Matthew C. Davis is a former volunteer youth pastor at Grace Church of Seattle. And that "former" part is pretty important, as his termination came as a result of what authorities contend was a string of inappropriate text messages with a 15-year-old girl in the program. Making matters worse for the 26-year-old Davis, now the King County Prosecutor's Office has officially charged him with communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
Investigators say that between February and May of this year Davis sent numerous text messages to the underage girl deemed to be inappropriate and criminal.
Upon learning of the relationship after Davis confessed to it, charging documents indicate a youth pastor at the church quickly notified police and CPS of the situation. Authorities say that Davis told the pastor that he had told the 15-year-old girl that he loved her and would leave his wife for her so they could marry when she turned 18. Davis also apparently told the pastor that his wife had discovered the communications and subsequently left him because of them.
Charging documents indicate that what's described as "one of the church ladies" spoke with the victim who confirmed the fact Davis had been sending her text messages and letters. One of these letters, and a letter the victim (identified in charging documents as BM) wrote in response but had not yet delivered, was handed over to police.
From charging documents:
Charging documents indicate that the victim and Davis first met in January or February at what's described as "a rally," and soon began exchanging emails and Facebook messages. However, authorities believe it was a few months before these exchanges became criminal.
Charging documents note of the May investigation:
By early May Davis' text messages had unnerved the victim, according to charging documents, who decided to report the situation to a friend's mother.
More from charging documents:
On May 8 investigators served a search warrant at Davis' home, at which time he admitted to "having exchanged sexual text messages and emails" with the victim. Charging documents also indicate, "Davis said that he had genuine feelings for [the victim], but now realized those feelings were wrong."