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Youth Minister Accused of Sexual Misconduct

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn.- A local church congregation is dealing with some troubling news now that there's word a former youth minister is charged with inappropriate contact with a young boy.

Jacqueline Taylor is much older than the boy. She was arrested back in February, for allegedly taking the relationship too far. Jacqueline Taylor parted ways with her church in Antioch, and she was in court just this past Wednesday.

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Department says 36-year-old Jacqueline Taylor met her young victim through church. They both live in Murfreesboro.

"She was the youth minister at this youth's church. And she apparently picked him up and took him parking at vacant houses in the Old Nashville Highway community in January on several occasions," explained Rutherford County Sheriff's Department spokesperson, Lisa Marchesoni.

Sheriff's investigators say it was the young boy who leaked the news.

"The boy told his parents, and they filed a complaint, and we began the investigation," said Marchesoni.

Lisa Marchesoni says the charge of Sexual Battery by an Authority Figure is serious, and this case is disappointing given the religious nature of their relationship initially.  Sheriff's detectives are not sure at what point Jacqueline Taylor parted ways with the Antioch church, and they aren't even certain of which church employed her.

Taylor was in court this past Wednesday. She has asked for a public defender.

 

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