Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Youth pastor is on his way to trial

REDWOOD CITY, California — A former Redwood City youth pastor accused of fondling young parishioners will go to trial for five felony counts of molestation.
Christopher Fouts, 26, was held to answer Tuesday after he chose to forgo his preliminary hearing, where prosecutors outline the case against a defendant in an effort to prove there is enough evidence for a trial.

Fouts appeared in court wearing a suit and was accompanied by nearly a dozen people. He will be arraigned Dec. 16 in San Mateo County Superior Court.

Prosecutors say Fouts molested two boys — ages 13 and 14 — during Peninsula Covenant Church activities. He worked as a youth pastor for the Redwood City church for three years before he was fired in June, when police launched an investigation into the alleged molestations.

Redwood City police say in addition to the two local boys, three boys who live outside the San Mateo County district attorney's jurisdiction have made accusations against Fouts.

Fouts is free on a $100,000 property bond.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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