MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. -- A 21-year-old man from Douglas County is charged with enticing a child for sex -- a girl whom he met in his Sunday School class.
Brent Turley, 21, who also goes by Pete, lives in Norwood. Investigators say he planned to secretly meet a 14-year-old girl at a Mountain Grove city park.
"(He was) wanting to meet on Monday. It was all arranged through text messages," said Wright County Sheriff Glenn Adler.
Adler says Turley intended to take the girl he'd taught in Sunday school "parking," and then have sex. He met officers instead.
"It is saddening that someone would use their position within a church to maybe do this. However, I don't want that to reflect on the church. Everybody has employees, and you can't control what the people who work for you do once they leave your office," said Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase.
The only reason law enforcement caught Turley is the 14-year-old girl's mom took the initiative to look at her daughter's phone. When she saw suspicious messages, she started asking questions.