Youth pastor charged with sexual exploitation
VANCOUVER, B.C. – A 33-year-old youth pastor was charged last month with sexual exploitation after a mother complained to the West Shore RCMP that her teenage daughter had conducted an “inappropriate sexual relationship” with the accused six years ago.
The alleged affair lasted between July 2007 and November 2008 when the girl was 16 and the youth pastor 28 years of age. The mother became aware of the relationship only after it had ended, and only then she complained to the police.
Following a thorough investigation the accused, Ira Parmenter,33, was charged on April 19 with sexual exploitation contrary to Section 153, Criminal Code.
On May 11 he was arrested in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, and later released on a promise to appear in the Provincial Court of British Columbia on June 21 in Colwood, BC.
Parmenter was required to surrender his passport, conditional on his release, and he is also restricted from being alone with a female under the age of 18, without the presence of another adult.
Parmenter was a youth pastor with the Colwood Pentecostal Church between 2003 and 2009.
Police are continuing their investigation, in cooperation with the Pentecostal Church, into other possible complaints involving Parmenter.