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Scottsburg youth minister accused of sexual contact with teen

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Scottsburg youth minister is accused of seducing a teenage member of his church. Court documents say the victim spoke out about a sexual encounter with 37-year-old Brien Stout. There are also text messages between the two, which police believe were intentionally deleted.

Stout has worked as a youth minister at First Christian Church in Scottsburg.

He's now charged with two counts of Child Seduction and Obstruction of Justice.

“It's very disappointing and it is embarrassing.” ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin said, “Parents place trust in people who have positions such as a youth pastor.”

According to a probable cause affidavit, the victim is a 16-year-old boy who was in Stout's youth group.

“In this case, the victim did come forward, and we were able to complete our investigation,” Goodin told WDRB News.

Court documents state that in May of this year, the victim "had written a letter to Stout about some personal issues he was struggling with. In the letter, the victim referred to Stout as a role model..."

The victim told police he and Stout spent time together on June 14. The court document state that before Stout dropped the victim off at home, he "began playing with the victim's hair with his hand. He then leaned over and kissed the victim on the lips." The teen told police Stout then performed a sex act on him.

Indiana State Police were later contacted by the Scott County Division of Family and Children to pursue the accusations.

“Also during the course of the investigation, it was found out allegedly that there were some electronic conversations that had taken place and that some of those conversations had been tampered with,” Goodin explained.

Police say on the night of June 14 Stout sent the victim several iMessages -- one saying in part, "I have to delete this soon, but some of my dreams came true and I don't want it to end."

Court documents state from June 15 to the 17 Stout sent 27 more messages that went unanswered.

Police say when Stout's phone was turned over to police in July the conversations were gone.

Authorities say Stout turned himself into the Scott County Courthouse Tuesday morning and has posted bond.

We went to his house today -- and were told ‘no comment’. Bob Houston, an attorney representing the church says Stout isn't currently working there.

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