.@ChurchSnaps Can anyone think of a reason why youth pastors need a private network for sharing photos? pic.twitter.com/knQbqc6xN7
— 0_okay (@calypsoh13) November 16, 2014
ChurchSnaps allows users to "create private albums away from social media" where invite-only users "can add their own photos and make comments." Hm. I can't think of a single good reason why youth pastors might need a private network for sharing photos. But investigators might want to start checking rapey youth pastors' phones to see if they've downloaded ChurchSnaps, what kind of pictures they've been sharing, with whom they were sharing them.
FLORIDA: "Larry Michael Thorne, pastor of Abundant Life Church, was arrested Friday on charges of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl.... The investigation included forensic interviews and “a controlled telephone call between (Thorne) and the victim." During the call, the victim confronted Thorne 'numerous times' about the acts.... When the victim asked him directly if she caused what happened by 'leading him on,' he answered yes and told her she 'should not have hugged him that way.' According to Abundant Life Church’s website, Thorne began as a youth pastor in 1985 and became pastor in April 2007."
PENNSYLVANIA: "A former local pastor and junior-high basketball coach will serve at least 30 years in prison for sexual abuse of a 13-year-old boy. Jonathan Masteller, 24, was recently sentenced in Lancaster County Court to 30 to 80 years in prison for the sexual assaults, which he also photographed and videotaped.Masteller pleaded guilty in July to 12 counts of sex abuse and faced a mandatory 10-year prison term.... Masteller knew the victim through his positions as coach and youth pastor, court documents show."
VIRGINIA: "A Chesterfield youth pastor charged by Christiansburg Police in an undercover investigation will spend two decades behind bars. 31-year-old Deric Peacock pleaded guilty to two counts of procuring a sex act by use of a communication device. A judge sentenced him to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors say Peacock thought he was chatting with a 12 year old girl online earlier this year but he was really chatting with an Internet Crimes Against Children investigator."
NORTH CAROLINA: "A former youth pastor at a Kannapolis church is locked up and accused of raping a teenager 16 years ago. Police arrested Michael Jolly Thursday night. Detectives said his accuser came forward a few months ago to report the sex crimes that he said happened in 1998.... The accuser said he was just 15 when Jolly made him watch pornography and raped him. For at least four years, Jolly worked as a co-youth pastor at Unity United Methodist Church, in Kannapolis. But that quickly changed when the Rev. Tim Whittington learned detectives were investigating him."