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Pennsylvania Pastor Who Admits Attraction to Young Boys Arrested for Sexual Assault

The pastor of Baptist church in Shickshinny, Pa. has been arrested on allegations that he sexually assaulted a former student more than a decade ago when he was a teacher at a private religious school near Philadelphia. 

Randy Lee Boston, 63, was arrested by West Goshen Township Police after the now 21-year-old student told police he had been forced by Boston to perform sex acts when he was in first grade, the Times Leader reported.

The incident allegedly took place in the 2007-2008 school year when Boston was a teacher at West Chester Christian School, a school affiliated with the Bible Baptist Church of West Chester, a Philadelphia suburb.

Boston was a teacher at the school from 1979 to 2008, according to the Chester County District Attorney’s Office. He is currently the pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Shickshinny, which is about two hours northwest of Philadelphia.

He was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, institutional sexual assault, and related charges and released on a $50,000 bond.

The alleged victim said he was alone with Boston downstairs at the school to be disciplined for sticking his tongue out at another student when Boston told him to remove his belt and pull down his pants. He said that Boston performed oral sex on him and made him perform oral sex on Boston as many as three times, although he clearly remembers only one event.  

A criminal complaint said Boston at first denied the allegations but later admitted he found elementary school children attractive, “especially their buttocks,” according to a report in the Daily Local

The affidavit said Boston had “been attracted to (little boys) in the past, and still struggled with desire towards them,” per the Times Leader.

Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan said Boston was the second teacher arrested for sexually abusing a child in the county within a week. 

“We are waging a war on child abuse, and we will come after every single pedophile in this county,” she said. “This epidemic must end.”

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Anne Stych

Anne Stych is a writer in Charlotte, North Carolina.