Former Christian youth worker charged with sex crime

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A former Christian youth worker is behind bars charged with taking a teenage boy across state lines for sex.

30-year-old Kenneth Mullens, Junior was arrested in connection with a federal indictment. Last Tuesday, when Mullens was arrested, a letter went out to all Christian Youth Theater Richmond families about the charges. Mullens was a technical director for that organization.

However, he's also been a part of a number of local youth theater groups for many years. Kenneth Mullens, Jr. or Kenny, resigned from Christian Youth Theater Richmond in June.

An attorney for that group confirms Mullens was an independent contractor for six years, and in September 2009 hired on as a technical director in charge of lighting for various productions.  The last one being Peter Pan in Henrico.

During that production, the attorney for CYT-Richmond, Chuck Allen, said the organization started investigating Mullens amid allegations at the Fredericksburg chapter of inappropriate sexually graphic remarks.

In August, Allen says a youth participant in Richmond came forward to staff about an incident involving Mullens. That is what led to the current FBI investigation.

The indictment against Mullens was filed in federal court where he'll be arraigned next week. Mullens is accused of driving a 17 year old boy to Maryland to have sex with the teenager. The indictment alleges Mullens' trip to Halethorpe, Maryland near Baltimore was on December 7th, 2009.

"That is still shocking cause he was my neighbor," said Michelle Stevens.

Stevens says Mullens was always withdrawn.

"He walked to work he walked through our property to work and walked back and that was it," said Stevens.

Mullens did production work for Landmark Christian School in Henrico.

A close friend, who wanted to remain anonymous, spoke highly of Mullens, calling him a person of fine moral character, who comes from a good family. Mullens isn't available to comment because he's in jail. Bond was denied during a hearing on Monday.

He will be arraigned in federal court next Tuesday afternoon.

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