Fired Pennsylvania Youth Leader Pleads Guilty to Impregnating Teenager

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — A former youth leader in Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to impregnating a teenager who had looked up to him as a father figure in her life.

“I want to say I am deeply sorry for the way my weaknesses have hurt [the victim] and my family,” Jacob Malone, 35, and married father of three said during his sentencing hearing on Friday. “I recognize that it was my responsibility to keep our relationship from becoming inappropriate, and I betrayed that.”

According to reports, Malone first met the girl while working at a church in Mesa, Arizona. As she had grown up without a father, she looked up to Malone, who invited the girl in 2014 to stay with his family after he moved to Minnesota to take another ministerial position.

Later that year, Malone again moved, this time to Pennsylvania, to take a job at Calvary Fellowship in Exton. He became the legal guardian of the teen and registered her a local high school. The Daily Local News reports that the girl enjoyed being a part of the family and taking care of the couple’s children.

However, while in Pennsylvania, after the teen turned 17, the girl says that Malone began giving her alcohol and becoming physical, trying to convince her that it was okay. She became pregnant at 18 and gave birth last year at the age of 19.

When Calvary Fellowship learned of the situation, they fired Malone and alerted the police. The girl told investigators that Malone had manipulated her “mentally, physically, spiritually.”

Malone, who fled to Ecuador after a warrant was issued for his arrest, was initially charged with rape, but he contended that the sexual relationship was consensual. Prosecutors then dropped the rape and sexual assault charges, and Malone agreed to plead guilty to institutional sex assault, corruption of minors and child endangerment.

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“You have taken responsibility for a very, very serious series of crimes that have completely altered someone’s life,” President Judge Jacqueline Carroll Cody declared. “You can’t ever take that back.”

Malone was sentenced to three to six years in prison and must also register as a sex offender for the next 15 years. He is additionally forbidden from having contact with children. Cody expressed displeasure that the sentence under the plea deal was too light for the crime.

Detective Scott Pezick praised the young woman, now 20, for how she has handled the criminal trial.

“She doesn’t hold a grudge, even though obviously she’s been traumatized,” he said. “She wants to see the defendant make something useful in his life when he gets out [of prison]. That’s mainly because of her religious beliefs.”

The woman has since left Pennsylvania and returned to Arizona.

Public reaction to the matter has been mixed, with some opining that the man should not be imprisoned because the girl was of the age of consent, and others expressing disgust and horror.

“As a minister and father of three daughters, what this man did was truly despicable, not only in the act itself but in doing what he did as a minister who betrayed the trust people put in him, especially this young girl. I wish he would get a much harsher sentence and that this girl and her family would somehow find peace after suffering so much,” one commenter wrote.

Ephesians 5:3-7 warns, “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints—neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient—but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words, for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”


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  • Trilemma

    If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay her father fifty shekels[fn] of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives. – Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NIV

    According to the Old Testament, this man should not be in jail but should have been compelled to marry the girl.

    • Charles

      Except he was already married so he’s committed adultery. It also doesn’t mention she’s a Virgin either.

      • Trilemma

        In the Old Testament, it would only be adultery if the girl had been married. If the girl wasn’t a virgin, then there wouldn’t have been any consequences.

        • Charles

          He was married, so he would be put to death according to Leviticus. That’s called Adultery. But it doesn’t matter, as we are not under the Old Covenant.

          • Trilemma

            Can you cite a verse from Leviticus that says specifically a married man who has sex with an unmarried woman has committed adultery.

          • Charles

            I don’t need to. Adultery is just that. Adultery.If a married person has sex with anyone other than their spouse, it’s adultery.

          • Trilemma

            You made a false statement about Leviticus concerning adultery. The Old Testament definition of adultery is not the same as the modern definition of adultery. In the Old Testament, the marital status of man didn’t matter. Sex between a man and a woman was adultery only if the woman was married to someone else.

          • cadcoke5

            “The Old Testament definition of adultery is not the same as the modern definition” Please provide a citation.

          • Trilemma

            Whenever adultery is mentioned in the Old Testament, it is always in relation to a married woman. Can you quote a verse that specifically says a married man
            who has sex with an unmarried woman has committed adultery? There was no condemnation of Judah for having sex with his daughter-in-law Tamar.

    • james blue

      If you follow that the young lady faces something worse if she marries someone else.

    • Kurtis

      First off the erroneous NIV should never be used as a translation. If you look at the Hebrew word there, the word does not mean rape but consensual.

