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.