Former minister at Gaithersburg church accused of sex abuse

Timothy Mann

District of Columbia / Maryland / Virginia

March 25, 2008

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. -- A minister has been accused of sexually abusing a female youth choir member at a Gaithersburg church.

Police said Timothy Chun-Chock Mann, 47, engaged in inappropriate sexual acts with a girl while he was a minister of music at the First Baptist Church at 200 West Diamond Ave.

The alleged abuse began in December 1992, when the victim was 14 years old, and continued until the summer of 1996, police said.

The alleged incidents occurred mainly in Mann's office at the church, police said.

Mann joined the church in December 1991.

The alleged victim, who is now 29 years old, was interviewed by detectives in December 2007.

Mann, who currently lives in Hoover, Ala., and works as a choir director in Birmingham, has been charged with third-degree sex offense and child abuse.

Mann turned himself in to Montgomery County Police on March 20 and was released on $100,000 bond.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 240-773-5400. Callers may remain anonymous.

SNAP Note: First Baptist Church of Gaithersburg is an SBC-affiliated church.

See also:

Former minister sentenced to seven years for child abuse, The Gazette, 10/1/08

Ex-Baptist minister pleads guilty to child abuse, The Gazette, 7/30/08

Ex-music minister in Alabama charged with Maryland sex crime, AP, 3/15/08

Abuse arrest prompts resignation of Alabama Baptist music minister, EthicsDaily, 3/14/08

Hoover man facing child abuse, sex offense charges, Birmingham News, 3/14/08