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Coach, youth pastor charged with sexually assaulting boy, 13

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State police in Lancaster County have charged a Pequea Valley basketball coach and local youth pastor with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy.

Police said Jonathan Masteller, 23, of Kinzers engaged in sexual contact with the male juvenile on at least six occasions between September and December of 2013. According to officials, Masteller also had pictures and videos of child pornography on a laptop.

He was arrested at his home on Kinzer Road on Tuesday.

Masteller was the junior high head coach of the boys basketball team in the Pequea Valley School District. The district has since suspended him. He also served as a youth pastor at a local church.

Charges against Masteller include four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, three counts of indecent assault, one count corruption of minors and two counts sexual abuse of children.

Masteller was arraigned, and his bail was set at $250,000. He was remanded to Lancaster County Prison.

Tuesday night Pequea Valley parents were in shock. One mother came to Masteller's defense, saying she still trusts him.

Another mother said, "We live in Lancaster County where you would never expect anything like this, and it's sheer disgust," Lynne Huenink said.

Anyone with information regarding this case may contact state police.

Pequea Valley School District released the following statement regarding the charges:

"The School District just learned of the filing of the criminal charges of Jonathan Masteller and is in the process of obtaining more information.

The School District intends to fully cooperate with the PA State Police in their investigation of this matter, if requested to do so.

In the event that Mr. Masteller posts bail and is released from prison, the School District will not allow Mr. Masteller on school grounds while this criminal matter proceeds, and he has been suspended from all duties effective immediately.

The School District is not aware of any allegations of inappropriate conduct by Mr. Masteller that purportedly occurred on school grounds or during any school-sponsored activities. Should the School District learn of any such allegations, this information will be immediately forwarded to law enforcement authorities, as well as any such allegations be reviewed internally by the School District."

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