Former Youth Pastor Charged with Sexual Felonies
Jeffrey Bedwell, a former youth pastor from Jacksonville, Fla., was arrested and charged with four sexual felonies Thursday, July 7. He was being held in jail with a $500,000 bond.
According to News4Jax, he was charged with one count of unlawful sexual activity, one count of lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor between the age of 12 and 16, one count of lewd and lascivious sexual battery on a minor between the age of 12 and 16, and one count of transmitting harmful material to a child.
Bedwell reportedly worked as a youth pastor at the Southside campus of Chets Creek Church, but he left in 2020.
Chets Creek Church is an independent congregation with multiple campuses that was founded in 1998. In 2013, the church announced its vision to grow and “[d]evelop young leaders.” The church has offered no comment or information about the arrest on its website.
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