“Police in Mesquite have arrested a youth pastor’s assistant at a local church and charged him with sexually assaulting a child.
On Feb. 18, police received a report about the sexual assault. Their investigation concluded that Steven Winn, 33, had an ongoing sexual relationship with a teenager for just over a year. She was 15 when the relationship began and 16 when police got involved.
Police said Tuesday that Winn is the assistant youth pastor at Open Door Baptist Church in Mesquite. The victim was a student at the church’s Christian school, police said.
Pastor Bob Ross with the church said Winn was never employed by the church and was a volunteer who served as an assistant to the youth pastor.
“Mr. Winn’s primary duties consisted of helping to drive our teens to various activities such as camp, youth rallies, and summer camp,” Ross said. “He had no official duties or title of any kind.”
Police say Winn worked for the City of Mesquite as a construction inspector in the Public Works Department for 14 years. He was terminated on Feb. 20.
Two days later he was arrested and charged with three counts of sexual assault of a child in Dallas County. His bond was set at $25,000 for each count. A few days later he was charged with three counts of sexual assault of a child in Kaufman County. His bond there was set at $1,000 for each count.
Police say sexual encounters between Winn and the teen occurred in both counties. There were multiple occurrences in each, but prosecutors settled on three cases to charge, MPD said.”
Father And Son on Church Staff Each Accused of Sexual Assault of a Child
“A father and son, both on the staff of a North Texas Baptist Church, have each been accused of sexual assault of a child, Mesquite police say.
Steven Aaron Winn, 33, of Crandall, and his father, Larry Allen Winn, 65, of Dallas, are both employed at the Open Door Baptist Church in Mesquite. The elder Winn is the business director while his son served as an assistant youth pastor.
oth men, police said, are now facing charges of sexual assault of a child for different relationships with teenage girls.
On Feb. 18., Mesquite police said the received a report of a possible ongoing sexual relationship between an adult man and a teenage girl. Police said the investigation revealed that Steven Winn, over the course of about 14 months, had a relationship with a teenage girl who attended the church’s Christian school.
Until he was terminated Feb. 20, Steven Winn also worked as a construction inspector in the Public Works Department for the city of Mesquite. He had been employed by the city for 14 years prior to being fired.
On Feb. 27, Mesquite police learned of another possible inappropriate relationship between an adult man and a teenage girl — only this time it involved Winn’s father, Larry.
Police interviewed the victim, now 19, who told them when she was 16 and a member of the church when she was assaulted. Police said Larry Winn was arrested and charged in Dallas County with one count of sexual assault of a child and ordered held on $25,000 bond.
Mesquite police confirmed to NBC 5 Monday that the victims in the case are different teenage girls.
Police said due to Larry Winn’s level of access to children, investigators believe there may be additional victims. Investigators encourage anyone with information on criminal offenses involving Larry Winn to contact the Mesquite Police Department at 972-285-6336.”