|Ex-Worker with Altar Boys Gets 6 Months in Prison
January 21, 1993
A Riverside man who worked with altar boys at two Riverside
churches was sentenced Tuesday to six months in federal prison for
transporting a young boy across state lines for sexual purposes,
Dennis Raymond Jost, 50, pleaded guilty to the single charge
and was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert M. Takasugi
in Los Angeles.
The judge also sentenced Jost to three years of probation and
required that he not associate with anyone under the age of 21
during that time, said Special Agent Karen Gardner of the FBI
office in Los Angeles.
Jost faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
He was arrested May 14 on a federal indictment that alleges
he took a Riverside boy to Tucson, Ariz., and Albuquerque., N.M.,
between July 14, 1990, and Aug. 5 1990, with the intent that the
minor engage in sexual activity. Such activity violates laws of
At the time, Jost was working as a volunteer coordinator of
altar boy services at Queen of Angels and St. Thomas Catholic
churches in Riverside. He was suspended from that work when church
officials learned of the federal charge pending against him.
Church and federal officials have declined to state whether
the charge against Jost involved an altar boy with whom he may have
worked. A civil suit against Jost is pending, according to FBI
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