Former church youth leader faces charges of molestation

first_imgA former volunteer youth leader at a Vancouver church was arraigned Tuesday on allegations he sexually molested two teenage boys during private devotions.Defense attorney Jon McMullen told the judge that Jason L. Wolk, 25, understood the charges and didn’t need them read aloud. Wolk pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree child molestation and four counts of third-degree child molestation. The sexual abuses allegedly took place between June and December 2010.Clark County Superior Court Judge Roger Bennett set trial for July 5. A half-dozen members of the boys’ families sat near the back of the courtroom during the brief hearing. Two women who identified themselves as the mothers of the boys, ages 15 and 16, said they’re upset Wolk remains free to “walk the streets.” The Columbian is not identifying the women to protect the teens’ identities.“The two victims aren’t doing as well as I anticipated, especially my son,” said the older boy’s mother. “He’s on suicide watch.”The other woman described the ordeal as “devastating.”“I thought of him as a son,” she said of Wolk.The former volunteer youth leader remains out of police custody. He is under a specialized set of supervised release conditions that, among other things, prohibit him from having any contact with minors and require him to remain employed.McMullen said afterward he’s still working on obtaining police reports and reviewing evidence. He said after Wolk’s first appearance, there are “two sides to every story.”last_img

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