Church Youth Leader in Tennessee Jailed on Charges of Statutory Rape and Sexual Exploitation of 16-Year-Old Boy

Courtney Michelle Bingham (Photo: Provided / Loudon County Sheriff’s Office)

A 35-year-old church youth leader in Tennessee is now in jail on charges of aggravated statutory rape and soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor after a 16-year-old boy told police that they had sex at least 10 times. The youth leader doesn’t recall being intimate with the teenager more than four times, police say.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Courtney Bingham, who served as a youth leader at Bethany Baptist Church in Loudon, where she met the teenager, was arrested Dec. 4.

The Loudon County Justice Department first received reports about the illegal relationship on Dec. 3, according to WVLT. The sheriff’s office was notified by the boy’s father, the Sentinel reported.

The boy told police that he and Bingham had sex at her house. He also alleged that Bingham sent him pornographic images found on his phone. A warrant indicated that most of the images were captured at Bingham’s home.

Police told WVLT that Bingham admitted she had a sexual relationship with the teenager starting in November but could recall having sex with him no more than four times.

Loudon County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jason Smith told the News-Herald that the case was very serious.

“It’s very serious,” Smith said. “You’re dealing with somebody that’s 35 years old and has sent pornographic images of herself with inappropriate comments to a juvenile. Not only that, was also having sexual intercourse with him as a member of a self-described youth leader of the church.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair