Pastor William Washington Jr., head of the local Bridge Ministry Program, will stand trial next month in Buckingham County Circuit Court. He is accused of removing the vehicle identification number from a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro and possessing the Camaro without a vehicle identification number. Both charges are felonies.
Washington declined to comment on the charges for this story.
Washington, of Scottsville, told The Daily Progress in August that since founding the ministry, he has helped more than 10,000 addicts and ex-inmates overcome their vices and adapt to life in mainstream society. He said he experimented with drugs and drug dealing, and even spent some time behind bars, before founding the Bridge in 1992.
The Bridge fell on hard times after the economic downturn of 2008, and the ministry reduced its budget from $800,000 to $200,000 annually. Over the summer, Washington told The Progress he had not received a paycheck in three years.
Authorities arrested Washington on the new charges in September. He will go on trial March 20.