Sunday, October 06, 2013

Youth Pastor Gregory Forehand sentenced

Youth pastor Gregory Douglas Forehand, profiled here, was sentenced to five years in prison. The judge suspended a 10 year sentence and recommended a sex-offender treatment program. Forehands lawyers were asking for a six month sentence. 

Forehand, who served as the youth minister and then lead minister at Real Life Christian Church in Chesapeake, pleaded guilty in March to five counts of custodial indecent liberties. The victims, who were male members of the church's youth group, testified the abuse occurred during sleepovers at Forehand's Virginia Beach home. The incidents took place between June 1999 and June 2006, according to online court records.

Source: Former Beach minster sentenced for molestations by Kathy Adams

What did we learn from this case? Never let your child go to a sleepover at a youth pastors home! Of course, this is a lesson we all should have learned a long time ago. I think the "youth pastor" moniker causes otherwise good parents to forget their duties.