A former youth pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Parker has been charged with three counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust. The Parker Police Department is asking …
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A former youth pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Parker has been charged with three counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust. The Parker Police Department is asking any other people who may have been victims to contact them.
Joshua Clemons, 35, was arrested by the Denver Police Department on one count Feb. 28, and Parker police filed two additional counts of the same charge. Clemons is being held at the downtown detention center in Denver without bond.
Clemons was a youth pastor with Crossroads Community Church from 2008 through September 2015, and worked with the youth ministry and led yearly mission trips, coordinated and led service opportunities for students and adults, and developed mentoring programs for students. Three incidents are alleged to have occurred while he was working at the church, involving three different girls, according to a news release issued by Parker police.
According to the arrest affidavit, one victim stated she was involved in an intimate relationship with Clemons starting when she was 17 years old and said they regularly had sexual relations. She also stated Clemons expressed the importance of keeping their relationship secret.
Authorities said Crossroads Community Church brought the information to them and has been cooperating fully with the investigation.
A letter issued by Crossroads Feb. 27 states, “The individual facing charges resigned from Crossroads in 2015, citing work-related stress. In December, 2016, the Crossroads Leadership Council was made aware that after he left the church employment, he had apparently engaged in a relationship with an 18-year-old female who was formerly a member of his youth group. Crossroads' leadership immediately reported this information to local law enforcement, though no laws were alleged to have been broken.”
The letter also states the mother of the young woman had recently learned her daughter's relationship with the man had begun while her daughter was a minor, and she was concerned when she learned Clemons had been hired by Restoration Community Church in Denver. It also states that they believed there were other possible victims.
Clemons worked briefly at the International Academy at Denver at Harrington between August 2016 and December 2017, and the school issued a letter stating "At this time, Denver Police have confirmed they have no reason to believe any of these incidents involved our kids or occurred at our school."
Anyone with information that might be helpful to the investigation, including other people who may have been victims, are asked to contact Parker Police Detective Wilson at 303-805-6561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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