A Windsor minister is accused of kissing a teenage girl from his congregation and texting naked photos to another girl.
The Rev. Scott Allen Snyder, 34, of the first block of Water Street, Windsor, is charged with two counts of corruption of minors by state police. He is the minister at New Beginnings Bible Fellowship, officials said, which is a nondenominational, fundamentalist church in the first block of Main Street in Windsor.
Police allege that, between April 1 and May 23, Snyder and a 14-year-old girl exchanged 1,272 text messages. The girl was a member of the church for nearly two years, police said.
During an investigation, Trooper Thomas E. Grothey discovered several text messages and photos of Snyder's genitals on the girl's cell phone, police said.
Snyder admitted to police that he sent the messages and the photo to the girl, according to court records.
Snyder is also charged with kissing a 13-year-old girl he gave a ride home in the church van after church services, according to police. The girl attended the church five or six times during a month, police said.
The girl told investigators Snyder kissed her on the lips while they were on a road in Chanceford Township, police said.
Snyder admitted to kissing the girl, police said.
Police learned of the contact from officials at Red Lion Junior High School. One of the victims was caught using her cell phone in class, and school officials later discovered the inappropriate messages from Snyder, police said.
In a one-month span, Snyder and the 13-year-old exchanged 2,181 text messages, police said.
Snyder did not return phone calls Wednesday to his home, church and cell phone. Rick Sitler, head deacon at New Beginnings, also did not return calls for comment.
ABOUT THE PASTOR
The Rev. Scott Allen Snyder previously served as pastor of Lighthouse Bible Church, which he founded in 1994 in Red Lion. He was also assistant pastor at Lighthouse Community Church in Red Lion but left in January 2006 to found New Beginnings.
In August 2006, the church opened a Christian school for ages 2 through fourth grade.
Snyder also began New Beginnings Bible Institute, which was to open in January 2007 and offer evening and weekend classes for those seeking associate's degrees in Bible theology.
As of 2006, New Beginnings Bible Fellowship had a weekly worship attendance of nearly 100.