Carlisle Police have arrested a former youth minister on sexual assault charges. Police say 37-year-old Stanley Eugeene Young was arrested on one count of Sexual Assault in the Second Degree after a juvenile victim told officers that Young had allegedly molested him.
Officers say Young, who has previously worked as a church youth minister, originally befriended the victim while assisting in the youth ministry at a Carlisle area church both attended.
"The victim alleged that Young had, on more than one occasion, engaged in activities that constitute sexual contact," said Carlisle Police Chief Eric Frank. "In addition, the penalty of sexual assault is enhanced when the perpetrator is considered by law to be a professional in a position of trust or authority over a minor less than 18 years of age."
Chief Frank says the investigation is continuing and police are still interviewing youths who came into contact with Young. Frank said that there was a strong possibility that Young would be charged with additional counts of sexual assault.
Young is currently free on bail, and is set to appear for plea and arraignment in Lonoke County Circuit Court.