Man faces molest charges

Police: 39-year-old met child through church program

A Seymour man faces two counts of child molesting involving a 13-year-old boy he met through his church’s youth ministry program.

Seymour police officers arrested Courtney Justin Lynn, 39, on Friday afternoon after an investigation that began in September when the boy’s mother took him to the police department to report he had been molested by a family friend.

Sgt. Jack Swindell interviewed the victim and his mother.

According to Swindell’s report, the victim described Lynn as an “adopted dad.” The victim told police the family had met Lynn four or five years ago through their church in Seymour, and it was not unusual for he and his brother to spend time at Lynn’s residence.

The boy told police he and Lynn had been watching television at Lynn’s home when the victim started to fall asleep. That’s when Lynn touched him inappropriately for about five to 10 minutes, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The second incident happened about two weeks later when the victim was at Lynn’s home and trying to go to sleep. He told police Lynn touched him again for about five minutes.

After trying to contact Lynn, police were made aware he had sent text messages to a family member saying he was going to harm himself, according to police reports.

Police then responded to Lynn’s residence, where they found he had taken an unknown amount of medication, and he was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Detective Sgt. Troy Munson then contacted the church’s youth minister to inform her Lynn was being investigated for having sexual contact with a child.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the youth minister told police she had concerns about the fact that Lynn spent an unusual amount of time with certain children and felt that Lynn was inappropriate in the way he touched the victim, although she hadn’t observed any sexual contact between the two.

She then told police Lynn would not be allowed to have any further contact with children at church activities.

Lynn is being held without bail at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.