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Cleveland Youth Pastor and Wife Face Additional Charges of Child Sex Abuse

A Cleveland-area former youth pastor and his wife, who both pleaded not guilty earlier this year to charges that they had sexually abused a 14-year-old girl in the mid-2000s, have been indicted on additional counts of sex with a minor.

The Cuyahoga County Grand Jury this week charged David Walker, former youth pastor at Church Alive International in Cleveland and The Dwelling Place Family Worship Center in North Olmsted, and his wife Anna Walker with several additional criminal counts in connection with an incident that allegedly took place in October 2019, Cleveland 19 News reported.

In connection with the previously-announced case, David Walker and Anna Walker each pleaded not guilty at a January arraignment in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to multiple charges of third-degree felony sexual battery in connection with the alleged assault of a 14-year-old girl between May 2005 and December 2007, Cleveland.com reported.

They were released on $10,000 and $5,000 personal bonds respectively after the arraignment.

The new charges accuse David Walker of 14 additional counts of sexual battery, seven additional counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and one count of sexual imposition, while Anna Walker faces an additional two counts of sexual battery.

The victim in the case was a parishioner who belonged to the youth group at both churches where David Walker was previously employed, per Cleveland.com.

An arraignment on the new charges is scheduled for Sept. 1.

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Anne Stych

Anne Stych is a writer in Charlotte, North Carolina.