A youth pastor in Houston has been charged with sexual assault of a minor and two churches he was affiliated with are being sued by another alleged victim. The twist: He met the second accuser at a public school, where he was allowed in to “mentor” students during their lunch hours.
Foster was part of a “marketing scheme” by Second Baptist that allowed youth pastors to encourage students in public schools to attend church activities and events, enticing them with fast food, the suit states. The goal was to recruit their parents to join. He later went to work for Community of Faith, the suit states.
The girl met Foster during her lunch hour at school, where he was able to get her involved in activities with Second Baptist. The two started a relationship as one of religious guidance, the suit states.
“This is no different than a pedophile with candy in his pocket,” said Cris Feldman, attorney in the case for the parents of the girl, now 17. “It’s just someone who worked for Second Baptist and was told to go into school lunch rooms and recruit.”
But the sex part is the criminal part and the most salacious. Even without that, this practice of allowing ministers in to school cafeterias to talk with students has to stop. There’s absolutely no way to ensure that they aren’t proselytizing and inviting kids to their churches. Indeed, that’s the real reason why they’re there in the first place. They wouldn’t allow any random person off the street to talk to students during lunch and they shouldn’t let a minister in there either.