Philadelphia pastor charged with molesting mentally challenged niece in church
Priest holding cross (Shutterstock.com)

A 49-year-old Philadelphia pastor is accused of inappropriately fondling his mentally challenged 15-year-old niece in the church that he runs.


According to Philly.com, Rev. Albert A. Young of Total Deliverance Ministries is charged with using his position as head of the church to gain access to his 15-year-old niece and sexually abuse her.

Officials reported that Young was taken into custody last week after he was accused of enticing the girl into his lap in his office in the church on the night of Aug. 12. Once the girl was on top of him, Young reportedly touched her sexually, "putting his hands inside the girl's pants, fondling her buttocks and kissing her neck."

A police affidavit about the alleged assault states that Young continued to touch and fondle the girl, pressing his genitals against her and guiding her hand to his penis.

When the pastor finished, police said, he threatened the girl and ordered her not to tell anyone.

Police arrested Young on Thursday afternoon and booked him into jail on charges of unlawful sexual contact with a minor, corruption of minors and indecent assault of a child. He was released on $50,000 bail on Friday.

His next court date is Nov. 19.