Meet Joe Barron who is a minister at a Plano, Texas megachurch and has been charged in connection with an internet sex sting. Read more about it and see photos and a video below.
Joe Barron is a minister at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. I should have written that in past tense cause I suspect he’s no longer employed. He was taken into custody today and charged with online solicitation of a minor. Barron got caught in a internet sex sting set up to catch internet predators. He allegedly had sexually explicit online conversations with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl. Its being reported that he asked the girl to meet him and then made a three-hour drive to meet her. Instead, he was met by undercover police officers. Don’t you just hate when that happens!
Police found condoms, a webcam and headset in Barron’s car. They have searched his home and taken custody of his computers and removable discs. His church has made his files and computers at the church available to the police and issued a statement.
“We are disturbed and saddened by the reports we have heard and we are praying for the Barron family. We are fully cooperating with the police in their investigation,” said Mike Buster, Prestonwood’s executive pastor.
Update 8:45pm ET: Barron remains in Brazos County Jail on a $7,000 bond.
Joe Barron Biography
Joe Barron is a 52-year-old minister at the Plano, Texas megachurch, Prestonwood Baptist Church. The church has 26,000 members and 40 ministers. Barron is not the senior pastor, but has been a marriage counselor and lead mission trips to Bogota, Columbia on behalf of the church.
Interestingly, the church has already virtually irradiated him their website. Obviously, they have good reason to cleanse the website of this guys image and name.
More biological information will be posted as it becomes available.
Joe Barron – Video