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News 10-6-00

Youth pastor faces charges

Arraignment lists sexual abuse count

HERMISTON — A youth pastor was arraigned Thursday on charges of one count of first-degree sexual abuse and eight counts of using a child in display of explicitly sexual conduct for a person to observe.

The suspect is a former Hermiston School Resource Officer. Jay Brian Lynch worked for the Hermiston Police Department from January 1994 through July 1997, when he told Chief Andy Anderson that he wanted to give up his law enforcement career to seek a career in the church.

He became youth pastor at Hermiston’s Church of the Nazarene.

“I almost fell out of my chair when I heard about it,” Anderson said of Lynch’s arrest.

Lynch is 42 years old.

The sexual abuse charge against Lynch involves a girl under the age of 14, said Chris Brauer, Umatilla County district attorney. The charges of using a child in display of explicitly sexual conduct involves two girls under the age of 14.

A secret indictment on Sept. 27 led to Lynch’s arrest on Wednesday and his arraignment the following day.

At the arraignment, Judge Eric Valentine appointed a public defender to represent Lynch and set bail at $250,000.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Oct. 17.

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