Youth group leader pleads guilty to statutory rape

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