Friday, April 12, 2013

Texas pastor arrested for soliciting 14 year old girl

GARLAND, Texas -   A man who worked as a youth pastor for years at a Garland church is now charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a teen member.

Police believe there may be other victims and a second suspect.

Joshua Earls served as a youth pastor for about four years at the Arapaho Road Baptist Church.
He is charged with 2 counts of Indecency with a Child by Contact.

Garland police say Earls was having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl, a member of the church.

The girl's parents found text messages, videos and pictures on the teen's phone on March 29.
Earls left the church last summer for reasons unrelated to the case. But, police say the relationship continued.

Police also want to interview Jordan Earls, the suspect's brother. The 24-year-old also volunteered at the church.

"We are looking at his brother as a person of interest. He did not work at the church, however, he helped at the church a lot," said Officer Joe Harn.

Church spokesman David Alvey says basic background checks were done on both men and both came back clean.

Police believe there are other victims based on the evidence.

Jordan Earls is in a South Carolina jail on a Collin County warrant for solicitation of a minor.
He is expected to be back in Garland soon for questioning.

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