Friday, August 19, 2011

Youth pastor Steven Bowers arrested

StevenBowersSteven M. Bowers was a high school girls soccer coach by day and a youth pastor by night. Yet nobody saw his arrest coming. He allegedly raped to young girls. At least the victims were not his student athletes. That would have been horrible. He allegedly raped two other girls.

In addition to the rape charges, Steven M. Bowers Jr., 32, who lives in the town of Orange, was indicted on six counts of taking indecent liberties and two counts of sexual object penetration.

According to Orange County Commonwealth’s Attorney Diana Wheeler, the victims live in Spotsylvania County. They are now teenagers and were never students at Orange High School, where Bowers had a part-time job coaching the girls soccer team.

The church, Salem Fields Community Church, was quick to add that the rapes occurred before Bowers was hired by the church. There is no comment on the church website.