by Perry Miller
A Brookings County jury finds a former Brookings pastor guilty of sexual contact
with a child under 16.
The verdict was returned against 37-year-old Timothy Bariteau Thursday afternoon.
Bariteau was indicted last November and arrested in California, where he had been
The incident occurred in April or May of 2014 when Bariteau was one of the pastors
at Morningside Community Church in Brookings.
The jury deliberated for about five hours yesterday before returning the guilty verdict.
States Attorney Clyde Calhoon says the jury reviewed the video of Bariteau being
interviewed by D-C-I agents during the deliberations. Those had also been shown
during the trial.
Bariteau was ordered held without bond until his sentencing on August 11th. A
psycho-sexual exam was ordered as part of the pre-sentence investigation.
Sexual contact with a child under 16 carries a maximum penalty of 15-years in prison
and a 30-thousand dollar fine.