Youth group leader pleads guilty to statutory rape

Youth group leader pleads guilty to statutory rape (Image 1)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A former youth minister at a Montgomery County church has pleaded guilty to the statutory rape of a 17-year-old girl.

The Leaf-Chronicle reports Jonathan Tyler Giles is scheduled for sentencing March 10.

Assistant prosecutor John Finklea said Giles admitted performing two sex acts with the girl, who was a member of the church youth group. He said a plea agreement reached with Giles and approved by the court Friday will prevent the victim from having to testify in court.

Investigators have said the relationship began when Giles was a youth minister at Spring Creek Baptist Church.

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