A Bread of Life Ministries worker is charged with gross sexual assault and sexual abuse of a minor, according to police.
Jeffery Tyler of Winthrop was arrested at the ministries in Augusta on Friday. He was later released from jail after posting $20,000 worth of property.
The Kennebec Journal reports that the accuser, now 21, told police last year that she and Tyler “became sexually involved” when she was 14. Court documents state the woman met the 47-year-old Tyler, who is facilities director, when she was 12.
Police said Tyler told detectives he met the accuser when she was 12 but didn’t have sex with her until she was 18.
Jail paperwork didn’t indicate if Tyler had a lawyer, and a phone number for him couldn’t be located on Friday.
If you or someone you know needs resources or support related to sexual violence, contact the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s 24/7 hotline at 800-871-7741.