Youth pastor charged with molestation

Floyd County, Georgia: A youth pastor has been arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated child molestation after an adult came forward to report that 41-year-old Christopher Matthew Codding had molested him years earlier.


According to the initial arrest, cited by Rome News-Tribune a single adult came forward alleging that he had been assaulted between 2010 and 2013 and then again between 2014 and 2017. The assaults began when the victim was under 13-years-old.


Investigators are concerned that there could be more victims due to Codding's access to children over more than a decade.


WSB-TV reports that Codding worked as a youth pastor at a Bartow County church for 15 years while additionally working with a Blue Ridge summer camp and operating yet a third youth ministry called Rock On, for pre-teen and teen boys.


It is additionally noted that Codding is a former foster parent.


After his arrest on July 20, Codding was released on a $30,000 bond under the conditions that he submit to house arrest, wear an ankle monitor and have no contact with minors. He is only allowed to leave his home for court and medical appointments.


At the time of his arrest Coddington was employed as a radiologic technician and also instructed at a local technical college. Investigators stated that he would often travel to Baltimore for work.


Anyone with information about the case or that believes they may have been, or know a potential victim is encouraged to call Floyd County Investigator Amy Nails. She can be reached at or by calling (706) 314-0756.