Youth pastor charged with molesting teen acquitted

6:09 AM, Jun 15, 2012   |    comments
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ANOKA, Minn. - A youth pastor charged with molesting a teenage girl was acquitted Thursday.

Damian Blake Burkhalter, 47, of Blaine was arrested in June of 2011 for allegedly abusing a girl starting when she was 14.

After a nine-day trial, an Anoka County jury found Burkhalter not guilty.

Burkhalter, a former youth pastor at Glen Cary Lutheran Church in Ham Lake, had been charged with three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct.

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