May 11, 2005

Ex-youth minister charged with 5 felony sex offenses

Indianapolis Star

By Lesley Rogers Barrett

A former Noblesville youth pastor faces sexual misconduct charges after allegedly having a relationship with an underage girl from the church.

Bradley Storer, 36, Indianapolis, a former assistant pastor at Faith Community Church, turned himself in Friday at the Hamilton County Jail, police said.

The reported abuse is said to have begun more than six years ago, when the girl was 14, said Noblesville Police Detective Mike Sadler.

Earlier this year, Storer's wife found on the computer instant messages exchanged between Storer and the female, who is now 20, Sadler said. The wife alerted authorities to the relationship, which apparently ended when the youth was 19, Sadler said.

Storer is charged with having a sexual relationship during the two years the girl was underage.

"The age of consent is 16," Sadler said. "Anything under 16 would be a crime."

Sadler said the girl was reluctant but cooperative with police.

Posted by kshaw at May 11, 2005 08:26 AM