A Texas youth pastor who previously lived in Springfield has been arrested and charged with having sex with a teenager.
Chad Foster, 32, of Cypress, Texas, was charged with sexual assault of a child on Nov. 3, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Foster grew up in the Springfield area, according to people who know Foster and a blog kept by Foster.
Court documents indicate that Foster met a 16-year-old girl while he working at the Community Faith Church in Hockley, Texas.
Foster met the girl through a high school ministry program. The two started communicating via text messaging after exchanging phone numbers, court records say.
The girl said she had several encounters with Foster between July and October at his home in Cypress. During this time, she said Foster warned her that she shouldn't tell anyone about the relationship because she was underage. He also allegedly said that he would get into legal trouble if anyone found out, court records say.
The girl told investigators that she felt bad about the relationship and admitted what had been going on to a high school teacher before deputies became involved. She also told another pastor at the Community of Faith Church. Records indicate Foster is charged with two other felony sexual assault counts related to the incidents, court records say.
Efforts to contact officials with the Community of Faith Church were unsuccessful. Foster's blog said he worked at Second Baptist Church in Cypress, also as a youth minister.
People familiar with Foster's background said he grew up in the Springfield area and graduated from high school in 1997. According to News-Leader archives, Foster participated in track and basketball at Greenwood High School.