Youth pastor faces
Arraignment lists sexual
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
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
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.