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Charges: Youth Pastor in Savage Used Church Contacts to Solicit Minors

Updated: 04/01/2014 12:50 PM
Created: 03/31/2014 5:19 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

A 24-year-old youth pastor from Savage has been charged with two felonies after allegedly using social media sites to engage in graphic conversations and solicit minors.

Boos was arrested over the weekend in Pope County. After months of investigating, authorities charged him with using an electronic device to solicit a minor and engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child on Monday at the Pope County Courthouse

Boos, of St. Louis Park, admitted to using his job working with youth at River Valley Church, which has five different campuses across the Twin Cities, to start online conversations with underage girls by using fake profiles, according to the criminal complaint.

The investigation started in January when a mother of a girl in Polk County who is under 15 discovered explicit messages with her daughter and a woman, named "Jordyn Saltzer," on Facebook, the complaint said. The mother immediately contacted authorities.

Upon investigating, authorities found "Saltzer" had asked the child if she was bi-curious and if she would send naked photos, the complaint said.

Authorities were able to trace the Facebook's IP address through Comcast to an address in St. Louis Park that was listed under Emily Boos' name, Matthew Boos' wife. Authorities were able to determine Matthew Boos was the person at the St. Louis Park address by using DMV records, the complaint said.

Pope County deputies were able to obtain a search warrant on March 28 and went to Boos' address at 3230 Texas Ave. S., the complaint said.

According to the criminal complaint, Boos admitted to the sheriff's office that he posed as a teenage girl on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and MeetMe to try to meet teenage girls. Boos told investigators it was possible he came in contact with the Polk County girl because she was Facebook friends with someone at his church.

The complaint said Boos had spoken to and requested pictures from girls as young as 12 years old. Boos also told the sheriff's office he knew he had a problem with porn ever since he was in high school, when he first started to use a fake female online persona to chat with classmates. He also has a MeetMe profile under the name of "Robin Martens," the complaint said.

Boos told investigators he had used the profiles to speak with around 15 females, and was able to receive nude photos from a few of them. Boos denied keeping any of the photos, the complaint said.

Boos is currently on leave from his job as a youth pastor at River Valley Church in Savage, where he has worked for three years.

Boos is in custody at the Douglas County Jail. There is no jail in Pope County.

Matthew Boos mug shot
Photo: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

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