Youth pastor arrested in Hillsboro on sexual abuse charges

Youth pastor arrested in Hillsboro on sexual abuse charges

A 27-year-old man has been accused of sexually abusing two teenage boys during his time as a youth pastor at a Hillsboro church, police say.

Dylan Ritterman
Dylan Ritterman ( Photo courtesy WCSO) 

Dylan Ritterman was arrested Dec. 18 on allegations he “unlawfully touched” two boys, said Lt. Mike Rouches, a spokesman with the Hillsboro Police Department. The boys were 14 or 15 at the time, he said. 

Ritterman was a youth pastor at Bethel United Pentecostal Church, Rouches said. At least one incident is believed to have occurred in a room at the church and at least one other in a car after Ritterman drove a boy home, he said. 

A call has been placed to the church for comment.

The investigation began in late October after the mother of one of the boys, who is now 18, contacted Hillsboro police, Rouches said.

Ritterman was booked into the Washington County Jail; full bail was set at $545,000.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Renee Schwartz at 503-681-6175.


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