Clark Co. pastor arrested in undercover sex sting
FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - A southern Indiana church pastor has been arrested in Kentucky after arriving to meet a minor for sex.
David James Brown, 46, was arrested just after 10 a.m. June 15 by investigators with the Kentucky Attorney General's Office.
The arrest of Brown came after investigators say he arranged an online meeting with the person he thought was an underage person using KIK messenger and drove to Frankfort for the meeting. When Brown arrived at the apartment complex where the meeting was to take place he was met by undercover officers.
According to the Attorney General's Office, Brown told investigators he was employed as the head pastor of the First Christian Church of Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Brown is charged with use of electronic communications to procure a minor for sex. He is being held at the Franklin County Regional Jail on $10,000 cash bond.
Delano Martin has lived down the street from the church ever since he moved into his Jeffersonville home. He said he was disturbed by the news.
"If it was my child? Don't get me wrong. I'd break every law in God's book to get back at him," Martin said, and also remarked he hopes Brown never leads a church ever again, "it's like putting a fox as the guard in a hen house, to be around those children that's not right."
First Christian Church released the following statement concerning Brown's arrest:
"This is a sad day for our church. On June 15th we learned of criminal allegations against our Senior Pastor, David Brown, that cut to the heart of the trust placed in the church. We take these allegations seriously. Once we became aware of the situation, Mr. Brown was placed on temporary administrative leave and relieved of all his ministerial duties pending further investigations. We pray for everyone involved and we ask the community to pray for our church as we work through this difficult time."
Church members told WAVE 3 News, they were under the impression Brown was on vacation. Members said he has been a pastor at the church for a little over a year and a committee within the church was responsible for hiring him.
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