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Monday, October 20, 2008

Youth Pastor Watch

posted by on October 20 at 11:26 AM


10202008.jpgA former basketball coach at a Baptist school in Downers Grove will spend time behind bars for having a sexual relationship with a student.

John Puga, 36, of Aurora was sentenced Friday to serve one year in the DuPage County jail with work release privileges after he pleaded guilty to molesting a 17-year-old girl. He also must register as a convicted sex offender.

Puga had an inappropriate sexual relationship with the girl at Marquette Manor Baptist Church and school from November 2001 to May 2002. Authorities charged him in March 2006 after the girl told a counselor. The two also knew each other through another church where Puga served as a youth pastor, according to court documents.


A former youth minister who was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in jail and another three years of probation. Tyree Coleman, 29, was arrested in August 2006 after a 15-year-old boy said Coleman forced himself on him.

The boy said the incident happened as he spent the night at the Temple of Refuge Church.


sexyskater.jpgNearly 100 young people attended the Saturday reopening of the expanded Lafayette Community Skate Park on the Faith Baptist Church campus. For Matt Figueroa, 14, the skate park gives him a chance to use his skateboard on new ramps in a safe environment next to the Faith Community Center….

Youth pastor Andy Woodall of Faith Baptist Church was all smiles as he watched the activity in the skate park.

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You really hate that skate park.

Posted by sepiolida | October 20, 2008 12:13 PM

Oh my God. Is that pic of the 14 year old? If so, I'm going to hell for thinking what I'm thinking!

Posted by laluna | October 20, 2008 12:15 PM

Oh my God. Is that pic of the 14 year old? If so, I'm going to hell for thinking what I'm thinking!

Posted by laluna | October 20, 2008 12:15 PM

2&3 looks like a professionally done photo, so i'm guessing no.

who in their right mind lets kids sleep over with these people anymore? i'd sooner send my kid out to the corner store at 12 am than let him spend the night at a youth ministry or church building supervised by these pedopervs.

Posted by ellarosa | October 20, 2008 12:31 PM

@2/3 that is an overly waxed tweaker-hustler posing as a skater. Lust away.

Posted by inkweary | October 20, 2008 12:50 PM

That first story could have been written better. I guess we're supposed to figure out that the girl is now 17, so was 11-12 when the abuse started?

Posted by keshmeshi | October 20, 2008 1:17 PM

Every time you run that skateboard picture I's so hot but so obviously contrived. Just like love...

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | October 20, 2008 2:05 PM

I think you're going a bit far on the last one, as a reader from West Lafayette, IN. I agree, youth pastors are fucking creepy, but I mean, he didn't even do anything...

Thanks though, because it gave you an excuse to post that photo.

Posted by joves | October 20, 2008 4:29 PM

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