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The longtime pastor of a local Baptist church is in jail after police say he raped and sexually assaulted his relative, a 5-year-old boy, multiple times in the past year, according to the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Michael Patrick, a DA spokesman, said Curtis Ray Brown, 55, was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center on Thursday night on multiple charges of criminal sexual penetration and criminal sexual contact of a minor.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, Brown was a pastor at the Grace Baptist Chapel on Comanche near Tramway NE for 18 years. He resigned on Aug. 25, one day after the boy’s father confronted Brown over the alleged abuse, saying he had “sinned” and it was of a “sexual nature.”
Grace Baptist Chapel did not respond to messages for comment Friday.
Police say the accusations came to light on Aug. 24 when the boy returned from staying the night at Brown’s house for the first time and told his father he had a “sad secret.” The father told a detective his son said he and Brown played with each other’s penises in Brown’s “man-cave.”
According to the complaint the father confronted Brown, who did not deny the allegations and said “it just happened” and “it started in the shower one day.”
“Curtis (Brown) appeared to be snickering as he was speaking to him,” a detective wrote.
During a safe house interview, the boy told detectives about multiple instances of abuse from Brown, including rape.
Police say the boy told them the abuse occurred in the “man-cave” where “they close the door so no one finds out,” it happened “way more times” than the initial incident and often when Brown’s wife was in the hospital with liver failure.
“(Brown) said he would get into a lot of trouble and go to jail if (the boy) told, and he would never get to see him again,” a detective wrote.
Police say Brown sent an apology message in a Facebook messenger group chat to several family members, saying “I know no amount of words or actions can undo the damage that I have done,” and saying he had resigned from the church.
“I can only express my shame and disgust in what I have done. I am truly sorry for what I am putting our family through,” he said in the Facebook message. “I will address the congregation in the morning and ask for forgiveness … I can only hope and pray that through time I may be forgiven by all of you.”
In the message, Brown also said, “my only request is that you don’t forget your mother in this. You can shun me, I understand but love on her through this.”