Byars' letters to 16-year-old revealed


Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. - In a letter to the 16-year-old he is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with, Robert Byars writes about God, "I feel he wants me to be your husband for ever and ever."

Byars, 32, is a former church youth director. He writes 14 pages telling her he dreams of her and begs her to write him back. He writes, "Your love is what is getting me through this."

Police arrested Byars earlier this month. He was arraigned Monday on a misdemeanor charge of unlawful transaction with a minor. A judge had previously ordered him not to have any contact with the victim.  The letter was delivered by his brother, who has also been criminally charged.

He writes of the arrest, "I would not change a thing but be better at hiding." In fact, he makes plans for when he is free. The words written are so sexually explicit, Byars writes it even turns him on.

He tells the teen he cannot imagine life without her writing, "Please, please wait for me."

Byars had a $25,000 cash bond. It has been revoked. Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship told the judge he believed Byars to be a flight risk- possibly taking off with the victim to get married