Former Youth Pastor faces sexual abuse charges

By WEEK Producer

September 4, 2014 Updated Sep 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM CST

PEKIN, Ill. -- A former youth pastor at a Pekin church has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child under the age of 13.

Twenty-six-year old Nicholas Lawrence is in the Peoria County jail on $100,000 bond.

The Pekin Daily Times reports that there is also an ongoing investigation in Pekin, where Lawrence was youth pastor for the First Church of God.

He was reportedly dismissed from that post in June.

The church held a congregational meeting Thursday night to discuss the allegations against Lawrence.