Youth Pastor Watch: If You Can't Trust a Youth Pastor...
MISSOURI: "The arrest of a man in Missouri has church officials in Rochester answering questions about their former youth pastor. Matthew D. Luetke, 35, was associate pastor at Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church from 2006-2013. He was the youth and evangelism minister and, as such, was also the principal of Precious is the Child Preschool associated with the church.... the St. Charles County Cyber Crime Task Force searched a home in St. Charles, Mo., for evidence of child pornography after an investigation that began in December, when undercover detectives began trading child porn with him. Authorities found nine computer images of young girls between the ages of 9 and 13."
MINNESOTA: "A 24-year-old youth pastor at a church in Savage was arrested on suspicion of soliciting a minor with an electronic device in Pope County on Friday afternoon, according to authorities. Authorities say Matthew Boos, who works with children at River Valley Church, is currently in custody at the Douglas County Jail. There is no jail in Pope County. He has worked at the church, which has a congregation of around 1,000 people, for three years."
COLORADO: "A former Dana Point youth pastor has been charged with the sexual assault of an 8-year-old boy in Colorado. Nicholas Henshaw, who worked as a junior-high pastor at Capo Beach Church in the early 2000s, has been accused of molesting his neighbor’s son in Fort Collins, Colo., where he now lives. Henshaw was investigated on similar allegations when he was in Orange County but wasn’t charged, officials said. Capo Beach Church pastor Craig Whittaker did not return calls seeking comment."
VIRGINIA: "A once-popular youth minister for the now-defunct Trinity Assembly of God in Chesterfield County pleaded no contest Monday to taking indecent liberties with two teenage female parishioners in the 1990s after gaining their trust and affection as a father figure and spiritual counselor. The years-long sexual abuse began when both girls were just 14, and Troy A. Mitten, now 53, was an engaging youth minister who a former pastor told authorities 'seemed to reach out to the young ladies who had no father figure' in their lives."
IOWA: "A former Des Moines youth pastor who pleaded guilty of sex abuse was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday, despite his emotional pleas for the judge to suspend the sentence. Judge Karen Romano gave Ryan Matthew McKelvey, 27, the sentence after telling him that she believed he was a 'predator' who used his status in a Des Moines church to abuse two teenage females.... [The mother of one victim] said her daughter confided in McKelvey about her poor relationship with her biological father. McKelvey told the mother that he could be a 'father figure' to her daughter, the mother said. 'I remember thinking, if you can’t trust a youth pastor, who can you trust.'"