TX Youth Pastor Charged With Sexual Assault Of Child

The Dallas Morning News reports:

A 32-year-old youth pastor was arrested on charges related to the sexual assault of a child, Mesquite police said Monday. Conner “Jesse” Penny, a Mesquite resident, was arrested April 5 after police received a report the day before regarding the sexual assault of a child.

He faces one count each of continuous sexual abuse of a child, aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child, police said.

Since his arrest, police said, more victims have come forward with other occasions of abuse by Penny between 2013 and 2021. Arrest warrants have been obtained for those incidents, police said.

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Penny is being held on a $2.5 million bond.