Floyd County Police arrested a local youth pastor for aggravated child molestation, and they believe there may be more victims.
WAGA reports that in July, police arrested 42-year-old Christopher Matthew Codding of Kingston for two felony counts of aggravated child molestation. When the alleged crime occurred, the victims were under 13 years old but only came forward as adults.
Police said Codding had been a youth pastor at a church in Bartow County for the last 15 years. He was connected to a youth summer camp in Blue Ridge and operated a youth ministry for boys called Rock On. Police said he was also in the medical profession, working as a radiologic technician and instructor at a local technical college.
In addition, investigators said he was previously a foster parent.
Investigators said he frequently traveled to the Baltimore area.
“It is not uncommon for victims of sexual abuse to remain silent through childhood and come forward as adults,” a statement from the police department reads. “Police are asking for anyone with information or complaint to call or email us immediately.”
Codding was released back in August on a $30,000 bond. As part of his bond agreement, the court ordered him to wear an ankle monitor, have no contact with minors, and remain confined to his home.
Anyone with information on this case should contact Floyd County Police Investigator Amy Nails at 706-314-0756 or firstname.lastname@example.org.