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More victims possible in Mesquite church child sex case, police say

Larry Winn of Dallas, who was the bus director at Open Door Baptist Church in Mesquite, is accused of the sexual assault of a teenage girl who was also a member of the church. His 33-year-old son was arrested last month and accused of the sexual assault of another teenage girl who attended the church's school.
Larry Winn of Dallas, who was the bus director at Open Door Baptist Church in Mesquite, is accused of the sexual assault of a teenage girl who was also a member of the church. His 33-year-old son was arrested last month and accused of the sexual assault of another teenage girl who attended the church's school.

A Mesquite church staff member accused of an inappropriate sexual relationship with an underage congregant may have additional victims, police say.

Larry Winn, 65, of Dallas, who coordinated a bus ministry for members of Open Door Baptist Church who needed a ride to and from worship, is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl. He was arrested Thursday.

"Due to Winn's level of access to children, investigators believe there may be additional victims," police Lt. Brian Parrish said in a news release.

Days before Larry Winn was arrested, his son Steven Aaron Winn, 33, also a church volunteer, was arrested on a charge of sexually assaulting a different teenage girl at the church.

Larry Winn was arrested Thursday after police received a tip. He was free Tuesday after posting $25,000 bail.

While being interviewed by police, the girl made an outcry of sexual assault that authorities say occurred three years ago when she was 16.

Larry Winn has been on the church staff for several years, police said.

Steven Aaron Winn, of Crandall, worked with church youths, and he became the subject of an investigation Feb. 18, also based on a tip.

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Steven Winn, 33, of Crandall Courtesy: Dallas County Jail


He is also accused of sexually assaulting a child in Kaufman County, according to jail records.

Steven Winn remained in the Dallas County Jail on Tuesday with bail set at $375,000.

In 2011, Open Door's then-pastor Matt Jarrell was arrested and accused of raping a woman near Charleston, W.Va. Jarrell was later found hanging in his jail cell and could not be revived.

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