A youth minister at a Stafford County church was indicted yesterday on charges that she had sexual relations with a 15-year-old boy.

Jennifer Michelle Brennan, 36, of Spotsylvania was charged by a Stafford grand jury with 10 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and 10 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to court records and sources, Brennan met the boy through her position as youth minister at Saint Matthias United Methodist Church in Stafford. The boy's mother said that among other things, Brennan counseled her son and his girlfriend against premarital sex.


A former Delaware County pastor accused of molesting a 15-year-old girl assaulted her on top of the desk in his church office, according to an arrest affidavit. Joshua Spires, 28, of Odessa, Texas.... is charged with 10 counts of lewd molestation.... The married father began to tell the victim he loved her when she was in the seventh grade and he was her youth pastor. The sexual contact relationship began in 2007 and lasted until Nov. 15, when the victim broke it off to date a high school senior, the affidavit states.

The sexual contact assaults occurred "every Sunday" the victim was at church on either the desk or couch in Spires' church office about an hour before services began. During some of the assaults, the victim's father was helping prepare for services.


A Southern Baptist youth pastor arrested Aug. 13 on sex charges involving a teenage girl now faces more than 30 additional charges involving a second teenager. Police originally charged Jack Duffer, 40, youth minister at Seaford Baptist Church near Hampton, Va., with one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. After his arrest, police say, a second victim came forward....

Duffer is married and has four children. When he resigned after five years as pastor of University Baptist Church in Honolulu in 2006, Duffer told the congregation it was because of his "passion" for working with youth.


John Picard was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison for sexual battery, with no possibility of parole....

Picard, 41, of Englewood, was convicted on all 42 counts of sexual battery at the end of a six-day trial. The former youth pastor at Grace Brethren Church on Marion Avenue used coercion to form sexual relationships with six female parishioners. [Picard's first YPW appearance is here.]