Former Virginia youth minister gets 3 years for inappropriate behavior with underage student – NBC4 Washington
A judge on Monday sentenced a former youth worship leader and music teacher at a church in Virginia to three years in prison.
In 2014, when he was 23, Jordan Baird behaved inappropriately around a 16-year-old girl who took him music lessons at The Life Church in Manassas, where his father is the pastor. prosecutors said.
It started with inappropriate text messages, including saying he would marry her if he wasn’t already married and telling her she’s beautiful, prosecutors said.
Then, during a music lesson, he took the girl to a dark room, locked the door, kissed her, forced her to touch him and then exposed herself when she refused his request for oral sex, prosecutors said.
When she left the church that day, she told her mother she never wanted to go back.
A court-appointed psychologist testified that Baird suffered from a condition that made him sexually attracted to late teenage girls and that he lacked impulse control to refrain from acting on that attraction.
The victim’s family told the court that Baird had gained her trust and then betrayed her.
Baird apologized to the victim, his wife and daughter.
Prior to his sentencing, he told the judge that he accepted responsibility for his actions, but was no longer the man he was then.
Baird pleaded guilty to two other counts of indecent liberty of a minor and faces five years in prison on each count.
The judge sentenced him to six years in prison, including three years suspended and three years with probation.
Baird has already served five months in prison after a jury found him guilty of five counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor involving another girl.
The case helped inspire a new law that just went into effect in Virginia, requiring religious leaders to report suspected abuse to local law enforcement.
In this case, the church conducted an internal review, and the police were not notified until after someone with ties to the church got fed up and tipped them.