BIG BREAKING NEWS – FORMER LOCAL CHURCH YOUTH GROUP LEADER BOOKED: Accused – Engaging in Sex – 15-year-old Girl [#MarkCuprik #VictoryChristianCenter] 10/30
A former local church youth group leader, who is the subject of an eight-count indictment accusing him of engaging in sex with a 15-year-old girl, was booked into the Mahoning County Jail Friday night.
Mark Cuprik, 22, allegedly drove to Beaver Township Memorial Park with the girl in March 2020.
According to police, Mark Cuprik was a friend of the girl’s family, as well as a youth group leader at Victory Christian Center.
Police say a family member began chasing Mark Cuprik’s car.
The chase involved high rates of speed and a disregard for traffic control devices, according to the report.
Mark Cuprik eventually dropped the teen back off at the park and she was reunited with family members.
Investigators interviewed the girl’s family as well as members of the Akron Children’s Hospital Child Advocacy Center.
Interviews were also conducted with leaders from Victory Christian Center and other witnesses.
Following an investigation into social media accounts, the grand jury indicted Mark Cuprik on charges of Sexual Battery, Unlawful Sexual Conduct With a Minor, Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor, Disseminating Matter Harmful to Juveniles, and Importuning.
According to the indictment Mark Cuprik engaged in sexual conduct with the teen from late February through late March.
Investigators say Mark Cuprik also possessed material showing a minor engaging in sexual activity.
Former Victory Christian youth leader facing eight sex charges – WFMJ.com: