Boulder Police Ticket VineLife Church Officials for Failing to Report Alleged Sex Assault
Youth pastor already facing charges of sex assault on a child
By Mitchell Byars, Camera Staff Writer
Posted: 11/06/2013 11:13:28 AM MST
Updated: 11/06/2013 09:15:40 PM MST
Boulder police this week ticketed two pastors and two elders at VineLife Church on suspicion of failing to report child abuse.
Investigators say the four men did not tell police about reports that a youth pastor at the church had sexually assaulted a child, despite evidence that he had “repeatedly confessed” to them.
Jason Allen Roberson, 35, is facing six felony charges after police said he had an “inappropriate relationship” with a teenage church member.
The victim, who lives in Boulder and is now 24, went to police in May and told investigators that she and Roberson had an inappropriate relationship that began when she was 15 and continued for seven years.
Roberson turned himself in to police in September.
Over the course of the past two days, police ticketed two pastors and two church elders on suspicion of failing to report the alleged sex assault.
Executive Pastor Robert Phillip Young, 65, and Pastor Luke Michael Humbrecht, 30, were ticketed, as were church elders Edward Charles Bennell, 65, and Warren Lloyd Williams, 66. Police said a fifth person will be issued a summons but is out of the country.
The victim has also filed a lawsuit against both VineLife and Roberson.
Here are related stories:
- Jul 23:
- ‘This cannot happen’: Boulder judge sentences VineLife Church leaders for not reporting sex assault
- Jul 20:
- Boulder DA cites VineLife Church’s ‘disturbing culture of secrecy’ in sex-abuse cover-up
- May 1:
- Pastor Jason Roberson pleads guilty in VineLife Church sexual abuse case
- Nov 7:
- Victim in sex abuse case feared VineLife Church leaders would ‘not take matter seriously’
- Nov 6:
- Boulder police ticket VineLife Church officials for failing to report alleged sex assault
- Sep 5:
- Boulder police: Youth pastor at Vinelife Church had ‘inappropriate relationship’ with teen