• Marion County youth pastor accused of sending sexually explicit texts to a minor

    By: Chip Skambis , Deanna Allbrittin


    BELLEVIEW, Fla. - A Belleview youth pastor was arrested after Marion County deputies say he sent sexually explicit text messages to a teenage girl, the Sheriff’s Office said. 

    Christopher Patrick, 30, is facing a charge of obscene communication with a minor, jail records show. 

    Patrick is a youth pastor at the Grace Baptist Church in Belleview, and the victim is in the youth program, deputies said. 


    A parent of a child in the youth program was made aware of the text messages and notified a school resource officer at a local high school, deputies said. 

    During the investigation, a Marion County detective obtained the victim's phone and saw sexually explicit messages and photos Patrick allegedly sent to the victim, according to a press release. 

    If anyone else has any knowledge that Patrick may have more victims, the Sheriff's Office urges them to contact Detective Craig Evans at 352-368-3535.


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