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Youth pastor at Clayton church charged with statutory sodomy

He worked at Central Presbyterian Church but was fired when the church found out about the incident, a statement from the church said.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A youth pastor at a Clayton, Missouri, church is facing statutory sodomy charges after police said he had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old.

Andrew Dickson, 30, was charged with two counts of statutory sodomy for an alleged sexual relationship with 15-year-old in March of 2018. He worked at Central Presbyterian Church but was fired when the church found out about the incident, a statement from the church said.

Charging documents said the relationship involved oral sex and fondling the male victim which took place at Dickson's University City home. After his arrest by the University City police, he admitted to the crimes, charging documents said.

He was charged with two counts of statutory sodomy and one count of child molestation. His bond was set at $150,000 and he was ordered not to contact the victim or the victim's family.

The church's full statement is as follows:

When Central Presbyterian Church learned of this deeply disturbing situation, we immediately reported it to the appropriate authorities and proceeded to terminate this individual from his position. We are fully cooperating with authorities investigating this matter. We are focused on caring for the victim and supporting our church community as we grieve and heal together. We are praying for all parties involved.