By Bob Allen
A 37-year-old Southern Baptist youth minister is under arrest in Sasche, Texas, on charges stemming from an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl.
Derek Hutter, minister to students at South Garland Baptist Church in Garland, Texas, faces charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child, possession of child pornography and online solicitation of a minor.
According to local media, the Sachse Police Department arrested Hutter on Friday, Oct. 17 on outstanding warrants. He was taken to the Sachse jail and held on $150,000 bond awaiting transfer to the Dallas County jail.
Police say Hutter began a sexual relationship with a girl he met through his church in January, when she was 13, that continued until September. The girl’s parent called police Oct. 3 after discovering an inappropriate e-mail.
Hutter came to South Garland from First Baptist Church of Urbandale in Dallas in 2007. According to the church website, he has worked on staff or as a consultant or volunteer at a total of seven churches.
In addition to his work with youth, Hutter has been leading the praise team at South Garland Baptist Church’s 11:15 a.m. casual service. He attended Sam Houston University and Slidell Baptist Seminary, a school established in 1994 under the umbrella of Ridge Memorial Baptist Church in Slidell, La.
He is married and has a child.