Ex-Spring Valley church youth minister charged with providing minor with alcohol

The Journal News

Steve Lieberman, slieberm@lohud.com Sept. 20, 2017

SPRING VALLEY – A 26-year-old Yonkers man faces misdemeanor charges of providing an underage parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church with alcohol after he was fired as the church’s youth minister.

Ernest Zalamea faces counts of endangering the welfare of a child and first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child for giving alcohol to a person under 21, the legal age to drink in New York state.

Zalamea was arraigned Tuesday in Spring Valley Justice Court and released after posting $200 bail pending future appearances in court.

Zalamea is accused of buying a six pack of beer at the 7-11 store at 63 Kennedy Dr. on July 19 and sharing the alcohol with a 16-year-old boy he knew from the church.

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