Prosecutors: More Victims Come Forward In Church Molestation Probe

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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Geary County prosecutors say nine more victims have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse in a scandal that continues to unfold at a Junction City church.

Jordan Young, 25, is facing a number of child molestation charges in four separate cases involving four separate victims 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. His charges include Indecent Solicitation of a Child, Aggravated Intimidation of a Victim, Criminal Sodomy, Aggravated Indecent Liberties With a Child and Attempted Criminal Sodomy.

Young appeared in Geary County District Court Thursday for a status hearing on his four cases. Camera access was denied by the judge. Young's mother and wife were in the courtroom for the proceedings.

The hearing was continued because according to the state, the church probe continues to develop and Young could face more charges in connection with nine other victims that have come forward. That would bring the total to 13 victims.

Assistant Geary County Attorney Michelle Brown told the judge that the state is also waiting to receive test results from the KBI who is testing close to 40 pieces of evidence, looking for DNA. Police confirm that the KBI is assisting Junction City and Geary County authorities in the investigation.

Brown tells WIBW that all of the victims that have come forward with allegations against Jordan Young are underage males. When asked if the alleged crimes took place at Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church or at the church's school, the Apostolic Academy on Rucker Road in Junction City, or both, Brown said she could not comment, saying only that the reported sexual abuse occurred in Geary County. Young would have had access to both facilities. Brown says the alleged assaults on the boys occurred over the course of several years but some of the cases are also recent.

Jordan Young is being held in the Geary County Jail on $1 million bond.

He's scheduled to appear in court for another status hearing on October 11, 2012 at 9 AM.

Jordan Young is the son of former Faith Tabernacle pastor Edwin Young, who reportedly recently and abruptly resigned. Sources close to Faith Tabernacle say Edwin Young took a significant amount of money from the church when he resigned before his son was arrested and now, his whereabouts are unknown. When asked about 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.

Junction City police have consulted with the FBI, Brown said.

"The investigation into the matter is continuing. I have two detectives assigned to it. We continue to look into it and follow all leads on that. We’re still interviewing people and when we complete it, obviously we’ll present all of our evidence to the County Attorney’s Office for them to review it and to make a determination as to whether or not charges will be filed," the police chief told WIBW.

"There’s children involved and so it’s very important that we protect their identities and that we complete our investigation before we start discussing further facts about this. The case is ongoing and when it’s ongoing like that we just are not comfortable details about who we’re investigating and what we’re investigating," he added.

WIBW spoke to a woman Thursday who was a member of the church on and off for 20 years and asked us not to reveal her identity. She says Jordan Young tried to molest two of her grandsons when they were younger.

"He tried some things with my grandsons, both of them. One of them is still at Faith Tabernacle. The other doesn’t live here any longer," she said.

Of the scandal, she added: "It’s devastating because I had no idea it ran that deep."

She went on to say that victims have been coming forward for a long time to Edwin Young but he covered up the claims concerning his son for a long time, sweeping them under the rug and threatening to kick the victims out of the church.

"The church members were duped by the whole family and they are leaning on God to get some healing in that church. That church is in the healing process right now and it needs to be helped by God... I want to see Faith Tabernacle grow and I want to see Faith Tabernacle overcome this mountain that they have in front of them," she told 13 News.