Police arrest Lake Oswego youth pastor accused of online sexual corruption, luring a minor
BEAVERTON, Ore. - Beaverton police arrested a Lake Oswego youth pastor on Sept. 7 after they say he tried luring an undercover detective who was posing as a 14-year-old girl.
Police say they first began investigating 30-year-old Ryan Mutchler after receiving a report from parents who monitored their child’s cell phone use. The parents told police that Mutchler met their child and a joint church camp between June 24 and June 30.
As police investigated, an undercover detective posed as a 14-year-old girl and began texting Mutchler. Police say in the conversation, Mutchler expressed his desire to have a sexual relationship with the girl.
"It's fairly explicit about what he wanted to - his conduct - what he wanted to do with the fourteen-year-old," said Beaverton Police public information officer Jeremy Shaw.
Police arrested Mutchler and booked him in the Washington County Jail on charges of second-degree online sexual corruption of a minor and luring a minor.
Investigators say Mutchler was a youth pastor at Mountain Park Church in Lake Oswego and he assisted with the Aloha High School marching band on a short-term basis.
"There's just a lot of darkness is my childhood growing up," Mutchler said in a 2014 video posted on Youtube. "So when we're talking youth ministry philosophy, I think we have to have a biblical foundation."
Police believe there may be more victims, given Mutchler’s work with youth.
"We know he has had lots of contact with minors between his work as a youth pastor and helping the marching band. We know that that contact has happened, and so we want to make sure that anybody else - if they are a victim - that they come forward," said Shaw.
Both the Beaverton School District and leaders
Any possible victims or anyone with information about Mutchler’s behavior should call (503) 629-0111 to speak with a Beaverton Police officer.
Mutchler is out of jail and scheduled to make his next court appearance October 10.