Christian Youth Group Leader Sexually Assaulted Teen Member: Cops

A Christian youth group leader is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old group member multiple times in 2012.

Jimmy Chang, 32, of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, turned himself in to Manchester police Tuesday after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

Police said Chang, who held a position of authority in a Christian youth group in Agawam, Massachusetts, sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl who was a member of the group.

According to police, the incidents occurred in Manchester in 2012 but were only reported recently.

The Hartford Courant reports Chang was a youth pastor who manipulated the teen into having a long-term sexual relationship with him.

Chang has been charged with 12 counts of second-degree sexual assault.

He was held on $350,000 bond and appeared in court Tuesday. He's due back before a judge Sept. 11, according to online court records.

It's not clear if Chang has an attorney.

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