Lexington Herald-Leader

September 22, 2007

Church choir director charged with sex with girl

The Associated Press

A choir director who allegedly began a sexual relationship with a female church member when the girl was 14 faced two felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Nathan St. Pierre, 25, was being held Saturday night in the Vanderburgh County Jail in Evansville on a $25,000 cash bond. He was due to be arraigned Monday.

St. Pierre was choir director at Evansville's Washington Avenue Baptist Church when the relationship with the girl, then 14, began in early May and ended earlier this month, police said.

The problem came to light when the girl's mother found a diary detailing the relationship and brought it to the church's pastor, the Rev. Mike Bebout, who is St. Pierre's father in law.

Bebout, who became pastor two years ago, said he knew nothing about the affair and said the church should not be held responsible for allegations of wrongdoing against one employee.

St. Pierre has submitted a letter of resignation, Bebout said, "but he was dismissed already last week."

"I in no way tried to cover up this thing or tried to protect my son-in-law," Bebout said.

The police affidavit said the girl told investigators she and St. Pierre had sexual intercourse 15 to 20 times and other sexual relations at least six times.


SNAP Note:  Washington Avenue Baptist Church is shown as an SBC-affiliated church.