Former youth pastor accused of sex crimes returns to court


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. - A former youth pastor will once again appear before a judge in Marshall County, Kentucky this morning.

Thirty-two-year-old Robert Byars faces 15 counts of Unlawful Transaction with a 16-year-old, five counts of 3rd Degree Rape and five counts of 3rd Degree Sodomy.

Byars entered a not guilty plea and requested a public attorney on July 3.

Court documents claim Byars and the teen had dozens of encounters from December 2012 until one day before his arrest.

Byars resigned as youth pastor weeks before the complaint was filed.