Married youth pastor charged with impregnating 15-year-old

(Bedford County Jail)
(Bedford County Jail)

NEW PARIS, Pa. (AP) — A married Pennsylvania youth pastor has been fired and jailed over charges he impregnated a 15-year-old girl.

State police say the wife of 35-year-old Wesley Blackburn reported him last week to the pastor of Faith Brethren Bible Church in Bedford County.

The Rev. James Espenshade and the church’s deacons fired Blackburn as youth pastor and called police.

Police say he’s acknowledged fathering the teen’s child. They say he told his wife about the relationship and asked for a divorce, which prompted her to contact the church’s pastor.

Blackburn remained in the Bedford County jail Friday unable to post bond on one count of corruption of minors and 84 counts each of statutory sexual assault and indecent assault.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Blackburn. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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