UPDATE: Police say Indiana pastor facing sex charge killed himself
Police say an Indiana pastor accused of going to Kentucky earlier this month to try to have sex with a minor has died in an apparent suicide.
LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB/AP) - Georgia police say an Indiana pastor accused of going to Kentucky earlier this month to try to have sex with a minor has died in an apparent suicide.
Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce tells the Lexington Herald-Leader that 46-year-old David J. Brown's body was found Monday in a Marietta storage unit.
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear's office said in a news release that Brown used an online messaging application to communicate with an undercover investigator posing as a minor. Officials say Brown was arrested in Frankfort, Kentucky, after traveling to meet the minor. Brown later was released from the Franklin County, Ky., jail on $10,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear for a court hearing Tuesday afternoon.
Brown, who was the senior pastor at First Christian Church in Jeffersonville, Indiana, had been placed on administrative leave after the arrest.
First Christian Church of Jeffersonville, Ind., confirmed Brown's death in a brief email to WDRB News on Tuesday.
"We were deeply saddened to learn (Monday) about the tragic passing of Dave Brown. We have no other information at this time. Please pray for his family and our church," the statement said.
The statement also said the criminal allegations "...cut to the heart of the trust placed in the church."
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