State Waiting On DNA In Junction City Child Molestation Investigation

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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A preliminary hearing has been pushed back for a Junction City minister charged in several child molestation cases as the state and defense wait to receive DNA lab results from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Jordan Young, 25, is facing charges in six cases involving separate underage victims.

He appeared in Geary County District Court Thursday for a status hearing on his cases.

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.

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 the present.

The state is waiting to receive final test results from the KBI. The agency is testing close to 40 pieces of evidence, looking for DNA.

Brown explains that DNA testing is a two step process- the first is “extraction” where it is determined whether there is anything to test from samples of bodily fluids. The first process is complete, she said, and 30 pages of the KBI's reports have been provided to the defense.

Geary County authorities are still waiting for the results from the second step as DNA scientists work to determine who the bodily fluids belong to.

A preliminary hearing on Young’s cases had been scheduled for January 23rd and 24th, 2013 at the Geary County courthouse. That hearing has been moved to March 20-21, 2013.

Jordan Young will appear in court for a status hearing on February 21, 2013 at 9 AM. He is being held in the Geary County Jail on $1 million bond.

He is the son of former Faith Tabernacle pastor Edwin Young, who reportedly abruptly resigned. Sources close to Faith Tabernacle say Edwin Young took a significant amount of money from the church when he left the church and the area before his son was arrested. Authorities refuse to comment on Edwin Young’s whereabouts and if he is part of the police investigation at the church.

Brown anticipates charging Young in connection with four more cases, she told WIBW. She says she is waiting to receive the DNA reports before moving forward with additional charges. It would bring the number of victims to 10 in the church sex scandal.

The state expects to have the lab results in February. Brown said it is typical for the testing to take several months.