Saturday, May 22, 2010

Church Youth Leader Sentenced for Statutory Rape


A former youth leader with Real Life Ministries in Post Falls has been sentenced to six years in prison on three counts of statutory rape.

Jordan Vernon received two years fixed prison time and four years "indeterminate" to run consecutively on each of the three rape charges. However the judge presiding over the case retained jurisdiction which means Vernon could be eligible for probation in as little as six months.

Vernon was removed from his volunteer position with Real Life Ministries in 2008 after allegations of inappropriate behavior first surfaced. Post Falls Police say they found pictures on MySpace with Vernon engaged in sexual activities with a 14-year-old girl. Vernon also had sex with a 17-year-old church member and tried to lure a 12-year-old girl.

He will serve his sentence in Cottonwood, Idaho.

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