Former Bartow County Youth Minister Arrested for Sexual Abuse, More Victims Possible | New

ATLANTA (CBS46) – A former Bartow County youth minister faces charges of sexual abuse.

The Floyd County Police Department said two adults came forward earlier this year to reveal they were sexually assaulted as children.

Police have arrested Christopher Matthew Codding, 42, on two counts of aggravated pedophilia, which alleges he committed sexual acts with two pre-teens. He was released in August on a

Security deposit of $ 30,000, provided he wears an ankle monitor, has no contact with minors and is confined to his home.

Codding served as a youth pastor at a Bartow County church for 15 years and also worked in the medical profession. Additionally, he was connected to a youth summer camp in Blue Ridge and ran a boys’ youth ministry called Rock On, which accepted pre-teen and teen boys from across the state.

Codding was previously a foster parent and was employed as an X-ray technician and instructor at a local technical college at the time of his arrest. He would have traveled frequently to Baltimore for work.

Investigators fear being more victimized because of its access to children for more than a decade. It is not uncommon for victims of sexual abuse to remain silent during their childhood and manifest themselves in adulthood.

Anyone with information on other potential victims should call Floyd County Police Investigator Amy Nails at [email protected] or call 706-314-0756.

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