Youth pastor charged with luring minor
Beaverton Police Detectives have arrested Ryan Mutchler, 30, on charges of second-degree online sexual corruption of a minor and luring a minor.
Mutchler was a youth pastor at Mountain Park Church in Lake Oswego and assisted with the Aloha High School marching band program on a short-term basis, according to police.
Investigators say Mutchler took part in a text-message conversation over several days with an undercover detective that outlined Mutchler's desires to have a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl he met at a church summer camp in June. He was arrested Sept. 7 and taken to the Washington County Jail, although court records show he was released after posting $10,000 bail.
Mountain Park Senior Pastor Greg Borror told The Mountain Park Senior Pastor Greg Borror told The Lake Oswego Review on Monday that Mutchler was a part-time employee at the church but that he was "removed from our employ the day after he was arrested."
"We did our due diligence to run a background check," Borrer said. "At this time, we have no further statement."
Police say they found out about Mutchler's potential behavior from alert parents who monitored their child's cellphone use. Mutchler allegedly met the victim at the church camp between June 24 and June 30.
Beaverton Police say there is a potential for more victims, given Mutchler's work with youths. Any additional victims or anyone with information regarding Mutchler are asked to call 503-629-0111 and speak to a Beaverton Police officer.