      • Trilemma

        How does capturing a woman for sex mean consensual?

      • Jason Todd

        The NIV is grossly inaccurate. But so do all versions of the Bible that isn’t King James.

        Yeah. I said it.

      • Trilemma

        You must be thinking of Exodus 22:16-17 which is talking about consensual sex.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      You are wrong. The sentence is execution of the rapist. Read the entire chapter.

      • Trilemma

        Read verses 28 and 29. They don’t say anything about execution. They say the sentence is pay the father 50 shekels and marry the woman.

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          Read the entire chapter. In the non-marriable situation, the Old Testament Bible commands execution to rapists. The Holy Bible prohibits incest. Leviticus chapter 18-20.

          • Trilemma

            The Old Testament does not command the execution of rapists. If a man rapes a married women, he gets executed because he committed adultery,not because of rape. If a man rapes an unmarried virgin, he gets married and pays the father money because the father can’t sell her as a virgin, not because of rape. If a man rapes an unmarried nonvirgin he gets lucky because the OT law doesn’t give any punishments for this kind of rape. Nothing in the OT law condemns a man for raping his concubine, wife, or daughter.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Trilemma, you are wrong. The Holy Bible commands death to all rapists and incest-practioners. This guy in the news raped his legal daughter. Virgins were very careful around men not to get raped; if they weren’t, like the Westernized women aren’t today, it was taken as a consent. If the crime was done in a field, only the men got execution. In ordinary situations, man only took a virgin as his bride.

            It was considered that only losers – hopelessly hooked for wrong reasons – would marry non-virgins. Women having experiences with multiple partners easily betray their families for the lack of chastity. Today’s Western culture is insane to hand children over to pervs knowingly and mix men and women in restrooms. You guys need the OT Bible to regain sanity and become civilized again. The West attacks the Holy Bible today because the culture is too Sodomic today. You are a product of your false culture.

          • Trilemma

            Please quote the specific Bible verse that says all rapists must be executed.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Read Genesis – Deuteronomy. Rape has been always a capital offense unless he could marry her and provide for her properly. If the supposed victim did not acream for rescue, it was considered she consented. Americans are the only ones who lived in the Wild West – the no man’s land; people were usually always together. If you put Mosaic Laws together, not partial, it’s a perfect justice.

          • Trilemma

            You said, “The Holy Bible commands death to all rapists and incest-practioners.” I asked for a specific verse and you have me the first five books of the Bible. Then you reversed yourself and said that not all rapists are commanded to be executed. How is commanding a woman to marry her rapist perfect justice? You said, “Rape would not happen if the virgins were careful.” So, it’s the woman’s fault she was raped because she wasn’t careful?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            If the criminal cannot marry or provide for the woman whom he has violated, then he gets punished such as execution. If the woman is truly innocent in the rape case( no consent or luring on her part, etc.), only the man gets punished. That’s the whole thing. It’s case by case because some women play a victim. Men must get protection as well as women. Human courts are not perfect, but if God’s laws are truly followed, that’s justice.

          • Trilemma

            Please quote the specific Bible verse that says if a man who rapes a single woman can’t support her as a wife must be executed.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            It’s a summary, Trilemma. The Law of Moses is altogether good. Read the Holy Bible, Exodus – Deuteronomy. If a man slept with a woman whom he neither could marry or provide for(liberate), he was to get executed. Sexual sins carried capital punishment except for the case the man is able to take care of the woman. Polygamy was overlooked for a time in the OT because men were too weak and possibly because life was way too harsh with starvation. Anything was better than annihilation or starvation. Well-fed moderners have no idea on the real life on Planet Earth. God’s will and design is one-man-and-one-woman-in-marriage as Genesis states and Jesus declared so. Period.

          • Trilemma

            You still need to provide a specific Bible verse that supports your claim that a poor rapist must be executed. How is it justice for a poor man to be punished more severely than a rich man for the same crime?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            It’s nothing to do with wealth. Every man had a land or a mean of support. It’s women and children who needed men for provision in the human world. You should read the Pentateuch and then come back to a discussion. Read the whole, not partial.

          • Chris

            “If a man rapes a married women, he gets executed because he committed adultery,not because of rape.”

            Actually they BOTH get executed because of adultery.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            If the woman is a co-criminal.

          • cadcoke5

            Since the bible is quite condemning of rape in many situations, I am trying to get a handle of why sometimes marriage is part of the punishment instead. I am wondering if the situation is assumed to be similar to statutory rape.

