A former Twin Cities children's pastor was sentenced on Tuesday for preying on young girls through social media, but one of his victims says that punishment is not enough, calling for harsher consequences for digital sex crimes.
The judge sentenced Matthew Boos to 90 days in jail and will have to register as a sex offender. The victim thought it was going to be more severe, but prosecutors say it's hard for current laws to keep up with these new and bizarre cybersex crimes.
Alayna Bjerke was only 12 years old when she got a friend request on Facebook from someone who was friends with her sister on the social networking site. Boos used the alias "Jordyn Saltzer," a blonde, blue eyed co-ed, to reach out on Facebook almost a year-and-a-half ago.
"He asked me if we could video chat with no clothes," Bjerke said.
At Boos' sentencing in Pope County Court, he admitted to asking for nude photos and expressing his desire to engage in sex acts. He admitted to having sexually explicit conversations with 15 to 20 girls and receiving naked photographs from many of them.
None of those other girls stepped forward, except for Jenna Kettner's daughter who never complied with Boos' requests or met him in person. Instead, she told her mom, and that started an investigation that eventually led to a guilty plea for Boos, his 90-day sentence, probation and Level 1 Sex Offender status.
Pope County Attorney Neil Nelson says he tried to get a stiffer punishment for Boos, but the penalty currently on the books for this type of cybersex crime is at most 15 months behind bars. Boos had a clean criminal past before this, and Nelson says this plea deal was the best he could get.
Ellie Schiller, 15, is Alyana's sister, and at one point, Boos was her children's pastor at River Valley Church campus in Minnetrista. He has now left the ministry and is required to go through mandatory sex addiction counseling.
"I no clue it was Matt. He basically used my sister to get to me," Ellie said.
After months of therapy, Alayna is trying to move forward. She says her faith in God remains unshaken and her family is hoping this ordeal will help create new laws with stiffer penalties.