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Pastor accused of seeking sex with minor in Frankfort has died

David James Brown
David James Brown

An Indiana pastor accused of coming to Frankfort to try to have sex with a minor has died in an apparent suicide.

David James Brown, 46, was arrested June 15 after he arranged to meet up with a supposed minor whom he had asked to “engage in sex acts with him,” according to the state attorney general’s office. Brown had met the person he thought was a minor via a messaging app called Kik, but he was actually corresponding with an undercover officer with Attorney General Andy Beshear’s cyber crimes unit.

Brown’s body was found in a storage unit at Attic Self Storage in Marietta, Ga., said Sgt. Dana Pierce of the Cobb County Police Department. Police were called at 12:10 p.m. Monday.

The case is being investigated as a suicide, Pierce said. The body was taken to the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Brown was the senior pastor at First Christian Church in Jeffersonville, Ind., but he had been placed on administrative leave after the arrest.

The church released a statement Tuesday saying, “We were deeply saddened to learn yesterday about the tragic passing of Dave Brown. We have no other information at this time. Please pray for his family and our church.”

Brown’s attorney, Edward Thompson, said Brown had been released on bond and was with family in Georgia.

A preliminary hearing in the case had been scheduled for Tuesday.

“I think the family would like to just mourn in peace,” Thompson said.

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