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Local youth leader arrested

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A local youth leader at a Forest church is facing felony and misdemeanor counts of unlawfully filming of a minor.

Auri Christopher Collin Jones, 28, of Lynchburg was arrested Wednesday on one felony count of unlawful filming, videotaping or photographing of a minor. On Thursday, Jones was arrested on a misdemeanor count of the same charge, related to filming someone over the age of 18.

The charge is related to the filming of someone not consenting to it in the nude or undergarments at a place where they had the reasonable expectation of privacy.

Law enforcement officials are working with a local church in Bedford County and two colleges

in the Lynchburg area where Jones was employed as a youth leader and adjunct professor, according to a release from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

Jones' LinkedIn account lists him as a youth director at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Forest, a media presenter for Worth Your Wait, a family life teacher for schools/ organizations around Central Virginia and a professor instructor of public speaking for Central Virginia Community College.

Though not listed on that account, another report states that he was currently serving as an adjunct professor at Lynchburg College.

Authorities were notified that Jones was also a volunteer on “Finding Faith” film that was filmed in Bedford County and the surrounding area. Authorities have not found any link to criminal

activity that occurred during the filming, according to the news release. The investigation is continuing in multiple jurisdictions and additional charges are pending, the release noted.

The film “Finding Faith” is being sponsored by the Safe Surfin' Foundation and is aimed at educating youth and parents about the dangers that lurk on the Web.

Jones was released on bond from the Blue Ridge Regional Jail, Lynchburg Facility.