Skip to comments.Former Kingston, PA, youth minister accused of molesting teen girls
Posted on 07/06/2008 9:50:06 PM PDT by Coleus
A former youth minister at a Kingston church is accused of molesting at least two teenage girls who belonged to his congregation. Pastor Brian A. Neiswender repeatedly fondled the girls while playing hide and seek in the dark and teaching one-on-one music lessons, according to arrest papers.
The 26-year-old Baptist minister surrendered to authorities Wednesday to face charges of indecent assault and corruption of minors in connection with the alleged sex crimes at Christ Community Church, 100 W. Dorrance St. The two girls, now 17 and 18 years old, came forward in February. They said the abuse dates back to August 2003 and lasted for years.
Church leaders were advised of Neiswenders alleged improper conduct at least two times, according to arrest papers filed with Magisterial District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston. The first time, a rule was briefly implemented that his lessons would no longer be one-on-one, the girls said. The second time, Neiswender apologized and church members said they would take care of the situation, but its unclear if any action was taken. A phone call placed to the church was not returned Wednesday.
Kingston police Capt. John Jorda said there is another local victim whom police are trying to locate and there might be one more. Neiswender currently is the pastor of student ministries at Heritage Baptist Church in Lakeland, Fla. Local authorities have advised Florida investigators about Neiswenders arrest and they are looking into matters there, Jorda said.
Neiswenders profile on the Web site for his Florida church portrays a loving husband and father dedicated to helping young people connect with God. His profile says he is a graduate of Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit and mentions he served at the church in Kingston. Four pictures on the site are of him with his wife and young daughter.
One of the alleged victims said she didnt want to come forward at the time because she didnt want to get Neiswender in trouble. The most recent contact documented in arrest papers is when Neiswender sent two unusual picture messages to one of the girls in June 2007, police said. Just days after the victims came forward, police say they wiretapped a phone call between Neiswender and one of the girls. He apologized several times for what (he) had done to her, according to arrest papers.
Neiswender has been cooperating since contacted by police, Jorda said. His attorney, Jair Novajosky, noted Wednesday his client came to Luzerne County to answer to the charges within 48 hours of being notified about them. He assured his client would show up for future court dates.
Neiswender was released on $50,000 unsecured bail, meaning he didnt have to post any money but would be responsible for that amount if he failed to show up for court. Representatives from his Florida church did not return phone calls or e-mails Wednesday.
Oh No! Not another Baptist molester!!!
Seems like a lot of the ministers that get in this sort of trouble are “youth ministers”.
Hide and Seek in dark?
I wonder if he also had them play Glass Bottom Boat?
The two girls, now 17 and 18 years old, came forward in February. They said the abuse dates back to August 2003 and lasted for years.
But we are assured that protestant molesters are immediately arrested and prosecuted.
Pervs come in all religions.
Actually, pedophiles have no religion. Only their urges. The 'Baptist' part of this is irrelevant, other than that's how he met the young people. There's bad people of all religious affiliations, and bad people without religious affiliation.
Your true church is under attack from ravenous wolves disguised as your workers,
from the slings and arrows hurled from those mocking from the outside.
O father, empower us with your wisdom through the power of the Holy Spirit to deal with those who prey on the most vulnerable of your sheep.
We ask that you crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Your justice among men.
Lord we ask these things because we know that the gates of Hell cannot harm your church founded on our precious savior Jesus the Christ and accessed by your humble servants through faith alone.
No doubt about it. Some are also unjustly accused.
Amen and amen. Most gracious heavenly Father, we ask thee to reprove your children, rebuke those who work evil, draw your children close and convict us to walk in the light. Give us eyes to see as You do and discernment and wisdom to avoid the snares of the evil one. Let no man rejoice in the downfall of another, nor think himself above sin. Let your people draw near with humble hearts of gratitude and cling to thee, our only refuge. All blessings, and dominion, and glory, and honor, and power be unto the Lamb of God who has given Himself so we might live.
AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!