Minister accused of molesting boys settles with state

By The Mercury

A Junction City minister accused of the molestation of several underage boys expressed his desire to waive his preliminary hearing and enter into a negotiated settlement with the state during a status hearing Tuesday morning.

Jordan Young, 25, a music minister at the Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church, appeared with counsel for a brief hearing at the Geary County Courthouse where a July 31 date was set for Young to enter a plea.

Young faces multiple counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, aggravated criminal sodomy and solicitation of a child spread across six different cases.

Assistant Geary County Attorney Michelle Brown indicated that four other cases which Young has not yet been charged with will be incorporated into the settlement, and said that despite the settlement, Young will still face extensive time in prison.

According to court documents, the molestations allegedly took place from 2008 to 2012.

Young was arrested in August 2012 after the Junction City Police Department investigated tips of reported sexual misconduct at the church involving Young.

Officials have said the incidents allegedly occurred at the church, at the Apostolic Academy, a school affiliated with the church, and elsewhere.

Young’s father, Edwin Young, is the former pastor of the church, who resigned not long after his son was arrested. Authorities have said the father is also being investigated for a separate case, but said he has moved from the state.

Young is confined to the Geary County Jail on $1 million bond. He is represented by Thomas Lemon, an attorney out of Topeka.

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