Jeffersonville pastor arrested after allegedly seeking sex with a minor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Clark County pastor was arrested in Frankfort, Ky., on Wednesday for seeking sex with a minor.

David James Brown, 46, traveled to Frankfort on Wednesday morning to meet with what turned out to be an undercover person who arrested him.

Brown has been investigated since he started using the messaging app KIK, where he messaged an undercover agent posing as a minor.

"The communications were explicit in that he was seeking to have sex with this underage girl," Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said. "(He) showed up here in Frankfort to do just that."

According to investigators, Brown requested sex acts from the minor. After Brown was arrested, he told investigators he was the head pastor at First Christian Church of Jeffersonville, Indiana. 

"Many of them seek out jobs where they can have more access and more trust both of children and of parents," Beshear said. 

The church released the following statement after Brown's arrest:

"This is a sad day for our church. On June 15th we learned of criminal allegations against our Senior Pastor, David Brown, that cut to the heart of the trust placed in the church. We take these allegations seriously. Once we became aware of the situation, Mr. Brown was placed on temporary administrative leave and relieved of all his ministerial duties pending further investigations. We pray for everyone involved and we we work through this difficult time."

Brown is being held in the Franklin County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond. He's charged with one count of prohibited use of an electronic communication system for the purpose of procuring a minor for a sex offense.

Another man, Anwar Mohamed, 33, was arrested as part of the same sting on Wednesday under similar circumstances. The Attorney General's office says Mohamed told investigators that he was a Canadian citizen on a work visa for his medical research job at the University of Louisville.

He is being held on $10,000 cash-only bond in Franklin County. 

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