Additional charges brought against former Colonial Heights youth group leader

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Additional charges have been filed against Jeffrey Clark, the former Colonial Heights youth group leader who was arrested in September for inappropriately touching a child several times.

According to the Colonial Heights Commonwealth’s Attorney William B. Bray, the 45-year-old Clark is being charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child, three counts of aggravated sexual battery and two counts of indecent liberties with a child by a custodian. All seven counts are felonies.

Clark, a former youth group leader at Immanuel Baptist Church, was originally charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery when he was arrested in early September. Police said Clark met his victim through his role with the church.

8News talked to a woman who said her family was cautious of Clark’s intentions when they were members at Immanuel.

“Several years ago, Mr. Clark had a New Year’s Eve party at his house and my grandson was invited,” said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous. She told 8News reporter Matthew McClellan that rumors of misconduct kept her grandson’s parents from letting him stay at Clark’s house overnight.

“Because (my grandson’s) parents knew what was supposedly going on with (Clark), they allowed him to go but because we lived up the street he had to stay with us,” said the woman. “They would not let him stay at Mr. Clark’s house.”

Clark is being held in the Chesterfield County Jail without bond.

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