A youth pastor at a South Kitsap church has been charged with
third-degree child molestation, alleging he had sexual relations
with a 15-year-old member of his youth group.
Cecil Gregory Foust, 40, a youth pastor at South Park Assembly of
God, was arrested Feb. 1. He pleaded innocent at his arraignment
The alleged relationship began during a youth group trip in
December, Kitsap County Sheriff's Office Lt. Jim Harris said. They
allegedly had sexual contact on several occasions. Those contacts
occurred in the church van when he drove her home, Harris said.
The girl's mother told authorities Jan. 14 that she suspected an
inappropriate relationship between the two.
A Child Protective Services caseworker interviewed the girl, who
said the two had engaged in oral sex and fondling, according to
court papers filed in connection with the charge.
Foust entered the ministry in 1994, defense attorney Tim Kelly
said at Friday's arraignment. He began working at South Park
Assembly of God in March 1998.
A church board member who attended the arraignment Friday said
Foust will be welcome to continue living at the parsonage with his
wife and children, should he post bail. Church officials declined to
Superior Court Judge Judge Terry McCluskey set Foust's bail at
Third-degree child molestation indicates the victim is between
the ages of 14 and 16. If Foust is convicted, he will be required to
register as a sex offender, Deputy Prosecutor Claire Bradley said.
Detectives are in the process of interviewing other young church
members. Church parents are encouraged to talk with their children
and contact Detective Dave Anderson at (360) 337-5619 if they have
cause for concern, Harris said.
"We will be investigating further to determine if there's been
other problems," Harris said.
Sun reporter Travis
Baker contributed to this story.
Published in The Sun: 02/05/2000