JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A court hearing for a Junction City minister charged in several child molestation cases involving young boys has been pushed back.
A status hearing for Jordan Young was continued Thursday because his attorney had a family emergency, prosecutors said.
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.
Young's preliminary hearing has been pushed back several times as the state waits for final DNA results from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation labs.
KBI Deputy Director Kyle Smith told WIBW: "We are aware this is a major case and it has been given priority status over many others due to the nature of the case... The original set of samples is in ‘technical review’, a cross check to ensure accuracy and the final stage of the process. The delays involved here are primarily based on the KBI’s chronic lack of forensic capacity and the very large number of samples (about 100) submitted in this case."
He added: "Due to the capacity limitations we have been forced to prioritize cases that are submitted for analysis. For instance, a murder or rape set for trial will be worked before a case awaiting preliminary hearing. In a survey of our law enforcement partners last year, 41% reported that they had cases that had been dismissed or plead to reduced charges due to the unavailability of KBI forensic lab reports. This is an unfortunate and frustrating situation to be in, but unavoidable. And it should be remembered that we are talking about fundamental rights of both victims and suspects - forensic tests absolutely have to be done right – so no short cuts are allowed."
WIBW has a sit down interview with Kyle Smith Monday to further discuss some of the obstacles his agency is facing.
Jordan 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 4, 2013 at 9 AM at the Geary County courthouse.
Michelle Brown says the direction of the cases should be made clear at the hearing.