New Bridges Church youth pastor arrested, charged for relationship with 14-year-old

Gwinnett Daily Post

By Cailin O’Brien

Gwinnett County police arrested a youth pastor at a Lawrenceville church Tuesday on charges that he carried on an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

Police said Nicholas Kelley, 34, began his relationship with the girl when he counseled her at New Bridge Church in December of last year. The relationship “turned sexually inappropriate” this past summer, according to Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Deon Washington.

“The sexual contact took place at the church and at various parks in Gwinnett County,” Washington said.

New Bridge Church said in a statement the inappropriate behavior “occurred outside of scheduled church meeting and events, which allowed the accused to circumvent safety procedures established as church policy” to protect students.

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