Erath County officials have announced charges have been brought against Ryan Don Ivy, 42, who has been serving as youth pastor at the Bluff Dale Baptist Church, for online solicitation of a minor – victim under 14. Wednesday morning he was arrested on a felony warrant and booked into the Erath County Jail. The child advised in the interview she had been communicating in a sexual manner with Ivy, whom she knew through his work as a youth pastor at her church in Bluff Dale. She told the interviewer the communication was over electronic media through various applications like Instagram.
The communication took place over a one week period last July. Erath County investigators believe Ivy’s behavior indicated “grooming” for worse.