The general public typically expects church leaders to adhere to a higher standard of morality than most. When a church official is accused of a sex crime, he or she may be judged even more harshly in the court of public opinion. Such an accusation has the power to seriously damage the accused's personal and professional life, even if there is no conviction. A Colorado youth pastor now faces this situation after being accused of sexually assaulting a church member from the time she was 15. Five leaders in the church have also been charged for not reporting the crime.
Being accused of a sex-related crime can not only have serious criminal repercussions, but it can be devastating to the individual's personal and professional life. A woman now faces this situation after being accused of a sex crime by an 18-year-old who lived in the Colorado Springs group home where she worked. The 32-year-old woman has been charged with felony sexual assault.