Pastor accused of abusing five boys
Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma have arrested youth pastor Timothy Shawn Cato, 50, for allegedly sexually abusing youngsters.
Court documents indicate that Cato used his status as a youth pastor and a volunteer at an Oklahoma Department of Human Services children’s shelter to gain the trust of children, and then sexually abuse them.
TPD Sgt. Mike Brown said:
Some of the victims indicated that they had met him through a program at a church where he was a, what they referred to as a commander of their group, that would do scouting-like activities for boys of a younger age.
Documents said that Cato had admitted to bringing children home from the shelter, bathing them, and sleeping with them in a bed away from his wife.
Cato said that:
He would routinely every week check two children out of the shelter on a pass and take them to his home where he would bathe them and share a bed with them.
Cato’s history includes 20 years of volunteering and working for churches, summer camps, and the Little Lighthouse and Town and Country School.
Documents also showed that the Oklahoma Department of Human Services was paying Cato to provide care to two children. Those children were placed in DHS custody.
Cato was charged with eight counts of child sexual abuse of five boys ages 7 to 17. Four of the eight incidents allegedly happened after October 1 of this year.
The Tulsa Police Department said that it had a strong case against Cato, and it did not dismiss the possibility that more children could come forward.