CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A North Olmsted church youth minister appeared in a Cleveland courtroom Tuesday to answer to 10 counts of sexual battery.
Brian Mitchell, 31, had a sexual relationship with an underage girl between August 2015 and Sept. 2015, according to police.
Mitchell pleaded not guilty and was placed on a $10,000 bond and no contact with the victim.
Mitchell served as a youth minister at Columbia Road Baptist Church in North Olmsted.
Mom found out about the relationship and called police in November.
Statement from the Church-from Pastor Jenkins:
"Brian Mitchell Served as a youth pastor in a church before he started to work with our youth on a volunteer basis. He was not on our paid staff and had the title of youth director not Pastor. Upon the allegations being brought to my attention on 11-14-15. I talked with Brian on the 15th and relieved him of his duties and went to the North Olmsted police and made a report. I am not the police, judge,or jury I am the pastor to the offended and our people. My prayer is that justice is done and that healing can move forward. I and our church family are devastated and now working on healing. Please pray for us and this is all I have to say at this time. God bless!"
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