Child Molestation Probe Involving Junction City Minister Continues

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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A preliminary hearing set for a former Junction City minister charged in several child molestation cases has been pushed back.

Jordan Young is facing charges in six cases involving separate underage victims. His preliminary hearing was set to get underway Thursday, April 4th, but it was continued. The hearing has been rescheduled several times as the sexual abuse investigation continues and the court waits on final DNA results from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Young 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, who reportedly abruptly resigned around the time of Jordan's arrest.

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.

The state sent the KBI close to 40 pieces of evidence, looking for DNA.

Geary County Attorney Steve Opat said Thursday: "We have some preliminary results. Those preliminary results are being reduced to writing. It's a case where before we proceed, and it's not just the state, it's the defense too, they want to be sure what we have in writing before any discussions are had about whether or not the cases are going forward and what format they're going to go forward."

"This investigation is not done. I think everybody assumes that it's been concluded. It's not. It's ongoing," Opat added.

When asked if Young could face more charges, Opat responded: "I'm not telling you that it's not a possibility."

Michelle Brown previously told WIBW that she anticipates charging Young in connection with four more cases. It would bring the number of victims to 10 in the church sex scandal.

Jordan Young remains in the Geary County Jail. He is being held on a $1 million bond. A status hearing for his cases is set for May 2, 2013 at 9 AM at the Geary County courthouse.