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Stafford youth minister accused of having sex with teen boy
Youth minister indicted in Stafford

Date published: 9/9/2009


A youth minister at a Stafford County church was indicted yesterday on charges that she had sexual relations with a 15-year-old boy.

Jennifer Michelle Brennan, 36, of Spotsylvania was charged by a Stafford grand jury with 10 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and 10 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to court records and sources, Brennan met the boy through her position as youth minister at Saint Matthias United Methodist Church in Stafford. The boy's mother said that among other things, Brennan counseled her son and his girlfriend against premarital sex.

An affidavit for a search warrant states that Brennan began holding and kissing the boy during counseling sessions, and the acts later escalated to sodomy and sexual intercourse.

Court records list the dates of the alleged offenses as between Jan. 24 and March 30 of this year.

The affidavit states that the acts occurred at Brennan's home in Spotsylvania and in her Toyota Sienna van at several Stafford locations.

Sources said the boy eventually told his girlfriend what was going on and the allegations eventually were presented to Stafford authorities. Detective Tom Leonard is investigating.

"She is a predator and she preyed on my son," the boy's mother said. "I just hope she didn't prey on anybody else's son."

Police recently seized a number of items from Brennan's home, including vibrating devices, compact discs, videotapes and various documents.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
Email: kepps@freelancestar.com