|Possible Victims of Pastor Charged with Sex Crimes Come Forward
April 9, 2009
CLAY COUNTY, MO. - The Clay County Sheriff's department said possible victims of a St. Joseph minister arrested for attempted statutory rape are coming forward, one day after Robert Black was arrested.
Detective Jeff Harman said they have already started recieving phone calls from parents and teens who said they came in contact with Black via his Facebook profile. Black allegedly used the name Jon Still for online conversations and tried to make contact with teen girls through social networking sites like Facebook, authorities said. Authorities think there might be around 135 people who Black was in contact with via Facebook.
"I am terrified that we're going to find that there are some other victims out there, whether it be one on one contact, or sexually solicited kids on line, or graphic details or pictures sent to them," said Det. Jeff Harmon of the Clay County Sheriffs Department.
Black, 40, of Independence, is charged with attempted statutory rape and attempted enticement of child over the Internet. According to prosecutors, Black allegedly contacted a 13-year-old girl, who was actually an undercover officer, to exchange sexually explicit photographs and set up a time to meet.
Black made his first court appearance on Thursday. He plead not guilty to both charges.
Black's attorney P.J. O'Connor said Black turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday when he learned of the charges.
Bond for Black, who is the minister of the New Home Baptist Church in St. Joseph, was set at $100,000.
Police ask that if you think your child had contact with Robert Black's alias, Jon Still, on Facebook, please call them at (816) 407-3700.
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