A church youth leader has been arrested by the Scioto County Sheriff's Office for the reported rapes of juveniles in his church youth group.
The case began on March 7 th when deputies received a call from a Lucasville church where several juveniles reported to adults that the man who was acting as the youth leader had sex with them on numerous occasions.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini said there were four female victims who reported they had sexual intercourse with their youth minister, Raymond Brown, 33, of Otway. A detective investigated and turned the information over to the Scioto County grand jury who returned a felony indictment.
Brown was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with six counts of rape, a first degree felony, and one count of gross sexual imposition, a third degree felony.
"He was in what I would call 'a position of trust' where people should feel free to talk to him, especially kids," Donini said. "This is a religous position so people are more likely to be trustworthy. And he took advantage of that to the worst extent."
complaints of three female victims who were between the ages of 9 and 15 at the time of the incidents. One of the complaints goes back six years ago and the victim is now 20 years old.
Donini said Brown was member of the Lucasville church and had no previous criminal record.
"He established a relationship with some of the kids and the offenses did not occur at the chuch, they occurred at his house," Donini said. "Most of the offenses occurred within the past two years and the most recent one was in March of this year."
Donini said Brown left the church in March.
More charges may be pending as more victims come forward. One victim filed a complaint on June 19th.
"We may very well have more victims in this case," Donini said., adding if anyone knows of more victims or if they are a victim to contact Detective Jodi Conjek at 740-351-1091.
Brwon is being held without bond in the Scioto County Jail on a felony indictment warrant and will appear in Scioto County Common Pleas Court at a later date.
MARK SHAFFER can be reached at (740) 353-3101, Ext.235.