- Associated Press - Thursday, December 29, 2016

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A former youth pastor at a metro Atlanta church remains jailed without bond on child molestation, statutory rape and sexual battery charges.

Gwinnett County police said Nicholas “Nick” Kelley, 34, who worked at New Bridge Church in Lawrenceville, had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

Police say Kelley began fostering a relationship with the child as a counselor in December 2015, and that led to sexual contact taking place at the church and in local parks.

Investigators say that after the girl’s parents found out, Kelley on Tuesday told the pastoral staff at New Bridge Church about the relationship, and the staff contacted police.

Church officials said Kelley was fired after the accusations came to light.

Jail records do not list an attorney for Kelley who could be reached for comment.

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