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Former Christian youth worker surrenders in child sex crime case

Kenneth Mullens, Junior Kenneth Mullens, Junior

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Freedom was short-lived for a former Christian youth worker accused in a federal child sex crime case.

30-year-old Kenneth Mullens, Junior is back behind bars now facing state charges of taking indecent liberties with two teenage boys in Henrico.

Mullens surrendered to state police investigators Thursday afternoon. They've been handling the case from the start with help from the FBI.

30 days - the length of time Mullens spent at home before the Mechanicsville man was reacquainted with a jail cell.

On January 19th, a federal judge dismissed the charge against Mullens of taking a 17-year-old boy to Maryland for sex in December 2009. Court documents state the legal age of consent there is 16, therefore Mullens couldn't be charged with a criminal offense.

After a six month investigation, state police charged Mullens with five felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. The new state charges stem from allegations Mullens was involved in sex crimes with two teenage boys between April 2007 and last March in Henrico County. Police confirm one teen was involved in the federal case. 

Mullens' home on Dominion Park Drive has a for sale sign up. Neighbors say it hasn't been there for very long and that no one has lived in the home, including Mullens' wife and child, since his first arrest.

Mullens did production work for Landmark Christian School in Henrico. The pastor had no comment. If convicted, Mullens could face up to 25 years in prison.

"State police takes any crime seriously and crimes against minors seriously as well. If somebody is convicted of a sex crime they are subject to registering as a sex offender in Virginia," said Sgt. Thomas Molnar with Virginia State Police.

Mullens is being held without bond in the Henrico jail. He's scheduled to face a judge for an arraignment Friday morning.

State police also ask anyone with further information about Mullens to call them at 553-3408.  You can also email Marcie Lawhead at marcie.lawhead@vsp.virginia.gov 

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