Former youth pastor gets prison time for sexual relationship with minor
ROSEVILLE — A Rocklin youth pastor accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl was sentenced to three years in state prison.
Prosecutor Todd Kuhnen of the Placer County District Attorney’s Office said Jeffrey Allen Waisner, 33, of Lincoln served as the youth pastor at Crossroads Community Church.
Waisner was convicted of engaging in lewd and lascivious acts with a minor after entering a plea of no contest on Feb. 24.
Kuhnen said Waisner met the girl in one of his youth programs and began a sexual relationship with her in the summer of 2009. He said the relationship continued until Waisner was arrested by the Lincoln Police Department in September.
The Placer County District Attorney’s Office says a person with mandated reporter responsibilities tipped off authorities to a possible inappropriate sexual relationship. The name of the reporting person or the person’s agency was not released.
An investigation into the allegations revealed thousands of text messages exchanged between the girl and Waisner. Kuhnen says many of those texts used sexually explicit wording.
At Wednesday’s sentencing the victim’s mother said, “This sick perpetrator not only stole my daughter’s innocence, her trust and her faith in God, he has caused her emotional damage that will scar her for a lifetime.”
The girl, now 15, is living in Southern California and undergoing counseling.
Waisner, who is married and has three children, is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and will be on parole for three years following his release from prison.