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Youth minister/teacher arrested for gratification of lust

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CLINTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Another area educator is in hot water with authorities for alleged misconduct.

The former teacher, who is also a youth minister, is accused of unlawful activities with a teenager in his congregation.

Adam Epperson was taken into custody by Clinton police Tuesday after an investigation into claims by a parent that he had inappropriate contact with their son.

The 34 year old was a former Student Minister at Raymond Road Baptist Church in Jackson and a former teacher at Central Hinds Academy.

The parent of a 14 year old boy reported to church officials on January 31st that there was inappropriate activity between the minor and Epperson in 2011. It allegedly happened at the youth minister's Clinton home.

He is charged with one count of gratification of lust while in a position of trust or authority.

"It is a juvenile child, and it's involving touching in inappropriate areas," said Clinton Police detective Josh Frazier. "He turned himself in yesterday with his lawyer present, and he declined to make any statements."

Raymond Road Baptist Church Pastor Jonathan Russell said he reported the claims to the Mississippi Department of Human Services. An investigation by DHS and Clinton police followed.

Church officials said Epperson denied the accusation but resigned as youth minister Tuesday, the day of his arrest.

"The resignation was not an admission of guilt on the part of the accused," said Russell. "Rather, it was a decision made for the best interest of all parties involved. We have and will continue to cooperate with the authorities as they investigate this matter."

We reached out to Central Hinds Academy headmaster Bobby Allen who said Epperson was part time but would not say what classes he taught.

"This is not associated with our school, and we have no comment," said Allen.

"He bonded out on a bond of $25,000.00, added Frazier. "Hopefully we'll get him indicted and be turned over to the Hinds County District Attorney's Office for prosecution."

We were unable to reach Epperson for comment. His initial court appearance is March 12th.

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