Delaware County pastor assaulted girl, 15, on his church desk, affidavit says

Joshua Spires

By Sheila Stogsdill

The Oklahoman

August 26, 2009

JAY - A former Delaware County pastor accused of molesting a 15-year-old girl assaulted her on top of the desk in his church office, according to an arrest affidavit.

Joshua Spires,
28, of Odessa, Texas, appeared today in Delaware County District Court in Jay. He was ordered to return to court on Sept. 29 with an attorney. Spires is charged with 10 counts of lewd molestation. He remains in jail on $100,000 bail.

Spires met with Jay authorities on Tuesday and was taken into custody. He confessed he had an "inappropriate, unlawful sexual relationship" with the victim while he was married and senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Jay, the affidavit states.

Bryce Lair, assistant district attorney, declined to discuss the details of the case, citing concern for the victim and her family. Church officials declined comment, other than to say he no longer is employed at the church.

The victim and Spires said the relationship was consensual, but Oklahoma law states a 15-year-old cannot consent to a sexual relationship.

The married father began to tell the victim he loved her when she was in the seventh grade and he was her youth pastor. The sexual contact relationship began in 2007 and lasted until Nov. 15, , when the victim broke it off to date a high school senior, the affidavit states.

The sexual contact assaults occurred "every Sunday" the victim was at church on either the desk or couch in Spires' church office about an hour before services began. During some of the assaults, the victim's father was helping prepare for services.

Spires told authorities he sent about 50 sexually explicit text messages to the victim. After the victim ended the relationship, Spires would telephone and send text messages threatening suicide if the victim didn't reconsider the relationship.

Spires' obsession with the victim escalated to making threats to harm her and her boyfriend.

"Spires stated that he had nothing since his wife, kids and girlfriend all left him, and he didn't like it" that the victim and her boyfriend were happy, the affidavit states.

The affidavit says the victim and her mother reported the incidents to Jay police on Aug. 3.

Spires' faces up to 200 years in prison if convicted.

See also:

Former Jay minister confesses to illegal relationship with 15-year-old, Tulsa World, 8/26/09

Ex-pastor Joshua Spires sentenced in abuse of Jay teen, The Oklahoman, 10/17/09

SNAP Note: First Baptist Church of Jay, Oklahoma, is shown as an SBC-affiliated church.