Former Baptist Youth Minister Convicted in Missouri
News-Graphifc, Georgetown, KY
January 21, 2007
Shawn Davies, a former Scott County youth minister already serving
time for child sex-abuse crimes in Georgetown, was sentenced to
20 years for similar crimes in Missouri.
"This man is a predator," said Detective Robert Leslie
of the Greenwood, Mo., police department, in an interview with the
Associated Baptist Press. "He is going to be a cancer to society
unless he is locked up."
The ruling on Davies, 33, was handed down Jan. 12, in Greenwood.
As part of a plea-bargain deal, he will serve the 20 years as concurrent
sentences for both his Missouri and Kentucky crimes.
From 1998 to 1999, Davies served as the leader of a Scott County
church's youth group. During that time, he played a pornographic
movie and encouraged the young boys in attendance to masturbate
while he also masturbated and watched.
An investigation into Davies' actions began in 2001, and he was
indicted in May 2005. He pleaded guilty and, in December of that
year, Davies was jailed at the Scott County Detention Center.
At the same time as the investigation was going on here, Leslie
was conducting his own investigation in Greenwood, and contacted
Scott County Detective Rodger Persley. The two detectives shared
information from their respective investigations.
According to Missouri court documents, Davies engaged in similar
activity in Missouri between August 2003 and October 2005. He was
fired from his position at Greenwood's First Baptist Church after
church officials discovered pornography on his computer.
In June of last year, Missouri officials charged Davies with 25
offenses involving crimes against children. The charges included
nine counts of second-degree statutory sodomy, seven counts of furnishing
pornographic material to minors, five counts of use of a child in
a sexual performance, two counts of endangering the welfare of a
minor, one charge of supplying liquor to a minor and one charge
of sexual misconduct involving a child under the age of 14.
"It always hits the papers when a female teacher has sex with
14- or 13-year old boys, but when a pastor sexually abuses ... young
boys, it's kept quiet," Leslie said. "If the first victim
had come forward, it's possible that we wouldn't have these other
Leslie said that at least 13 victims have come forward with allegations,
including children in Missouri, Kentucky and Michigan.
"I'm sure there are still other victims of Shawn's out there,"
At Davies' sentencing, none of the victims were present, though
Leslie said Davies apologized to some of the victims' parents, who
were in the courtroom.
Davies had been hired to lead music at the 165-year-old Greenwood
church in 2003, by senior pastor Mike Roy, who had attended Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville with Davies as far back
Detective Leslie said he has reason to believe Roy may have been
privy to some of Davies' actions prior to Davies' firing; Roy has
declined to speak with authorities.
According to court record, some of the victims said Davies touched
their genitals, performed oral sex on them, gave them alcohol and
choked them until they were unconscious.
In every instance, victims were male and between the ages of 13
and 16, and every incident took place at a church where Davies was
Though the Greenwood church was identified in court documents,
police declined to name the church in Scott County where Davies
was employed, saying that doing so might identify some of the underage