Former Texas Youth Pastor Accused Of Child Sex Trafficking

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Sarah Shaiman

The former pastor is facing four counts of child sex-trafficking related charges.

It has come to light that an accused child sex-trafficker worked at the Denton Bible Church from 1995-2001, according to the Denton Records-Chronicle

  • Denton, Texas, man Robert Shiflet, 50, is facing four counts of child sex-trafficking related charges dating back to 1997. 

According to the indictment, he is accused of transporting three different minors for illegal sexual activity around May 1997, March 2001 and from June to September 2002. The third minor in 2002 was also coerced to cross state lines for illegal sexual activity, according to court documents. 

  • A statement from the church acknowledged the overlap between his crimes and tenure at Denton Bible Church. 
  • Shiflet worked in the youth ministry program until 2001. 
  • Prior to his work in Denton, Shiflet worked as a youth pastor in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
  • Two sisters, Stephanie Betz and Lauren Peters, participated in the program during the 90s. Betz recalls that she was groomed by Shiflet from a young age as he took her out for breakfast and often dropped her off at school. 

Shiflet is facing 15 years for trafficking and up to 10 for coercion. Both charges come with $250,000 fines. He was arrested on June 12.

Read the full report here. 

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