Martinsville Youth Minister Accused of Sex with Underage Girl
A Martinsville youth minister is in trouble with the law. Police say 25-year-old Ryan Wallingford had sex with one of the teenage girls he was supposed to be counseling.
"I have three kids of my own and I would like to think that if I take them to a youth group they will be safe there, and that they're taken good care of," said Detective Dan Downing of the Morgan County Sheriff's Department.
Wallingford worked counseling high school aged boys and girls at Liberty Christian Church. According to investigators, he tried to start a sexual relationship with one of his young charges, a 16-year-old girl, outside of the church. Police say the girl complained to church leaders about Wallingford's text messages. The church contacted child protective services, which relayed the story to investigators.