A former Woodbridge minister who turned himself in to Prince William County authorities for having inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old babysitter will face reduced charges as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
At a brief hearing Thursday morning in Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Frank A. Jenkins, 40, waived his preliminary hearing and a reading of the charges against him.
Jenkins will face four counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor; two counts of aggravated sexual battery were reduced to the indecent liberties charge.
Jenkins turned himself over to Prince William police in May after he corresponded with the Department of Social Services and police officers about a series of sexual encounters he had with a 14-year-old in 1996 and 1997. The girl had been a member of a youth group at the First Baptist Church of Woodbridge, where Jenkins was the youth pastor, and Jenkins told authorities that he had inappropriate contact with her over several months.
Prince William police said that they had not been investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against Jenkins and that they had never heard of the case before Jenkins came forward. Jenkins had moved with his family to Chico, Calif., where he took the position of youth minister at a local church there. Jenkins admitted his involvement with the teen to a counselor in California, who in turn persuaded Jenkins to come forward, police said.
Matthew Szymanski, an attorney representing Jenkins, said the former minister plans to plead guilty to the four charges, for which he could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.