(MEDFORD MAIL TRIBUNE) — A former Ashland youth pastor is facing felony sex-abuse charges for alleged contact over at least five years with a young girl he knew through his church, and a church leader said the youth pastor has confessed his crimes.
Kenneth Leo Baker, 44, of Ashland, faces four felony and two misdemeanor sex charges for alleged incidents involving a single victim between 2006 and 2011. At least four of the incidents allegedly occurred when the girl was younger than 14 years old, court records show.
Jackson County sheriff's Capt. Nathan Sickler said Baker made contact with the victim through First Baptist Church of Ashland, where records show Baker was a youth pastor.
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"They were introduced through the church," Sickler said.