After all, he's a youth pastor!
It looks like a potential pedophile youth pastor was caught out before he could hurt the innocent children in his care. Troy Deal was busted in an Internet sting soliciting sex from someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
Deal is to be charged with using the Internet to solicit a child for sexually abusive activity, distributing sexually abusive material to the child and nine counts of using the Internet to communicate with a child for immoral purposes.
If convicted on all charges, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
I once conducted an experiment in a chat room. I changed my profile to that of a 15 year old boy. Within minutes, dozens of men tired to contact me. Times have changed, but the web is still a dangerous place for children. I supervise my 12-year-olds son's computer usage. I will until he is mature enough to handle himself. Experience has taught me that this is the best thing to do. People like Troy Deal are waiting to steal the innocence of any child who will take their bait. That fact that Deal is professional clergy somehow makes the whole situation that much worse.
I applaud the effort of the investigators who take predators like Deal off the streets. The job cannot be fun.