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Former church group leader accused of sex assault of Manchester teen

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MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

A former youth pastor in Massachusetts is being accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl from Manchester.

Police said the relationship went on for two years.

According to arrest papers, the alleged victim went to the police station to report that she had been coaxed into the relationship with 32-year-old Jimmy Chang, who was a youth group pastor and reportedly a tutor, however it is unclear if he still is at this time.

Chang, of East Longmeadow, was released from custody after police charged him with 12 counts of second-degree sex assault.

Police said the victim outlined details of their encounters in an online diary that was discovered by her sister.

She said "she felt so used and pathetic” as Chang “used her for sex and sexual pictures,” and he also allegedly asked that she dress like a “school girl” for him.

Investigators said Chang reportedly encouraged the teen to sneak out of her house, initially to perform and receive sex acts in his car.

According to court papers, Chang reportedly had the girl come to his tutoring center in Longmeadow, Ma.

Court documents said “there were multiple instances of sexual intercourse at the tutoring center where he provided the 17-year-old victim with alcohol prior to the sexual activities and goldfish snacks and juice after."

Police said the relationship also crossed the line at the teen’s apartment complex, the J.C. Penny’s warehouse and at the movies in Manchester.

Chang didn’t deny the relationship to police, adding that he first met the girl in his youth group and that she was like a sister at first.

Chang has since left that position and told police “I realized I messed up as a volunteer leader and there was no way to go back."

It is unclear what Chang’s status is as a tutor. Eyewitness News reached out to Kumon Math and Reading Center in Massachusetts but has not heard back.

Chang is expected to appear in court next month.

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