Youth Pastor Arrested In Connection With Alleged Sex Assault On Teens

Graler Is Pastor At First Christian Church

A youth pastor in Craig was arrested Monday in connection with the alleged sexual assault of two teen girls he had worked with at First Christian Church, authorities said.

John Graler, 53, is being held without bond at the Moffat County Jail, facing charges of sexual assault, sexual assault on a child and sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust.

Moffat County Sheriffs Office and the Craig Police Department said their investigation has identified two alleged victims, who were between the ages from 13 to 18 when the alleged assaults occurred.

Several people have come forward and provided information to investigators that relates to the investigation, but anyone who has additional information, or who may feel that they have been victimized, is encouraged to call Craig police or the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

The case is being forwarded to the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office for filing of formal charges.