3 Maryland church leaders charged with sexually abusing teens in program for at-risk kids
FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (WJLA) - A pastor, his son and son-in-law have been charged for sexually abusing four teens in a church program for at-risk youth in Fort Washington, according to authorities.
Prince George's County Police said that Oxon Hill Assembly of Jesus Christ head pastor 67-year-old Joshua Wright; his 46-year-old son William Wright, a minister at the church; and his 40-year-old son-in-law Donald Jackson, a leading church member, have all been accused of abuse by four women, who were between the ages of 15 and 18 at the time.
The victims said the sexual acts happened between 2001 and 2008 in places that included the church, the suspects' homes and various parks while they were in the care and custody of the men while part of the Children Having Overcoming Power program.
CHOP was created by the church to provide education classes and places to live for at-risk youth, according to police. The program ended in 2011. Joshua Wright, William Wright and Jackson are all charged with child abuse and "varying sex offenses," police said.
Police are asking anyone who might have been abused when they were part of CHOP to call them at 301-772-4930 or anonymously contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).