Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Sexual contact with teen sends youth minister to county jail

by Rob Ireland

February 23, 2012

ELKHORN ó A former youth minister at Mt. Zion Church is serving a 60-day jail sentence after he was convicted of two misdemeanor counts of having sex with a child over the age of 16.

Stephen T. Flynn, 26, 204 E. Court St., Elkhorn, was sentenced Jan. 24 and was granted work release privileges.

Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss said Flynn met the victim through Mt. Zion church, but added he is no longer a youth minister there.

A message was left for Pastor Dave Adams at Mt. Zion church, but he didnít return a call by Regional News deadline.

As part of his sentence, Flynn must participate in sex offender treatment, but he wonít be required to register as a sex offender. The two incidents that occurred between Flynn and the victim happened while she was 16 and Flynn was 25.

When an offender is convicted of having sex with a child over the age of 16, the judge can use discretion on whether to require that person to register as a sex offender. Koss said he met with the victimís family before coming to a resolution in the case.

As part of his sentence, Flynn must provide a biological specimen to state crime lab for for DNA analysis.

According to a 2008 press release from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Flynn graduated from that college Dec. 17, 2008 with a degree in journalism.

According to the criminal complaint:

The Sheriffís Department interviewed the victim who stated that on two separate occasions in the month of December 2010 she had sexual contact with Flynn in the city of Lake Geneva. The criminal charges were filed in October.