Officials Shed Light On Victims In Junction City Church Sex Scandal

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- As the case against a Junction City minister continues to grow, the church leader found himself back in front of a judge Friday.

Jordan Young, 25, is facing child molestation charges in four separate cases stemming from an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Junction City where he had been serving as the music minister.

Young was originally taken into custody at the Junction City Police Department on Monday, August 13, 2012. He was arrested for Aggravated Indecent Liberties With a Child, Attempted Criminal Sodomy and Solicitation of a Child.

He was still in the Geary County Jail on Friday, August 17, 2012 and being held on a $250,000 bond from his first arrest when he was re-arrested for Aggravated Criminal Sodomy, Aggravated Indecent Liberties With a Child and Sexual Solicitation of a Child in connection with a second case involving a second victim.

On Thursday, August 30, 2012, Young was arrested in connection with two more cases. In one, he was arrested for Aggravated Criminal Sodomy and Aggravated Indecent Liberties With a Child and in the other, he was arrested for Indecent Liberties With a Child and Criminal Solicitation of a Child.

On Friday, August 31, 2012, a first appearance hearing was held at the Geary County courthouse on one of Young’s two new cases.

His bond was raised to $750,000. Young is prohibited from having contact with anyone under the age of 18 and any of the witnesses listed in his charging documents.

Officials say rather than adding to the list of charges Young will face in court, he is being arrested in a new case each time they have enough evidence connecting him to another victim.

At this point, it is unclear how many victims have come forward or exactly how old they are. Officials have remained extremely tight-lipped on the church probe.

Geary County Attorney Steve Opat tells WIBW that the allegations against Jordan Young involve young males. The church's new pastor says the allegations were originally brought to the attention of church officials who then reported them to local authorities.

“The investigation is ongoing and will be methodical. It may take longer than people would like but the reality of it is, we’re not going to be influenced by electronic gratification where everyone wants to know everything about something in a matter of minutes. It’s just not going to happen that way in these kinds of cases,” Opat said.

Jordan Young is the son of former Faith Tabernacle pastor Edwin Young, who reportedly recently and abruptly resigned. When asked about the whereabouts of Edwin Young and if he is part of the police investigation at the church, Junction City Police Chief Tim Brown said he had no comment.

Young’s next court hearing is scheduled for September 6th at the Geary County courthouse.


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