Monday, February 7, 2011

Youth Pastor rapes 14 year old

CHANDLER - More victims have come forward, just two weeks after a 25-year-old Chandler youth minister was arrested on sexual abuse and sexual conduct with a minor charges.

A mother in Ohio says her daughter was also victimized by Joshua O'Bannion. She's not using her name, in order to avoid compromising a police investigation in Ohio.

Earlier this month, Chandler Police arrested O'Bannion on three counts of sex abuse and eight counts of sexual conduct with a minor. Police say O'Bannion had sex with a 14-year-old girl in his car three separate times this summer.

A phone conversation between O'Bannion and the girl was recorded -- and court documents say he mentioned them having sex several times.

The woman says O'Bannion had been a youth minister at her church in Parma, Ohio, before he joined Christ Life Church in Tempe, Ariz. When people in her community heard about the arrest from word-of-mouth, she says a few days later, "My daughter came to me while in the kitchen, crying, and told me Josh O'Bannion raped her also, when she was 14 years of age."

Then, another girl in Ohio came forward. Both victims filed police reports.

"I'm very disappointed," she says. "Someone you could leave your child with and totally trust and what do you do? I am at a loss for words."

O'Bannion's arraignment is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 28.

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