Hugo youth pastor, former teacher arrested for child sex crimes

Booking photo of Justin White (Okla. State Bureau of Investigation)

HUGO, Okla. (KXII) - A current Hugo youth pastor and former teacher and coach has been arrested accused of having sex with teen girls while he was previously employed as a teacher in McCurtain County and a youth pastor in LeFlore County.

Investigators with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation say they were asked to investigate when allegations surfaced that Justin White, 34, had sex with a female student several times during the 2013-14 school year when he was employed as the baseball coach at Smithville Public Schools in McCurtain County.

During the investigation, agents spoke with another girl who was a member of the Spiro Baptist Church when White was youth pastor there. The girl, who was underage at the time, said White would take her upstairs at the church to be alone. When alone, White would inappropriately touch and kiss the girl, who agents said was a teenager.

White was arrested on charges of second degree rape in McCurtain County and lewd molestation in LeFlore County at the Clayton Avenue Baptist Church in Hugo and is currently in the Choctaw County jail awaiting transport to McCurtain County and then to LeFlore County.