Former church youth leader charged with sex crimes - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Former church youth leader charged with sex crimes

POST FALLS, Idaho. - A 20-year-old man who police say was a youth leader with Real Life Ministries in Post Falls was arrested last week on charges stemming from alleged inappropriate conduct with minors.

Jordan Vernon, who has posted bond since his arrest, is facing charges including Sexual Abuse of a Child under 16 and Statutory Rape.

Vernon is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl.

Police say Vernon created a MySpace web page under a false name on which he posted pictures of himself engaged in sexual activity with the 14-year-old girl.

The sexual abuse is said to have taken place between 2007 and 2009.

Police have released Vernon's picture in the instance that there are more victims who have not yet come forward.

Police say in 2008 Vernon was accused of inappropriate contact with a 12-year-old girl and the church took disciplinary action and relieved him of his youth leader position.

 


Statement from Real Life Ministries

Jordan Vernon attended youth ministry at Real Life Ministries when he was a minor.  When he got older, and prior to July 29, 2008, Jordan started volunteering in the youth "tech" ministry as well as co-facilitating a high school male small group.  During that time it was brought to the youth leadership's attention that Jordan had been texting a female minor. Such activity between an adult volunteer or leader and a minor is considered completely inappropriate and grounds for immediate removal from all volunteer positions.  Jordan was immediately removed from all volunteer positions on July 29, 2008.

According to church records, Jordan last attended Real Life Ministries in November 2008. Since then, 2 volunteer leaders at Real Life Ministries became aware of  inappropriate relationships between Jordan and two minors.  They promptly brought this information to the attention of the Post Falls Police Department.  We commend them for having the courage to do the right thing in notifying the authorities. Real Life Ministries has been and will continue to cooperate with the Post Falls Police Department throughout this investigation.

 

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