A former church youth director shed his electronic ankle bracelet and is on the loose, just days before the Fridley man was to begin serving a 15-year prison term for distributing hundreds of pornographic images of boys and men on the Internet, authorities said Friday. A nationwide warrant has been issued for the arrest of Matthew E. Linngren, 38, who was sentenced last week in federal court in St. Paul by Judge Donovan Frank. Linngren's criminal history includes a conviction for having sexual conduct with a 10-year-old boy while with the Columbia Heights church. "His whereabouts are unknown," said Deputy Tom Volk of the U.S. Marshals Service. "We are currently attempting to contact him and locate him."


Michael Roy Salazar, 37, today was sentenced to 20 years in prison on 10 counts each of sexual battery and statutory rape after pleading guilty to sexual activity with five teenage girls who attended the church where Salazar served as youth leader. Salazar was sentenced by Blount county Circuit Court Judge David Duggan based on a plea agreement signed off on by all the victims and their families, who were in court. Laura Lee Click Salazar, Salazar's wife, faces a court date Oct. 15 in connection with the same cases. She is free on bond.


The former youth minister at a Stafford church was convicted of three charges yesterday in connection with sexual relations she had with a teenage boy. Jennifer Michelle Brennan, 37, of Spotsylvania was convicted of using a communications device to solicit sex from a minor, child neglect and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor... Brennan was the youth minister at St. Matthias United Methodist Church on Deacon Road when the incidents began in January of last year. As part of her job, she provided counseling to the 15-year-old boy with whom she eventually had relations. During the first incident, in a parking lot after a concert, Olsen said, the boy told Brennan that he couldn't do this to his girlfriend. Brennan convinced the boy he wasn't doing anything wrong and they proceeded to touch and kiss each other.