Former youth pastor John Pickard, of Springboro, OH, was arrested Thursday, July 17, 2008, on ten third-degree counts of felony sexual battery against a teenager, beginning when she was 13 and continuing until she was an adult. There will be additional charges, including additional victims.
The investigation began in 2005 and has been difficult because the girls involved have been reluctant to come forward. Apparently each of them has believed they were the only one, and each has been thoroughly brainwashed by the perpetrator.
Pray that the police can break this wide open and give the girls and their families strength. In this case I am clearly taking “sides” because it is very obvious that there’s no question of guilt or innocence.
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