In Court: Minister Facing Child Molestation Charges

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Junction City minister at the center of a church sex scandal was back in court Tuesday.

Jordan Young, 25, appeared in Geary County District Court for a status hearing.

Young is facing child molestation charges in two separate cases 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.

The proceedings were carried over until next week when a hearing will be held to address both of Young’s criminal cases.

Young was originally taken into custody at the Junction City Police Department at 11:30 AM on Monday, August 13, 2012.

He was arrested for Aggravated Indecent Liberties With a Child, Attempted Criminal Sodomy and Solicitation of a Child.

He was still in the Geary County Jail on Friday, August 17, 2012 and being held on a $250,000 bond from his first arrest when he was re-arrested for Aggravated Criminal Sodomy, Aggravated Indecent Liberties With a Child and Sexual Solicitation of a Child in connection with a second case involving a second victim.

Junction City Police Chief Tim Brown said Friday that Young's arrests stem from an ongoing investigation into information his department received about a local church.

Brown has released few details on the case, calling the church probe "sensitive" because of the allegations involving children.

At this point, it is unclear how many victims have come forward or how old they are.

Jordan Young had been serving as the music minister at Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church on Burke Drive in Junction City. Those close to the church say he also worked in the youth ministry.

He is the son of former Faith Tabernacle pastor Edwin Young, who reportedly recently and abruptly resigned.

Young's bond in his second case was also set at $250,000. He is being held in the Geary County Jail. He has been ordered not to have any contact with any alleged victims or anyone under the age of 18 unless they are under the supervision of an adult. Geary County Attorney Steve Opat said Young is considered a flight risk because he already tried to flee the area before his arrests. Opat says he is reviewing the cases to determine the exact list of charges Young will face and added that the investigation is still underway.

Young's next hearing is set for Aug. 28, 2012 at 9 AM.


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