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Former Minnesota Youth Pastor Accused of Assaulting Babysitter

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A former Minnesota youth pastor has been accused of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old member of his youth group.

The incident was reported to police on Dec. 23, 2021, and Sean Patrick Masopust, 32, of Owatonna was arrested Feb. 2, per the Owatonna Police Department.

Masopust was the youth pastor at Minnesota Assemblies of God member Northridge Church in 2018 when the assault allegedly occurred, Bring Me The News reported. The alleged victim was a member of the church’s youth group as well as an employee of the church’s daycare, where she worked with Masopust’s mother-in-law. She also babysat for Masopust’s children.

Masopust is accused of sending nude photos of himself and videos of himself masturbating to the girl and sending her inappropriate texts. He also allegedly kissed and touched her inappropriately, including at his house, where she had come to babysit.

He told the victim in October 2018 that he had to stop contacting her because his wife had seen the messages between them but texted her again on her 18th birthday apologizing for what had happened before, the complaint said.

An investigation conducted by The Minnesota Assemblies of God that was shared with police said Masopust had admitted to sending pictures and “flirtatious” texts to the girl and that he had intended to have sex with her. The victim’s mother told police she had not been informed about any of the incidents.

Bail was set at $40,000 without conditions or $5,000 with conditions. Masopust is next due in court on April 21.

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Anne Stych

Anne Stych is a writer in Charlotte, North Carolina.