Warrants Obtained for Former Burke Pastor

West Springfield Police District – A former pastor at the Pilgrim Community Church in Burke has been charged for multiple sex offenses. Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau Child Abuse Squad began their investigation in August after a juvenile victim disclosed unlawful sexual contact by the pastor. Detectives learned Sung Woo Hong, known as “Pastor Sam”, 37, of South Korea, served as an intern pastor at the church from 2015 to 2018. Hong was assigned as the pastor of youth activities and taught the church’s youth band in 2018. Hong’s employment with the church, at 4925 Twinbrook Road was terminated in 2019. He then returned to South Korea.

Detectives determined the assaults occurred inside a secluded office in the church between 2016 and 2019. During the investigation, an additional victim was identified. In October, detectives obtained three warrants for aggravated sexual battery. Detectives continue to work with Federal and South Korean authorities to bring him in to custody and extradite Hong to Fairfax County to face the charges.

Detectives are concerned there may be additional victims. They are asking anyone with information about this case or believe Hong had inappropriate contact with them or their child to please call our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 3.  

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Victim specialists from our Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure that the victims receive appropriate resources and assistance.   

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