Additional charges filed against youth pastor accused of molesting young children

Additional charges filed against youth pastor accused of molesting young children

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Additional charges were filed against a youth church leader who was arrested Monday after admitting to molesting a young girl.

Kentrell Jackson, 18, was charged with two more counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and one count of sexual battery. Those are added on to his original charge of two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile from Monday.

His relatives said it's a "hard pill to swallow."

"He's dead wrong. There's no justifying that, but does he need help? Yes, he needs help. He really really needs help," said an unnamed relative.

According his arrest report, Jackson went into the bedroom where the pre-teen victim was and "began rubbing on the victim's chest and buttocks. The defendant also stated that approximately one month ago, while the victim was sleeping, he entered the room where she was sleeping and rubbed on her legs and chest with his hands."

"There was a complaint from a female victim of being fondled. She came forward and when she did, that led to all the other information coming out," said BRPD's L'Jean McKneely.

Jackson's police report said, "the defendant admitted to acts with approximately 18 other children. The defendant stated this began when he was approximately 8 years old and has continued until this time. The victims were anywhere between the ages of 6 and 13 at the time."

"He verbally admitted to at least 18 kids both males and females. There may be more. If there are, we're asking them to please come forward," said McKneely.

Two more victims came forward after Monday which lead to the additional charges. In total, police say three victims have come forward so far.

Meanwhile, Jackson's relatives are confused on how to feel.

"The Kentrell that we know is an ordinary teenager who goes to school. He's a senior in high school. He works. He goes to church. He loves his friends and family. This Kentrell, what he did was wrong is wrong. Wrong is wrong and right is right, but he needs help. He needs help," said an unnamed relative.

BRPD is asking any others who may have been victimized by Jackson to come forward so they can investigate any other claims.

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