Youth pastor charged with sexting young church members
A Mansfield youth pastor is accused of sending sexually-oriented text messages to several juvenile members of his church.
25-year-old Adam Dewayne Carter is charged with three counts of computer-aided solicitation of a minor. Carter has been a youth pastor at Temple of Knowledge Church for five years.
According to information released by the Mansfield Police Department, the text messages are believed to have begun in November. An arrest warrant was obtained Tuesday morning.
More details emerged Tuesday afternoon, with the release of a statement from Pastor Reegis Richard. The statement reveals that it was the church itself that discovered the alleged inappropriate texting and reported it to police.
"On May 4, 2011, I learned that Mr. Carter, who is also my brother, communicated via text message inappropriately with teenage young men who are members of the congregation. We reported it immediately to the local authorities and are in full cooperation with them to complete their investigation. We immediately advised the local authorities of that information as well. We had no prior knowledge of any misconduct by Mr. Carter."
The statement goes on to say that Carter was immediately removed from his responsibilities at Temple of Knowledge and that he is no longer associated with the church in any way.
DeSoto Parish District Attorney Richard Johnson says crimes like this are becoming more common.
"I expect us to start getting more notice of it. I'm sure there have been some cases that we haven't caught, but I think as time passes, we'll be getting more and more cases of it."
He urges parents to use this as a lesson.
"As I've said before, children don't have an expectation of privacy, and parents have a right to look at the text messages, look at their telephones to make sure they're not receiving inappropriate messages from adults," Johnson says.
Click here for the full statement from the pastor of Temple of Knowledge.
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