Former Rogers Church Youth Minister Pleads Not Guilty To Sex Crimes

BENTONVILLE – A former youth pastor pleaded not guilty on Monday in Benton County circuit court to felony charges involving two teenage girls.

Kevin James Madden, 31, of Rogers is charged with engaging children in sexually explicit conduct for use in visual or print media and two counts of sexual indecency with a child.

Madden, who was the youth pastor at Discover Church in Rogers, was arrested on May 7.

He was put on administrative leave and then fired after church officials learned of the allegations, according to a statement released by the church after Madden’s arrest.

The church pastor’s wife reported to police that a church member told her Madden had sent photos of her “private parts to a 17-year-old girl,” according to the affidavit.

A girl told police Madden started paying close attention to her when she was 16 and grabbed her and attempted to kiss her in the church’s playroom, according to the affidavit. She told police Madden sent her a picture of him in the shower. The teenager said she stopped attending church because Madden made her uncomfortable, according to the affidavit.

The second teenager, a 15-year-old, told police Madden asked him to send him a nude photo, according to the affidavit.

An omnibus hearing is scheduled for August 24 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren. Madden is free on a $ 50,000 bond.

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