Bedford Co. Church Youth Director Arrested
Update 5:50 p.m.:
Bedford Co., VA - A former youth leader at a Bedford County church was arrested by our local Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Friday.
Auri-Christopher Jones is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail. He's charged with the unlawful filming or photographing of another.
According to online church newsletters, Jones was the youth director at Mountain View United Methodist Church in as late October.
The pastor at Mountain View says Jones no longer works for the church. The district director for the United Methodist Church says they are fully cooperating with investigators and took immediate action to fire Jones.
A church member with knowledge of the situation and Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown both say no nudity was involved.
The sheriff describes it as upskirting. He says one victim is a juvenile and the other an adult. One incident happened at the church... a second at Lynchburg College.
He worked part-time at Liberty University for 6 months until he was terminated in 2008.
Jones was also a volunteer on the film "Finding Faith," a film that portrays the experiences of investigators who work to protect children - the same type of investigators who arrested Jones.
The Bedford County Sheriff's Office says there is no evidence of criminal activity by Jones during the filming.
Jones gave the baccalaureate address at Jefferson Forest High School last year, but a school spokesman says he has no other connection to the school.
Jones is a professor at both Central Virginia Community College and Lynchburg College, according to the sheriff.
Jones is out of jail on bond Friday night.
Bedford Co., VA - A youth director at a Bedford County church has been arrested by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Auri-Christopher Jones is charged with the unlawful filming or photographing of another.
According to online church newsletters, Jones is the youth director at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Forest.
We called the church, and they say he is no longer working there.
Jones is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg.