SASKATOON, Saskatchewan– An HIV positive youth pastor has been arrested after police say he arranged to have sex with a 15-year-old boy he met online.
Kris Gowdy is a 42-year-old youth pastor who seems to enjoy putting more than just the Holy Ghost into teenage boys. He got himself arrested after he allegedly met a 15-year-old boy online and arranged to meet at the boy’s house to have sex.
When Gowdy showed up at the home, his hopes of putting his penis into some teen butthole were dashed when he found that the 15-year-old was actually an undercover Internet Child Exploitation unit officer.
Gowdy was arrested and charged with luring a child via computer, and attempted aggravated sexual assault. According to police, Gowdy was very active in the social dating scene and used the profile name collegetoy2033 on a number of social media sites.
“He’s all over chat rooms and social media,” Van Rooy said. “He’s quite narcissistic. He’s out there and has been for some time.”
Because of his active online presence, his access to teenagers and his travel history, police feel there could be more victims. Gowdy was not working as a youth pastor at the time of his arrest, but has been a youth counselor in churches in Sussex, New Brunswick; Rochester, New York; and Amherstview, Ontario.
The churches where Gowdy worked are cooperating with police, and some have released statements to their members stating this fact and ensuring them that Gowdy’s latest arrest has nothing to do with their church. The pastor for one church Gowdy once worked says they have questioned their congregation about Gowdy.
“The feedback is incredibly positive,” said New Hope Pastor Michael Traylor. “We’ve talked to some of the people who were youths at the time as well as parents, and no one has a negative thing to say about him.
Gowdy admitted that he was HIV positive, having caught the virus in the ’90s. Because of that, police are asking anyone who has had a sexual encounter with Gowdy to seek medical attention. There’s a possibility that Gowdy may have killed you.
Investigators are asking anyone with any information regarding this investigation to contact Det. Randy Norton at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5363 or send an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca.Tags: Canada, Crime, Kris Gowdy, Pedophile, youth pastor