There are some of these “hypocritical clergy” stories that are pretty funny. Most of them involve anti-gay preachers named Gaylord busted for soliciting gay sex in city parks. Kind of like the one we published three days ago. This, however…this isn’t so much one of the funny ones.
Garland, Texas man Derek Hutter was a youth pastor at several churches throughout the Dallas and Houston area. He worked with children of all ages, doing everything from ministry to helping out with family-based church events.
Last year, at a church event, Hutter met a 13-year-old girl from Sasche, Texas. Actually, it’s unclear how long he’s known her — only that, according to her, the two had had sex at least a dozen times since she was 13 years old.
This revelation came to light after the girl’s parents discovered a disturbing email from Hutter. In the email, he asked his underage consort to send him explicit photos of herself, naked and/or engaged in sexual acts. She confessed all to her parents and the police, and they immediately went after Hutter.
They found pictures of the girl on Hutter’s cell phone, though the exact nature of those pictures hasn’t been disclosed. She was 14 years old at the time of his arrest on October 19th.
Hutter has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor, statutory rape, attempted production of explicit materials containing a minor and receipt of such materials. The age of consent in Texas is 17 years, and 16 years old in most of the neighboring states, and as low as 14 right across the border in Mexico.
Say what you will about one nation or states social conventions regarding what’s appropriate or at what age — but taking advantage of a trusting girl, abusing your position of power and authority isn’t okay anywhere. Not in Texas, not in Mexico, and certainly not in church.
Because, as the Catholics would probably say these days…there’s nothing funny about that.