.

Former Church Youth Leader Convicted of Sexually Abusing Boys

Nathaniel Morales, a former youth leader, was convicted of molesting boys in Gaithersburg in the 1980s and 90s.

Nathaniel Morales, a former youth leader, was convicted of molesting boys in Gaithersburg in the 1980s and 90s. File|Patch
Nathaniel Morales, a former youth leader, was convicted of molesting boys in Gaithersburg in the 1980s and 90s. File|Patch

A Las Vegas man has been convicted of sexually abusing boys while he was a youth leader at a Gaithersburg church in the 1980s, reports WTOP.

Nathaniel Morales, 56, was convicted Thursday in Montgomery County Circuit Court. He was found guilty on three counts of sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of sexual offense.

Prosecutors say Morales worked with youth ministries and conducted Bible studies for Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg. He was accused of abusing three boys from 1983 to 1991 at group sleepovers and in their homes.

One of the victims reported the abuse to Montgomery County Police in 2009, WTOP says.

Morales faces up to 85 years in prison at sentencing Aug. 14.

According to a February 2013 Patch story, church leaders said when the charges were filed: "Morales, though a church member at the time, was never a pastor in Covenant Life Church nor a teacher in Covenant Life School. Rather, Mr. Morales was a teacher employed by an independent private school in Montgomery County not affiliated with Covenant Life Church or School. … Covenant Life Church had no knowledge of such abuse until many years after the abuse when an adult who had been victimized as a child came forward."

Sal Anthony May 24, 2014 at 03:11 AM
Burn in hell

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »