New Orleans youth pastor guilty of abusing child on church trip

23 years in prison without possibility of parole

Don Ames
April 14, 2019 - 12:48 pm

A 37-year-old Louisiana youth pastor has plead guilty to sexually abusing a child during a church trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Jonathan Michael Bailey of New Orleans entered a plea of guilty Friday to two counts of sexual battery of a child younger than 14.

Members of Bailey's youth group reported that Bailey behaved inappropriately with a 13-year-old church member during a youth retreat to Seashore United Methodist Retreat Center in Biloxi.

Prosecutors say Bailey told the victim to come to his room after others were asleep. Bailey later confessed.

Bailey was sentenced to 23 years in prison without possibility of parole in Mississippi. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender. Bailey has also been convicted of crimes in Louisiana and sentenced to 10 years there.

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