March 12, 2005

Former Youth Pastor Pleads To Abuse Charges


POSTED: 8:24 pm CST March 11, 2005
UPDATED: 8:46 pm CST March 11, 2005

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The trial of a former Bethany youth minister accused of sexually abusing five young girls ended after just one witness.

Ryan Wonderly entered an Alford plea after the first prosecution witness testified. With an Alford plea, Wonderly doesn't admit guilt, but admits the evidence will likely lead to a conviction.

Wonderly faced 14 charges of inappropriately touching five girls ages 7 to 11 between 1997 and 2000 while he was a youth minister at First Bethany Church of the Nazarene.

Posted by kshaw at March 12, 2005 05:53 AM