Saturday, February 5, 2011

Youth minister charged
Adams D.A.: Youth minister in Hanover faces sex assault charges
STAFF REPORT -- The York Dispatch
Updated: 02/04/2011 05:21:02 PM EST

An Adams County man who worked as a youth minister in Hanover was arrested Thursday for the alleged sexual assault of two teenage boys, officials said.

Jeffrey Lynn Crosley, 35, of 115 Roberta Jean Ave., Littlestown, has been charged with two counts each of rape and aggravated indecent assault, three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault and other sexual-related crimes.

His arrest was announced Friday by Adams County District Attorney Shawn Wagner and Littlestown Police Chief Charles Kellar.

The case involves two Littlestown youths, they said. One is 16 years old; the other was assaulted from ages 12 to 16, according to Wagner and Kellar.

Until the time of his arrest, Crosley worked as a youth pastor at Jesus Messiah Evangelical Free Church in Hanover for the past 10 years, and police suspect he used that position to have contact with teenage boys, Wagner said.

Crosley was arraigned before an Adams County district justice; his bail was set at $500,000. His preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Wagner said the investigation is ongoing to determine whether there are other victims.

After Crosley's arrest, police found numerous photographs that appeared to be child pornography involving teenage boys, Kellar said.

Police seized Crosley's computer equipment, which was submitted to Pennsylvania State Police computer lab for analysis. Additional charges will be filed against Crosley for possession of child pornography, Kellar said.

Wagner and Kellar said that anyone with information concerning potential sexual abuse committed by Crosley should contact Kellar or Detective Douglas Hilyard at 359-4511.

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