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RAYMORE, Mo. — A metro youth minister facing child sex abuse charges violated bail conditions by being with children, court documents show.

Devin Caruthers is charged with two counts of buggery, one count of attempted child molestation and one count of domestic assault.

Raymore Police discovered the offense because someone posted photos on Facebook showing Caruthers around children at Second Missionary Baptist Church in Grandview.

Court records indicate that, as a condition of his recognizance, Caruthers cannot have contact with his alleged victims or any child under the age of 17 expecting a child of his own.

Raymore Police turned over photos to the Cass County District Attorney’s Office. On Tuesday, that office filed a motion to revoke Caruthers’ bond and immediately take him into custody.

Devin Caruthers

Facebook photos show Caruthers speaking to a crowd at Second Missionary Baptist Church. A few meters away stands a group of children.

FOX4 reunited with Caruthers at his job. He didn’t want to answer or acknowledge us and left.

Court records indicate that during two different sleepovers at his Raymore home, he touched a boy’s genitals. The documents go on to say he gave the boy gifts, texted him saying he loved him and would contact the boy’s mother to check if he didn’t respond. Court records also allege he inappropriately touched two girls.

The Second Missionary Baptist Church said it had no knowledge of the charges or allegations until FOX4 showed the church’s bishop.

“To my official knowledge, the church was not aware of any charges against Mr. Caruthers,” said John Lewis Jr., bishop of the Second Missionary Baptist Church.

FOX4 asked him to explain Caruther’s closeness to the children in the photos taken at the church in July. The terms of the Caruthers bonds were set in May.

“Seating to the right, the young women in the picture, in those empty chairs, that’s where her seat is,” Lewis said. “He was sitting right off the stage.”

Lewis said Caruthers had had no contact with children at the church since the charges were filed and said he was a minister at the church, but no longer a youth minister.

In the bail motion, detectives spoke to the man who posted the photos. According to the statement, this person told detectives: “The defendant is currently active as a youth pastor for the church” and “the defendant had regular contact with children in the course of these duties” .

Lewis said he would still be allowed to worship.

“I’m not going to condemn him or not offer him the grace of God that he gives to everyone without going through due process,” Lewis said.

But prosecutors say Caruthers poses a risk to the community and they want him behind bars because of the “continued disregard for the terms of his bond”.

The motion is currently before a judge for review. The case is expected to go to a jury in early December with a hearing in October.


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