Authorities say Stephens met the girl after talking to her through an online social network. He hitchhiked to Alabama to meet her.
“We are looking at the mistakes we made,” Daniel Grecu, explained. “You need to know who they are talking to on Facebook, what their passwords are. That’s a must as parents. If you give them freedom now, you can put them in harms way, that’s obvious now,” Grecu added.
MONTGOMERY, AL – Attorney General Luther Strange announced that a youth minister facing charges in Madison and Cullman counties for sex crimes against children is due to be sentenced on July 31 for similar crimes of which he has been convicted in Elmore County.
John A. Astorga was found guilty on April 11 by a jury in Elmore County Circuit Court for two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. During the trial, evidence that was presented by the Attorney General’s Office that included the testimony of three separate victims as well as the pastor of Bethel Assembly of God in Wetumpka where Astorga had been employed.