By Patsy R. Brumfield / Daily Journal
PONTOTOC – A former church youth minister pleaded not guilty this morning to state charges he had sex with an under-age female.
Jaysen Hogue, 27, appeared before Circuit Judge Thomas Gardner at the Pontotoc County Courthouse.
A grand jury indicted Hogue on May 3, charging him with four counts that between Oct. 1, 2011, to Feb. 28, 2012, he fondled and performed various sex acts upon a female under the age of 18.
The charges are compounded in seriousness by his being her youth minister, the indictment states.
If convicted, he faces lengthy prison time.
Free on $40,000 bond, Hogue was represented today by Ashland attorney Anthony Farese.
Hogue, dressed in a suit and tie, sat next to Farese during the brief proceeding.
Gardner spent a few minutes looking through the paperwork before beginning the hearing.
Assistant District Attorney Josh Wise asked the court to order no contact with the alleged victim. Farese said they did not object to the stipulation.
ADA Paul Gault will handle the case in court.