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Ex-pastor could get up to 5 years for sex with teen | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 45 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jan 6, 2011, titled Ex-pastor could get up to 5 years for sex with teen | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

The former pastor of a Millersport church pleaded no contest and was found guilty yesterday of having sex with a 16-year-old member of his congregation.

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A friend

Columbus, OH

#1 Jan 6, 2011
Known the man for years... All involved are in my prayers.
honkyTonk

Collierville, TN

#2 Jan 6, 2011
Monk is a good pastor. I have been following him for years. He is a good example of how a pastor should be. One Sunday, he stunned the members while singing the great song Omazing Grace. Keep hope alive pastor.
Too bad

Columbus, OH

#3 Jan 6, 2011
As a non-believer, these stories bother me. This man's actions will be interpreted by believers as what happens when you turn away from God, which muddies the reality of atheism.
Anon

Chicago, IL

#5 Jan 6, 2011
Really, he sleeps with an underage girl, will only get a max of 5 years and the comments are that of praise of the pastor? Interesting.
Your Mama

Columbus, OH

#6 Jan 6, 2011
5 years in prison?? Age of consent in Ohio is 16.
Mallard

New Philadelphia, OH

#7 Jan 6, 2011
Doesn't anyone care about the girl and the trauma he inflicted on her?

“Not insane-mom had me tested”

Since: Apr 10

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#8 Jan 6, 2011
honkyTonk wrote:
Monk is a good pastor. I have been following him for years. He is a good example of how a pastor should be. One Sunday, he stunned the members while singing the great song Omazing Grace. Keep hope alive pastor.
A.."good example of how a pastor should be:...???? Really?!?!?!?!? Well then, I'm glad MY pastor is a bad example! Geesh.....I do believe there can be forgiveness, but you people are apparently condoning what he did.
proud pentecostal

Columbus, OH

#9 Jan 6, 2011
I too have known the man for years but this type of behavior is simply unacceptable. This is not how a "good pastor" acts. There were a lot of things that happened to him in the past year and a half but that's still no excuse for this behavior. Regardless of how close you are or were with him you can NOT condone his actions.
kdh

Westerville, OH

#10 Jan 6, 2011
Your Mama wrote:
5 years in prison?? Age of consent in Ohio is 16.
She was 15 when it happened moron
watcher

Columbus, OH

#11 Jan 6, 2011
Put him in jail for the max. He is a slug and a predator!
This is the kind of person we should look at and say he needs the max sentence and more!
sdb

Columbus, OH

#12 Jan 6, 2011
By far, not a good pastor and very unacceptable but he is human. And a girl that is 16 does know what she is doing. I see both sides of this story......
Satire Underrated

Mcdonough, GA

#13 Jan 6, 2011
honkyTonk wrote:
Monk is a good pastor. I have been following him for years. He is a good example of how a pastor should be. One Sunday, he stunned the members while singing the great song Omazing Grace. Keep hope alive pastor.
Your satire is noted...."O-mazing". ...I get it.
Bays

Columbus, OH

#14 Jan 6, 2011
sdb wrote:
And a girl that is 16 does know what she is doing. I see both sides of this story......
Whether you can see both sides of the story or not, Laws are laws and if you break them, you face the consequences.
Balls Deep

Grove City, OH

#15 Jan 6, 2011
She got hot for preacher?
Joe

Powell, OH

#16 Jan 6, 2011
Five years would be hardly enough for this scum.
Steven Streets

Grove City, OH

#17 Jan 6, 2011
A monk from Rasputins old order.
Bad Monk now lets make a Good Catholic Bishop out of ya. Move ya around a little while till it's all forgotten.
By the way good Catholics; I still demand the Pope apologise to the President for the sexual abuse of American military orphans like me (I'm not the only one either). For which cause you all threaten me with arrest for trespassing at my home church of 33 years while my abuser says Mass with Honor in comfortable retirement at the church named for the patron Saint of Soldiers (Defende nos in praelio).
Only my President will absolve you. I wont. Until you welcome me and my flag in my home church with honor on the 4th of July.(St Joseph where I was nailed to the rug)
God Bless the Navy that busted my abuser out.
It destroyed me as a young soldier.
Semper Fidelis fratres.
Pater Noster,
concerned

New York, NY

#18 Jan 6, 2011
I believe this man has 2 daughters.... creepy
Mack Daddy

Centerburg, OH

#19 Jan 6, 2011
Automatic death penalty for sexual predators. Period.

Since: Nov 10

Reynoldsburg, OH

#20 Jan 6, 2011
Your Mama wrote:
5 years in prison?? Age of consent in Ohio is 16.
She was 15 at the time and the age of consent increases to 18 when it involves a person with authority or influence over the minor such as a teacher, pastor, police officer etc.

Since: Nov 10

Reynoldsburg, OH

#21 Jan 6, 2011
Praying for all of those involved.

As a side note this is not an example of a good pastor. He may have been at one time but abusing a position of authority and statutory rape are not Christian actions. I pray if he has not he finds the ability to repent.

I also pray this young woman receives the help she may need and is supported by a loving family, friends and Church. I pray if she has not that she finds the ability to pray for and forgive her abuser.

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