Evangelism Exposed

“Jesus wept.” Joh 11:35

New Sex Charges Filed Against Ex-Youth Pastor


MANSFIELD, Ohio — Investigators on Tuesday said additional charges were filed against a former youth pastor who was accused last month of sexually abusing a teenage girl.

John Picard was arrested and charged in July with 10 counts of sexual battery.

Picard was accused of having sexual relations with a girl starting in 1992 when she was 13 and continuing until she reached adulthood when he was at Mansfield’s Grace Brethren church, 10TV News reported.

Police said that the first claim against Picard, now 40, came in 2005.  The girl, who at that time was 16, claimed that Picard first engaged with sexual conduct with her but investigators did not have any supporting evidence to charge him.

In July, another woman came forward said she and Picard had a sexual relationship that started when she was 13.

Six new charges were filed against Picard this week after a third woman claimed that Picard had sexually abused her, 10TV News reported.

Investigators said that Picard not only used his position in the church to prey on his victims but also used scripture to convince the girls that what he was doing was right.

Watch 10TV News and refresh 10TV.com for additional information.

August 19, 2008 - Posted by | Sex Abuse

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