Yuma Youth Pastor Charged, Victims Mother Fears More Harassment

Yuma Youth Pastor Charged, Victims Mother Fears More Harassment


Yuma, AZ- Robert Warren a youth pastor at the Valley Baptist Church was read his formal charges through video court. Friends from church including the Pastor sat tearfully in the gallery.

"The State of Arizona is charging your client with count 1- furnishing harmful materials to a minor and count 2- furnishing harmful materials to a minor," said Judge Jorge Lazano with the Yuma County Justice Court Precinct 2.

The Yuma County Sheriff's Office says they received a call late Saturday night from a mother claiming her 14-year old daughter had received sex toys from Youth Pastor Warren.

YCSO says after he was taken into custody for questioning, he admitted to buying and delivering the items to the girls home.

But today in court he entered a plea of not guilty.

Warren is being held on a $63,000 cash-only bond.

His attorney asked the judge to release him on his own recognizance or at least lower his bond because Warren does not have a criminal history.

The alleged victim's mother spoke out against him being released.

"I'm afraid the offender will continue to harass my daughter. My other concern is that he works with other children and he might harass them. This situation has been hard on my family. I ask that you set the highest bond possible."

Judge Lozano did reduce Warren's bond to $25,000.

Valley Baptist Church Pastor Glenn Connell says Warren has worked at 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 is due back in court later this month.

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