Fmr. Prior Lake Youth Pastor Charged With Having Sex With Minor

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 23-year-old former youth pastor in Prior Lake has been accused of having sex with an underage female victim, according to charges filed in Hennepin County.

Mitchell Geoffrey Bolkom, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection to the incidents, which allegedly began in early 2016.

According to the criminal complaint, police learned on Sept. 13, 2016 that the victim had told her priest that she had been involved in a sexual relationship with her youth pastor, Bolkcom. In an interview with police, the victim said the relationship took place from January 2016 until May 2016.

The victim, who was born in 1999, said she met Bolkcom at a church retreat in late 2015 and initially began to meet up to talk about her depression. She said the relationship evolved from coffee shops to her going over to Bolkcom’s apartment.

At one point after a sexual encounter, she said she told Bolkcom that she didn’t think it was a good idea and did not want to come over. However, Bolkom allegedly got her to come over by telling her he was leaving for Florida for a new job soon and that he only had seven years to live due to a heart condition. The fourth time they met, they had sex.

In an out of custody interview, Bolkom eventually confessed to the crime and admitted that he counseled and ministered her. He is now in custody.

On Sunday, Sept. 18, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released a statement on the arrest:

From Tim O’Malley, Director of the Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis learned this weekend that Bloomington Police arrested Mitchell Bolkcom, a former employee and volunteer at the Church of Saint Michael in Prior Lake. He was charged in Hennepin County with criminal sexual conduct after an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. At the time of the alleged criminal sexual conduct, Bolkcom was an employee at Saint Michael. At the time of his arrest, Bolkcom was working for FOCUS – the Fellowship of Catholic University Students – at the Saint Thomas Aquinas Newman Center at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The Archdiocese and the Church of Saint Michael are cooperating with law enforcement and we encourage anyone with information to contact police. Please keep all those who have been abused in your prayers.

If convicted, Bolkom could face up to 15 years in prison and/’or a $30,000 fine.

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  1. Gee, what a shock! A Catholic youth minister having sex with a minor! The only surprise is this time it was a girl. Why does anyone let their kids be alone with any Catholic priest, I will never know. It’s not like people don’t know the church is pedophile central.

  2. Kally Waters says:

    This is a dangerous pedophile predator. What the heck kind of job career is “youth pastor” or “youth ministries” anyway. Just another avenue the Catholic church supports so adults can sexually abuse children. We all need to wake up! Stop handing your children over to these type of people. Keep your children away from any and all youth ministers. They are all FLAKES!

    1. According to Dr Charol Shakeshaft, a leading researcher on public education sex abuse at Hofstra University. a child is 100 times more likely to get sexually abused by a public school teacher than a Catholic Priest.

      Public School Teachers Unions are giving a lot of money to democrats so the media ignores it.

      1. Kally Waters says:

        Dear Mr Trump, please do what you can to stop these public government union goons calling themselves “teachers” from hurting our children anymore. I will vote for you knowing the days of the Department of Education and other worthless creeps in government are numbered.

        1. Florence Henderson used to lube up Barry Williams with Wesson oil in between Brady Bunch sets — don’t forget them people either.

  3. He doesn’t look Mexican to me. Could the Orange Cheeto Jesus be wrong?

  4. 17 is old enough for consent — 14th Amendment says if musicians and Hollywood celebs can mess around with 17 year olds, so can Catholics.

  5. 15 years? f it was a female teacher she would get a slap on the wrist

  6. This is shocking and unexpected news.

    Unless you do a Google news search for keywords “Pastor” and “Priest”, in which case, this is a quite-nearly daily occurrence…

  7. Jeff Kam says:

    How very christian of him.

  8. Clergy sexual abuse happens in every faith community throughout the world, in every denomination. Sadly, when a child is abused, they now have a target on their backs to be abused again. Re-victimization is very common among those who are sexually abused. And when a pastor or other church leader abuses their power, it has devastating results due to the spiritual component.

    There is hope and help for anyone who was abused by clergy. We work hard to raise awareness of its prevalence and repetitive nature. For more information, see thehopeofsurvivors.com

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