The Media's Agenda: Guilty Before Proven Innocent
The article you are reading is printed by the media. The media stays in business because people read their content. People read content which is shocking and gossipy. Therefore, the media will twist situations into the story which creates the most shock value. When a youth pastor has been charged with a crime, realize they have been charged, not convicted. We have represented more than one youth leader who was found not guilty once the whole story was told. After this not guilty, the media did not publish news of the acquittal. The media acts as if they are guilty before any evidence has been revealed. Think about it: In every news story there is a headline with the person's name and the crime they are accused of. Do you think anyone stops and thinks the person might be innocent?[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”60%”]Many of the children, teens, and adults youth pastors work with have extremely troubled pasts.[/pullquote]
Youth Pastors Often Work with At-Risk Children and Adults
Youth pastors and ministry leaders often work with troubled children and adults. Consider this fact. Many of the children, teens, and adults pastors work with have extremely troubled pasts. This means they are manipulative, needy, selfish, wounded, and desperate. Many of them have been sexually assaulted by their own families in their past. So, when you hear about a youth pastor who has sexually assaulted one of their students – take it with a grain of salt, and realize who they are working with. Untruthful allegations are common and our courts favor the “victim.” A person can be convicted of a sex crime in Denver, Larimer, and Arapahoe County without any physical evidence. The conviction often rests on the shoulders of a troubled, desperate teenager's word.
Unlawful Sexual Contact: Easily Committed, but Serious Consequences
This past summer, there was a youth pastor / leader who was charged with Unlawful Sexual Contact. According to reports, the man exposed himself multiple times to a woman (she was an adult, not a child), and made her commit sex acts. It's important to know how easy it is to be charged with Unlawful Sexual Contact in Colorado. A person will face charges if they knowingly touch someone's “intimate parts,” or knowingly touch the “clothing covering the immediate area” of the “intimate parts” if the sexual contact is for the purpose of sexual gratification. Grabbing someone's butt qualifies as Unlawful Sexual Contact, which is a sex offense requiring registration. In the pastor's case, the alleged victim was said to be in an “extremely vulnerable state.” If this is the case, she could have been ok with the contact, but then changed her mind later. She was emotionally unstable, after all.
Don't Throw Stones: Seek the Truth and Respond with Compassion
I hope I have been able to make my point. We need to be careful how we react to the articles we read about youth pastors and leaders who have been charged with sex crimes. The comments on such articles are always filled with hate, anger, and sometimes murderous threats. We do not know the details – we don't know the alleged victim's state of mind – and we don't know the circumstances. How dare we throw stones?Request a Free Consultation