After years of activism from his victims and their advocates, Jordan Baird, a former pop singer and youth pastor at The Life Church in Virginia, owned as much as his previous of sexually abusing underage ladies from his church as he was sentenced on Monday to a few years in jail for indecent acts with a toddler by a custodian.
“This was my lie. These had been my errors,” Baird, 28, mentioned throughout his sentencing listening to, in line with Fox 5. “I introduced disgrace on my household and disgrace on my friendships.”
Baird apologized to his sufferer, spouse and household utilizing a ready assertion, the Prince William Instances reported.
“I merely apologize for what occurred,” he informed his sufferer. “It by no means ought to have occurred, and that’s on me.”
Previous to the handing down of the sentence, Baird informed the decide: “I take full and whole accountability for what I’ve executed. No matter you determined, I’ll man up and take it and I’ll stroll by means of it.”
Baird, son of David and Jo Ann Baird who led the multi-campus church for years earlier than handing the reins over to their different son, Josh, had been going through as much as 10 years in jail for his crimes. However Decide John E. Wetsel Jr. sentenced him to a few years, plus three years’ probation.
The most recent sentence comes on the heels of an 8-month stint he was ordered to serve in February 2018 for 5 counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.
The sufferer within the newest case mentioned she was 16 in 2014 when Baird sexually abused her at his household’s Manassas church. She mentioned he kissed her, uncovered himself, put her hand on his genitals and requested for oral intercourse, Fox 5 reported.
She informed the court docket by means of tears that the expertise brought about her to lose her religion in addition to belief in individuals. Her mom additionally revealed that her melancholy, which she struggled with previous to the abuse, obtained worse after her encounter with Baird, who was as soon as a rising pop star.
“There was plenty of chaos in my life due to this,” she mentioned, in line with the Prince William Instances.
Baird was a contestant on CW’s “The Subsequent” within the fall of 2012 and positioned second within the competitors. He was mentored by Joe Jonas in the course of the competitors, which led to a relationship with The Jonas Brothers and The Jonas Group, in line with Breedlove Music. In the summertime of 2013, he opened for the Jonas Brothers tour and moved to Los Angeles the place he signed with Jonas Group Administration within the fall of that yr – the identical yr police say he dedicated one among his alleged crimes.
Jordan’s authorized troubles began July 7, 2016, when detectives from the Particular Victims Unit of the Prince William County Police Division in Virginia responded to analyze inappropriate contact, which was reported to have occurred at Life Church in 2015. Detectives say Baird despatched inappropriate textual content messages and inappropriately touched a 16-year-old feminine a number of instances between January and September 2015.
Morgan Harding, the sufferer in that case who’s now an grownup, delivered influence statements throughout Baird’s sentencing final yr which had been each printed on Nathan’s Voice right here and right here. Within the statements, the ladies confronted Baird and his household about the best way they had been handled after they determined to hunt justice.
Harding’s mom, Gloria Harding, who was at Baird’s sentencing on Monday, informed Fox that she hopes the longer sentence on this case will guarantee he will get the assistance he wants.
“I imagine that three years in a state penitentiary that hopefully, Jordan will actually actually get the assistance that he wants, packages that he wants to enter there. And I hope it actually sends a powerful message that abusing youngsters, particularly contained in the church, is totally unacceptable,” she mentioned.
She argued that the church painted the victims as liars once they tried to get justice at first.
“I hope that his household was ready at the moment to essentially see how a lot simply the perpetuation of the lies that went on for therefore a few years actually culminated to at the moment. None of this was vital,” she mentioned.
Fredericksburg Deputy Commonwealth’s Lawyer Kevin Gross, appointed because the particular prosecutor within the case, described Baird as “a deceiver.”
“He had all these individuals, their households trusting him,” Gross mentioned, in line with the Instances. “He is aware of the way to placed on a present.”
Gross additional argued that the case “is especially heinous” as a result of it “includes not solely a church, however a church chief.”
“When you’re not secure within the church and you may’t belief church leaders who you’ve recognized for a very long time, actually, it begs the query, ‘who are you able to belief?’” he mentioned.
The Christian Submit reached out to the church for remark Tuesday however officers didn’t instantly reply.
Baird is married to former Hillsong United singer and songwriter Michelle Fragar with whom he shares a 5-year-old daughter.
She additionally spoke in court docket Monday concerning the heartbreak she has suffered and insisted that her husband is a modified man.
The previous pop star’s protection lawyer, Travis Tull, agreed.
“No matter he was then (2014) … he’s not that very same particular person now,” Tull mentioned.