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Minister accused of giving methamphetamine to teenage girl and raping her at church, Texas police say

A Texas pastor is accused of giving a 15-year-old girl methamphetamine and raping her at church, police say.

Brian Pounds, 45, has been charged with sexually assaulting a child and delivering a controlled substance to a minor, according to Vernon police.

Pounds was a minister at the First Assembly of God in Vernon, a town of about 11,000 people in North Texas, but a church website no longer lists him as a leader.

The girl told investigators Pounds had committed sexual acts with her over the past month after she and her family first approached him for advice, according to an arrest warrant obtained by KFDX .

She said Pounds provided her with house cleaning work for older residents and they met her to “counsel” at church, where he gave her meth and they had ” sexual encounters, ”says the warrant.

On July 1, the girl’s mother asked police for help in locating her daughter and an officer found Pounds at a motel, according to the warrant. During a search of a room as Pounds and the Church, police said they found what appeared to be methamphetamine and evidence the girl remained there.

The girl said she smoked methamphetamine in the motel room, where Pounds had sexually acted with her earlier in the day, according to the warrant, and was later admitted to a local hospital for “medical complications. to the use of methamphetamine ”.

Pounds denied having had sexual contact with the young girl and told investigators he was helping her and her family, according to the warrant.

Pounds was arrested in Wichita Falls on Friday and held in Wichita County Jail and remained in custody Tuesday with obligations totaling $ 300,000.

Texas Rangers are assisting Vernon Police with the investigation.

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