Former Youth Minister Accused Of Preying On Teen Girl

A former Northern Kentucky youth minister is accused of luring a Madison County teenager who he met on online. Police say Tim Richerson, 39, of Green County met a 14-year old Richmond girl on Myspace and traveled to Central Kentucky several times to see her.

Detectives caught him after the girl's mother found out about the relationship. The mother says her daughter was chatting with Richerson 10 to 12 times a day.

Investigators say the former Campbellsville youth minister was posing as a 16 year old on his Myspace account. The victim's mother says eventually he revealed his age. She says Richerson had planned to take her daughter's virginity on her 15th birthday. The mother says the two did have several secret meetings where they did have sexual contact but never intercourse.

Richerson is charged with using an electronic communication system to procure a minor. He's being held on 10-thousand dollars bond.


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  • by Jessica Smith Location: N/A on Jan 5, 2008 at 12:35 AM
    The girl was 14.. not reatrded- she also knew what she was doing at the time but then again that is no excuse for the mans actions he deserves to be castrated...
  • by Deb Location: Berea on Oct 21, 2007 at 04:07 AM
    Folks, it PAYS to put in extra measures to monitor what your children are doing on MySpace, and various other sites. Yes, there are MORE! I did and I will never be sorry for trying to keep my child safe. They may get angry, but they don't hold grudges. My children are 6 years apart in age. The oldest went through all of that and now the youngest is learning the hard way. Don't feel guilty in this day and age. I'd rather have my child angry at me, then to lose my baby because I didn't try to do something to protect her.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Oct 20, 2007 at 04:21 PM
    These so called preachers are out of control! From the high office of cardinal all the way down to the youth minister of some 50 member country church. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inside they are ravenous wolves. And the funny thing is that you turn out your pockets and give them your money every time that they ask for it. Yet when a good honest preacher like Pastor Fred Phelps comes to town, you want to shed his blood on the streets of Lexington! The commonwealth tries to pass unconstitutional laws to keep him from preaching straight out of the Bible. Yet these perverts are held to the highest honor and given titles like "Reverend" (a title that appears no where in the Bible). Kentucky bred Richerson by feeding him a steady diet of lies and perversions. You sowed the wind now you reap the whirlwind!
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Oct 20, 2007 at 10:42 AM
    Well, he must not be Catholic, or it would have been splattered all over the article, and all over the front page of the paper. So, that being the case, which religion / church do we blast for being child molesters on this one?
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Oct 19, 2007 at 06:26 AM
    The youth minister was preying when he should have been "praying."
  • by michael roland Location: clark bourbon treatment on Oct 18, 2007 at 12:10 PM
    i think that is pure stupid for a former youth minister to do that to a girl at a church that belongs to god.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Oct 18, 2007 at 10:34 AM
    Just another example of how a person presents him/herself to the people around them and how they perceive themselves over the internet. All parents, check out your kids Myspace profile. If like my kid, it all came as quite a surprise and disappointment when I saw what my child was posting. It's not only my child though, because the friends on her Myspace account were just as terrible. You think you know your kid? Just take a look at how they present themselves over the web. You will most likely be disgusted and totally disappointed in your child. I keep wondering what did I do wrong that has created this type of attitude and persona my child is professing. It is a nightmare.
  • by jeanette Location: knox on Oct 18, 2007 at 10:07 AM
    you read about this kind of thing happening but u never expect it could happen here, I think this man shoud get the max and the help he needs to stay away and quit preying on children... this is one sick man .GOD please protect our kids ...
  • by Becca Location: IN on Oct 18, 2007 at 07:56 AM
    Perv! I am in 100% support of catching these predators by any means possible. Entrapment my a**! (He will have some sort of lame excuse, guaranteed) I am not even going to get into the fact that he is a "former youth minister"....sickening!
  • by nunya Location: lex on Oct 18, 2007 at 07:44 AM
    This is just another case of what can go wrong if kids aren't supervised on the internet. I'm not saying you can control everythin gyour child watches online, or who they talk to, but a simple check of the girl's email history could have prevented the contact from ever taking place. I think before parents go buy their kids a computer they shoould educate themselves on how to use them, and how to check up on their kids' online activities. As for Richerson, he's a sicko just like all other kid diddlers, and deserves to be repeatedly and brutally raped in prison for a long time. People like him, who pollute the minds and bodies of our young girls, and forever skew their concepts of love and healthy relationships, deserve the harshest punishements there are, and a justice system that does not hand out those punishments is not protecting kids. 'Nuff said.

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