Former Vernon minister charged with 6 counts, DA calls on other potential victims to come forward
WILBARGER COUNTY (KFDX / KJTL) – A man who had served as a pastor in Vernon for more than a decade has been charged with six counts relating to sexual assault and supplying drugs to a minor.
The indictments come less than a week after Brian Pounds, 45, was arrested in Wichita Falls.
The six counts facing the books are aggravated child sexual assault, two counts of child sexual assault, aggravated assault with a lethal weapon, indecency to a child through sexual contact and delivery of a controlled substance to a minor. To read the full indictment, click here
Authorities say Pounds prepared a 15-year-old girl for sex by counseling her at her church, the First Assembly of God, and providing her with methamphetamine.
He was arrested following an investigation by Vernon Police, the 46th District Attorney’s Office and the Texas Rangers.
The victim testified that sexual acts were committed in the church and in a motel and that she was also offered methamphetamine at the church and the motel. She also said books put both of her hands to her throat and strangled her in the motel.
Pounds remains jailed in Wichita County with $ 300,000 bonds
After the indictment, 46th District Attorney Staley Heatly appealed to the public that anyone with information relating to this case, including any other potential victims, call Vernon Police or their office.
“On July 21, 2021, a Wilbarger County grand jury indicted Brian Pounds on several charges that arose on July 1, 2021 in Vernon. The charges include aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, indecency towards a child and supplying methamphetamine to a minor. Mr. Pounds has been a pastor in the Vernon community for over a decade. We ask anyone with information relating to this case, including any other potential victims, to contact the Vernon Police Department (940-553-3111) or the 46th Judicial District Attorney’s Office (940-553- 3346).
46th Judicial District Court, District Attorney Staley Heatly