Youth Leader at Delaware Church Indicted on More Than 80 Counts of Sexual Abuse After Relationships With Two Teen Girls

John C. Sapp Jr., a youth leader at Maranatha Fellowship of Dover, Delaware. In August 2020, it was announced that Sapp was being charged with over 80 counts of child sex abuse tied to two relationships he had with teenage girls. | Delaware Department of Justice

A youth leader for a Delaware church was indicted on more than 80 counts of sex abuse stemming from sexual relationships he had with two teenage girls who attended his youth group.

John C. Sapp Jr., a 34-year-old from Hartly who served as a youth leader at Maranatha Fellowship of Dover, was recently indicted following a confession to his pastor in February.

A spokesman for Delaware’s Department of Justice told WBOC on Tuesday that the charges include 33 counts of “Unlawful Sexual Contact Second Degree,” 29 counts of “Sexual Abuse Of A Child By A Person Of Trust First Degree,” 13 counts of “Rape Fourth Degree Sexual Intercourse Victim Less Than 18 Years Old,” and seven counts of “Rape Fourth Degree Sexual Penetration Of Another Person Without Consent.”

Sapp was also charged with three counts of “Sexual Abuse Of A Child By A Person Of Trust Second Degree,” two counts of “Continuous Sexual Abuse Of A Child,” and two counts of “Loitering On Property Of A State- Supported School, College, Or University.”

“We’re awaiting a scheduling order from the courts with respect to case review and trial,” said DOJ spokesman Mat Marshall, according to WBOC.

Sapp confessed to “inappropriately touching” a minor in a meeting with a pastor on Feb. 13. Following the meeting, another teenager stepped forward claiming sexual abuse.

According to court documents reported on by the Delaware News Journal, one of the victims told Delaware State Police that she and Sapp had a “secret relationship” that began in October 2017 when she was 15 and ended in June 2019.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski