A Sunday school teacher who asked a 16-year-old boy to write “What would Jesus do?” on his penis will spend a month on work release, according to the sentencing agreement reached Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court.
Todd Warren, 42, who pleaded guilty in April to a misdemeanor count of indecent exposure, was also originally ordered to write a letter describing the incident to fellow worshipers at Prairie Oak Community Church in Andover. But the church balked at the sentence, arguing that such a letter would be considered pornographic and would identify the teen-age victim.
Although the church was not a party to the criminal case, Ramsey County District Judge Margaret Marrinan heard the argument Tuesday and instead allowed the pastor to write a letter to his 150-member congregation and simply keep Warren’s letter in the case file. A note from the victim’s mother supported the decision.
The Rev. Steve Gahagen’s letter contains less description about the incident, and asks parishioners to pray for protection and reconciliation.
“The Evil One has struck a tremendous blow to our congregation,” Gahagen wrote.
Yep, nothing like those good, old fashioned Christian moral teachings to keep a kid on the straight and narrow. Of course, it wasn’t the Sunday School Teacher’s fault, it was SATAN! HE made the teacher tell the boy to practice his penmanship on his private parts! It all makes perfect SENSE to me now!
Of course, I do find amusing the idea of some teenager who’s about to get laid looking down at his penis and seeing the words “What would Jesus do?” and suddenly thinking to himself: “The missionary position, of course!”