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Former Long Beach youth pastor arrested for sex crimes

Former youth pastor John Jones is accused of sex crimes against at least one minor (Photo courtesy of the HCSO)

Following the grand jury indictment, former Long Beach youth pastor John Jones was arrested on Saturday by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office for two charges of sexual battery and touching of a child for lustful purposes.

According to the Long Beach Police Chief Billy Seal, the investigation began in November 2022 after the offense date was reported on May 1, 2021. Officials stated the pastor and the victim met in the youth program at First Baptist Church in Long Beach.

The suspect left his position after the investigation began in 2022. Seal acknowledged the possibility of more victims and asked the public to provide any information if available.

Jones was brought to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center in Gulfport and issued a $250,000 bond.  The court date has been set to June 24, 2024, in Harrison County Courthouse in Gulfport. The case is still currently under investigation.

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