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Former Youth Minister Sentenced For Sexual Assault Of A Child

Matthew James Overstreet, a former youth minister, was accused of sexually assaulting a Plano teenager. According to the alleged victim, the sexual activity began when she was thirteen-years-old and Overstreet began to send her sexual text messages. As the years went on, Overstreet continued to send her messages. Overstreet was working as a youth minister at St. Andrew United Methodist Church and left there about three-and-a-half-years ago.

In December 2009, Overstreet went to the girl's house and sexually assaulted her. At the time of the assault, he was 25-years-old and she was 15-years-old. Before he was arrested, Overstreet was fired from Spring Valley United Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas.

Recently, Overstreet pleaded guilty to sexual assault of a child. He was sentenced to deferred adjudication for seven years and sentenced to a $7,500 fine. Even if the alleged victim consented to the act, it is still a criminal offense for a person to engage in any form of sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 17 years old. The only exception, which is a narrow one, is if the person was within three years of the age of the girl.

If you have been charged with a sex crime, contact a Plano criminal defense lawyer today.