A former youth leader at a megachurch with a campus in Warrenton pleaded guilty Monday to additional charges of sexual abuse against a minor, this time stemming from encounters with a 16-year-old girl at the church dating back to 2014.
Jordan David Baird, 27, of Warrenton, pleaded guilty in Prince William Circuit Court Monday, Feb. 25, to two counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.
Baird was a youth leader at The Life Church, which has campuses in Manassas, Warrenton and Winchester. Baird was also a music teacher at the affiliated Life Music Academy, located in the Manassas church, prosecutors said in court documents.
Baird is the son of Life Church Pastor David Baird and the brother of Joshua Baird, who is also a pastor of the church.
Monday’s convictions are the second for Jordan Baird, who was convicted in 2018 of five counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor for sexual activity and suggestive electronic messages he sent to another teen girl in 2015.
He was sentenced to serve eight months in jail in that case and was released last summer.
In Monday’s hearing, Fredericksburg Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Kevin Gross said Jordan Baird had inappropriate contact with a girl during a music lesson at the church in 2014 when she was 16 and he was 23.
The inappropriate contact began when the girl was Jordan Baird’s music student, prosecutors said. During one lesson, he said “something to the effect of that he would marry her if he was not with his wife,” prosecutors said in court documents. Jordan Baird also told the girl “she was pretty and beautiful,” Gross said in court.
Gross said Jordan Baird also sent the girl suggestive messages on an anonymous online messaging application and then asked her to come to a make-up music lesson at the church.
Gross said the two began the lesson while Jordan Baird’s wife was there and then, after his wife had left, he and the girl went to another room, where he asked her to perform sexual acts with him.
The girl repeatedly refused. When she left the lesson, she told her mother she did not want to go back.
According to court records, prosecutors were prepared to present evidence about Jordan Baird’s previous convictions and allegations from two other girls who accused him of similar sexual conduct with them. At least two of the other alleged victims were set to testify at his trial in this case, according to court records.
Jordan Baird faces up to five years in prison on each charge when he is sentenced on May 20. Judge John E. Wetsel Jr. ruled that he can remain free on bail until his sentencing hearing. A $10,000 secured bond was previously set in the case.
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