Texas minister had sex with underage boy at church and motel, supplied methamphetamine | WGNO
WILBARGER CO., TX (KFDX / KJTL) – The affidavit accusing a Vernon pastor of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl alleges that he prepared her for sex by counseling her in church, in finding him a job and providing him with methamphetamine both in church and in a motel.
Brian Keith Pounds, 45, remains jailed in Wichita County on $ 200,000 bail. Pounds has been listed on websites as a minister at the First Assembly of God Church in Vernon, and also as a chaplain at Tyson Foods in Vernon.
According to DPS Sergeant Dan Buesing, the Texas Rangers assisted Vernon Police and the 46th District Attorney’s Office in the investigation. To read the drafted affidavit, click here.
Police were informed on July 1, 2021 that the victim’s mother was trying to locate her daughter at the motel on US 287. An officer attended the motel and said he had found Pounds there and that Pounds was on her. said he was there to try to get a room for someone in need. The officer learned that Pounds had rented a room there as the First Assembly of God Church.
The girl was located at Walmart north of the motel by her mother and taken to the police station.
The victim told police that she and Pounds had been having sex for about a month after Pounds counseled her and her family.
At the police department, investigators said Pounds denied having sex with the girl and only helped the girl and her family.
Police said a search of the room provided evidence the girl had been in the room.
The victim underwent an examination at the United Regional Hospital and was then admitted for complications related to methamphetamine.
A detailed follow-up interview with the girl was conducted at Patsy’s House and she said Pounds found her a job cleaning the homes of elderly residents.
Then she said that Pounds started meeting her at church for what she called counseling and that’s when he started offering her methamphetamine.
She also gave details of sexual acts in the church. She said that the day her mother and the police arrived at the motel, Pounds picked her up and took her there. She said he gave her methamphetamine to smoke and then had sex with her, during which he put both hands on her neck and strangled her.
Social media sites indicate that Pounds has pastored the First Assembly of God since October 2015.
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