DENTON, Texas — A former youth pastor who worked in north Texas and Arkansas is facing multiple federal child-related sex charges, the U.S. Department of Justice announced today.
In an indictment handed down earlier this month, 50-year-old Robert Shiflet was charged with three counts of transporting a minor across state lines to engage in illegal sexual activity and one count of coercing a minor to cross a state line to engage in illegal sexual activity.
Shiflet was arrested at his Denton, Texas, home on June 12, 2020, and arraigned earlier today via teleconference before United States Magistrate Judge Jerome T. Kearney in Little Rock, Arkansas.
"The indictment alleges that in or about May 1997, Shiflet transported a minor from Texas to Arkansas for the purpose of engaging in illegal sexual activity," read a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Arkansas. "The indictment alleges he did so again in March 2001 with a different minor, and from June through September of 2002 with a third minor."
"The indictment also charges Shiflet with enticing the third minor to cross a state line for the purpose of engaging in illegal sexual activity from June through September of 2002," continues the statement. "During this time period, Shiflet worked as a youth pastor in Little Rock and later moved to Denton, Texas, where he had previously worked as a youth pastor."
Federal investigators are now asking anyone with additional information or other victims to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 1 (800) CALL-FBI.
If convicted, Shiflet faces up to 15 years in federal prison for transportation of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity and up to 10 years for coercion. Both charges carry potential penalties of not less than five years of supervised release and a fine not to exceed $250,000.