is no longer with the church.


YPWandrewbelant1.jpgA former youth pastor and teacher’s aide pleaded not guilty to charges he molested four boys he met working at after-school and church-based youth programs.

Andrew Belant, 25, entered his plea Friday in Humboldt County Superior Court. He faces 19 charges. The allegations indicate the boys, aged nine through 13, were molested between January 2007 and March 2008.


rsz_YPWpicard.jpgInvestigators on Tuesday said additional charges were filed against a former youth pastor who was accused last month of sexually abusing a teenage girl. John Picard was arrested and charged in July with 10 counts of sexual battery….

Police said that the first claim against Picard, now 40, came in 2005. The girl, who at that time was 16, claimed that Picard first engaged with sexual conduct with her but investigators did not have any supporting evidence to charge him.

In July, another woman came forward said she and Picard had a sexual relationship that started when she was 13. Six new charges were filed against Picard this week after a third woman claimed that Picard had sexually abused her, 10TV News reported.

And this headline again, just ‘cuz…

New youth pastor has BMX skills, passion for children

A passion for children—that’s practically a job qualification, isn’t it?

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Clearly, the only Christian way for a male to love another male is for one of them to be a pastor and the other a minor.

You have to wonder what the AFA has to say (aside from a conspicuous "nothing").

Posted by K | August 25, 2008 10:48 AM


That's the strategy employed by the Catholic Church, so yeah.

And is there some sort of rule that Youth Pastors MUST look slightly skeezy? Or is it just a coincidence that pederast YP's all seem to have that same slightly disturbing expression when having their mug shots taken?

Posted by COMTE | August 25, 2008 11:57 AM

They all sound like "good Christians" to me.

Posted by Vince | August 25, 2008 1:11 PM

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