A Medford, Oregon, former youth pastor is under arrest, accused of secretly recording both underage girls, and at least one adult female. Medford police say that 36-year-old Donald Courtney Biggs is charged with invasion of personal privacy, and second degree burglary. Bail was set at more than $1 million.
According to The Oregonian, the investigation of Biggs began in November, when police began looking into what they called “inappropriate texting” between Biggs and a 14-year-old girl who attended Mountain Church, where Biggs was in charge of the youth program. The church placed Biggs on leave, and he later resigned. During the course of that investigation, police learned that Biggs had made a secret video recording of an adult woman in his home. KOBI says that Biggs recording the woman while she was changing her clothes, “without her consent or knowledge.”
On January 12, police responded to a burglar alarm at the church. When they arrived, they noticed wet footprints, but they found no one inside, and nothing was missing. Biggs was questioned about the incident on January 15. Police determined from the questioning that Biggs was trying to steal computer hard drives from the church.
Following the questioning, police obtained a search warrant for Biggs’ home, where they say they found more illegal recordings that had been made at various locations. Some of those recordings contained underage girls. Police seized several items, including a computer, from Biggs’ home.
Mountain Church pastor Jim Wright issued the following statement:
Donald Biggs was a trusted employee that served at mtnchurch for several years and I am shocked and saddened with the information that has led to his arrest. Because this is a criminal matter, I am not at liberty for further comment. I respect the investigation being conducted by the Medford Police Department that has been nothing less than professional.
The actions of any one individual is not representative of Mountain Church or Jesus’ Church as a whole.
Here’s a report, from KOBI:
H/T Raw Story | Image via Medford Police Department