A 24-year-old man, who says he was the victim of a sexual assault when he was only 12 years old, told Perth Amboy police on July 5 what happened to him.
Two weeks later, the police and the made an arrest.
Jeffrey Mackintosh, 46, now of Phillipsburg, was arrested at his home Thursday and charged aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child, the prosecutor's office said in a statement.
In 2000, police said, Mackintosh was a youth pastor at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, then located on King Street in Perth Amboy.
He has also been a member of churches in Woodbridge and Cranford, but not in any capacity other than a parishioner, the prosecutor's office said.
The victim accused Mackintosh of repeatedly sexually assaulting him 12 years ago over the course of the year in a private room at the church. The church has since relocated in Perth Amboy to Market Street; the King Street building was demolished years ago.
Mackintosh had served as the church's youth pastor for between 1993 and 2004, and the prosecutor's office said he was responsible for church-sponsored youth activities such as trips to malls and sporting events.
He has had no connection to the church since it moved inside the city, they said.
A computer technician by trade, Mackintosh is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick on $100,000 bond, with no 10 percent option.