Junction City Minister At Center Of Scandal Gets New Hearing

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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A week after backing out of a plea deal, a former Junction City minister accused of sexual abuse involving young boys in the church's congregation was back in court.

Jordan Young, 26, appeared in Geary County District Court Tuesday morning and a judge set future hearings for his cases.

Young was expected to plead guilty after agreeing to a negotiated settlement. Prosecutors said Young even signed the plea agreement Tuesday but when he walked into the courtroom, he informed the judge that he wanted to fire his attorney and that he did not want to move forward with the plea deal.

Young has been in jail for a year since his arrest last August. 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 and youth minister. He is the son of former Faith Tabernacle pastor Edwin Young and faces charges ranging from lewd and lascivious behavior to aggravated criminal sodomy.

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. Few other details have been released about the alleged child sex abuse.

Michelle Brown previously said she can also connect Young to four other victims.

A member of the Public Defender's Office has been appointed to represent Young.

His new attorney asked the court for 60 days to review the cases and prepare for court proceedings- a request Michelle Brown was opposed to but the request was granted.

Young will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on November 7-8, 2013. A status hearing has been set for October 29, 2013.

Young remains in custody.