In early September, Jonathan King Meyer, was sentenced to 6 to 20 years for sexually assaulting three teens he met through his work as a volunteer Young Life leader.
The assaults occurred in the summer of 2006, as Mr. Meyer befriended the three boys during his time as a Young Life leader. He was their leader to Young Life’s Timberwolf Lake property in summer 2006 and also served as a lunch supervisor in their school.
This criminal conviction, again shows the vulnerabilities of this type of ministry model.
The only official response I could find from Young Life was a brief statement by Terry Swenson, expressing sadness and cooperation with the investigation. What I have yet to see, is any real soul-searching on how to help prevent such incidents from occurring in the first place.
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