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Johnston youth pastor faces sex charge

Posted February 27

Michael Todd Jancso

— A youth pastor at a Johnston County church was arrested Saturday night and charged with having sex with a teen, authorities said Monday.

Michael Todd Jancso, 24, was charged with statutory rape of a child under age 16.

Deputies found Jancso with the teen outside River Dell Elementary School, authorities said.

Jancso works at Elizabeth United Methodist Church in Smithfield, and investigators determined he met the girl during a church function.


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  • Thomas Williams Mar 2, 2017
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    Take a private organization such as Kiwanis or Boy Scouts, would you be as quick to pass judgement on all of them based on a failure by one member of one club?

  • Janet Ghumri Feb 27, 2017
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    Was there no other supervision over the youth group? He seems awful young to be in charge of a group. It's a good thing he was caught (albeit 'red handed', from what the article states). So sad that we can have no faith, even within a faith based structured system.