BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - 7NEWS has learned the Boulder County church where a youth pastor was accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old member did not report the incident to authorities.
Instead, 7NEWS learned, the Vinelife Church suspended the pastor and launched its own investigation
Jason Allen Roberson was arrested last week in connection with the case. He faces charges of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, sexual exploitation of a child and unlawful sexual contact.
Police didn't learn about the accusations until the alleged victim contacted police two months after the church was notified.
The woman, who is now a 23-year-old Boulder resident, told investigators she "trusted (Roberson) as an authority figure and spiritual guide, and felt uncomfortable disclosing the relationship to others,"
According to the arrest affidavit, allegations of sexual abuse involving Roberson were no secret around the church
Roberson reportedly confessed to church elders, including executive pastor Robert Young, that he had touched the victim’s breasts on multiple occasions, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by 7NEWS.
The document said the church never notified police, even after a polygraph test showed the sexual contact happened before the victim's 18th birthday -- in Roberson's office, at the teen's home and in a parked vehicle, on multiple occasions.
7NEWS attempted to get answers from the church on Sunday but Robert Young refused to come out to talk to us and two men asked our reporter and photographer to leave the property.
It's still unclear whether Roberson was allowed to return to work after the church learned of the allegations and before his arrest last week.