Manassas youth pastor to plead guilty in child sex abuse case, prosecutors say

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.

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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.

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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.

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Baird's case has inspired legislation that would require religious leaders to report suspected child abuse in Virginia.