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Authorities seeking youth minister they say molested 2 teens

Authorities seeking youth minister they say molested 2 teens

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As of press time Friday, the New Orleans Police Department was searching for a 36-year-old youth minister they say had inappropriate sexual contact with two teenage boys and may have more victims.

Multiple news outlets report arrest warrants have been issued for Ryan Scott Rodgers, a youth minister at several local churches in Orleans, Jefferson and Plaquemines Parishes.

Authorities say Rodgers is accused of touching two teenage boys while they were sleeping at his home. Both victims told detectives that they were awakened by Rogers fondling them. The victims told Detective Stephanie Taillon that Rodgers sexually abused them for over a year.

Detectives believe Rodgers sexually assaulted other victims during this same time period. Authorities say once he is caught, Rodgers will be booked with sexual battery and seven counts of indecent behavior with juveniles.

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