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Suburban St. Louis youth pastor faces sex crimes charges

St. Louis suburb Clayton was recently rocked by news of the arrest of a former youth pastor. The 30-year-old pastor at the town's Central Presbyterian Church was arrested and charged with child molestation and statutory sodomy.

The University City resident was charged in St. Louis County Circuit Court with a single count of molestation and a pair of counts of statutory sodomy.

According to court documents cited by the Post-Dispatch, the sex crimes allegedly occurred between March 1 and April 1 of this year. The newspaper also reports that the man has conceded to law enforcement authorities that he engaged in oral sex with a minor at his home.

The church's executive administrator said in a statement that the situation is "deeply disturbing" and that church officials "are fully cooperating with authorities investigating this matter."

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says on the state's website that people convicted of the following crimes must register on the sex offender registry:

  • Sexual exploitation of a minor
  • Promoting child pornography in the first and second degree
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Use of a child in a sexual performance
  • Abuse of a child when such abuse is sexual in nature
  • Promoting prostitution in the first, second, and third degree
  • Incest
  • Public display of explicit sexual material

Other sex crimes convictions can also result in not only sex offender registry requirements, but significant time behind bars as well.

If you have been accused of a sex crime, contact an attorney experienced in vigorous, effective criminal defense.

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