Alleged pedophile pastor Joshua Robinson saw his first day of testimony today. Robinson is charged with two counts of lewd conduct with a minor and one count of sexually abusing a minor. He faces life in prison if convicted.
Today's testimony covered a phone call where Robinson tells the alleged victim:
From recorded phone call (Pastor Robinson): "I don't know what to tell you. I think the past is the past and is probably best left there. Bringing it up will only cause pain in the future."
Robinson took the stand and tried to make it seem like the alleged victim took advantage of him. He claimed that she had a crush on him, and kissed him on a day when he was heavily medicated.
There are problems with his story, Robinson was the adult in the relationship and should have reported the crush, the kiss, and anything else, like trying to have sex, to his pastor and her parents. He did not. I hope he likes jail, life is a long time to be a bitch.
Joshua Robinson appears to have acted like a teen aged boy in love with a girl half his age.
The girl read a letter in court that she wrote to her mother describing the alleged event. In the letter, the girl told her mother that she wanted the relationship to stop and that Robinson said that he would hurt himself if the relationship ended. She also wrote about the gifts that Robinson gave her like flowers, pictures and an Ipod.
Robinson is the youth pastor at Gate City Christian Church in Idaho.
In the wake of his arrest, church officials shifted Robinson away from youth ministry to an administrative role pending the outcome of his legal case. A court order requires that he not have any contact with anyone under the age of 18.
I did a little digging on Gate City's website. Joshua father is the Senior Pastor, which explains why Joshua is still on the payroll and is also still listed as the Youth Pastor.
My guess is that this is another case where the church stands behind it's pastor. His church website does not comment on the trial, nor do any blogs that I can find. Plus, he is using a blame the victim defense...***Update*** Joshua Robinson has been found Not Guilty.