2 Virginia Youth Leaders Arrested for Inappropriately Touching Minors: Police - NBC4 Washington

2 Virginia Youth Leaders Arrested for Inappropriately Touching Minors: Police

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    Local Church Youth Leaders Arrested for Inappropriate Contact With Teens

    Two youth leaders at separate churches in Prince William County are under arrest for allegedly having inappropriate contact with teenage girls in their respective congregations. News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports. (Published Friday, Aug. 19, 2016)

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    • Two youth pastors in Prince William County, Virginia, have been accused of having inappropriate relationships with minors.

    • Jordon Baird, 25, is a youth pastor for The Life Church in Manassas. Police say he inappropriately touched a 16-year-old girl at church.

    • Derrick Trump, 28, was the director of youth ministries at a church in Nokesville. He is also accused of inappropriately touching a minor.

    Two men who were leading separate church youth groups in Prince William County, Virginia, are facing charges they had inappropriate relationships with underage girls at their churches, police say.

    Jordan Baird, 25, is the youth pastor at The Life Church at 11234 Balls Ford Road in Manassas. Police said Baird sent inappropriate text messages and inappropriately touched a 16-year-old girl at the church numerous times between January and September 2015.

    Baird's father, David Baird, is the senior pastor at The Life Church, which has four locations in Northern Virginia.

    In a statement to News4, The Life Church said a church volunteer first notified leaders of Baird's alleged misconduct on June 10, 2016 and the church placed Baird on a leave of absence as they conducted an internal investigation.

    On July 13, police notified the church they were investigating. Baird was arrested on Wednesday, Aug. 17 and he has been charged with two counts of indecent liberties by a custodian.

    "Jordan denies all allegations brought by Prince William County, but remains on leave from the church until the charges are resolved," The Life Church's statement read in part.

    "At this point, we don't believe there are any other victims, but there may be a possibility there could be, and so our investigation is still ongoing to identify if there are other additional victims," said Officer Nathan Probus, with the Prince William County Police Department.

    Another youth leader is facing similar accusations in Nokesville, Virginia.

    Derrick Trump, 28, was the director of youth ministries at Greenwich Presbyterian Church. He is accused of having inappropriate contact with a 16-year-old girl at his home in Fauquier County and at the church in Nokesville.

    Prince William County police arrested Trump on Tuesday, Aug. 16 and charged him with indecent liberties by a custodian. He also faces charges in Fauquier County.

    Greenwich Presbyterian Church gave the following statement to News4:

    "We appreciate and fully support the work of the Fauquier County and Prince William County authorities in the administration of justice in this incident. The employment of Derrick Trump as Director of Youth Ministries was terminated effective June 7, 2016 due to his failure to live up to the high standards we require of our staff. We are saddened by the impact of Derrick’s actions and invite the prayers of the community for all that are involved in this matter. We have no further statement at this time."

    Trump is being held on bond.