The teen mentioned below is a 13-year-old girl in his youth group. Youth pastor Derek Hutter is 37.
Authorities say Hutter was a youth pastor at South Garland Baptist Church and married when he began an online and cellphone relationship with the teen.
- via Valley Central
Hunter worked for South Garland Baptist Church in Texas, which as expected, does not acknowledge the controversy on the church website.
The victim’s parents discovered the relationship while reviewing photos on the girl’s phone. Which is a good thing, but it raises a few questions. Do 13-year-old children really need smartphones? If so, , what is the role of parents in monitoring activity? Should parents use technology like TeenSafe? More importantly, should parents allow unmonitored access to their children?
What about the church? Do they use a management agent for church smart phones? Do they monitor employees social media behavior? Do they have a social media policy? Are at-risk populations properly educated? Are the kids attending youth group meetings told about what a youth pastor can and cannot do? Do the kids know the difference between appropriate and inappropriate staff behavior? Is there a safe reporting mechanism? Is there a two adult policy?
I’ll reach out to the church, but I expect to get the same answer I aways do. No comment!