Evansville Church Fires Youth Minister Charged With Statutory Rape

The Washington Avenue Church of Christ said Wednesday that it had terminated one of its youth ministers after allegations of statutory rape and sexual battery had surfaced.

Posted: Jun 30, 2021 1:40 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2021 8:57 PM

A local church is speaking out after allegations were recently made against one of its youth ministers.

The Washington Avenue Church of Christ released the following statement on Wednesday after Joshua Henley, a Newburgh resident who served as a youth minister at the church for several months, was arrested and charged with Statutory Rape and Aggravated Sexual Battery.

Joshua Henley, 32, of Newburgh, was arrested earlier in June on charges of Statutory Rape and Aggravated Sexual Battery

Statement from the Washington Avenue Church of Christ:


On behalf of our entire church family, the Eldership at Washington Avenue Church of Christ is praying for accountability, healing, and justice in light of the recent arrest of Joshua Henly, who served as our youth minister for the past three months. 

Mr. Henley's employment with the church has been terminated effective immediately and he has been relieved of all duties and responsibilities.

We take the allegations against Mr. Henley very seriously and will fully cooperate with law enforcement in connection with all investigations.

We are heartbroken by this news and our prayers are with all involved.


Henley was arrested on one count of Aggravated Sexual Battery and three counts of Statutory Rape earlier in June.

According to authorities, the case involves multiple victims ranging in age from 12 to 16 years of age and, so far, jurisdiction involves three states.

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