Youth pastor accused of rape, child molestation

Youth pastor accused of rape, child molestation

A youth minister has been charged with rape and child molestation for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl, Oconee County police said.

Brian Richard Gray, 32, is accused of having a relationship with the teen from December until September, Oconee Sheriff Scott Berry said. Gray, of Winder, allegedly went to the teen's house when her parents were not at home.

"The parents did not know," Berry told the AJC.

The teen and her parents are members of the Monroe Church of Christ, where Gray served as the Minister of Youth, Berry said.

Medical personnel who learned of the relationship contacted DFACS, who contacted police, Berry said. Gray was arrested Tuesday morning at a relative's home in Alabama, where deputies believe he went after learning he was under investigation, Berry said.

Gray is expected to be extradited back to Oconee County from Tallapoosa County in Alabama, Berry said. In addition to the rape and molestation charges, Gray also faces one count of burglary, police said.

Gray could face additional charges once he is back in Georgia, Berry said. Oconee officials also are working with law enforcement in Walton and Barrow counties, Berry said.

It is possible that there are other victims, police said. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact investigators Andy Corbin or Guy Brown at 706-769-5665.

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