Youth Leaders Michael & Laura Lee Salazar Charged with Child Sex Abuse

Youth leaders Michael Salazar and Laura Lee Salazar have been charged with child sex abuse against three teenaged girls, with possible charges pending regarding two additional girls. The Salazars have been youth leaders at the Lord’s Disciples Church in Maryville, TN.

According to a news article by, Michael Salazar faces charges of sexual battery by an authority figure and statutory rape by an authority figure involving each of three teenage girls who attended the church. He is in the Blount County Detention Facility on $300,000 bond – $50,000 for each offense. Laura Lee Salazar faces the same two charges involving only one girl, and her bond totals $100,000.