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New trial granted for former youth pastor accused of disorderly conduct


A Sugar Grove man, who formerly worked as a youth pastor for Harvest Bible Chapel in Aurora, will be retried on a disorderly conduct charge early next year.


The case against the defendant Paxton Singer will return to court as early as February.


Authorities said they are awaiting a status update hearing to set a new trial date.


Last month, Judge Michael Noland motioned for a new trial, and it was granted.


The judge’s order comes on the heels of a Nov. 12 ruling that indicates Singer is found not guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor for sexual exploitation of a child, but is guilty of a Class C Misdemeanor for disorderly conduct.


Around that time, authorities said a new trial was to be sought to review the latter charge to determine if it may be dismissed.


According to state statute, a person commits disorderly conduct when he/she knowingly commits any act in such an unreasonable manner as to alarm or disturb another and to provoke a breach of the peace.


Singer was arrested in October 2018, according to court records. A short time later, he was released after posting 10% of a $4,500 bond.


Prior to his arrest, Singer was fired from his position at Harvest Bible Chapel in January 2018.


Authorities allege that Singer exchanged Snap Chat and text messages with students, requesting inappropriate images and asking personal questions.


A status update hearing is currently set for Feb. 11, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

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