GEARY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Discussions are underway in Geary County between the state and the defense in the cases involving a Junction City minister accused of molesting young boys in his congregation.
Jordan Young, 25, appeared in Geary County District Court Tuesday for a status hearing. The hearing was continued to Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 9 AM.
Young is facing charges in six cases involving separate underage victims.
He has been behind bars since August when the Junction City Police Department launched an investigation into reports of sexual misconduct at Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church where he’d been serving as the music minister. He is the son of former Faith Tabernacle pastor Edwin Young.
Assistant Geary County Attorney Michelle Brown says Young sexually abused underage males at Faith Tabernacle (located on Burke Drive in Junction City) and at the church’s school called the Apostolic Academy (located several miles away from the church on Rucker Road in Junction City), as well as “outside of both” of those locations from 2008 to 2012. Few other details have been released about the alleged child sex abuse.
Young's cases have been continued several times as the court waited for final DNA results from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation labs- testing Brown said was requested by the defense.
Now, Brown says the prosecution and defense are having “extensive discussions” as they review the evidence in the six cases and decide how to proceed forward, either handing them separately or combining them. According to Brown, there have also been talks about the “possibility of resolving these cases short of a trial,” alluding to a potential plea deal. Jordan Young faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted, she said.
If both sides decide to proceed forward with a preliminary hearing, Brown plans to charge Jordan Yong with four additional cases, connecting him to 10 victims.
Young remains in the Geary County Jail. He is being held on a $1 million bond. A status hearing on his cases is now set for June 25, 2013 at 9 AM at the Geary County courthouse. He is being represented by Tom Lemon, a Topeka criminal defense attorney.
Michelle Brown says this will be the last status hearing for Young and that the direction of the cases should be made clear at the hearing.
She also shed some light on the status of Jordan Young’s father, Edwin Young, who abruptly resigned from his position around the time of his son’s arrest and left the area. Brown confirms that Edwin Young is under investigation but that it is separate from the probe into Jordan Young’s alleged behavior at the church. Authorities in Geary County have been advised that Edwin Young now lives out of state and has retained an attorney but Brown did not elaborate further. Junction City police have refused to comment on Edwin Young over the past 10 months. Sources close to Faith Tabernacle say Edwin Young took a significant amount of money from the church when he left before his son was arrested. That has not been confirmed by Junction City/Geary County officials.