Saturday, December 29, 2007

Youth Pastor Arrested

DENVER -- A former youth pastor at a Longmont, Colo., church remained jailed Friday under a $1 million bond after he was accused of having sex with a teen from the church and ignoring court orders to stay away from children.

Judge John Stavely issued the high bond for Peter Kim after learning of Kim's four alleged bond violations in the past year.

Prosecutors asked for $250,000 bond for each violation after learning of an alleged relationship between Kim and the teenage daughter of a female friend.

Prosecutor Adrian Vannice told the court Thursday that Kim picks the girl up from school and takes her to lunch, according to a story in Friday's Boulder Daily Camera.

"This is classic grooming behavior on the part of Mr. Kim," Vannice told the court. "The people believe Mr. Kim presents a significant risk to the community."

Kim was arrested in October 2006 after a woman told her therapist that she had a three-year sexual relationship with him while she was underage and attending Central Presbyterian Church in Longmont. Kim was a youth pastor at the church.

Kim's lawyer, Steve Louth, was not at Thursday's hearing but earlier called Kim's actions involving the girl a "bad dating decision."

The case was heard by a jury in November, but the jury deadlocked. A new trial was set for next summer.

According to the Camera, Kim has a prior misdemeanor conviction for having a relationship with a teen he met while working with children at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church a decade ago.

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