Friday, November 2, 2012

Yuma Church reacts to allegations against youth pastor

Story by Marie Hamill, Reporter - email
Robert Warren, 43
Yuma, AZ- Robert Warren is behind bars for allegedly giving items of a sexual nature to a 14-year-old girl.
"They were basically sex toys. I don't want to get graphic but they could be classified as sex toys," said Lt. Darren Simmons with YCSO.
The 43-year old is a youth pastor at Valley Baptist Church.
The Yuma County Sheriff's Office says they received a call late Saturday night from a mother stating her daughter had received the items from Warren.
YCSO says he admitted to buying and delivering the items to the girls home after he was taken into custody for questioning.
"Right now it's looking like an isolated incident. We don't want to take anything away from the church. People are people. Unfortunately, you can't always tell what they are like. Just because that's where he worked. I Don't think people should hold it against the church," said Lt.Darren Simmons with YCSO.
Glenn Conelle, the church pastor told News 13 off camera that he is shocked to hear about the allegations against warren.
He says this is totally out of Warren's character.
Pastor Conelle says Warren has worked with the church for nearly 20 years and they are standing behind him.
He says they will act appropriately depending on how this case unfolds.
Warren will be in court on Friday to find out if 2 counts of furnishing harmful materials to a minor were filed against him.
He remains in jail on a cash only bond of more than 63,000 dollars.

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