Youth Pastor Reportedly Stands By Wife Accused of Having a Relationship with One of His Students
A youth pastor is reportedly standing by his wife after she was accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage boy she met through his church.
Ariel Stevenson, 25, surrendered to authorities on Friday and was indicted on charges of statutory rape and sexual exploitation of a minor.
Police say she had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy she met at Franklin Christian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, where her husband Jeremy works.
The relationship came to light in May when her husband reportedly told members of his church. The church's lead minister then contacted authorities, The Tennessean reported.
Despite the revelations, the couple has stayed together and they are seeing a counselor, according to reports.
"They are trying to reconcile," lead minister Zach Stewart told The Tennessean. "It's been a fast four months of prayer."
He added that none of the alleged sexual acts took place on the church's property.
The case was presented to a Williamson County Grand Jury earlier this month and she will appear in court on October 15. Stevenson was released on Friday on a $20,000 bond. Records do not list her attorney.