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Pastor bagged for soliciting teen on the Internet

[UPDATE: Crap, I found another church perv. I added it at the end.]

Another pious perv addition to the Conservative Values Monitor, Russ. (Ohio News Network):

Authorities in Fairborn said they have arrested a pastor from northern Ohio and charged him on two counts.

Police said, over a five-day period, Roy B. Burton [of Victory Baptist Church, in Marysville] engaged in chats with who he thought was a 15-year-old girl over the Internet. They said the teen was an undercover Fairborn detective. Detectives said that, during the chats, Burton solicited sex from the teen and made arrangements to meet for sex.

Authorities said on Nov. 1, he traveled to Fairborn and was arrested without incident. Investigators said Burton was charged with one count of importuning and one count of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

According to the Dayton Daily News, Burton was also planning on taking nude photos of the juvenile, and discussed it during his chat sessions. BTW, this sick sad sack’s church has only 10 members.

Hat tip, Holly.

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In West Bend, Milwaukee, we have another one – a youth ministries worker charged with soliciting sex on the Internet from someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy but was instead chatting with an undercover police officer in New Hampshire. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel);

Russell F. Roelke, 45, also posted $50,000 bond on Monday and was released from the Washington County Jail, nearly a month after he was charged with using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, child enticement, exposing a child to harmful material and possession of child pornography, all of which are felonies.

If convicted on all counts, Roelke could be imprisoned up to 57 years. Until his arrest, Roelke was employed as director of youth and children’s ministries by Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church in West Bend for 2 1/2 years, the church’s pastor, the Rev. Jon Claude Bartlett, said. According to a criminal complaint, Roelke logged onto a Yahoo.com chat room and struck up a two-month relationship in June with an undercover police officer in Keene, N.H., who was pretending to be a 14-year-old boy.

Roelke engaged in sexually provocative conversations with the undercover officer in the chat room and proposed that the two meet each other in a New Hampshire hotel, the complaint says. He also suggested the two exchange photographs and videos of each other and shared links to Web sites with the officer that feature child pornography, the complaint says.

Sick – this guy is married with a step-child, for goodness sake. According to a Washington County ADA, Roelke had been involved in lots of community activities that gave him access to his prey, including service as a Boy Scout leader, a Big Brother and a teaching assistant in the Brown Deer School District.

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