Former youth pastor Walter Harrison Yocum pleaded guilty to third degree sex offense. The victim was a teenage girl.
At the time of his arrest, Yocum had been serving as a youth pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Bel Air, according to the charging documents in his case. The church's senior pastor initially suspended Yocum, but then terminated him after learning the charges against Yocum involved a minor.
According to the charging documents in the case, a 16-year-old girl told officials with the Harford County Child Advocacy Center last August that Yocum had touched her inappropriately while she was attending a vacation Bible school at the church. She told investigators the alleged improper contract occurred when she was 15.
Let's hope Yocum's plea deal included a significant stretch in prison.