Published on April 30th, 2013 | by Daniel Perlman0
Former youth pastor to be sentenced in sex case
Youth pastor purchased sex toys for victim at her request.
As part of his possible sentence, the former youth pastor of a Yuma church will not be allowed to obtain work as a youth pastor or chaperone any trips where youths are present.
According to the plea agreement, Robert Eric Warren is also required to write a letter of apology to the victim’s family, relinquish any teaching certificates he holds and is not allowed to apply for any related positions for at least five years.
Warren, the former youth pastor at Valley Baptist Church in Yuma, has entered a plea of guilty to one felony count of criminal trespass with a sexual motivation and is scheduled to return to court next month before Yuma County Superior Court Judge David Haws for sentencing. In return for his guilty plea, two counts of furnishing harmful material to a minor against him have been dismissed.
Warren’s plea agreement stipulates that he be placed on 36 months of supervised probation and pay up to a $150,000 fine, but the judge is not bound to follow it.
If the judge decides not to accept the stipulation in the plea agreement, Warren will be offered an opportunity to withdraw from it. If Warren chooses not to withdraw from it, he will still face the original charges of two counts of furnishing harmful material to a minor.
According to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, a woman contacted its office in November 2012 to report that her daughter had received “items of a sexual nature” from the church’s youth pastor.
Detectives from the sheriff’s office interviewed the victim and were able to determine that Warren had made contact with her and informed her that he had obtained the items in question and had dropped them off at her house.
Court records indicate the victim sent Warren a text message asking him to purchase two sex toys for her and to drop them off at her house, which he did.
Warren was later arrested at his home by deputies and taken into custody. During questioning he admitted to buying the items and delivering them to the victim’s residence.
Source: yumasun.com “Former youth pastor to be sentenced in sex case,” April 30, 2013.