MANASSAS, Va. (FOX 5 DC) - A youth pastor for a Northern Virginia megachurch will plead guilty in his child sex abuse case, according to officials.
Special Prosecutor Kevin Gross told FOX 5 that 27-year-old Jordan Baird, who worked at the Life Church in Manassas as a youth pastor, will plead guilty in court on Monday.
Baird had been charged with two counts of indecent liberty with a child by a custodian, both felonies that carry a maximum of five years in prison.
Baird was convicted last year of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl from the church in 2014.
Baird was later re-arrested, accused of abusing a second teen in that same timeframe. That trial was scheduled to begin on Monday. The young woman's family is also suing Life Church for $21 million.
The church did not go to the police when initial accusations against Baird came to light.
A church spokeswoman says it’s because they were unaware of any physical contact. But others believe it was an effort to protect Baird, who’s the son of the head pastor.
Baird’s case has inspired legislation that would require religious leaders to report suspected child abuse in Virginia.