Thursday, June 28, 2007                                                                                       View Comments

Pastor goes to trial

The victim charging a Chubbuck youth pastor with sexual assault testified in court on Wednesday.

Joshua Robinson is charged with two counts of lewd conduct with a minor and one count of sexually abusing a minor.

The victim said the alleged conduct started when she was just 15. She took the stand for almost two and a half hours, testifying what happened between her and Robinson.

She explained that the Gate City Christian church, where she used to attend and Robinson currently works and was a youth pastor. In the spring of 2005 is when the alleged victim says things started to change.

The prosecution continued questioning the alleged victim. Then a taped phone call between Robinson and the alleged victim was played. The taped call was set up by the Chubbuck Police Department after the alleged victim and her mother went to police.

After the call was played, the prosecution called one more witness before resting its case. The defense then called their first witness, Joshua Robinson. He painted a completely different picture for the jury. He testified the alleged allegation were not at all true.

In the wake of his arrest, church officials at the Gate City Christian Church shifted Robinson away from the youth ministry to an administrative role pending the outcome of the case. If found guilty Robinson could face up to life in prison for both the lewd counts and 15 years for the sexual battery charge.

More information here: http://www.spokesmanreview.com/local/story.asp?ID=196789


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