Sunday, February 27, 2011
Youth Pastor arrested for sexually abusing 3 girls
McDowell used his position as a youth minister to sexually abuse three young girls, Romero said. "He picked young teenaged girls who were socially having a difficult time adjusting, not only to their age and the normal things that teenagers have to deal with, but he would find girls who come from broken homes or girls who are overweight and who are a bit insecure in dealing with those self-conscious issues," Romero said. Parents who send their children to school, church or social activities should be aware who their youngsters are interacting with and what they are doing, Romero said. According to the Sheriff's Department, McDowell met the girls through a youth ministry program at Camarillo Church of Christ, where he had served as a youth minister.