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Youth pastor smacked with felony charge of 'accosting a child for immoral purposes'

More from the family values crowd, this time in Michigan.

A 46-year-old Kimball Township man who is a former local youth pastor is facing a felony charge of accosting a child for immoral purposes, a case that involves confiscated computers and electronics from a Clyde Township church, officials said.  Craig Coon is due in court for a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. July 21 in front of District Court Judge John Monaghan, said Mike Wendling, St. Clair County Prosecutor.

…The felony warrant said Coon was wanted since he “did accost, entice, or solicit (victim), a child less than 16 years of age, with the intent to induce or force that child to commit an immoral act, to submit to an act of sexual intercourse or an act of gross indecency, or other act of depravity or delinquency, or did encourage the child to engage in one of these acts.”

…In 2004, the Times Herald reported about Coon as the leader of The Quest, a contemporary church service that attracted many teenagers and 20-somethings in a casual setting.

I want to get people to start asking where they are spiritually, what they need to do to start walking with Jesus,” Coon said in the article. “We need to get past those stereotypes they hold about church. They’re roadblocks to Christianity.”

H/t, Todd @ Michigan Messenger.

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