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“Jesus wept.” Joh 11:35

Former Youth Pastor Ordered to Trial

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Aug 12, 2008 12:34 AM 

By Wendy McNew

A former Luzerne County youth pastor was back in court Monday, charged with inappropriately touching teenage girls.

Three of Brian Neiswender’s alleged victims took the stand for the prosecution.
“We feel very confident in the charges we have in this case and we feel very confident in our victims,” said Assistant District Attorney Nancy Violi.

The alleged victims testified between 2004 and 2006 while at private music classes and youth group meetings at Christ Community church Neiswender inappropriately touched them.

Neiswender’s attorney said he questions the teens’ testimony and wonders why it took so long for them to come forward.

“All of them having been friends, they have all said similar things.  I just think the testimony is incredible and is not believable,” said defense attorney Nanda Paliserry.

The prosecution’s key evidence is a taped phone conversation between Neiswender and one of the alleged victims in February.

Police said when asked if he felt bad because he got caught or because of what he did, Neiswender told the teen, “I am sorry because I hurt you.  I am sorry because I did it.”

The defense said that conversation means nothing.

“He didn’t say anything to hurt himself in those conversations despite the fact he didn’t know he was being taped,” Paliserry added.

Neiswender’s case is now set go to trail in Luzerne County.


August 12, 2008 - Posted by | Sex Abuse

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