            Even today, this man is not being executed. Rather, he is going to be legally tied to this woman and child, in a support role, for 21 years. Of course, she does not need to be around him. Though, there are certainly instances where the victim really would prefer to be with the person charged with their rape.

            Does O.T. law anywhere require the victim to be with the person charged?

          • Trilemma

            In the Old Testament, women were property. If a single woman lost her virginity, she was damaged goods and her father could not sell her as a virgin. Finding a husband would’ve been very difficult. By commanding a woman to marry her rapist theoretically meant her needs would be taken care of. Since she became the property of her husband, it would be up to the husband if she had to live with him.

  • Barefoot

    Seems to be an occupational hazard of those who work with youth. Our church runs a criminal background check on all our teachers and youth leaders, but that only screens out the ones who already have criminal records.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    So tragic. Didn’t his wife and his children notice anything before the girl got actually violated? Christians should not drink alcohol because drunkenness leads to sin. Sex crimes by school teachers are epidemic in Japan as well. Wearing short skirts and make-ups fuels the heinous trend. It’s a woefully depraved era. Men do not cherish women because women do not value chastity. Girls and women must dress up properly and behave properly to avoid these kinds of crimes. Christian women can help protect the society’s children by not-showing the skin excessively. ( Matthew chapter 5)

    • Sisyphus

      “Wearing short skirts and make-ups fuels the heinous trend. It’s a woefully depraved era. Men do not cherish women because women do not value chastity. Girls and women must dress up properly and behave properly to avoid these kinds of crimes. Christian women can help protect the society’s children by not-showing the skin excessively. ”

      Oh, that’s right, let’s blame the victim. She was asking for it. Apparently heterosexuals are capable of pedophilia and depravity…who knew??

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        So many men are pedophile pervs nowadays the Sodomic Western culture is such an utter failure. Skin-showing promotes rape crimes though non-virgin playgirls don’t care. You guys need Christianity to be saved and moral. The world has enough headaches without the West gone Sodomic militantly. Give mankind some break.

        • Sisyphus

          What a sad and frightening world in which you must live. The vast majority of my peers and colleagues are secular in nature and not a pedophile or pervert among them. We don’t need to subscribe to your religious superstition to know how to act and think morally. In the metro area where I live, of over 1 million people, less than 1% are on a sex offender registry.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            But your friends are all playboys without exception except for your real-Christian friends. USA needs to adhere to Christianity again. It’s a matter of time playboys turn into criminals. Man should stay loyal and gallant and marry to one woman and live to glorify God and to protect his family.

          • Sisyphus

            If being in a 30+ year monogamous loving relationship makes me a Playboy, you certainly define that word differently than most. Again however, I don’t need your dogma, rituals or superstition to live a respectful compassionate life.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            If you support abortion and the culture’s sexual immorality, you still belong to the camp of playboys. Man commits adultery in heart. Read Matthew 5. Do something to protect the society instead of leaving it alone. Men who don’t do good only harm the homeland, the women and children all in it.

          • Sisyphus

            Supporting a woman’s right to maintain sovereignty over her body is not the same as supporting abortion

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Humans – mere creatures – are not sovereign in anything. The human bodies belong to God. That’s why suicide and drug abuses are crimes, too.

          • Sisyphus

            There is no authority over me but myself. The God you’ve created exists only in your perception.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. God is real. You are a mere creature and you must repent of your sin and believe in Saviour Jesus and submit to God. Unbelieving Westerners are slaves to Sodomy. You need Christianity to be saved and be free and moral.

      • Jason Todd

        I agree with you. Seriously. Yeah, women and girls do not ask to be raped. Irresponsible.

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          If women show skin too much, such women are practically encouraging men to commit sins. Read Matthew 5. The Muslim population is a blessing to the nudist Westernized nations. Immorality hurts women and children the most.

    • Jason Todd

      What?

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Women and girls’ chastity and modest outfit help protect themselves and other women and children. Women who scorn purity and modesty are like bad men in their mentality and endanger other women and children, as observed in rich secular nations.

  • InTheChurch

    This dude needs to go to jail and be someone’s special friend. He needs to make things right by raising and supporting this lady and the baby. Needs to make things right with his wife and kids. he needs to sit in the church pews forever and never again go up to the pulpit or classroom to teach. He will get God’s grace and forgiveness.

  • Dianne

    Behold, ye have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23

    You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. Psalm 90:8

    For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hid, that shall not be made known and come abroad. Luke 8:17