Judge sets bond conditions for youth pastor

Trevor Jacob Fortner, 25 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)
Trevor Jacob Fortner, 25 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Levelland youth pastor will be allowed to bond out of jail on multiple conditions set by a judge Wednesday morning.

25-year-old Trevor Fortner is charged with enticement of a minor. Last month, police say Fornter sent sexually explicit pictures and text messages to an undercover officer, who was posing as a 15-year-old girl.

Fortner served as a youth minister at the Fifth Street Baptist Church in Levelland. He was also an employee of the First Baptist Church in Lubbock where he was arrested last Wednesday when approached by FBI agents and Lubbock police officers.

Wednesday morning, the federal magistrate judge handed down three pages of conditions that have to be met in order for Fortner to bond out of jail. As of Wednesday afternoon, Fornter was still behind bars with no word yet on what his bond will be set at.

Since Fortner's offense deals with a minor he met over the internet, many of his conditions deal with internet use.

These are just a few of the conditions he must abide by:

  • Submit to supervision and random drug tests
  • Must attending counseling including specialized sex offender treatment
  • Have no unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18 and not loiter near schools, playgrounds, swimming pools or any place frequented by children
  • Restricted to residence at all times except for employment, education, religious services, medical or substance abuse treatment and court appearances
  • Comply with computer and internet monitoring program allowing software to track his use
  • Can only use a computer that is approved by probation office and submit to periodic and random computer checks
  • Cannot use any internet capable device, like smart phones, unless authorized by the probation office
  • Prohibited from using social network sites like Facebook and MySpace and chat rooms
  • Prohibited from using web cams, gaming consoles or anything that allows video and picture sharing
  • Must obtain advance approval before volunteering anywhere
  • Cannot posses a firearm
  • Cannot drink alcohol or use drugs
  • Must surrender passport
  • Must actively continue to search for employment

These are just a few of the guidelines Fortner will have to follow. If he fails to adhere to these requirements, he could be arrested and charged with other offenses.

Pastor Roy Prather with the Fifth Street Baptist Church in Levelland released this statement on Wednesday:

Trevor Fortner was hired on February 17, 2013 as the youth minister at Fifth Street Baptist Church. He was not a member of Fifth Street but was serving in the capacity of youth minister. On Friday morning, May 10th, we were informed by authorities that Mr. Fortner had been taken into custody. Our immediate reaction was shock and dismay. At this time our thoughts and prayers are with his family.


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