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Youth Pastor Accused Of Sexting Teen Boy

Posted by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 4:20 PM
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 What good is it for them to register?

COCOA, Fla. -- A Cocoa youth pastor was supposed to be a role model, but he's been arrested for sexting a teenager instead. WFTV learned Friday that there's more to Jermel Manns than that one sex crime.

Manns is a convicted sex offender from Illinois who never registered locally, and he got a youth pastor job from his uncle.

If you look up Jermel Manns in the Illinois sex registry database, he comes up with a Jacksonville, Illinois address, and the Illinois sex offender registry lists him as compliant.

But for the past two years he was actually living in Brevard County under the name Jermel Beckford, or as his youth group at church called him, Pastor J.

Jermel Manns is no stranger to the criminal justice system. The 36-year-old was convicted of molesting a teenage boy in Illinois nearly a decade ago.

In 2008 he moved to Florida, took up a job as youth pastor at the Celebration Tabernacle Church in Cocoa and assumed the name Jermel Beckford.

Dressed in a suicide prevention gown, he appeared in Brevard County’s jail to answer to a new sex charge.

The senior pastor at the church, and Jermel's uncle, Errol Beckford, said he knew nothing of his past and was stunned to hear of his arrest.

“I says, what? Are you kidding me? He was a good pastor. He had 75 kids here. He built it up and they loved him," Beckford said.

Rockledge police say he developed a close relationship with a 16-year-old boy and started sending sexually explicit text messages. One message asked the teen to perform a sexual act.

A friend of the victim saw it and word got to police.

"At this point we do not know if there are any more victims, but we're pleading to the community if you think you've been victimized please come forward we need that information," said Cpl. Alice DiBiase-Deakins, Rockledge Police Department.

Errol Beckford said the church did not run a nationwide background check, but he says they will for Manns’ replacement.

"Whoever that person is we learn from this incident, doesn't matter who it is. It could be the Pope, we're going to run a national and pay for it," Beckford said.

Manns is being held on one count of soliciting a sexual act with a minor, but authorities say he could face more charges for failing to register as a sex offender in Florida and for not notifying authorities in Illinois.

http://www.wftv.com/news/24046369/detail.html

by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 4:20 PM
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ddbz
by Silver Member on Jun. 26, 2010 at 7:39 PM

 What? You mean this happens to other Christian groups besides the Catholics?

muslimah
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 7:48 PM

We got one here in Michigan as well. His name is Ryan Settlemoir and he was the youth pastor and principal at Antioch Baptist Church and School in Warren Michigan.

If I am not mistaken for anyone in Michigan who wants to know he lives in Warren between Ryan and Mound Rd.

His brother was a police officer at the Madison Heights Police station and died just last year of the swine flu and Ryan Settlemoir was also the Dept. Chaplin.

http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspot.com/2010/06/michigan-pastor-christopher-settlemoir.html

Police told a judge Settlemoir engaged in oral sex with a student at the school. The teen's mother turned over text messages last week, and Settlemoir was arrested over the weekend. Investigators were examining his computers.

"We do have some admissions" by Settlemoir, Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local/christopher-settlemoir-charged-with-assault-20100614-apx

MovalMomsADMIN
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 7:49 PM

dang lol

tericared
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 8:10 PM

BUMP!

Kaelansmom
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 8:46 PM

ohhh goodness... seems that you cannot trust anyone, eh?

tericared
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 9:01 PM

 

Quoting Kaelansmom:

ohhh goodness... seems that you cannot trust anyone, eh?

 Nope, not anyone....

muslimah
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 9:14 PM


Quoting ddbz:

 What? You mean this happens to other Christian groups besides the Catholics?

Evidently. Kids are not safe anywhere not even at school

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