Colorado youth pastor Joseph Potts, 33, was sentenced this week to a total of 50 years in prison for sexually assaulting two boys, age 14 and 15, whom he was supervising at his apartment.
Potts was a youth pastor at Jubilee Fellowship Church in 2017 when, having earned the trust of their parents, he invited the two boys to stay overnight at his apartment to play video games. When the minors arrived, Potts made them watch pornography and then sexually assaulted them.
Danielle Jaramillo, the senior deputy district attorney who prosecuted the case, said:
"Mr. Potts is the most dangerous type of criminal. He used a religious position of leadership in order to gain the trust of parents so that he had access to their children. These parents trusted that their children would be safe when alone with the defendant, and he took advantage of that trust in the worst way."
District Attorney George Brauchler said:
"There is likely a special place in hell for those who satisfy their lascivious sexual desires under the guise of being a youth pastor. We can, at best, protect ourselves from him in this life."