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Monday, April 15
The Indiana Daily Student

Choir director faces felony charges

Man had sex with 14-year-old girl ‘15 to 20’ times

EVANSVILLE, Ind.– A choir director who allegedly began a sexual relationship with a female church member when she was 14 faced two felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.\nNathan St. Pierre, 25, was being held Saturday night in the Vanderburgh County Jail in Evansville on a $25,000 cash bond. He was due to be arraigned Monday.\nSt. Pierre was choir director at Evansville’s Washington Avenue Baptist Church when the relationship with the girl, then 14, began in early May and ended earlier this month, police said.\nThe problem came to light when the girl’s mother found a diary detailing the relationship and brought it to the church’s pastor, the Rev. Mike Bebout, who is St. Pierre’s father-in-law.\nBebout, who became pastor two years ago, said he knew nothing about the affair and said the church should not be held responsible for allegations of wrongdoing against one employee.\nSt. Pierre has submitted a letter of resignation, Bebout said, “but he was dismissed already last week.’’\n“I in no way tried to cover up this thing or tried to protect my son-in-law,’’ Bebout said.\nThe police affidavit said the girl told investigators she and St. Pierre had sexual intercourse 15 to 20 times and other sexual relations at least six times.

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