Today’s Sunday Sermon
A local church youth group leader, who is the subject of an eight-count indictment accusing him of engaging in sex with a 15-year-old girl, was booked into the Mahoning County Jail Friday night.
According to police, Cuprik was a friend of the girl’s family, as well as a youth group leader at Victory Christian Center in Boardman Ohio.
Mark Cuprik, 22, allegedly drove to Beaver Township Memorial Park with the girl last March.
According to a Beaver police report, the investigation began March 21 when officers were called to Beaver Township Memorial Park for a report that Cuprik was involved in a vehicle chase. The report states that Cuprik had a juvenile in his vehicle at the time.
“The family tried to confront him. A chase ensued between the family and Cuprik. Reportedly, he was going at a high rate of speed, ignoring traffic devices,” said Beaver police Lt. Eric Datillo.
The police report states that Cuprik eventually dropped the juvenile off at the park, where she was reunited with family members.
Mark R. Cuprik II, 22, Shepherds Road in Poland Ohio was indicted on sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, one count of importuning and one count of sexual imposition.
Victory Christian’s Board of Directors released a statement:
“Any abuse, especially that of a minor is abhorrent and should never be tolerated. We are incredibly grieved in regards to the allegations and indictments of of a former youth leader at our Boardman campus. Our Board of Directors are aware of the matter and cooperating with the appropriate authorities. The accused leader was removed immediately from any and all involvement with in the church when the allegations first surfaced under previous leadership of VCC in January of 2020.”
“When current VCC leadership learned more details about the matter, a statement was read to the Boardman Campus providing transparency and condemning the actions of the former youth leader. VCC leadership also made extra efforts to stay in close touch with the victim’s family, providing support and offering professional counseling to them, offering to pay for all such expenses.”
“We would welcome you to join us in prayer for all involved, especially the victims.”
✱Boardman is just south of Youngstown.
✱Poland, where the perv lives, is also just south of Youngstown.
✱Special thanks to stingray68 for today’s Ohio Perv Watch news tip.