Charles W. Holt, age 51
On Friday, August 31, 2018, the Berks County Detective’s Office received a Childline Referral from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, relative to a young female who was sexually abused by her Youth Pastor.
The investigation was assigned to the Berks County Detective’s Office. The criminal investigation yielded the following information.
The female victim is currently (34) thirty four years old.
The defendant, Charles Warren Holt is currently (51) fifty one years old.
The victim was (16) sixteen years old when she became a member of the Youth Group at Reading Evangelical Free Church, located in Mohnton.
She was (17) seventeen years old when the offenses first started back in June 2001 and was also an active member of the Youth Group at the church.
The defendant, Charles Warren Holt was the Youth Pastor at Reading Evangelical Free Church, which is where he met this young victim. He developed a close relationship with the victim.
The victim started babysitting for the defendant, Charles Holt, and his wife at their residence which was also located in Mohnton, Berks County.
During that time, the defendant, Charles Holt, sexually assaulted the female victim. Most of the sexual offenses occurred inside the defendant’s residence, which he shared with his wife and children. Some of the offenses also occurred in his vehicle.
The victim alleges that the defendant, Charles Holt, sexually assaulted her numerous times prior to her 18th birthday and continued after she turned 18 years of age.
On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, the Berks County Detective’s Office filed criminal charges and obtained an arrest warrant for Charles Warren Holt from Magisterial District Judge David Yoch. The following charges were filed:
Aggravated Indecent Assault - Felony 2
Endangering Welfare of Children - Felony 3
Corruption of Minors - Misdemeanor 1
Indecent Assault - Misdemeanor 2
The defendant, Charles Holt, is currently the President and C.E.O. at The Factory Ministries located at 3293 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise (Lancaster County), Pennsylvania.
On November 14, 2018 at approximately 9:30, the defendant was apprehended by Berks County Detectives at the aforementioned location. He was transported to the Berks County Sheriff’s Processing Center, where he was arraigned. Bail was set at $75,000.00. He is currently out on bail awaiting further court hearings.
A Criminal Complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.