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  1. #1
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    MI - Youth minister/school board member arrested on child porn charges

    Youth minister, school board member, and FB predator. Alcaraz is just covering all the bases.

    http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/F...124805899.html

    Former Mid-Michigan Youth Pastor Arrested on Porn Charges
    June 30, 2011

    "A former youth minister at an Ovid area church was charged Thursday with three pornography charges involving children. 46-year-old Enrique Alcaraz is accused of setting up false Facebook and Yahoo accounts to contact children. Investigators say Alcaraz used the names of Matt James, Mary Parker and Brad Merritt. They also say he received nude photos from one minor and sent nude photos to another...."

    and

    "...In addition to being a former youth pastor, Alcaraz is also a former member of the Ovid Elsie School Board...."

    more at link (including photo)

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    Church of the Living Word in Ovid, MI. Alcaraz has been removed from the homepage:

    http://www.cotlw.org/about/staff.html


    One of his sermons:

    http://pdfadvisor.com/read?=http://c...p%20122610.pdf

    "Be upon the feet, not to sit, kneel or lie. Be on guard."


    Kind of ironic that there would be a note at the bottom of the page that the most recent search there had been for "penis enlargement". Hmmmm. He's been handling funerals as recently as last December.


    And this is interesting. Someone wrote a book and dedicated it to him. I wonder if the pastor read it:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=vFG...lcaraz&f=false

    "Satan Wants Me, God Has Me"



    I guess Alcaraz knew something was cooking as he resigned his positions quite abruptly, this Spring:

    http://www.argus-press.com/news/news...cc4c03286.html

    April 15, 2011

    "....Ovid-Elsie Board of Education will hold interviews Monday night during a special meeting to fill the position left vacant after former trustee Rick Alcaraz resigned. Alcaraz, who served as a youth pastor at the Church of the Living Word, turned in his resignation March 29 and stated no reason for his resignation, but said it was with great regret and humility that he would be resigning from the board...."

    More at link (plus a comment about a State Police raid at the church)



    We can hope Alcaraz has some humility, now that he's been caught, of course.

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    Youth Minister!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If I go back and find every thread where a "Youth minister" was hurting kids or viewing child pornography I bet I'd have a slew.

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    I keep trying to think about how I'd feel if one of my grandkids excitedly told me about their new youth minister. How could I help but not freak out, given what I see here?

    You know what really breaks my heart? We need youth ministers. Most pastors are so busy with the business of the church and the kids need direction. We all know that there are thousands of great men and women out there, working their bunnies off for these kids each and every day. Then along come these.....horrid people.

    The phrase "youth minister" has kind of taken on the connotation of "guy in a trenchcoat at the corner" for me. And that's downright sad.

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    November 2011

    Former Ovid-Elsi Area Schools Trustee Enrique Alcaraz was sentenced Monday to five to 20 years in prison for a child pornography charge, the Lansing State Journal reports.

    Alcaraz, 45, of Elsie, pleaded guilty to the charge last month. He
    waived his preliminary hearing in Clinton County District Court in July, which bound the case over to Circuit Court.
    http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/in...sie_schoo.html



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