Arizona church ‘standing behind’ youth pastor who gave ‘sex toys’ to 14-year-old girl

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, November 2, 2012 12:04 EDT
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Robert Warren, a Yuma County youth pastor who admitted to providing sex toys to a 14-year-old girl. Photo: Screenshot via Desert News Now.
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The pastor of a church in Yuma, Arizona said it is “standing behind” a youth pastor who was arrested this week for allegedly providing “sex toys” to a 14-year-old girl.

Police told a reporter with CBS News affiliate KSWT Desert News Now that 43-yer-old Robert Warren, who’s worked at Valley Baptist Church for more than 20 years, was reported by the mother of a 14-year-old girl who claims she received items of a sexual nature from the man.

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office says that Warren admitted it when confronted with the allegation. They did not describe exactly what type of sex toy was provided.

Pastor Glenn Conell reportedly told Desert News that he feels this incident was out of character for the longtime youth pastor, adding that the church is “standing behind” him, but will consider taking “appropriate” action pending the outcome of an investigation.

Warren was still in jail on Friday morning in lieu of a $63,000 bond.

This video is from CBS News affiliate KSWT Desert News Now, broadcast Thursday, November 1, 2012.

| News for Yuma, Imperial Valley, El Centro, AZ

Photo: Screenshot via Desert News Now.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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