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Pastor accused of having sex with teen | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 850 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Sep 20, 2010, titled Pastor accused of having sex with teen | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

The pastor of a Millersport church has been charged with having sex with a teenage church member he was counseling during her parents' divorce.

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That Guy

Toledo, OH

#24 Sep 20, 2010
A preacher abusing his power to exploit a teen-aged girl? Inconceivable.
ABC

Reynoldsburg, OH

#26 Sep 20, 2010
She's legal and consensual,multiple times.
Everything else is moralistic whining and posturing.
Case Dismissed
NEXT!
Drew

Columbus, OH

#27 Sep 20, 2010
16 is the legal age to consent to have sex, but only with someone who is a maximum of two years older. So anyone over the age of 18 who has sex with a 16 year old is committing statutory rape. 47 is way above 18.
Drew

Columbus, OH

#28 Sep 20, 2010
And it's the same with every state that has 16 as the age of consent. That's why adults say, "I can't wait until she's 18."
Drew

Columbus, OH

#29 Sep 20, 2010
ABC...read my post. Not legal, sorry.
------------GAR- -----142

Columbus, OH

#30 Sep 20, 2010
Concerned Citizen wrote:
Whether 16 is legal or not, a pastor has a position where he has influence over his parishoners that the average man does not have. That makes it sexual battery when the victim is of age. This is much the same as if a teacher has sexual relations with a student who is of legal age. That doesn't even begin to address the moral implications.
You are correct.
Tony

United States

#32 Sep 20, 2010
It's a pentecostal church and the preacher used his tongue for a lot more than talking!
Daily Customer

Columbus, OH

#33 Sep 20, 2010
If the preacher had been a woman and the "victim" a 16 year old boy, the sentence would be no more than 18 months, per recent history. Regardless, they should lock this guy up for a long time.
Just Passing By

Alexandria, OH

#34 Sep 20, 2010
Knowing the Millersport PD, it was probably Sgt. Consolo who set up the meetings. He's had more sexual harassment charges swept under the rug than the entire Ohio Diocese.
That Guy

Toledo, OH

#35 Sep 20, 2010
ABC wrote:
She's legal and consensual,multiple times.
Everything else is moralistic whining and posturing.
Case Dismissed
NEXT!
Maybe not. If he was counseling her you could make a case that he coerced her into a sexual relationship.

I'm also not 100% certain about Ohio's consent laws but most states with low ages of consent have certain provisions in place that account for age disparity. The age of consent might be 16 but only if the man is under the age of 25, for example. Even if Ohio's age of consent is unstipulated you still have the fact that this man was being entrusted to provide counseling to the girl. It might not be a hefty criminal penalty but I'm sure something would apply.
Zannys Little White Dog

Columbus, OH

#36 Sep 20, 2010
The Lancaster newspaper will not allow any comments on this story, so I am making them here. What a disgusting pervert! Using his position of power as a minister to take advantage of a girl 30 years younger. I hope he is defrocked (he already disrobed) and is charged with all the law will allow.
Sammie

Columbus, OH

#37 Sep 20, 2010
Yep. 16 is the age someone is legally allowed to have sex, but only with someone their own age. Not with an adult. 16 is the age of consent, and 18 they are legal. Learn your laws people.
Tony

United States

#38 Sep 20, 2010
I used to go to a church where the minister was a 'former Jew' named Bert Goldstein and we found out later that he knocked up a 16 year old girl who was getting private counseling from him. He took off the week after she told him she was pregnant, but he took up a collection for his 'missionary trip' before he escaped.

The good news is that the police tracked him down and charged him with statutory rape. I quit going to his church after that and spent more time developing my own spiritual path. There are too many rapists, thieves, child molesters, and criminals posing as preachers.
Zannys Little White Dog

Columbus, OH

#39 Sep 20, 2010
Oh, yeah, a 47 year old man is so irresitible to a 16 year old! Even if she did come on to him (and we don't know the facts), is he unable to control himself? He was supposed to be counseling her, not ----ing her!
Ron wrote:
Sl*t puppy came on to him.
Tim

United States

#40 Sep 20, 2010
Catholic bashers are you listening.
oneofakind

Marysville, OH

#41 Sep 20, 2010
At least wait until they turn 18. jeeez
Alda

Columbus, OH

#42 Sep 20, 2010
Nothing new here. This is what happens when people are brought up with the Ten Commandments pasted on the walls of the public school and prayer is required prior to classes starting. I suspect this "pastor" was raised under just those conditions in his rural school a number of years ago.
Micky

United States

#43 Sep 20, 2010
Dean Wormer wrote:
500 years ago he would have been excommunicated and burned at the stake.
500 years ago he could of married her.
Voice of Reason

New York, NY

#44 Sep 20, 2010
Hot Pew wrote:
Christ that's hot!
LOL....line of the day!
vern1581

Lancaster, OH

#45 Sep 20, 2010
Sammie wrote:
Yep. 16 is the age someone is legally allowed to have sex, but only with someone their own age. Not with an adult. 16 is the age of consent, and 18 they are legal. Learn your laws people.
why should 16 be the age of consent when it aint leagal until 18 - sounds like some kind of contradiction here - if it aint leagal until 18 then dont say they can consent at 16 !!!!!!!!!!

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