Bluff Dale Baptist Youth Minister Arrested for Online Child Solicitation – The Flash Today || County of Erath
Staff Flash Report
January 12, 2021
Erath County officials have announced, through the joint efforts of the EC Sheriff’s Office and the Hood County Prosecutor’s Office, that charges have been laid against Ryan Don Ivy, 42, who was pastor of the youth at Bluff Dale Baptist Church, for online solicitation of a minor – victim under the age of 14. This morning he was arrested on an arrest warrant and held in Erath County Jail.
According to the arrest affidavit, in September, investigators were made aware of the offense, a second degree felony. The alleged communication with a 13-year-old girl in the Bluff Dale School District occurred on or around July 27, 2020, in Bluff Dale, Erath County, Texas, and was reported to SO investigators County of Erath after a forensic interview with the Paluxy. Center for the defense of the children of the river.
Investigators from the Erath County Sheriff’s Office met with a Hood County investigator who informed them that the child indicated in the interview that she communicated sexually with Ivy, whom she knew thanks to to his work as a youth pastor at his church in Bluff Dale. She told the interviewer that communication was via electronic media through various apps like Instagram and that the Hood County investigator said another student and friend of the victim also took part in some of the conversations. , but Ivy only believed he was talking to the victim. The second child was 11 years old.
In the conversations on electronic media, the victim and Ivy started communicating on 7/22/2020 and continue until 7/27/2020. In the communication, the victim identifies as 13 years old and sends a photo of herself in her cheerleader outfit which includes her backpack with her first name monogrammed on the outside. Later in the conversation, Ivy and the victim discuss possible sexual encounters. Investigators have repeatedly discovered that Ivy told the victim to delete all messages from their conversations.
The Erath County SO investigator reported that as part of the investigation, they contacted Scott Pace, who is the pastor of Bluff Dale Baptist Church. Pace said Ivy had met him and admitted to the “inappropriate” sex conversation with an underage woman. Pace reported that Ivy’s job as a youth minister continued after this conversation with the pastor.
Around the same time, Ivy met Bluff Dale ISD Superintendent John Taylor, where Ivy was employed as a teacher’s assistant. Taylor said Ivy told her that an underage student sent her an inappropriate message, of a sexual nature. During the conversation, Taylor said that Ivy had resigned from her position at BDISD.
CID investigators from the Erath County Sheriff’s Office believed that due to continued access to the child victim and because investigators believed Ivy’s behavior “prepared” them to engage in the crime. worse, charges have been laid. At 6:30 a.m. on January 12, Ivy was arrested and held in Erath County Jail on a felony warrant for online solicitation of a minor.
Erath County Sheriff Matt Coates said his department would like the Department of Public Safety, the Erath County District Attorney’s Office, Child Protection Services and the Children’s Advocacy Center de Paluxy River and others are helping with the investigation.