LEBANON, Tenn. – A youth minister in Wilson County faces charges of child rape.
A grand jury indicted 18-year-old Tavaria Merritt on nine counts of rape of a child on Thursday.
According to a news release from the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, the alleged incidents involved three male children, two of them 11 years old and one of them 10, and reportedly occurred between January 2009 and June 2009.
Merritt served as a youth minister at True Vine Church in Lebanon
He was booked into the Wilson County jail and has since been released on $40,000 bond.
He is scheduled to appear in court later this month.