Grandville youth pastor arrested on sex charges

Posted: 11:57 AM, Sep 23, 2014
Updated: 2014-09-23 12:21:01-04

GRANDVILLE, Mich. - A former youth pastor at a Grandville church was arrested on sex charges this week.

The following is a news release by the Grandville Police Department:

The Grandville Police Department recently began investigating allegations of inappropriate conduct involving a now former youth pastor who was employed with the Grandville Baptist Church located at 4325 40th St SW, in the city of Grandville.

As a result of that investigation, Jeremiah Behrens was arrested on a charge of Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd degree (a potential 15 year felony) and on Criminal Sexual Conduct 4th degree (a potential 2 year high misdemeanor).  Both of these charges relate to his position of authority while being employed as a youth pastor at the Grandville Baptist Church.  The victim is a female who was at least 13 years of age but less than 16 years of age at the time of the incidents.  Also, a factor in these incidents, is that Mr. Behrens was a 5 or more years older than the victim. 

Mr. Behrens posted bond and was released from custody.  He was arraigned on 9-22-14 at the 59th District Court in Grandville.

The Grandville Police Department are asking that if anyone has any further information in regard to this matter, please contact Detective Darin Rietman at 616-538-3002 ext. 740